How much will a day at indulgent sea cost you in South Africa
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With South Africa blessed with many warm days in winter, nothing is more appealing than spending an indulgent day at sea. Celebrities like Bonang Matheba, Somizi Mhlongo and Leonardo DiCaprio are among the celebrities known to enjoy sailing trips. when they travel, and now you can too. Perfect for social distancing, these day trips on state-of-the-art charters are thriving during the pandemic. If money isn’t an issue, these deluxe offerings can suit your every whim, whether you’re looking for champagne brunches, marine spas, or a DJ for a sunset party.
Here are some options in South Africa:
Take a scenic four-hour cruise from the Cape Town V&A Waterfront aboard Enigma. The ultramodern catamaran sails to Clifton Bay or Table Bay. In addition to savoring the luxurious finishes, guests can savor exquisite meals, dance to a DJ, and venture out on a stand-up paddleboard, all for an additional fee. The four-hour trip costs R24,000 for up to 30 guests. Visit www.waterfrontcharters.co.za/
Luxury yacht charter
Spend a day relaxing at sea aboard the Mirage, an extravagant catamaran equipped with all the comforts for a stress-free trip. Offering breathtaking views of Cape Town, the excursion sails around Table Bay and surrounding areas. Upon arrival, enjoy a glass of champagne while soaking up the panoramic view that surrounds you. Once at sea, enjoy the floating pool, conquer the water slide or try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding. Selected menus, a DJ and other luxury amenities are arranged upon request. The eight-hour trip costs R132,000 for up to 80 passengers. Visit https://luxuryyachtcharters.co.za/.
For those who are adventurous, the Raggy Charters Day Cruise with Shark Cage Dive offers plenty of thrill. Travelers meet at the Nelson Mandela Bay Yacht Club in Port Elizabeth Harbor. During the trip you may spot bottlenose dolphins, humpback dolphins, southern right whales, humpback whales, minke whales, Cape fur seals and various species of sharks. And, you can get a front row seat for all the Sardine Run action if you travel during their migration.
There is a stop at Bird Island, home to 250,000 northern gannets, the largest breeding colony on the planet. The 19-hectare island also offers excellent views of African penguins and the lighthouse. Shark cage diving takes place at Black Rocks. Here you can enjoy great white shark diving and cage viewing. Sainte-Croix Island and the Alexandria dune field are also part of the itinerary. The cost of a private tour for 12 people is $ 6,000 (R85,317). Tours depend on the weather. Visit www.raggycharters.co.za/.
Nautical aquatic adventures
Gather family or friends for a breathtaking harbor fishing trip. Board one of Aqua Nautical Adventures’ luxury ships to explore Durban Harbor and its famous fishing grounds.
Aqua Nautical Adventures supplies all rods, reels, tackle and bait. You just need to bring your own food and drinks. After fishing, relax by the dock while the team spins your fish, or set up the gas braai for lunch. The four hour port trip costs R2,800 and R15,000 for a 12 hour trip. One-hour family cruises are available for R1 250 a trip that can accommodate up to 10 people. Visit www.aquanautical.co.za/.
Expect a sleek exterior, upscale interior, and luxurious comfort when you board Madevu Charters at Wilson’s Wharf in Durban. A two hour ride costs R6,000. Facilities include a fully stocked cash bar, open terrace, 42 inch plasma screen, living and dining area, audio system with speakers, ladies’ facilities and men and more.
Passengers, for an additional fee, can request to add experiences. These include massages, catering, champagne or whatever your heart desires. Of course, advance notice is required.
“Whatever your requirements, we will do everything possible to provide a flawless and unforgettable function,” he says on his website. Visit www.madevucharters.co.za/.