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Seal Snorkeling with Animal Ocean in Hout Bay provided by Animal Ocean Seal Snorkeling

Seal Snorkeling with Animal Ocean in Hout Bay

Seal Snorkeling with Animal Ocean in Hout Bay
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Snorkel with playful, graceful Cape fur seals off Duiker Island in Hout Bay
Duration:
2h 30m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
10
Service animals allowed
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    2h 30m
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    10
  • Service animals allowed
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
See Cape fur seals as nature intended, gliding gracefully through the Atlantic, on this small-group snorkeling trip to Duiker Island. Travel to the seal colony by Zodiac boat, in a group no larger than 10, then spend ample time in the water, accompanied by specialist guides. Your tour includes heavy-duty wetsuits, vests, boots, and gloves, plus hot drinks, a hot shower, and free Wi-Fi back at base.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Awards
Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best
2021
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Tour includes full safety briefing plus in-water guides and a boat captain
  • Shallow waters and kelp make the location naturally shark-proof
  • Beat the chill with hot chocolate, warm water, and cozy neoprene gear
What to expect
Awards
Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best
2021
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Tour includes full safety briefing plus in-water guides and a boat captain
  • Shallow waters and kelp make the location naturally shark-proof
  • Beat the chill with hot chocolate, warm water, and cozy neoprene gear
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 89427P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • Seal Snorkeling Tour
  • Professional Skipper and Marine Guides
  • Educational and safety briefing
  • All equipment
  • Use of all facilities: hot showers, change rooms, WiFi
Exclusions
  • Transfers to Snorkel Centre
  • Camera rental - this can be arranged when you sign in
  • Gratuity
Duration
2h 30m
Departure details
  • 8 Albert Rd, Hout Bay, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please add a contactable cellphone number and valid email address to your booking
  • Children must be 10 years or older to participate
  • Minimum of 4 people booked per trip required to operate
  • Maximum of 10 people on each trip
  • Camera rentals offered at sign in: R350 including 16GB micro SD card to take home
  • Activity is weather dependent - if cancelled a full refund or alternative date is offered
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers over 6 months
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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 10 travellers
Inclusions
  • Seal Snorkeling Tour
  • Professional Skipper and Marine Guides
  • Educational and safety briefing
  • All equipment
  • Use of all facilities: hot showers, change rooms, WiFi
Exclusions
  • Transfers to Snorkel Centre
  • Camera rental - this can be arranged when you sign in
  • Gratuity
Departure details
  • 8 Albert Rd, Hout Bay, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa
Duration
2h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please add a contactable cellphone number and valid email address to your booking
  • Children must be 10 years or older to participate
  • Minimum of 4 people booked per trip required to operate
  • Maximum of 10 people on each trip
  • Camera rentals offered at sign in: R350 including 16GB micro SD card to take home
  • Activity is weather dependent - if cancelled a full refund or alternative date is offered
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers over 6 months
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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 10 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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5.0
187 reviews
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Mar 2021
What and excellent experience! We were very impressed with the crew and how organised everything was when we arrived for the briefing. Each booking had their own space to sign in and had assigned seating with all equipment. The boat ride to the island was fun and the wetsuits were thick enough that you enjoyed your 50 mins in the water with all of the seals. The guides were always around so you always feel safe. I highly recommend this activity with Animal Ocean Seal Snorkeling
Written 16 March 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi there Melanie, Thank you so much for visiting our team recently for your Seal Snorkeling trip, and for the fantastic recommendation! It sounds like you had an incredible time with us whilst we shared this experience :) We appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review - it means a lot to us to receive such positive feedback. Thank you again for the support - I hope that you enjoy the memories from your trip! Warm regards, Lauren Manager Animal Ocean
Written 23 March 2021
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trudy h
Charlotte, NC14 contributions
Oct 2021
We enjoyed this unique snorkeling very much. It was great to see the seals zooming around underwater and riding the waves. Very well organized and the guides gave clear instructions. Once we were in the water they were very attentive and helpful. I strongly recommend taking dramamine for sea sickness.
Written 1 December 2021
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Seal_Snorkeling_No1
Hi Trudy, Thank you so much for the fantastic review. I am so happy to read that you had such a great time with the Animal Ocean team whilst we shared the Seal Snorkeling experience recently. Thank you so much for joining us - enjoy the memories of your trip! Warm Regards, Lara
Written 3 December 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

AmyinJozi
Johannesburg, South Africa9 contributions
Jan 2021
This was the absolute highlight of our summer vacation. Extremely professional staff. Perfectly organised from start to finish, with nothing left to chance.

The best part is there is no chumming of the water or anything unnatural. The seals are curious, friendly, perfectly at ease, and in abundance on and around their Seal Island home turf.

The experience was truly magical and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone..South Africans and tourists alike.

Strong swimming ability not a requirement, and as it is the Atlantic Ocean there are no sharks.

I would recommend renting their underwater cameras for R200 (R150 if you have your own micro SD card).

I would do this again in a heartbeat!
Written 12 January 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi there Amy, THANK YOU! for your incredibly positive, well detailed review - we appreciate the time taken to leave such comprehensive comments after your Seal Snorkeling experience with us! It sounds like you had a fantastic all round trip with our team and the Cape fur seals :) I hope that you enjoy the footage and the memories! Perhaps see you again in Cape Town in the future. Warm regards, Lauren Manager Animal Ocean
Written 16 January 2021
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Jürgen B
Mungyeong, South Korea16 contributions
Sep 2020
One of the best things you'll do in your life. It is a surreal experience bobbing in the water as seals swim beneath you, looking up with those massive eyes. Cannot recommend this more as you experience the seal's playfulness from up close.

I was a little worried about it being too cold for me but the gear that the team supplies is thick and warm. I appreciated the gloves and booties especially.
Written 29 September 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi there Jürgen, Wow what a wonderful review to read! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us your thoughts about your Seal Snorkeling experience - it sounds like you had an absolutely incredible time in the water with the Cape fur seals. Glad to read that you managed well with all the equipment provided - we want to make sure that the experience can be enjoyed as much as possible despite the water temperature. Thank you again for joining us earlier this week with your family, we appreciate the support and recommendation even more so during this time as we begin our 2020/2021 summer season in South Africa! Enjoy the memories of your experience :) Warm regards, Lauren Manager Animal Ocean
Written 1 October 2020
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BrettHF
Johannesburg, South Africa23 contributions
Mar 2020
In all the years and times I have been to Cape Town, this must rate as one of the best experiences I have ever had!! We were truly fortunate in having the hero himself, Steve Benjamin along on our day out (So down to earth and passionate). The crew instilled complete calm and confidence in all of our group (We had a few people that had rarely if ever been out to sea proper, let alone snorkeling among seals). The visibility was slightly limited and there was a bit of a swell but the sheer number of pups in the water made you forget about all of that. The water only feels cold for the first few minutes. Once you get used to it, you get transported into a mesmerized world. If you can, dive down and hold your breath whilst holding onto a piece of kelp. You needn't be a free diver. Even a few seconds will be worth it as the seals then swim up and around you investigating. If I could have stayed in the water for three extra hours, it still wouldn't have been enough. The crew is exceptional and they really just make your entire time out around experiencing some of the most comical and agile mammals of the sea in safe comfort. The hot chocolate after getting out of the cold water was soooo good!! There aren't many places in the world you can experience this.

We left soon after Covid-19 hit South Africa. Companies such as Animal Ocean rely so deeply on us tourists. They contribute significantly to multiple conservation efforts as a company and as individuals. Once it is safe to do so, PLEASE support this incredible crew.
Written 28 March 2020
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Hi there Brett, THANK YOU! This is such a valuable and well appreciated review for Animal Ocean, as we (and every other tour operator!) navigate the uncharted waters of the Covid-19 pandemic. Reading that you so enjoyed your experience with our team whilst we shared the Seal Snorkeling trip is such a wonderful compliment for the crew - I have already shared your review with everyone! It sounds like you had a great time immersing yourself in the underwater realm of the Cape fur seal pups - observing them play and swim about, and having them observe you - is a truly special experience. Thank you again for your well thought out, positive review. We appreciate the effort on your part and the fantastic recommendation as we move through the next few months of uncertainty. Please do visit us again in the future in Cape Town :) Wishing you and your family all the best, keep well. Warm regards, Lauren Manager Animal Ocean
Written 29 March 2020
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Ggemma00
Crema, Italy1 contribution
Mar 2020 • Family
My mum and I really enjoyed seal snorkeling. We didn't need any license for it and the equipment was entirely guaranteed by Animal Ocean. Seals are clever animals, moving divinely into water. Watching their dances and swimming and playing with them is been one of the best experiences of my life. The team was well prepared, very friendly and cheerful. We'll be back!
Written 9 March 2020
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Hi there Gemma, Thank you so much for your lovely review, reading this made me smile :) Knowing that we help guests experience what you have described is a big part of our commitment to providing the best possible experience, and I am glad that this trip has had such a positive impact on you! Please do visit us again if you are in Cape Town. Thanks again for joining Animal Ocean! Warm regard, Lauren Manager Animal Ocean
Written 10 March 2020
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JamC214
Canada32 contributions
I thought that this activity was going to be fun, but it exceeded my expectations. The 8000 or so seals are completely wild and completely playful. An hour in the water was the right amount of time, and the hot chocolate provided afterwards was delicious. Great experience all around, and if/when I come back to Cape Town I will do it again.
Written 2 March 2020
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Hi there Jaime, Reading this made me smile - thank you for your wonderful comments and for leaving us such a positive review! Please do join us again if you are ever back in Cape Town, we love having repeat guests :) Hope you have happy memories of your time in the water with the Cape fur seals. Thanks for joining Animal Ocean! Warm regards, Lauren Manager Animal Ocean
Written 4 March 2020
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Nynke
Leeuwarden, The Netherlands1 contribution
Jan 2022 • Friends
Hilda from Hilly Homes, advised me to book a seal snorkelling trip. It was amazing. Everything was perfectly organised, from the instructions at the start to the warm chocolate and biscuits at the end. I can recommend it to everyone who wants to snorkel with the Cape Fur Seals. Thanks Animal Ocean and thanks Hilly Homes!
Written 9 January 2022
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BirgittaMartinsson
Tyreso, Sweden23 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
We did a snorkeling trip with Animal Ocean Seal Snorkeling to Duiker Island. It was an amazing experience to see all these seals. They were curious and mischievous. They came close before quickly bathing and jumping in the waves.
We were very well taken care of and got all the information needed to make it a good and safe excursion. We were 7 people in each boat along with 2 guides. They asked us to take care of the junk in case we saw something and give it to one of the guides.
Definitely recommend doing this excursion with Animal Ocean Seal Snorkeling
Written 14 April 2020
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Hi there Birgitta, Thank you so much for your positive review and recommendation of Animal Ocean - it sounds like you had a marvellous Seal Snorkeling experience with our team! Great descriptions of the Cape fur seals, they can be very mischievous! I hope you enjoy the memories of your time in the water with them. Thanks again for joining us :) Keep safe during this troubling period. Warm regards, Lauren Manager Animal Ocean
Written 15 April 2020
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Yellebelle
Hove, Belgium37 contributions
We booked this trip with our kids of almost 12 & 10. It was a cold cloudy day but still this will be an experience we will never forget. The guides did a great job and the seals were very curious, so a lot of close encounters. The water was freezing but it was so special that everybody stayed in as long as possible. Would recommend to everyone!
Written 1 April 2020
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Hi there, I am so happy to read that you had such an incredible time sharing this experience with your family :) Thank you for the 5 star rating and recommendation, the Animal Ocean staff work hard to help make sure that the Seal Snorkeling experience as a whole is a great one for our guests, and it is always lovely to read that this dedication is recognised. Thank you again for joining us, and I hope that everyone enjoys the memories! Warm regards, Lauren Manager Animal Ocean
Written 3 April 2020
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AndreGouws1
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Great experience
Had an awesome time swimming with the seals. Animal ocean staff were brilliant. Looking forward to returning.
Matvl
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Five stars not enough
We were blown away by our trip with Animal Ocean. It’s was brilliant from start to finish; from the Covid protocols
sinaaraghi
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Seal snorkelling
Great day out. I was nervous at first and the ladies who are in the water assisted me and stayed with me. Thank yo
bellydance2020
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Magic seals
Amazing experience. Professional staff. Thorough briefing with attention to detail. Extremely vigilant of Covid re
janneengshagen
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Snorkling eith friends
I did not expect to see so many seals ans so up close! It was an amazing experience and much more than I expected.
MaryMary0214
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Top excursion of the trip
I'm over 2 months late with my review but have some free time now so wanted to write an excellent review for this c
snook430
snook430
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Great experience, highly recommended
Felt safe the whole time, friendly and passionate team, good clean facilities, snorkels and wetsuit gear is excelle
Kseniya_GO
Kseniya_GO
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Amazing
It was just amazing! Despite the fact the seals weren't so curious that day and weren't saying hello to us :-), but
louisaochs
louisaochs
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Wonderful
The snorkeling with the seals was a wonderful experience and my highlight in South Africa so far. The crew was so h
maurs_volta
maurs_volta
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There are Seal Snorkeling Places, Then There's Animal Ocean...they're phenomenal
I went to South Africa for my birthday in 2019; during their spring/summer season (November), so it was just lovely
155markw
155markw
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Excellent Experience and one to remember!
We were looking for something to do on our last day of our holiday, and came across this excellent experience. We
andreas1and3family
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The Highlight of our trip
from start to finish great organization and an unforgettable experience. Absolutely recommendable and definitely to
Lana H
Lana H
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Must do!!
This was one of the highlights of our trip to South Africa! It was amazing!! The staff were fabulous and the exper
debz11111111
debz11111111
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Amazing experience
A walk, or rather snorkel, on the wild side but felt completely safe at all times. Such an amazing thing to do. The
mikecathy14
mikecathy14
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Animal Ocean Seal Snorkeling!
Great experience. Professional young team. Safety was well managed. Had a wonderful experience snorkelling with the
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