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Simon's Town Boat Company

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Wharf Street, Simon's Town 7975, South Africa
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Adventure with a view!

Our group of 10 throughly enjoyed the morning out to sea to view seals, dolphins, penguins and sea... read more

Reviewed 21 January 2018
mrsbsart
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Bettendorf, Iowa
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Overpriced, but a great experience

There are a lot of cheaper and faster ways to get to Seal Island, but Simon's Town Boat Company is... read more

Reviewed 12 November 2017
Kelsey J
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The most established & professional marine tour company in Simon's Town. Licensed boat based whale watching, the "real" Seal Island and Cape Point boat trips. Daily departures from our private marina at 10h30 & 14h00. Booking essential
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  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
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“false bay” (9 reviews)
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Wharf Street, Simon's Town 7975, South Africa

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Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

Our group of 10 throughly enjoyed the morning out to sea to view seals, dolphins, penguins and sea birds. While we didn’t see any whales- the expert staff and crew made our adventure memorable. I had to chuckle when I read a previous review that...More

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Reviewed 12 November 2017

There are a lot of cheaper and faster ways to get to Seal Island, but Simon's Town Boat Company is the only one that'll also let you see whales. Their customer service is excellent, though. First our trip was cancelled due to weather and they...More

Thank Kelsey J
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David H, Owner at Simon's Town Boat Company, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2017

Dear Kelsey Many thanks for your review; we thank you for joining us & taking time to complement our team & your experience - especially the whales (which we do include if they are en-route, as we are the licensed permit holder for False Bay)....More

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Reviewed 4 November 2017

This trip had been booked for us by our accomodation providers and was on the last morning of our holiday. Due to the weather conditions boat trips on the previous four days had been cancelled and the last trip that had been run had not...More

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Reviewed 24 October 2017

If you don't have the time or desire to drive out to whale watching spots further afield (Hermanus, Gansbaai etc.) then Simon's Town Boat Company is an excellent option less than 1 hour from the city/Atlantic Seaboard. We joined the boat at the Simon's Town...More

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Reviewed 19 September 2017

Speechless with joy after our trip with Dave and crew today, saw more than seven whales, some so inquisitive Dave had to move away to keep the allowed distance! As we haven't seen any whales from land for three to four days before our trip,...More

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Reviewed 30 August 2017

We had a great morning whale watching with them. The boat is small and gives a good, intimate experience, the guides were knowledgeable and friendly. Time well spent, as the whales were also in good mood :)

Thank Roy W
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Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

While the ride into the ocean was amazing however the we could just get a glimpse of the whale after several attempts in moving from one area into another.We were mentioned about a discount upto 50% in the unsuccessful event which we was turned down...More

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David H, Owner at Simon's Town Boat Company, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2017

Dear Moshin We are really sorry to hear that our tour did not meet your expectations. Unfortunately there can be no number or behavioral guarantees when dealing with wild, free-ranging animals both on land and on the ocean. This would apply equally to all operators...More

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Reviewed 25 July 2017

David was so professional, welcoming and an excellent captain. Dennis was knowledgeable and patient with my son's many questions. It was early in the season so we didn't see too many whales but were able to encounter some humpback's which made it a truly enjoyable...More

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Reviewed 20 July 2017

We booked a whale watching tour several months in advance of our holiday, and fully understood that the tours are weather dependant. The company told us that they would contact us the day before the trip on the number we had given them if the...More

Thank Ryder C
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David H, Owner at Simon's Town Boat Company, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2017

We are very disappointed to hear of your negative experience as we really value every booking with us and continuously work hard at maintaining a great customer experience. I have therefore thoroughly investigated your complaint of “poor service” and respond as follows. Over the years...More

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Reviewed 4 June 2017

We took the seal island tour. The company ran the tour despite there only being 4 of us on the boat. The trip was fantastic. The guide provided lots of info about seals, great white sharks, and right whales. We spent a good amount of...More

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Bryce R
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Response from David H | Property representative |
Hi - Although we don't offer shark cage diving, I am aware that May is high season for shark sightings in both False Bay & Gansbaai.
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