During Nautica‘s recent visit to Cape Town, Oceania Cruises guests enjoyed a shore excursion that explored the majestic beauty of the Cape Peninsula. These gorgeous pictures feature Fish Hoek Beach situated on False Bay, where guests soaked in the sun while watching the local people, and their dogs, roam along the beautiful shoreline.

Dogs N Beach

As the excursion continued, Nautica‘s guests visited Table Mountain National Park and climbed to the top of Cape Point.

Coast Climbers

Their reward was the magnificent view from this long-retired lighthouse. Built in 1860, the lighthouse was often obscured by sea mist and now serves as a monitoring point for the numerous lighthouses situated on South Africa’s coastline. History tells many tales of hardship for sailing vessels traveling around the Cape of Good Hope, and these lighthouses continue to serve a most useful purpose.

Lighthouse

The large rocks on the beach led guests to one of the most anticipated highlights of the excursion — the Boulders Beach Penguin Colony. As the African penguins are in the midst of nesting season, Nautica guests were able to witness some of the new arrivals. This sanctuary is home to thousands of these endangered penguins in addition to a variety of birds and other animals that enjoy this protected space. The bay itself offered visitors the opportunity to see whales, sharks and dolphins.

Coast

Penguin

Bird Egg

Nautica has now crossed the Indian Ocean to resume her journeys throughout the Asian continent. But the images of the Cape Peninsula leave little doubt that Cape Town is a must-see port of call for an upcoming Oceania Cruises vacation.