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Boutique Boat Cruises on Knysna Lagoon

Knysna's Magic Boat Cruises

 EXPERIENCE ONE OF THE MOST IMPRESSIVE BOAT CRUISES IN KNYNSA
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. 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. Discover the magic, discover fun!  Delight your palate with items from our Nest platters or oysters, all available on pre-order. #Feelthemagic #MagicLagoonCharters

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.

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The Magic Fleet

Coquette

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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Pamela

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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Olympic Flame

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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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

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 available on pre-order.

Fully licensed bar and platters available pre-order.

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 on pre-order

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

Dogs Welcome

WE WELCOME DOGS ON BOARD ON ANY ROMANTIC OR PRIVATE CRUISE
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.

Explore

If  you are wondering what’s next after a day of excitement with the Magic Lagoon Crew. Here’s a handy guide of exciting things to do, which we’ve put together from a local and tourist’s perspective.

  • Explore Thesen Islands for shopping, dining, and viewing the Knysna seahorse. Visit Sanparks to view the knysna Sea Horse. Eat delicious sushi at Tapas or Sirocco Restaurant.
  • Admire the ancient castles at Noetzie beach
  • Take a walk in the Garden of Eden forest
  • Swim at Buffels Bay Beach
  • Watch the best sunsets at Brenton-on-Sea and grab lunch or dinner at Butterfly Blu Restaurant
  • Go shopping in town, especially along Main Road for African arts and souvenirs.
  • Visit the Knysna Mall for an incredible shopping experience and a variety of designer brands.

Reviews

star rating  Wonderfull experience! We had a lot of fun!! Thank you to the team for making this a moment for the books!

avatar thumb Maryke33
November 10, 2022

star rating  Was an amazing experience in family.
We enjoyed a lot every time and our chat!!!
The view is wonderful!

cilasm28
May 4, 2022

star rating  Great patron music and drinks.
Amazing views in a relaxing atmosphere. Great to meet the crew. We will come back!

F758CDdiegol
August 23, 2022

star rating  Amazing trip to the heads and waterfront with the vintage Pamela speed boat. Beautiful views. A must.

JohannesOnHoliday
August 11, 2022

star rating  Lovely relaxing cruise on a beautiful boat. Great service and info from the captain. We had a blast and made new friends.

avatar thumb Sharne K
April 28, 2023

star rating  Spontaneous adventure - Magic Lagoon Charters took us on a great cruise and Captain Peter was friendly and full of knowlegde

923yolandio
November 8, 2022