When to go to Simon’s Town

Simon’s Town has a Mediterranean climate. The average air temperature in January ranges from 19C/66F to 26C/79F with average water temperature of around 18C/64F. The average air temperature in July ranges from 7C/45F to 17C/63F with average water temperature of 15C/59F. The average water visibility is 12m/39ft, but at some dive sites it can reach up to 25m/82ft.


What to see

There are lots to see from a variety of invertebrates to large fish that visit the area. Here divers can explore such marine species as pineapple fish, crown crab, Bluefin gurnard, shaggy sea hare, biscuit skate, sea squirts, octopus, stingrays, jellyfish and a lot of other fish.

Scuba diving in Simon’s Town

Simon’s Town is located near Cape Town, South Africa, which is located on the shores of False Bay, on the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula. Cape Town International Airport is located in 50km/31mi from it. Simon’s Town is home to the South African Navy. For more than two centuries it has been an important naval base and harbour. Boulders Beach is located a few kilometres to the south of Simon’s Town and is reputed to be amongst the very best beaches in the Cape. It is internationally renowned for being home to one of only three South African colonies of the African Penguins. One of the best scuba diving training areas is Long Beach, which is a shoreline sand bottomed site. The area is a part of the Marine Protected Area. It is known for its moderate conditions, easy access and excellent facilities. The best time of the year to dive there is in the winter when the South Easterly Winds tend not to blow. There are no major wrecks in the area with the exception of a couple of small fishing boats, a barge and some small yacht wrecks. Long Beach is home to a wide variety of marine life. Sharks are rarely found at Long Beach. It is a very popular training site, the depth varies from 5m/16ft to 18m/59ft. Other popular dive sites are SAS PietermaritzburgPyramid RocksCastle RocksA-Frame and The Clan Stuart.

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Autumn in Cape Town is pretty much here, and while there are many who wish that we could eke out just a little bit more summer, this time of year is quite special indeed.

April and May typically fall into the autumn season; marked by gloriously vivid scenery, warm pleasant weather and crisp, cool mornings and evenings. In the southern hemisphere, much like our northern counterparts, this time also represents harvesting and the transition from summer to winter.

Mostly though, autumn is a time to get outdoors and enjoy a more chilled pace of life.

Why We Heart Cape Town Autumn

So what makes this time of year great? Here are a few reasons for starters…

1.       Scenery – yes, we have already brought up the scenery (twice!), but even to a born-and-raised local, the views are quite something to behold. Cape Town is known for its changing seasons, and watching the countryside transform into a landscape of red, orange, gold and brown is simply magical. Even in the City Centre, you will notice the trees and parks take on their pretty autumn colours. Take a drive out to the Winelands or the West Coast, and you will see even more transformation.

2.       Weather – all the way up to May, the average temperature tends to be around 18 degrees Celsius during the day. This is an average however – you can easily enjoy scorching hot sunny days that are perfect for the beach. There may be some chilly days too of course. The summer winds drop down notably, and with the wet season a while away, this is a pleasantly mild time of year to explore the city and its surrounds.

3.       Hiking and Walking – if it’s outdoor stuff you’re keen for, this is a great time to head to Kirstenbosch Gardens or Table Mountain for a good walk or hike. Kirstenbosch showcases the autumn scenery beautifully, and with loads of paths to follow, you can enjoy anything from a gentle stroll to a more challenging hike. Table Mountain’s lower paths, especially on the Signal Hill side, are also fantastic at this time of the year. Other good walking spots include Silvermine Nature Reserve and Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve too (both on the False Bay side).

4.       Food and Wine – harvest time means one thing in this part of the world… loads and loads of perfectly ripe grapes in the vineyards! Of course, wines are created and barrelled at all sorts of times. But that doesn’t change the fact that the Cape Winelands is where you want to be in autumn. On cooler days, fireplaces add a cosy warmth. On warmer days, you can eat outside and look out at the vineyards under the shade of an ancient oak or plane tree. Good food, good wine, good vibes.

5.       Activities – there’s plenty else to do besides wine tasting of course. White shark diving is excellent from now until spring, with good visibility for spotting sharks. You can also check out the scenery from a whole new perspective with abseiling, paragliding or even a helicopter flight. Check out the comedy circuit around Long Street during the evenings, or stop past Neighbourhood bar for a pub quiz night. Families, older travellers, couples and single travellers of all ages and stages will find lots to do – day and night; indoor and outdoor.


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One of South Africa’s oldest towns and Naval base, Simon’s Town (sometimes misspelt as Simons Town or Simonstown) is a picturesque and historical town where many happy memories are waiting to be made just 35km outside Cape Town. From the Toy and Navy museums to the eateries and shops, here’s how you should plan your day in Simon’s Town.


Start the day with a walk and a bite to eat, to prepare for the day ahead.


Start the day with an audio tour to get a sense of the lay of the land. The tour starts atthe station, takes in the “historic mile”, and ends in the village centre where all activities are based. The tour is narrated by the local author  Maureen Miller.



The audio tour ends within ambling distance of two of our favourite places to grab a bite. The Sweetest Thing offers an exceptional array of mouth-watering cakes, pastries, pies and sweet treats that are proudly local. Stop by Monocle & Mermaid for a hot cup of coffee, pastries or wrap and browse their local art and music on sale while soaking up their charming décor.


Visiting the African Penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach is high on everyone’s must-see list and you simply can’t leave without saying hello to our monochromatic friends. Boulders is a part of the South African National Parks and all along the penguin viewing path you’ll be able to see penguins in their natural habitat. At Foxy Beach you can also have a swim with the penguins!




Once you return from Boulders, you should have some time to explore the village before lunch.


Work up an appetite for lunch with Simon’s Town’s most affordable entertainment. The Simon’s Town Museum, SA Naval Museum and Warrior Toy Museum have collections that will have you reminiscing.  You can delve into the heart of the Muslim community’s heritage by visiting the Heritage Museum in King George’s Way.

Simon's Town's Warrior Toy Museums
The Warrior Toy Museum in Simon’s Town will take you down memory lane. Picture by Estee de Villiers



On Jubilee Square, you’ll find the statue of the Great Dane Just Nuisance who is a legend in these parts. Enlisted in the 1930s, Just Nuisance is the most famous dog in Naval History. There’s also a special display for him at the Simon’s Town Museum and his grave site on Red Hill is also a frequent stop for visitors.

Just NuisanceThe Statue of Just Nuisance on Jubilee Square in Simon’s Town



Dine on a seafood platter, oysters, prawns or the catch of the day at local favourite Bertha’s as you look out onto the harbour. For classic fish and chips, check out the Salty Sea Dog just across the way in Wharf Street  If you’re heading towards Cape Point, stop over at the Black Marlin for great views and a relaxing atmosphere as you enjoy some fresh seafood.

Bertha's restaurant



There are a few options of what to do come afternoon, depending on your interests. Here are our suggestions.


Let your arms do the work and kayak along the coastline to visit the penguins at Boulders Beach. If you’re looking to get into the water, dive with the experts of Pisces Divers and see how beautiful the waters of Simon’s Town are from below.


If you want to see the famed great white shark up close in False Bay, then you’re spoilt for choice. There are many service providers who can take you on an adventure into shark-infested water, with activities ranging from cage or scuba diving to breaching and predation tours. African Shark Eco-Charters, Apex Shark Expeditions, Pisces Divers, and Shark Explorers are all accredited organisations offering a variety of shark-based activities.


Visit the Jubilee Square for all kind of craft and souvenirs and pop by the Little Shop on the Square for more. There’s also a great selection of vintage, second-hand and charity stores along the main road, so keep your eyes and ears open for a bargain or ten.


Awaken your inner sailor and head to the seas where you can go whale watching (between June and November) and appreciate the splendour of Cape Point from the ocean. A cruise to Cape Point with Simon’s Town Boat Company offers everything from whales (in season) and exploring ocean caves, to stunning cliff faces and the most spectacular view of Cape Point from offshore.


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