The perfect boat trips
Explore the Knysna Lagoon and Heads on luxury Catamarans
Enjoy nature up close
I want to be wild, beautiful & free...just like the sea
Unsurpassed Luxury
Boat Parties
Private day or sunset charters
Treasured Moments
Unforgettable memories on the Knysna Lagoon
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Are you ready for a Luxury Sailing Adventure in Knysna?

Unforgettable Journeys and Amazing Sunsets

Ocean Sailing Charters and Boat Trips is a family owned and operated business, with a team of passionate people who have brought together our love for travel, fun, sailing, good food and wine! Enjoy a magical sail on the Knysna lagoon, discover the Knysna Heads and explore the Indian Ocean. Once we set sail you can enjoy supping, fishing, swimming or snorkeling depending on the duration of your cruise. Sit back while we treat you to a glass of ice-cold bubbly on the most luxurious Catamarans in the Garden Route, while you keep an eye out for playful seals and dolphins.

 There is nothing that makes you feel more alive than breathing in the fresh ocean air while gazing out over the blue horizon with the sun on your skin. Step into our world and discover the difference.

We have three different boats to choose from and a variety of cruise options.


LaraBella our 55ft flagship Catamaran equipped with spacious trampolines, a braai, a wine cooler, a coffee machine, bar, big lounge saloon area, 4 beautiful en-suite cabins and several fridges. LaraBella can take 12 guests per cruise.


Ocean Rhythm is our 44ft Catamaran equipped with spacious trampolines, a bar, big lounge saloon area and 3 beautiful en-suite cabins. Ocean Rhythm can take 12 guests per cruise.


Bella Vita is our stylish lagoon champagne cruiser. Sit back, relax and enjoy the sunshine. There's a sound system onboard. Bella Vita can take 12 guests per cruise.

Explore the spectacular marine and bird life of the Indian Ocean and the magnificent natural beauty of the Garden Route, on a scenic day cruise, a sunset cruise, or one of our many private charter options.

Private Catamaran Cruises

Inspired itineraries for your private Catamaran cruise in Knysna.

Onboard your cruise you can choose to be as entertained as you wish…try your hand at fishing, learn how to SUP, dive straight off the boat and enjoy swimming in the clear water, or just simply sit back, relax and enjoy every moment.  Speak to our crew to customise a cruise to your liking. On our private charters we can create an exciting journey – Hire a musician, a DJ, a private chef, or a photographer, we can make it all happen. The value, luxury, comfort, space and fun which we offer is unmatched by any operator in the area. Our two Catamarans and Champagne lagoon lounger can take up to 12 guests per boat exclusively.

Try Supping

Stand-up paddleboarding is a water sport born from surfing, with modern roots in Hawaii. Stand-up paddleboarders stand on boards that are floating on the water, and use a paddle to propel themselves through the water. Speak to our team if you would like to try it.

Have a braai on board

Available on LaraBella private Charters

Unwind onboard our luxury catamaran while you treat yourself with the delicious local flavours of our captain's braai, and enjoy the amazing view of the sunset colours while sipping on ice-cold bubbly and feasting on steak.

Hire a musician

Music on the water!

At Ocean Sailing Charters, we transcend the ordinary. Speak to our crew to customize a cruise to your liking. We offer a variety of charter options to suit the particular preferences of each unique guest. If you can dream it, we can do it.


Things to do in Knysna

We sail the most pristine part of the Garden Route, a coastal stretch that runs from the Outeniquas to the Tsitsikamma Mountain range, of which Knysna is the heart. A town situated on the shores of a protected natural basin guarded by two huge geological formations known as the Knysna Heads. The Knysna Basin forms a perfect lake like estuary, a natural bay, and is home to our sailing vessels with the Knysna heads being our passageway to the warmer Indian Ocean. This phenomenon must be one of the most striking natural geographical features along the entire Southern African coastline. Views along this jagged edged coast include small hidden beaches bordered by indigenous fynbos and weathering sandstone formations, that have, through time, created alluring picturesque coves and mysterious stone caverns.  To complete it all, the line of forests and the blue mountains in the distance create the perfect backdrop for this remarkable vista.

Experience the thrill of adventure as you explore Knysna

Knysna is the “heart and soul” of exploration and adventure along the Garden Route. Its natural surroundings make this the perfect destination for sightseeing, foodie experiences, leisure adventures and recreational sport, be it on the water, on land or in the air.

The region boasts mountains, forests, rolling hills and coastal routes. It can be explored while hiking, cycling, running and road tripping by car or motorcycle.  The countryside of Knysna is home to a huge diversity of natural fynbos and indigenous forests. It has a mysterious past which includes wood cutters, gold and elephants. Many legends have been born in this region and untold stories are to be found along the beautiful back roads of the area, go and find them…

Take to the sky in Sedgefield and soar with the birds in a tandem paraglider There are numerous take off sites in the Garden Route which is known as the unofficial paragliding Mecca of South Africa.

Knysna is situated in the middle of the Garden Route National Park, which forms part of a natural Lakes District with an endless network of rivers, lakes and estuaries, all waiting to be explored. Grab a canoe, go kloofing or try water-skiing, stand up paddling, kite surfing or wakeboarding – Knysna is a water sports adventure wonderland. Stretches of unspoilt beaches with rock pools situated alongside the warm waters of the Indian Ocean all add to the large range of activities available in the area. Snorkel along the coast or scuba dive at the notorious Knysna Heads. Sail through the Heads on an exciting adventure, or perhaps enjoy some world-class surfing at Buffalo Bay.

If you tire of adventure, spoil yourself with some shopping or a sunset cruise on the Knysna estuary. Treat yourself to a visit to one of the nearby boutique wine estates and perhaps indulge in a relaxing massage before a delicious meal at any of Knysna’s amazing restaurants which cater for a variety of tastes and offer varied cuisines.

Enjoy the Garden Routes’ abundance of culinary delights, from an oyster experience to the farmers’ markets where you can indulge in the taste of home-grown greens, farmers produce and taste a sample of the ocean’s bounty in the form of seafood.

The Greater Knysna area includes Sedgefield, Buffalo Bay, Rheenendal, Brenton, Belvidere, Knysna and Knoetzie, each unique in its own way. Amidst this large expanse, you are sure to find an adventure that will fill your box of memories, leave a smile on your face and a camera full of photographs.