Snorkel with Cape Fur Seals

Seal Snorkeling R950




Hout Bay






2.5 Hours Total
40-60 minutes in the water


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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.

Snorkeling Information
>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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Covid-19 Risk Management Protocol - Click here
  • Seal Snorkeling trips will operate at reduced capacity, with only 10 guests per time slot.
  • Temperature checks and hand sanitiser will be administered on arrival
  • All staff and guests will be required to wear an appropriate mask at all times, besides when wearing a mask and snorkel and when eating or drinking
  • Social distancing requirements at our offices, on our vehicles and on board our vessels will be maintained
  • Regular hand washing and sanitising will be required by all staff and guests throughout the tour
  • All guests will receive appropriately cleaned and sanitised equipment, and are encouraged to bring their own equipment if possible
  • Increased workplace sanitisation procedures will be maintained, including at our Snorkel Centre, in our vehicles and vessels
  • Guest information will be retained for tracing purposes

Operating Times

  • Monday - Sunday

  • Time Slots
    09:30 | 11:00 | 12:30 | 14:00

  • Weather Dependent


  • High speed boat ride

  • Informative seal and boat safety briefing

  • 2 Seal Snorkeling guides

  • Hot chocolate and biscuits

  • Drinking water

  • Hot water to pour into suit to warm you up

  • All equipment needed - 5mm wetsuit with hood, 2mm vest, booties, gloves, fins, snorkel and mask

  • Fresh Shower


  • Transport to Hout Bay

  • Meals

  • Underwater camera hire (Cameras available at the Snorkeling Center)

What to bring

  • Swimming costume

  • Towel

  • Camera

  • Sunscreen

  • Motion sickness medication


  • Minimum age is 10 years old to snorkel and 6 years old to view from the boat with a parent present.

  • This is a physically demanding activity and may be unsuitable for some. We use ribbed inflatable vessels without ladders for this activity, which may make it difficult to get back into the boat.

  • Snorkelers need to competent swimmers and comfortable in the water. The Atlantic Ocean around Duiker Island is not always calm and we do snorkel in choppy conditions.

  • If you are a poor swimmer, this trip is not for you.


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