Waterfront Boat Trips to Robben Island
Robben Island, the small island located off the coast of Cape Town, holds much of South Africa’s history in its soil. Visitors can take a tour through the prison where Nelson Mandela was kept a prisoner for 18 years. The only way to reach the island is by helicopter or ferry, so this is quite a popular boating trip at the V&A.
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Boat Trip to Robben Island Price
Robben Island Ferry
Ferries depart from Nelson Mandela Gateway, Clock Tower Precinct at the V&A Waterfront. Visitors will disembark and re-embark at Murray’s Bay Harbour situated on the east coast of the Island.
Robben Island Ferry Times
The ferries leave the V&A Waterfront at 09:00, 11:00 and 13:00.
They run from Monday to Sunday but will close if the weather is bad.
The trip takes between 20 minutes to an hour. The duration depends largely on which boat is used, as some are slower than others.
It will cost around $30 per adult and $20 per child under the age of 18.
This price includes the tour once you reach Robben Island and the Ferry back to the V&A.
The ferries are wheelchair friendly. Some of them have drinks and snacks onboard for sale, however, there are no restaurants on the island so it’s a good idea to pack snacks to take with you.
Capacity depends on which ferry is in use, but ferries can hold over 100 people, at least.
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