The village of Hout Bay is situated along the Atlantic coastline of the Cape Peninsula. The word Hout means wood in Afrikaans and was named such because of the forest found here when the first explorers discovered the bay. Wood was harvested from the area for boat building and construction purposes. The headland on the left hand side is called The Sentinel because it loos over the bay and its village.
Hout Bay started out as a fishing village all those years ago and still maintains the status even though it has become a popular are to stay and holiday in. The small harbour contains Mariners Wharf which was the first harbour side commercial waterfront in South Africa. Boat trips from the harbour to Seal Island just outside the bay is a very popular activity with tourists and visitors.