Top 5 Water Sport Activities in Knysna for making a Summer Splash


Life on the lagoon is filled with an endless opportunity for admiring breath-taking sunrises and sunsets; for lavishing in the refreshing summer breeze and of course, for enjoying a wide variety of water sports. If you stay with us, you’ll have access to the hotel kayaks (at a nominal fee) where you can simply grab a paddle and spend the day exploring the many waterway canals for which Thesen Island is well-known. You can even venture further into open water on the lagoon should the fancy strike you, and give yourself a great workout in the interim while you take in the beautiful scenery.

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If you’re keen, Buffalo Bay is only about 20minutes away and you can finally use these summer holidays to take up surfing. Learn the difference between a short board and a long board and find your groove on the waves without breaking a sweat by enrolling for lessons with one of the local surf schools like  It’s never too late to learn something new!

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Wake Boarding

Looking for something a little more intense? How about giving wake-boarding a whirl? The lagoon is perfect for gaining proficiency in the basics before you can move on to racking up a few tricks on the water as shown here by British blogger and travel enthusiast, Mr Joe Morgan. Read more about his adventure on the water here.

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Maybe you’re more of an ‘on top of the water’ than ‘in the water’ type and would like nothing better than the spray of salt in your hair and the gentle rocking of the hull beneath you? No problem. With Ocean Odyssey you can enjoy a whale or dolphin watching adventure out on the water and not need to even get your toes wet.  You could also take a ferry trip out across the estuary on the John Benn – we recommend a sunset trip – just be sure to take something warm to bundle into as it can get rather chilly once the sun begins to sink below the horizon…

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Hold on a minute, you say. This is all rather tame for me. I want to be under the water! In that case, you need to plan a scuba or snorkelling excursion! You may even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the famous Knysna Sea Horse in its natural habitat! Knysna offers something for beginners to even more experienced divers who can explore the shipwreck of the Paquita at the Knysna Heads. Find out more here.

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