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Knysna's Magic Boat Cruises

Embark on an Unforgettable Journey: Discover the Tranquility of the Knysna Lagoon with our range of Boutique Boat Cruises offered aboard our Unique Fleet of Vintage Vessels
Our Unique Fleet of Vintage Vessels offers a fun, enriching Boat Cruise experience, an activity that will make you smile and smile again for days after! Join us as we travel though the channels to the famous Knysna Heads, in search of the best life has to offer, with every luxury included. 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. Delight your palate with items from our Turbine and Nest platters, or oysters, all available on pre-order. We are fully licensed. Discover the magic, discover fun! #Feelthemagic #MagicLagoonCharters

The Magic Boats


12 Pax
Classic & Classy

Explore Knysna in our 104-year-old Thames River Launch which we imported from London to its Knysna home in 2019. Built from solid mahogany and designed to seat up to twelve passengers in absolute comfort. It has an open and covered area for you to enjoy the sun or sit in the shade.  Built in 1919, Coquette, meaning flirty, is an antique and the oldest operating vessel in Africa. Explore the lagoon, see the Knysna Heads up close and personal, all the while sipping on chilled bubbly or a selection of Knysna gin available at our fully licensed bar on pre-order.
A historical experience.
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9 Pax
Stunning & Stylish

A Vintage Champagne Cruiser, Pamela is perfect for exploring the entire lagoon from the red bridge to the Knysna heads. Built from solid mahogany she has space for nine people, includes a bowrider and we take it slow on the lagoon. Our “James Bond” boat, her beautiful lines and rich varnished wood makes her perfect for photos. Spoil yourself with our variety of drinks at our fully licensed bar on pre-order.
The smallest licenced pub in South Africa!
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12 Pax
Stunning & Stylish

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10 Pax – Min 4
Cruise like the Gods

A Luxury Motor Yacht, Olympic Flame is perfect for romantic and private cruises, events and birthdays.. Equipped with a cabin, toilet, kitchenette, and sundeck she is perfect for anchoring at the heads for the afternoon. Immerse yourself in this festive yacht experience, go swimming or suntan on the deck. Music on the water is perfectly paired with a toast of champagne, delicious platters (available on pre-order), laughter or even dancing to the occasion. The ultimate yacht excursion with family and friends. Let the fun begin!
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Ready for an Epic Boutique Boat Adventure? Enjoy views of wildlife, stunning sunsets and more! 
Get ready to discover the best secret spots and hidden gems to make your boutique boat cruise an unforgettable experience.

Speak to our crew to create an amazing adventure! You’ll have the chance learn about local history, culture and wildlife as you explore all that Knysna has to offer. There’s something truly magical about experiencing the world from a new perspective on the beautiful Knysna Lagoon! Looking for a sunset cruise? Choose from our list of Knysna activities below, we have a variety of boats and options like sunset cruises, scenic adventure cruises, wooden classic boat trips and luxury motorised yachts cruises. Choose a trip with one of our experienced Captains below. Our online booking system will show you the prices and availability by the hour.


Our Magic Cruises​

The Knysna 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 on pre-order

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 available on pre-order.

Fully licensed bar and platters available pre-order.

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 on pre-order

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  


Dogs Welcome

They are a part of the family, so why not set sail with your furry friend.
Dogs are welcome on any romantic or private cruise. Kindly note that this has to be specified at the time of booking.


star rating  We had an excellent (private) boattrip with a lot of explanations & tips about the lagoon and Knysna! Very kids friendly as well! Afterwards we received pictures and movies... read more

October 17, 2022

star rating  What a beautiful experience our family had. Such a warm welcome from the captain and his crew members. So patient with us as we were asking a million questions.... read more

March 21, 2022

star rating  The cruise experience was very pleasant. The boat is very comfortable making it an ideal excursion even for first timers.
Our boat captain Peter is very excellent, he gave... read more

Mazin S
July 19, 2022

star rating  This is such a nice way to explore the area from the water! It is very relaxed, especially with the captain's insightful conversations..he's hilarious . The staff was super friendly... read more

August 9, 2022

star rating  The cruise was very well organized. The crew were all excellent, and in particular Peter, our cruise captain/director, who was fantastic. The personalized treatment on this cruise was very special.... read more

avatar thumb BonganiKraya
January 24, 2023

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

March 21, 2022