Sunshine Coast Tourism
The 6th Wonder of our world

Eastern Cape, South Africa

Boating

BOATING

Kowie River, Port Alfred 

With 22 km of navigable river, boating and skiing are probably the most popular past times in Port Alfred.  The small boat harbour, which is next to the Royal Alfred Marina, is home to private boats of all descriptions, from private ski boats, fishing boats, millionaire's yachts, canoes and rafts.  Across the river, at the mouth of the harbour, is the Ski Boat Club, which is host to the NSRI (National Sea Rescue Institute).

Registrations for boats can be obtained at the Harbour Masters office, in the small boat harbour. Tel/Fax 046-624-4587. 

Boats can be launched at the small boat harbour or at the old Municipal slipway, near the tourism office.

We host the most wonderful fishing competitions.  Port Alfred is famous for having the distinction of being the third largest "line fishing port" in South Africa.

Waterskiing is allowed at the Bay of Biscay, between Bells Reach and Centenary Park. Between Centenary Park and Rabbit Rock. Please observe the skiing zones demarcated alongside the river.

Please be aware of the wake-free/dead-slow zone from the Nico Malan bridge to the end of the marina near the mouth.

River Cruises

Unwinding on our river cruise is a lovely way to spend the morning or afternoon viewing the scenery on our river. Our cruises leave from the Small Boat Harbor in Port Alfred, our vessels are covered barges. You are welcome to bring along a packed picnic to enjoy, alternatively join us for one of our popular braai cruises: we can also host special events such as birthday parties etc, This is a wonderful way to spend 1.5 to hours learning a bit about our history. Even though we have a stunning coastline, some would argue that the scenery around our river could easily compete being almost postcard perfect!!!  Read more.....

Sea and Adrenalin Cruises

If you love the smell of the sea, a breeze tousling your hair our sea cruises are for you! Relax and enjoy the scenic views of our stunning coastline. Early mornings or late afternoons are a perfect time for our sea cruises as we watch the sun rise or set over the Indian Ocean (don't forget your camera)!  If you are young and wild at heart try your hand at our adrenaline cruise; we guarantee no rollercoaster will ever seem quite as daunting again! P.S. We provide wetsuits, expect to get soaked!!  Read more.....

Fishing Charters  

If you find yourself looking for a different way to spend your afternoon why not try your hand at bottom fishing with our friendly skippers and the great part is, you get to keep what you catch! (Within bag limits) Your Rods, reels and bait are supplied for you so you just need to bring warm clothing, hat, sun block, snacks and drinks. Please Note:  All people intending to fish must have a valid fishing license.  These licenses are available at any post office for a small fee.  Read more.....

Skippers Licences

Sea Going: Cat E for vessels only going 1Nm offshore, Cat C for vessels going up to 15Nm offshore and lastly Cat B for vessels going up to 40Nm offshore.

River: If you are a skipper who would prefer to trawl along our beautifulKowieRiver and operate a vessel with an engine over 15hp you will need to get a Cat R skippers License. The Cat R also covers all inland waters, estuaries, lagoons & ports.

Skippers Tuition: To qualify for a skippers licence you must have logged at least 25 – 50 skippering hours.  At Outdoor Focus we offer skippering tuition, skipper’s evaluation before your practical exam and Kowie River Mouth training to help you qualify as a skipper.  

For more information on skippers licence, read more.....

 Jet Ski

Please note: Jet Skis may be launched at the small boat harbour in Port Alfred and may then proceed down the Kowie River mouth towards the mouth and out to sea.   No jet ski's are allowed upriver in the Kowie River.   

 

 

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