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

By Animal Ocean Seal Snorkeling
Recommended by 99% of travellers
99% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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.
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Ages 13-75, max of 10 per group
Duration: 2h 30m
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Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Snorkel with playful, graceful Cape fur seals off Duiker Island in Hout Bay
  • 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

  • Seal Snorkeling Tour
  • Professional Skipper and Marine Guides
  • Educational and safety briefing
  • All equipment
  • Use of all facilities: hot showers, change rooms, WiFi
What's not included
  • Transfers to Snorkel Centre
  • Camera rental - this can be arranged when you sign in
  • Gratuity


Start:
  • 8 Albert Rd, Hout Bay, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 89427P1

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Please add a contactable cellphone number and valid email address to your booking
    • Children must be 13 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
    • Activity is weather dependent - if cancelled a full refund or alternative date is offered
    • Guests must be confident swimmers
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers over 6 months
    • 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

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

    How much is Seal Snorkeling with Animal Ocean in Hout Bay?
    Seal Snorkeling with Animal Ocean in Hout Bay price starts from R 1 127,85. Discover and book Seal Snorkeling with Animal Ocean in Hout Bay on Tripadvisor
    What is the Seal Snorkeling with Animal Ocean in Hout Bay cancellation policy?
    Seal Snorkeling with Animal Ocean in Hout Bay cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Seal Snorkeling with Animal Ocean in Hout Bay on Tripadvisor
    Which company provides Seal Snorkeling with Animal Ocean in Hout Bay?
    Seal Snorkeling with Animal Ocean in Hout Bay is hosted by Animal Ocean Seal Snorkeling. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Animal Ocean Seal Snorkeling on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Seal Snorkeling with Animal Ocean in Hout Bay on Tripadvisor
    How much time do I need for Seal Snorkeling with Animal Ocean in Hout Bay?
    On average, this experience will take approximately 2h 30m. Discover and book Seal Snorkeling with Animal Ocean in Hout Bay 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: 89427P1

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    • Animal Ocean Seal Snorkeling
      868
      Hout Bay, South Africa
      Joined in May 2012
    • _Zsuz_123
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience
      This was an incredible experience. I got it as a birthday present. Normally, I am nervous about these animal encounters as many companies only exploits wild animals. I didn’t feel we were intrusive with this trip. We went out to the island by boat and jumped in the water a bit further away from the island. At first there were no seals around us. However, I quickly got distracted by the beautiful kelp forest and lots of fish. I was having a good time, and out of nowhere the first seal came to say hi. Then another and another. One was very interested in me and hubby. We just did our own thing and they came up to us. We spent about 30-40 mins in the water. The organization was great, we were greeted, signed an indemnity form and while were waiting our wetsuits were prepared. Don’t be afraid to ask for a different size, if you are not used to cold water this can be a deal breaker. You’ll get a west, wetsuit with hood, booties, gloves, googles and snorkel. On the way back, there is water, biscuits and hot chocolate on the boat. I didn’t want anything else but water so I didn’t ask if the hot chocolate and biscuits are vegan. On the booking confirmation, there is a mention about motion sickness tablets. We didn’t take any, because I don’t get sick on boats and it’s a short ride… that was a big mistake. You won’t need it for the boat, but snorkelling in the swell will make you feel nauseous. If it wasn’t for the nice cool water, I would have felt a lot worse. So I would definitely recommend tablets even if you normally don’t get sick.
      Written 11 January 2024
    • Mylittletina8
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience and conservation supporter
      Excellent company that truly cares about both the seals and the customer’s safety. I absolutely love that they donate to conservation, as well. It was a huge plus for me personally. The experience was unforgettable. The seals got so close, it was crazy.
      Written 13 February 2023
    • moniquew138
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Highlight of my trip
      Today was one of the best experiences of my life! The seals are so beautiful, and they swim right up to you and are really inquisitive. The coastline is so beautiful seen by the boat. The staff were amazing, and the facilities and equipment were really great. Loved the seal house and 'seal mobile'!!
      Written 28 December 2022
    • martinmG9490OT
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      exceptionally
      Well organized and a great experience! The team gives you very good information, the equipment is good and despite the 10 degree water temperature I wasn't cold.
      Written 15 December 2022
    • hdavies25
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Tailor made seal experience
      Branching out into kayaking in Hout Bay and a great alternative to sightseeing in Cape Town. Although this was their first kayak tour, the leaders knew the area inside out and able to tailor a 2 hour kayak tour to see local sights, kelp forests and get up close with seals. Nothing too much trouble, able to shower and change afterwards, easy to park and find and a perfect way to spend an afternoon. Combine with a trip to Chapmans Peak.
      Written 2 December 2022
    • jajean r
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent
      This was Amazing! We saw so many seals. It always felt safe and comfortable. The staff and guides were great.
      Written 1 December 2022
    • AndreGouws1
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience
      Had an awesome time swimming with the seals. Animal ocean staff were brilliant. Looking forward to returning.
      Written 3 April 2021
    • Matvl
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      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 to guides to seals. We loved it and will absolutely be recommending this experience to all of our friends. Our guides Jen and Jamie were amazing. We appreciated their generous engagement and loved their help with using the GoPro to get the best shots. This really is a great outing, accessible, reasonably priced eco tourism at its best.
      Written 15 February 2021
    • sinaaraghi
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      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 you so much. Great day out HIGHLY RECOMMENDED *******
      Written 26 December 2020
    • bellydance2020
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Magic seals
      Amazing experience. Professional staff. Thorough briefing with attention to detail. Extremely vigilant of Covid regulations and safety protocols. Felt safe but the experience was not stifled. We would like to go regularly.
      Written 15 September 2020
    • janneengshagen
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      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. Staff was really friendly... Really only have good things to say! =)
      Written 28 April 2020
    • MaryMary0214
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      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 company. I was looking up activities for my trip to Cape Town and was in between paddle boarding and the seal snorkeling. I opted for the seal snorkeling after watching a YouTube video that was posted by a couple and their experience looked amazing. I would say it was one of the top highlights of my trip. The staff was super friendly, professional and extremely helpful. It was a phenomenal experience being able to have playful seals swim up to you in the water. I would suggest renting one of their underwater cameras. That's one thing I regret not doing because i wasn't able to capture any of the photos in the water. Also, if you get motion sickness, definitely take something for it prior to the activity. Bonus is you get warm cocoa and biscuits to end with. I highly recommend this company.
      Written 24 April 2020
    • snook430
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience, highly recommended
      Felt safe the whole time, friendly and passionate team, good clean facilities, snorkels and wetsuit gear is excellent, more seals than you can count and probably one of the best wild animal encounters you will have!
      Written 23 April 2020
    • Kseniya_GO
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing
      It was just amazing! Despite the fact the seals weren't so curious that day and weren't saying hello to us :-), but it's still a very nifty experience to see the real wild life of ocean. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Thank you for this experience!
      Written 15 April 2020
    • louisaochs
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful
      The snorkeling with the seals was a wonderful experience and my highlight in South Africa so far. The crew was so helpful and everything well planned. I adviced it to some people in the hostel too and they were also thrilled about it.
      Written 14 April 2020
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    Gemma G
    Crema, Italy3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    AmyinJozi
    Johannesburg, South Africa9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
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    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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    JamC214
    Canada32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    trudy h
    Charlotte, NC16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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    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
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    BirgittaMartinsson
    Tyreso, Sweden23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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    Rob R
    Toronto, Canada32 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2022
    Tour was professionally run and well worth the price. I saw six or seven seals up close, and a couple stopped to look at me. My daughter didn't see as many. The water is really cold but the wetsuits are heavy-duty and good quality. I and another man got seasick on the boat so Dramamine might be a good idea!
    Written 28 September 2022
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    Hi Rob, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us such a lovely review. We really appreciate all the feedback we get. I'm glad to hear the wetsuits kept you warm. Warm Regards, Lara Caine
    Written 3 October 2022
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    Yellebelle
    Hove, Belgium37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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    Nynke
    Leeuwarden, The Netherlands1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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    Jim E
    Nice, France37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2024 • Solo
    This was just a fantastic experience! The team was well organised, punctual, friendly and very professional. The equipment was nearly new and well fitting which is important in relatively chilly water. Swimming with the seals has been on my bucket list for years. As a diving instructor who has dived with all manner of marine life I left with a huge smile on my face. Thank you to Capt. Rob the team! Loved it.
    Written 6 January 2024
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    Hi There, We're overjoyed to receive your fantastic review! Thank you for acknowledging our well-organized, punctual, friendly, and professional team. It's rewarding to know that our nearly new and well-fitting equipment contributed to your comfort, especially in the chilly water. We're honored to have helped you tick off swimming with seals from your bucket list, especially coming from a seasoned diving instructor. Your immense smile is the best validation of our efforts. We appreciate your trust in us for such a special experience, and we look forward to creating more unforgettable moments for you in the future. Warm Regards, The Animal Ocean team
    Written 20 February 2024
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    Nikolas vounnou
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2020 • Family
    Wow 10 out 10! What a great experience for the family. As a professional Safari guide in the tourism industry i know how important it is to be passionate ,fun and informative. These guys know what they are doing and I highly recommended Animal ocean for anyone who wants to experience and expose themselves and loved ones to our wonderful Fauna & Flora of the ocean.
    Written 7 October 2020
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    Hi there Nikolas, What a wonderful review; especially so from someone in the industry! Thank you so much for joining our team for a Seal Snorkeling trip recently - it sounds like you had a great time enjoying the wonders of the ocean right here on our doorstep in Cape Town :) We appreciate the support and recommendation as we begin the tourism season in South Africa. Wishing you all the best in your own work! Warm regards, Lauren Manager Animal Ocean
    Written 30 December 2020
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