The bustling Hout Bay Harbour is the main attraction in Hout Bay and also one of the busiest harbours in the Western Cape with a thriving tuna, crayfish and snoek fishing industry and several popular seafood restaurants. 

There is a long white stretch of beach near the harbour that is popular with tourists, locals and their dogs, as well as horse riders and the harbour hosts many tourism activities such as fishing, and diving or boat trips out to Seal Island.

The Hout Bay Yacht Club lies within the harbour and provides moorings for recreational, fishing and sailing boats alike.