Live the experience

Captain Jack’s is the only licensed Whale and Dolphin watching operator in Hout Bay, so as soon as there’s a sighting we can get you out to see them on our ready to go, fast boat with one of our knowledgeable and informative Skippers.

Whale and Dolphin watching are life-changing experiences for many people. The Atlantic Ocean waters off South Africa are home to a diverse range of marine creatures and Hout Bay is uniquely positioned to see many of them in their natural habitat.

There’s nothing more exciting than seeing real wildlife in one of the most stunning bays in the world! We have Whales, Dolphins and Seals all visiting regularly and we are uniquely positioned to be the only boat operator that can get you out to see them as soon as they appear.

It truly is an amazing experience and one to tick off your bucket list!

Our High Speed Boat

Our fabulous boat is a CAWSAW 8.5m Gemini semi-rigid RIB, with two 4-stroke 200HP Yamaha Engines. It complies with all the regulations set by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA). The SAMSA approved safety equipment on board includes a radio, life jackets, a first aid kit and flares.

The boat can accommodate up to 10 Passengers and it’s always on standby to get you out to the sea life as quickly as possible as soon as they are spotted in the bay.

There is no age range to ride in the boat, the only restrictions are that all children must be over 120cm, but we do suggest a minimum of 5 years. All passengers should be able to reach the handrails and hold on firmly. Passengers aged less than 18 years must have an adult sign the indemnity on their behalf.

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Our Crew

James Wreyford

James has been a skipper for more than 10 years with lots of local knowledge on the area and sea life you’ll encounter. He’s a fully qualified skipper and has all his STCW qualifications. He used to be a Sales Manager in the marine industry and his love for fishing and boats led him to a full time career as Skipper. He loves that boat charters give him the opportunity to meet lovely people from all over the world

Brent Thomas

Brent is a qualified and registered Tour Guide who assists us as a guide when we conduct our Boat Based Whale Watching Tours. He has been involved in the tourism industry in Hout Bay for many years and is an expert cultural and nature site guide for the area.

Fayroes Matthee

Fayroes Matthee has been part of the Captain Jacks Team since June 2018. She has a diploma in Information Technology and is currently studying boat based whale and dolphin watching through Comet Training.
She will greet you with a friendly smile when you visit us at Hout Bay Harbour.

A fabulous experience – don’t just take our word on it

I went with friends on the Captain Jack’s speedboat tour of Hout Bay- what a ride! Take your adrenaline junky friends with you and have the time of your life. The tour was approx 45 minutes on a zodiac type boat fitted with 12 seats that you “ride” like a horse. We cruised past Chapman’s Peak, Seal Island and around the working harbour in Hout Bay but the best part (and not for the faint of heart or those who would rather stay bone dry) we sped around the bay on a 2 metre swell!!


I went there a month ago with my friends on a speedboat it was an amazing experience, will definitely go back again.


Thanks so much for allowing us to achieve our Life’s dream in spending time on the water with Whales AND Dolphins.. Totally Amazeballs!!! Dreams really do come true!!

Chris and Isabelle

“WOW , WOW, AND MORE WOW, What a place, what an experience!! Not to be missed! An awesome Bay, with a great crew and Captain Jacks on hand to make the whole thing real…”

Lyndon and Neil

What a awesome afternoon checking out beautiful Hout Bay on Captain Jack’s speedboat, thrills and spectacular views, the guide Greg was very informative.


We went on the adventure tour from Hout Bay harbour in the Captain Jack’s speed boat. Being a Hout Bay local I thought I had seen all that there was to see in the bay… I was proven so wrong.

Our guide and skipper took us to the hidden cave, seal sanctuary, and then showed us Chappies and seal island from a completely different angle. I was impressed with the local knowledge! Thrown into the mix was a lot of speed, quite a few turns, some big waves and a fair amount of spray. I absolutely loved the experience… it certainly got my heart rate up!


Hout Bay, Cape Town

The name Hout Bay dates back to 1653, and relates to the quantity of excellent timber, from the existing Yellow wood trees, which early Dutch settlers found to be growing in its ravines.

Hout Bay, meaning “Wood Bay” is a suburb of Cape Town and is situated in a valley on the Atlantic seaboard of the Cape Peninsula, twenty kilometres south of the Cape Town.

The Hout Bay bay has a beautiful white sandy beach and is popular attraction for tourists and locals alike. Hout Bay has one of the busiest harbours in the Western Cape with a thriving tuna, snoek and crayfish industry. The harbour boasts the Atlantic Yacht Club and several restaurants including; Mariners Wharf a seafood emporium that is recognised at the 9th most visited tourist attraction in Cape Town.