27 Nov 2013

Wondering what to do in the holidays and where to go boating this festive season? Boating World has a host of suggestions about how to make the most of long, lazy summer days– take a look at these!

For amazing stress relief and improved relationships rediscover the joy of watersports, whether crayfishing, waterskiing, catching a fish or simply enjoying the sound of water gently lapping the hull of a boat in the warm glow of an evening sunset. All these enticing activities are within easy reach whether down by your local river or way out at sea where the wind and the waves minister to your soul.

You may prefer to be on the water yet close to shore and if you’re in the Mother City you can have the best of both worlds. Berth your boat in The Cape Grace Marina where you can enjoy being in the sheltered waters with beautiful mountain views. You’ll be close to the popular V&A Waterfront for great shopping and the famous Bascule Bar for relaxing drinks and snacks.

Here’s a thought, Sevruga on the waterfront at the V&A makes great Sushi – how about docking in front (temporarily) and collecting a platter from them before gently cruising out to sea? You could head for Granger Bay, a small bay which is very sheltered from the weather where it is safe area to drop anchor and relax off the coast while you enjoy your meal. You can even indulge in some watersport as the waters are nice and flat. The Grand Restaurant around the corner also has great food to order which you can collect in your tender.

How about a cruise to Clifton or Sandy Bay where you can park offshore to take in the view, swim and enjoy lunch and drinks. By the way if you anchor off Clifton’s 4th beach which is also very sheltered, you’ll enjoy beautiful views of the beach and crystal clear waters. Journey slightly further to Llandudno beach and view the beautiful homes nestling along the shore.

There are some great restaurants to visit if you go as far as Hout Bay. For fantastic Sushi the Lookout Deck is situated on the water’s edge in the Hout Bay Harbour where you will have stunning views and enjoy seeing the seals frolicking in the water. Fish on the Rocks is a short walk from the Hout Bay Harbour famous for Great fish and chips and prawns.

Or you can simply catch your own but stick to your quota especially when it comes to Crayfishing off Kommetijie. Drop nets in 10 - 20meters of water with pilchards or snoek heads as bait. The season has been drastically shortened – take note:

The West Coast Rock Lobster season opens on 15 Nov to the 17 Nov, closes from 18 Nov till the 13 Dec, re-opens from the 14 Dec till the 1 Jan 2014, closes again from the 2 Jan until the 17 April and then opens for the public holidays between 18 and 21 April 2014.

Crayfish may be caught from 8am and must be landed by 4pm. A maximum of 4 West Coast Rock lobsters may be taken per day. The minimum age for license holders is 12 years. Licenses can be bought from your local post office for R92 per permit.

You can also visit Cape Point and this is where your rods will really come in handy as snoek and yellowtail are plentiful. Rooi-Els is also another famous location for Crayfish.

What about a trip to the historic Robben Island which is now a World Heritage Site and museum – a great place to visit for a reminder of the road that led to our democracy. Don’t forget you can overnight near Dassen Island famous for its exotic bird life, with beautiful waters where you can jetski, swim, snorkel or even go diving for Crayfish or simply take a walk through this peacefully deserted place.

Or venture or venture up the West Coast to Club Mykonos at Langebaan and other luxurious resorts or further afield to Saldanha Bay? There’s loads to do from crayfishing, swimming to snorkeling and again avid anglers can throw out a line and catch one of the famous Yellowfin Tuna, Cape Snoek or even a Marlin.

There are also some great options for holiday makers in KwaZulu Natal. If you don’t own a boat think about charter options for sailing, cruising or fishing trips. Charters for anglers include mono-hull or catamaran skiboats which launch from marinas and harbours or surf-launch along the KwaZulu Natal coast with space for 6 – 8 anglers. Rates are negotiated hourly or daily (usually a minimum of four hours) and can include snacks, tackle, bait and even a DVD of the day’s action captured on film.

Bigger Sport Fishers providing overnight accommodation head East along the Dolphin Coast where they are often accompanied by huge schools of Dophins surfing and jumping the waves. Then it’s on to Richards Bay or further north to Sodwana Bay with its magnificent protected span of beach. And for the really adventurous a serious trip will lead to Mozambique where snorkeling, diving and fishing are simply the best.

Rates are charged according to length of charter whether daily, for a weekend or week-long holidays. Specified meals and crew are included or you can make up your own party.

If in the end you decide that owning your own is the way to go - Boating World has a plethora of craft available from small to large, new to pre-owned pleasure craft for fishing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, sailing or cruising to mention a few. With offices based in Cape Town and Durban Boating World can help you make the perfect choice to suit your needs.