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“seal island”(240 reviews)
“fish and chips”(162 reviews)
“mariner's wharf”(39 reviews)
Enclosed by ocean, mountains and wine farms, the former fishing village offers a country affair with some adventure thrown in.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Cape Town Central 7872, South Africa
+27 21 790 7278
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All reviews seal island fish and chips mariner's wharf snoek chapman's peak calamari sea lions lovely beach boat ride craft market scenic drive worth a visit beautiful scenery red bus cape point boats fishing
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Absolutely love love love Hout Bay. Always a seal on the wharf putting on a performance. It's just a great place to spend time. The trips to Seal island Are fabulous . Just a great ambience in the harbour all round

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Carolyn M
Reviewed 2 days ago

didn't really see alot there, but did stick my feet in the bay/ocean. cute little city with a few places to eat. has some seal to see but that was really all we saw

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank LinLaz
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Stumbled across Hout Bay today with a little artesian market, a guy feeding a friendly seal on the quayside and several companies offering just trips out to seal Island...definitely worth ZAR 60. Lunch in the Look Out whilst watching the seals swim past was idyllic.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 386barryb
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed snorkelling with cape fur seals from Hout Bay. Plenty to see and do, a selection of the usual tourist shops selling Africa art. There are plenty of seals to see basking on the dock side as well as one or two super tame...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank VictoriaC209
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The drive to the bay is outstanding the views are excellent Plenty of parking and many boat trips to seal island And of course you have to have fish & chips but don't expect gravy or peas lol

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JonA1966
Reviewed 4 days ago

We happened to be in area and decided to stop for a quick look but stayed a couple of hours. Scenery is magnificent and the old fishing boats provide plenty of photo opportunities. Whist the restaurants are very basic the fish is freshly caught and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Masterspy
Reviewed 4 days ago

We had some lovely snoek and chips and calamari and chips at the harbour restaurant at the fast food place. Long lines for the food but they moved quickly

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Experience486648
Reviewed 5 days ago

Beautiful Bay with beautiful beach. Good entertainment with restuarants and bars. Pokolo is always festive and for sea food Mariners Wharf is legendary. The weekly market is great and going through Houtbay to and along Chapmans peak drive is a must see (As per picture)....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Daniel v
Reviewed 5 days ago

A little germ to visit when you in Cape Town. Nice fish and chip shops and if you a pearl lover you must visit the little pearl shop

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank monicalL5237DP
Reviewed 5 days ago

We enjoyed the nicest fish and chip at Snoekies the one day and then visit THE PEARL shop. With the nicest pearls a real little germ to visit

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Monica N
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4 January 2019|
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Response from Coryy20 | Reviewed this property |
Some typos in my answer.. sorry but the gentleman is with his sea lion.. not dead lion..if you look at my pics you will see the houts bay pics and sea lion.. enjoy
4 January 2019|
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Response from yvrhy | Reviewed this property |
Hi, i am so sorry to have not replied. I was travelling and didnt get a notification from trip advisor. I hope you went there to have lunch and fun looking at the seals swimming in the ocean?
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7 November 2016|
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Response from LJSJhb | Reviewed this property |
Apparently so. but doubt you will find a spot ! Extremely overcrowded