Enjoy a magnificent scenic cruise onboard Bella Vita while we explore the beautiful Knysna lagoon with its beautiful coves and bays, and the famous Knysna Heads.You are welcomed on board in front of Tapas Restaurant on Thesen Island. We venture out to explore the beauty of the Knysna lagoon.
You will start your journey from Thesen Harbour Town with all its quaint little shops, interesting art, and fantastic restaurants. We will welcome you at the Tapas Jetty and then head out over the turquoise lagoon. Sit back and relax aboard our stylish lagoon cruiser Bella Vita and enjoy the sunshine. Delicious pre-dinner snacks, drinks and oysters are available on pre-order. You will be mesmerised by the exquisite views of the lagoon framed by our beautiful town and the Outeniqua mountains as a backdrop. We often see a playful seal or interesting birdlife along the way. You are welcome to bring your own music we have a sound system onboard.
We depart daily, every 2 hours from Thesen Island, bookings are essential.
Good to know
- Please use the bathrooms on Thesen Island before you board. There are no toilets onboard
- Max 12 guests per boat
- No shoes on board. Please bring some cozy socks along in the winter.
- No smoking on board
- You are welcome to bring your own music along for private cruises
- 1 h 40 minute boat trip
- Drinks can be arranged on pre order
- Snacks can be arranged by preorder
- Medium Oysters available by pre-booking
- Something warm, as it can get cooler on the water than on land, especially during the late afternoons
- Please bring your own beach towel, should you want to swim (Only longer cruises)
- Comfortable clothes
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We really enjoyed our sail. Simon and Neil were very friendly and made us feel at home.
We saw dolphins and seals very close up.
The catamaran was great for lounging and enjoying the views.
Safety good. Seen everything there is to sea. Friendly people making bookings and on board.
We have sailed with Ocean Sailing Charters twice, and both times were great. Excellent staff, great service every time.. The most enjoyable part for us is the nature surrounding the lagoon. Lots of gorgeous bird life and dramatic scenery. We would be happy to not have music play and enjoy the sounds of nature, but understand that the usual folks like to have a 'party vibe' and with that, it's better to book a group big enough to exclude having to sail with random people on board, but we have not had the opportunity to do this yet and look forward to sailing with the team again in the near future.
A must do in Knysna!
Extremely friendly staff, a beautiful boat and the perfect setting.
Regardless of our group of 4 being the only booking, Ocean Sailing Charters was willing to take us out on their amazing catamaran for a relaxing afternoon. Super accommodating and professional! 10/10
Our skipper on the Bellavita was very friendly. Thank you for contributing to making our Garden route visit amazing. We will definitely be back again!
We had the most incredible afternoon on board ocean rhythm. The crew were exceptionally professional, friendly and attentive. I would highly recommend booking a sunset cruise. This was a definite highlight of our weekend in Knysna.
It was an awesome experience.
The crew was very informative, professional and accommodating.
Medium Cancellation Policy
The guest can cancel free of charge until 48 hours before arrival. The guest will be charged the total price if they cancel in the 48 hours days before arrival.
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