Some Walvis Bay
Some Walvis Bay activities
include kite surfing.Kite surfers set off from the nearby water sports centre, flying across the
lagoon towards the speed strip on the other side of the lagoon entrance, scary stuff sometimes
watching them perform their airborne acrobatics – but great fun to watch. Novice windsurfers are also good
entertainment, especially when the wind is pumping and they have to try and navigate away from The Raft, a
few have ended up jumping off just before their board has collided with a pole.
Windsurfers and Kite Surfers alike, break world speed records at
the annual Speed Week championships which have been held in Walvis Bay for the past three years since it was
discovered to be one of the best sites in the world due to the wind and water
In recent years Walvis
Bay Lagoon has developed into a growing watersports destination.
In addition for the past two years a team of renowned yachtsmen
and women from Australia, Sweden and the UK forming the VESTAS SAILROCKET speed sailing attempt, have been
semi-resident in Walvis Bay while they try to break the Outright World Speed Sailing record. On December the
3rd, 2008 they became the fastest 'boat' in the world and returned in January 2009 to attempt to take the
Outright record off the kiteboarders. The Outright record currently stands at 50.57 knots... around
Kayaking is also popular on the lagoon, an ideal way to enjoy
the peaceful serenity and get up close to the birds for some excellent photo opportunities. For details about
guided kayaking trips you can contact Jeanne Meintjies from Eco-marine Kayak Tours. She also does trips out
to Pelican Point where the heavyside Dolphins swim alongside and the trip includes a paddle past the seal
colony - great fun watching the baby seals playing in the waves. Out at the point there is also the chance of
seeing Humpback Whales, Southern Right Whales, Orcas (Killer Whales) Leatherback Turtles and the Bottle nosed
Dolphins that also visit The Raft.
If you’re not feeling quite so energetic then there’s always the
option of hopping aboard one of the pleasure boats that also visit the point.
The route that the pleasure boats take includes; views of the
harbour, a couple of old ship wrecks, the guano harvesting platform and the oyster farms. You can choose
between the standard ski boat trips or the excitement of a Sailing Catamaran although whether the sails go up
or not depends a bit on the weather!!! Most of the boats also give you the chance to get up close and
personal with the local seals – big, well-fed guys who spend their day being paid in fishy snacks for
performing on the boat deck to the delight of visitors, it also means that they have perfected their skills
in becoming extremely photogenic and seal kisses feature in many a tourists photo