The Magic Cruise

THE MAGIC BOAT CRUISE EXPERIENCE
The Knysna Lagoon is one of the best water activity destinations in South Africa, unspoilt and pristine with an abundance of marine and bird life. The Magic Lagoon Boat Cruise experience provides you with the most enriching and luxurious journey on the Knysna lagoon. Join us as we travel though the channels in search of the best life has to offer, with every luxury included, and discover a truly unrivaled experience. Delight your palate with items from our platters, or enjoy a light lunch or oysters, all available on pre-order. #Feelthemagic #MagicLagoonCharters

The Magic Fleet

Coquette

12 Pax
Classic & Classy

Explore Knysna in a 100 year old Thames Slipper Launch. Step into classic luxury while you cruise on the pristine Knysna Lagoon, and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Our Captain will show you the Knysna Heads and surrounds, while you sip on ice cold bubbly and enjoy wonderful snacks and oysters. The oldest operating vessel in Africa. A magical experience!

Pamela

9 Pax
Stunning & Stylish

A Vintage Mahogany Speed Boat, fine wines and spectacular views. This Seafari shows you the best of the Knysna from the red bridge to the Knysna heads. Discover beautiful marine and bird life along the shores of Knysna. Spoil yourself with our variety of drinks and snacks available on preorder. Smallest operating pub in South Africa! *Belvidere pickup available

Olympic Flame

10 Pax
Cruise like the Gods

The Best Motor Yacht for the Best. Immerse yourself in this festive yacht experience. Music on the water is perfectly paired with a toast of champagne, delicious cuisine, laughter or even dancing to the occasion. Delight your palate with a light lunch or oysters, all available on preorder. The ultimate excursion with family and friends. Perfect for events and birthdays.

Our Magic Cruises​

The Heads Cruise

Thesen Island to the Knysna Heads and back

“Cruise the Heads” and the Knysna Lagoon aboard any vessel from The Magic Fleet. Depart from The Magic Quay on Thesen Island and cruise to the Knysna heads while enjoying snacks, drinks, and the natural splendour of the Knysna lagoon

Fully licenced bar and platters available

Duration
1 – 1 ½ hours (depends on tides and weather)

Departures Schedule
Summer – 10am, Noon, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm
Winter – 10am,Noon, 2pm, 4pm 

 

The Heads Cruise

Thesen Island to the Knysna Heads and back

“Cruise the Heads” and the Knysna Lagoon aboard any vessel from The Magic Fleet. Depart from The Magic Quay on Thesen Island and cruise to the Knysna heads while enjoying snacks, drinks, and the natural splendour of the Knysna lagoon

Fully licenced bar and platters available

Duration
1 – 1 ½ hours (depends on tides and weather)

Departures Schedule
Summer – 10am, Noon, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm
Winter – 10am, Noon, 2pm, 4pm 

The Romantic Cruise

Depart Thesen Island for your Bespoke Private Romantic Cruise

Be the Captain of her Heart and spoil her on a Private Romantic Cruise aboard any vessel from The Magic Fleet. Imagine, just the two of you and the freedom of the open water – arrange a truly special treat by adding French Champagne & Oysters… we cater for any special request!

Fully licensed bar and platters available

Duration
1 to 1 ½ hours (depends on tides and weather – if you would like to book a longer cruise, then the previous time slot becomes two hours long. I.e., if you book the 10am, 12 and 2pm slots your cruise starts at 10 and ends at 3:30pm) 

Departures Schedule
Summer – 10am, Noon, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm
Winter – 10am, Noon, 2pm, 4pm  

 

The Romantic Cruise

Depart Thesen Island for your Bespoke Private Romantic Cruise

Be the Captain of her Heart and spoil her on a Private Romantic Cruise aboard any vessel from The Magic Fleet. Imagine, just the two of you and the freedom of the open water – arrange a truly special treat by adding French Champagne & Oysters… we cater for any special request!

Fully licensed bar and platters available

Duration
1 to 1 ½ hours (depends on tides and weather – if you would like to book a longer cruise, then the previous time slot becomes two hours long. I.e., if you book the 10am, 12 and 2pm slots your cruise starts at 10 and ends at 3:30pm) 

Departures Schedule
Summer – 10am, Noon, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm
Winter – 10am, Noon, 2pm, 4pm

The Private Cruise

Depart Thesen Island for your Bespoke Private Cruise 

Avoid the crowds by booking a private cruise aboard any vessel from The Magic Fleet for You, Your family, and your close friends. Cruise safely on the Knysna lagoon aboard your own privately chartered vessel. Choose your route, destination, and a drink to enjoy with those closest to you.

Fully licensed bar and platters available

Duration
1 to 1 ½ hours (depends on tides and weather – if you would like to book a longer cruise, then the previous time slot becomes two hours long. I.e., if you book the 10am, 12 and 2pm slots your cruise starts at 10 and ends at 3:30pm) 

Departures Schedule
Summer – 10am, Noon, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm
Winter – 10am, Noon, 2pm, 4pm  

 

The Private Cruise

Depart Thesen Island for your Bespoke Private Cruise 

Avoid the crowds by booking a private cruise aboard any vessel from The Magic Fleet for You, Your family, and your close friends. Cruise safely on the Knysna lagoon aboard your own privately chartered vessel. Choose your route, destination, and a drink to enjoy with those closest to you.

Fully licensed bar and platters available

Duration
1 to 1 ½ hours (depends on tides and weather – if you would like to book a longer cruise, then the previous time slot becomes two hours long. I.e., if you book the 10am, 12 and 2pm slots your cruise starts at 10 and ends at 3:30pm) 

Departures Schedule
Summer – 10am, Noon, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm
Winter – 10am, Noon, 2pm, 4pm

Cruise Extras

Platt Menu

The Viceroy
Caviar, Fios Gras & French Champagne

The Admiral
Oysters & French Champagne

The Captain
Sushi Platter & M.C.C sparkling wine

The Bosuns
Seafood Platter & Local White Wine

The First Mate
Cheese & Charcuterie platter & local White Wine

The Privateer
Biltong, Nuts, dried fruit & Gin Special

The Cabin Crew
Sandwich, chocolate, soda, lucky packet, eye patch and bandana

The Romantic
Oysters and Leopards Leap M.C.C

Picnic Menu

The Viceroy
Caviar, Fios Gras & French Champagne

The Admiral
Oysters & French Champagne

The Captain
Sushi Platter & M.C.C sparkling wine

The Bosuns
Seafood Platter & Local White Wine

The First Mate
Cheese & Charcuterie platter & local White Wine

The Privateer
Biltong, Nuts, dried fruit & Gin Special

The Cabin Crew
Sandwich, chocolate, soda, lucky packet, eye patch and bandana

The Romantic
Oysters and Leopards Leap M.C.C

The Magic Quay

Magic Lagoon Charters
Boat Cruises and Charters on The Knysna Lagoon

Decadent Wines, Spirits & Malts
Online bottle store and delivery service on The Knysna Lagoon 

Magic Antiques & Artifacts
Small, high value marine and nautical antiques and artifacts for sale

Magic Ice Cream
Ice cream, popcorn, and slush puppies for sale

Magic Picnics
Picnic baskets for cruises, in collaboration with Tapa’s Kitchen

The Sand Bar
Drinks & Coffee Bar @ The Magic Quay

The Magic Team
Peter, James, Jodi & Pete 

 

The Magic Quay

Magic Lagoon Charters
Boat Cruises and Charters on The Knysna Lagoon

Decadent Wines, Spirits & Malts
Online bottle store and delivery service on The Knysna Lagoon 

Magic Antiques & Artifacts
Small, high value marine and nautical antiques and artifacts for sale

Magic Ice Cream
Ice cream, popcorn, and slush puppies for sale

Magic Picnics
Picnic baskets for cruises, in collaboration with Tapa’s Kitchen

The Sand Bar
Drinks & Coffee Bar @ The Magic Quay

The Magic Team
Peter, James, Jodi & Pete 

 

The Belvidere Cruise

Pick up and drop off at Belvidere
Pamela only

Thesen Island
Water-Limo Service

Pick up and drop off in Thesen Island 
Pamela only, Thesen Residents/ Guests only

Photographer aboard!

The Captain is a Photographer, he will take photos & videos and share them with you for free on WhatsApp, please tag us on Instagram at #magic_lagooncharters with any of your amazing photos!!!

The Belvidere Cruise

Pick up and drop off at Belvidere
Pamela only

Thesen Island
Water-Limo Service

Pick up and drop off in Thesen Island 
Pamela only, Thesen Residents/ Guests only

Photographer aboard!

The Captain is a Photographer, he will take photos & videos and share them with you for free on WhatsApp, please tag us on Instagram at #magic_lagooncharters with any of your amazing photos!!!

Explore

Reviews

star rating  I would recommend anyone to start with this activity. Peter’s great knowledge about Knysna and the lagoon is very important. Owner driven charters are the best. That wooden boat is... read more

tebogomasike
May 4, 2022

star rating  It was a lovely, magical experience. A really lovely way to experience the fantastic Knysna Lagoon. I can recommend this to everyone

Sonjacx
March 21, 2022

star rating  The boat was very beautiful,well taken care of . The guide was very friendly which made the ride more fun . Always open on taking our pictures was with 3... read more

Bite_a_mellow
May 9, 2022

star rating  The knowledge, friendly service and amazing views was awesome. Must do when in knysna, very memorable experience.

nicolemD2382AY
March 22, 2022

star rating  Went on the speedboat for a trip to the Heads. Nice boat, beautiful views and accompanied by a very fun captain!

wutru
March 31, 2022

star rating  What an amazing experience ..Firstly the captain was really friendly and was great company.
He took his time and explained about the history of the place and didn't rush... read more

Rai840204
March 31, 2022