Seal Snorkeling in Cape Town
- About 3 hours
Seal Snorkeling in Cape Town with Animal Ocean is the most amazing experience you can have on your holiday. We are the seal snorkeling experts and are dedicated to getting you in the water.
Seal snorkeling in Cape Town happens on the Atlantic side of the Cape Peninsula at Duiker Island, Hout Bay. This island is not known for any Great White shark activity as it is surrounded by cold water (8C – 15C), shallow kelp forests and home to relatively fewer seals (5000) than colonies elsewhere on the coast. We have never seen a Great White shark on any of our trips and this is observation is echoed by the seal-viewing ships that have frequented the same area for over 30 years.
Cape Fur seals occur naturally on islands around the southern African coast and are found nowhere else in the world. Duiker Island in Hout Bay is home to 5000 Cape Fur seals and lies within the Karbonkelberg Marine Protected Area, part of Table Mountain National Park. These seals are not fed or trained, they behave naturally and interact with visitors on their own terms. This is a wildlife adventure that brings you nose-to-nose with playful and inquisitive wild animals in their natural habitat, and affords you the privilege of viewing them on their own terms.
Our snorkel center, in Hout Bay, has amazing facilities – hot showers, private changing rooms, free Wifi and coffee. Animal Ocean’s vessels take up to 10 seal snorkelers and will get you to the snorkeling site at Duiker island quickly and safely. Cape Fur seals are most active and abundant in the heat of Cape Town’s summer.
Good to know
- Expeditions are weather dependent and run year round
- The tour is approximately 2,5 hours
- No experience needed for snorkelers but must be competent swimmers
- Motion sickness is a problem for some people, so please be aware of this
- Cape Town’s summer is best, from September until the end of May
- During the end of March and into April the seal pups start to swim and this is the best time for interactions
- Minimum age is 10 years old to snorkel and 6 years to view from the boat with a parent present
- High speed boat ride
- Informative seal briefing
- Seal snorkeling guides
- Hot chocolate and biscuits
- Drinking water
- All seal snorkeling equipment
- Underwater camera hire
- Motion sickness tablets
- Rain jacket (if booking as boat rider)
- Casual clothing with swim wear under your clothes
This is truly a 5/5 Agency!
The guides are friendly and professional, the gear is kept in a great condition and the experience is just fantastic!
They do seal dive tours and ebike tours and cant recommened any other company in the area.
Thank you again for a wonderful experience!
The best underwater experience you can have in Cape Town. Recommended for anyone looking for some fun
We really had a very good time with you, guys! Special thank you to Mike for his help during the tryp
fantastic experience and a definite must for a visit to cape town. these guys rock. took excellent care of my 10yr old especially. really nice people and what an experience. even got too see a southern right whale
Medium Cancellation Policy
The guest can cancel free of charge until 48 hours before arrival. The guest will be charged the total price if they cancel in the 48 hours days before arrival.
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The beauty of Table Mountain, Lions Head and the Atlantic Sea Board coastline from the comfort of our kayaks is unrivalled. Dolphins, seals, penguins, Sunfish and occasionally whales frequent our Cape Town.