Plettenberg Bay Tours
Swim with Seals
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Swim with Seals

By Offshore Adventures
Recommended by 95% of travellers
95% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Ages 6-99, max of 12 per group
Duration: 1h 30m
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Mobile ticket
Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: English
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  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Souvenir photos
  • Entry/Admission - Plettenberg Bay
What's not included
  • Drinks


Start:
  • Offshore Adventures, Hopwood St, Plettenberg Bay, 6600, South Africa
    Please note, the meeting time is 30 minutes prior to departure!
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Pushchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 56399P2

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    How much is Swim with Seals?
    Swim with Seals price starts from R 884,47. Discover and book Swim with Seals on Tripadvisor
    What is the Swim with Seals cancellation policy?
    Swim with Seals cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Swim with Seals on Tripadvisor
    Which company provides Swim with Seals?
    Swim with Seals is hosted by Offshore Adventures. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Offshore Adventures on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Swim with Seals on Tripadvisor
    How much time do I need for Swim with Seals?
    On average, this experience will take approximately 1h 30m. Discover and book Swim with Seals on Tripadvisor

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 56399P2

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    • Hopwood St, Plettenberg Bay, 6600, South Africa
      Please note, the meeting time is 30 minutes prior to departure!
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    About the operator
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    • Offshore Adventures
      340
      South Africa
      Joined in April 2011
    • Vmam36
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing trip
      We had an amazing trip with Angelo our guide and his team We didn't swim with the seals (not brave enough) but saw hundreds of them and found the whole experience so moving seeing them all swimming around the boat and jumping in and out of the water. We felt safe and well looked after throughout our trip thank you 😊
      Written 18 April 2024
    • andrew_ramette
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience in great conditions
      We were welcomed by Claude who provided with quality equipment after giving us clear explanations and safety instructions on how the activity would go. The trip to the spot with the seals was very fun. Regarding the activity itself, I didn’t expect so much interaction with the seals they are very playful but it still feels very safe. Claude will take nice pictures and videos of you with his GoPro that will be free of access and if you are lucky he will teach you how to make circle bubbles underwater (great teacher). Once again thanks a lot for this unforgettable experience. 👋🏼
      Written 11 March 2024
    • JoandPeterWiltshire
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fab company to do this experience with. Highly recommended.
      Had a great couple of hours with Claude today. Saw loads of seals. Great boat ride, kit all clean and in good order and safety was prioritised. Really enjoyable swim with the seals who were very playful.
      Written 31 January 2024
    • Charlesado
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      The best experience ever
      An all round amazing experience that really made our trip. Claude our guide was the best I’ve ever had around the world. He was informative around the seals and just a super fun dude taking awesome snaps as well. The seals are amazing animals and it was incredible to spend some time with them, they literally stare right out here and swim with you, you just have to do it if you’re in Plettenburg Bay! Thanks Claude and everyone at offshore ventures for amazing morning.
      Written 10 January 2024
    • Misty G
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Absolutely Wonderful
      Absolutely stellar outfit, really professional, lovely staff who clearly care deeply about the animals and very smoothly run. We were briefed comprehensively, given wetsuits, fins, snorkel, mask and buoyancy aid and launched from Plett’s beautiful beach by tractor. It was chilly and the vis was poor but we easily had 20-30 minutes in the water with an army of curious seals splashing around us. This is a colony of 10,000. There is no disrespect towards these ‘dogs of the sea’, they actively want - and choose - to interact, on their terms. The return journey involves beaching the rib at speed, which is fun, and there are hot showers available after the swim. Lockers - with padlocks - are provided and there are cabins to change in. Parking is pretty secure, right in front of thr shed. It’s a wonderful experience. My eleven year old loved it. Five stars from my family.
      Written 9 January 2024
    • Jacksonwildene1
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awsome first time experience!!
      Thanks to P.K our guide and his team for making our first ever deepsea trip such a memorable one ,we had such a awsome experience out on the ocean,kids absolutely loved the whole boat trip and we got to see 3 Whales 🐋 so close it was really a unforgettable experience I will definitely recommend this to other family's visiting Plettenberg aswell.
      Written 9 January 2024
    • WernerS1607
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fun, adventurous and insightful.
      Such an amazing and insightful experience. We realized that seals are very smart and underestimated creatures and we loved interacting with them in their natural habitat. The guide was very friendly, well prepared and shared a lot of knowledge with us.
      Written 28 October 2023
    • andreatY2648VK
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Leave the shore to experience more ☀️ 🦭
      Loved the trip! Beautiful scenery and playful seals. We took our 14mnths baby with and had a blast. Thank you to the embracing and informative crew for a great time 👍🏼 we’ll be back
      Written 18 October 2023
    • aneeshac2018
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Very professional team
      Went swimming with seals, and wanted to mention that Angelo was incredible, so professional in every situation and just truly amazing. He really wanted us to have an excellent experience, and for that we thank him!
      Written 20 September 2023
    • 109judithc
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Seals steal the show
      The water was crystal clear and the seals were very entertaining, Diving, playing and swimming all around us plus you could hear them grunting and 'talking' to each other up on the rocks.
      Written 3 May 2023
    • Jpw19691
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Snorkelling with seals
      Fabulous morning snorkelling with seals. It was all well organised and every aspect was explained carefully. Particular thanks to Stuart who was very kind and patient with a rather nervous snorkeller!! The rest of my group loved every minute of it and found the whole experience incredible.
      Written 15 April 2023
    • ms0lika
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Swimming with seals
      Such a great experience. Everything we have expected and more. Layne Wilkens is an absolute star with the deep knowledge and passion for everything related to ocean. The team was amazing- I can't really swim, but someone was with me in Water at all times to ensure a smooth experience. We visited a colony of 7000 seals (with lots of pups), seals were friendly and curious. Once un a lifetime experience- I highly recommend!
      Written 22 January 2023
    • Manfred H
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      unforgettable whale watching
      We went twice with Offshore Adventures for whale watching and seal viewing. I can only recommend this activity. We saw many whales , females with calves and some humpback whales were breaching out of the water. It was really great. You need some luck too, but the tour operator tried its best to get us close to the animals and to show us as much as possible. Anytime I would do it again. Nothing to complain about, everything was perfectly organized. Chose your time well as smaller groups are always better than a fully packed boat
      Written 15 December 2022
    • NazyMidget
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Seal viewing is a must
      Had an amazing experience viewing the seals. Definintely something worth doing when visiting the Plett area. Next time we will swim with the seals as well.
      Written 13 May 2022
    • Catnipnapping
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Seals, sand and fun in the sun!
      If you only do one activity in Plett, let it be this! The seals are the most lovely and playful animals and the crew at Offshore adventures are very competent. Great for all ages.
      Written 17 January 2022
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    Jordyn
    Johannesburg, South Africa7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2020 • Couples
    Today my sister, boyfriend and I went on the swimming with the seals trip with Tristan. It was my second time and the first for the others. It’s the most incredible experience! The seals are so playful and come up and stare into your eyes! Tristan was so kind and knowledgeable. He made us feel safe and was super helpful. I can’t fault them. Their customer service was incredible from booking to the actual trip. I will go again and again. Hopefully next year for my third time :) Will always recommend!
    Written 15 December 2020
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    So glad you enjoyed your tour with us! Thank you for supporting Offshore Adventures! Hope to see you next year!
    Written 16 December 2020
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    Emyh92
    Bath, UK11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow - a once in a lifetime experience for the whole family and brilliantly organised. Absolutely seamless and such a warm welcome from the team. Angelo was our guide and he was so lovely and took great care of us. Red gave us a thrilling experience on the boat and for those remaining as viewers were treated to loads of knowledge and an interaction with the seals from the side of the boat. We had loads of time in the water with the seals and were treated to complimentary footage which was a real bonus. Thank you! Highly recommend to anyone :)
    Written 21 August 2023
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    Raphael S
    Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Even better than expected. Hundreds and hundreds of very playful seals all around and under us. Guides very friendly, patient and knowledgeable. The trip out to Robberg Peninsula on the boat was part of the fun. And then seeing a pod of bottle nose dolphins on the return trip was the cherry on the top. Highly recommended. PS. There are lockers to store things.
    Written 6 January 2020
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    Barbara
    London, UK7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent boat trip to swim with seals, very well organised and managed. Lots of sizes of flippers and snorkels. Everything was explained very clearly and the actual swimming with seals was amazing. I would highly recommend it for adults and children
    Written 15 April 2023
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    Thank you for your kind review!
    Written 16 April 2023
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    Tim K
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2023 • Couples
    When travelling the garden route this is a must do! The experience to swim with seals is truly unique! These animals are so welcoming and curious. I don’t think any other animal encounter will ever be this up close and playfull.

    Offshore adventures does not interfere with the habitat of the animals. No touchting is allowed an nothing is forced upon the animals. Offshore adventures really respects the animals and ocean.

    Our guides Claude & Romeo were awesome. They went the extra mile in getting some nice pictures along with showing us all the fun behaviorals of the seals.

    10/10 you just don’t want to miss out on this experience.
    Written 24 September 2023
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    Rebecca W
    Manchester, UK42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely fantastic morning with Tristan and the team. We had a brilliant morning with the guys, learning about the seal colony, meeting our surprise guest (Solo the elephant seal) who put on quite a show for us, and swimming with the seals. Tristan was a fantastic guide and was so very patient and kind with the group who were new to sea swimming. Couldn’t fault the team, the equipment or the boat. Thank you so much!
    Written 4 November 2021
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    Thank you for your kind review!
    Written 5 November 2021
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    Steve S
    Winsford, United Kingdom47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Conquered my fear / Amazing, is a summary of this experience. I'm a confident swimmer and really wanted to swim with these majestic animals of the sea, but had been so worried about great white sharks that are common in Plattenburg Bay that I was getting myself in a panic. Especially after the shark attack here last September.
    The guide Laine got me to focus on him and did not want me to get left out and reassured me to jump in and of course I did. He gave me and my husband and accompanying two girls floats for additional support, these are great for what was to become and meant that we could see seals at eye level. Shortly after mooring off around the rock faces loads of young seal pups joined us, keeping there eyes on us all the time. I am so glad I went in. I did find out later that afternoon that three great Whites were spotted in a bay close by later, that would have freaked me out, so glad I did not know as I am glad we got in. It's not my territory it's theirs and they all have a right to be there. Shark season starts April, but I did feel safe and I know we would not be put at risk.
    Written 5 April 2023
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    Thank you for your review. Glad you enjoyed the tour!
    Written 6 April 2023
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    AGill_12
    Philadelphia, PA15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very unique experienced and well organized tour. Everything is provided including fins, wet suit, and goggles. Quick boat ride from Plettenberg Bay to the seal colony on Robberg peninsula. Seals come very close to you in the water which makes for a great photo op. Whole excursion takes about 90 min.
    Written 4 January 2022
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    Thank you for your kind review. Glad you enjoyed the tour with us!
    Written 19 January 2022
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    Olga R
    Russia176 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2023
    Fantastic tour. Our guide was Layne. Our 13-year-old son was with us, Layne carefully watched the child and other members of the group. He also took beautiful photos that can be downloaded from the site for free. After the tour, we couldn't leave, our car wouldn't start. Layne and other guys helped us in this situation as well. A huge thank you to everyone who organized the tour.
    Written 10 January 2023
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    Thank you for the review. Happy to hear you had a good experience!
    Written 17 January 2023
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    Kristian M
    Copenhagen, Denmark1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2023 • Family
    Most impressive. The fur seals were very inquisitive & swam around us in such numbers that we confused them with snorkellers in our group. Admittedly, the tour is a bit expensive, but it's not an experience we would have been without.
    The seals are the main attraction, but our competent guide Claude makes this a rare 5-star rating.
    Written 19 December 2023
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