Snorkel with Cape Fur Seals
2.5 Hours Total
40-60 minutes in the water
Snorkel with the ballerinas of the ocean. Join the seal snorkeling experts and have the most amazing time with Cape Fur Seals. Very safe, full of adventure and might be the best thing you do while you are in Cape Town.
There are a few locations around the peninsula where it is possible to dive or snorkel with Cape Fur Seals, but the best location is Duiker Island which is situated on the western side of the peninsula just outside Hout Bay. The island is home to about 5000 seals.
The seals are not fed or trained, but they are very inquisitive and playfull. They will be swimming circles around you showing off their agility in the water.
There are no Great White Sharks around the island. The water is too cold and the kelp forest around the island forms a natural barrier keeping them out. No Great Whites has ever been seen in 30 years since boats started taking people out to the island to view the seals.
Best time to snorkel with the seals
> Cape Town's summer is the best, from September until the end of May.
> During the end of May and into April the seal pups start to swim and make this period the best time of interactions.
>The snorkeling site is 1-5m deep.
>No experience needed, but must be a competent swimmer.
>Motion sickness is a problem for some people, please be aware of this.
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