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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

love the Hout Bay market and the seafood restaurant, reasonably prices and very fresh seafood. great place for a day.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank maryamassai
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Houtbay has always been a favorite of locals and visitors alike. It offers something for everyone. There are various of outdoor attractions as well as great restaurants.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Realdrv
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

No need to spend a lot of time in this small fishing village but still cool to stop by. The seafood is good and fresh and worth a bite on your way to boulders beach or wherever your next stop is.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank aarongM2508VX
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice long afternoon here with seals bobbing about and even coming out of the water for photos!!! Nice lunch too.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Meandalfie
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a day trip here whilst on holiday to Cape Town. Looked nice but big signs were set up stating not to go in the water as it was polluted! Not very good for a popular tourist attraction..

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Russ n
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This area was lovely. We’d been told to go and see the friendly sealion thats been trained by 1 lone man who you can tell loves the animal. You’re allowed to get photos with the sealion and during the show he puts on tips are...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank michael1990WL
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice but really windy today. Lots of good views and seals around. Not much to do right at the waterfront.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Tigger3370
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed in Hout Bay for a couple of nights. Chapmans peak drive and hike are amazing, and the starting point for the seal island is from here. Amazing place

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank bigwik
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice quiet bay plenty benches along the way for seating. Ice cream van selling delicious, what seemed like, hand made passion fruit lollies.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank mslancashire503927
Reviewed 1 week ago

Something for everyone here. Cheap eats, more expensive, boat trips, resident seals to watch or just meander around and take a look. We came via the BLUE open top bus and spent a bout an hour here

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank keith47
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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