Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sea Kayaking Trip in Simon's Town.

Last month, we used a Groupon for a sea kayak tour in Simon's Town.

The half- marathoners.

We arose early and had to take the long way to Simon’s Town because of road work and a half marathon running race.

Waiting at the docks.

Starting off.

We were the first to arrive and waited a little to everyone to arrive. The guides provided life vests with pockets on the chest, sun block and water bottles. We were given a brief talk on how to maneuver, and we took off as a group. 

Jackass Penguins.

The Hubs and I weren’t the fastest, and often were at the back of the pack. We paddled out of the dock area, around to the south and ended up at Boulders Beach.  There, some people got out and swam. The Hubs nearly toppled us over when he tried to get back on. There were some kids snorkeling and they put an huge Abalone on our kayak (no pics)! It took some effort to get it off because it had already attached itself. Abalones are protected, so they put it back in the ocean after their “prank.”

Underwater shot of sea weed.

The penguins at Boulders Beach live so close to humans!

Can you spot the seal?

Our guide and the premier South African Navy boat.

On our trip, we saw African "Jackass" Penguins, two seals, and several types of birds.

They didn't even bat an eye when we floated by.

I expected to be very sore in my upper body and arms, however, the next day it was more of my back that was sore.  

The Hubs has been dreaming about getting our own single kayak for days at the beach. Not sure if that'll ever happen, but...

I'd do it again in a heart beat!

Song of the Post: Ocean Breathes Salty by Modest Mouse.


Sami said...

That must have an interesting day out. Never tried Kayaking...

Jenna said...

Your photos are beautiful, Simon's Town is one of my favorite little cities in the cape :)

Glad I found your blog. In terms of your comment about food being cheap, I guess I should specify that it is relatively cheap compared to what I'd normally pay in the united states. I just didn't want my family and friends in the states to read it and think that we are willing to pay $30 a tail for lobster and live like kings. Jurgen's mom got them from Paternoster for super cheap :)

Looking forward to following you!


Blairadise said...

Looks like an awesome trip. Will definitely check it out. Have you guys done the abseiling down Table Mountain yet? That also looks cool!

NGS said...

Penguins!! I want to see some penguins in the wild. You're so lucky!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

You might be sore, but that looks like so much fun!!
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Good Luck!

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Cami said...

Those penguins are so cool!!!!!

Unknown said...

Wow, just read your blog. It's fun to see a foreigners take on South Africa. I live in Simonstown, it's a beautiful beautiful place to be.