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Drumbeat Charters

Harbour Rd | Hout Bay, Hout Bay 7806, South Africa
+27 21 791 4441
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Rocky Yet Fun Seal Island Tour

We recently took a short cruise with Drumbeat Charles to see the Cape Fur Seals on a small island... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
K2Travels
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Seal and more Seals

We went to seal island with Drumbeat Charters one morning during our stay in Cape Town, the sea was... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Andrewschoeman
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Skukuza, South Africa
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Drumbeat Charters has been operating since 1989 and is based in the famous fishing village of Hout Bay offering daily scenic cruises to one of Cape Town’s main attractions. While aboard you are surrounded with breath-taking scenery of the famous Chapmans Peak Drive and the Sentinel Mountain. Drumbeat caters for local and international clients and has information leaflets about the seals available in 26 different languages. The vessel, Drumbeat II has been purposefully designed and built in Cape Town for the sea and weather conditions off the Cape coast. The entire vessel is constructed out of marine grade aluminum. She is twenty one meters in length and has two inboard 400 Cummins diesel engines. Licensed to carry 118 passengers she has 2 toilets on board, a licensed bar and inside and outside seating. Please note that Drumbeat II is also wheelchair friendly.
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  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
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“seal island” (25 reviews)
“charter boat” (3 reviews)
“fun ride” (2 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
LOCATION
Harbour Rd | Hout Bay, Hout Bay 7806, South Africa
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+27 21 791 4441
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We recently took a short cruise with Drumbeat Charles to see the Cape Fur Seals on a small island out of Hout Bay Harbor. Apparently the boats can’t always make it and due to high waves,we were warned that we might have to turn back....More

Thank K2Travels
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to seal island with Drumbeat Charters one morning during our stay in Cape Town, the sea was quite rough and the wind was extremely strong, the skipper got us to seal island where we had good views of the seals, the boat was...More

Thank Andrewschoeman
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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

Good, quite short, boat tour to the seal island. Not so expensive and nice views of the bay. I liked it a lot.

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Reviewed 7 April 2018

We went on the Calypso to Duiker Island and it was an amazing experience. Unfortunately, the trip is too short, about 40 min only. I wish we had more time to see the seals and that they could surround the island to see it from...More

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

The Drumbeat Charter boat cruise to see seal island ,the shipwreck and the chapmans peak coastline was amazing , The management and staff of Drumbeat Charters looked after my family of five in a fantastic way , always made sure we were taken care of...More

Thank DwaynSmith
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Great trip, informative and so accommodating for our family. Loved seeing the shipwreck...truly special. Thanks Drumbeat team. We'll bring friends and family along.

Thank LeeSmiRSA
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

The trip is not too expensive and it is delightful to see so many seals both on the rocks and in the water around the boat. Also of interest are the seals which have been trained on the quayside where the boat is moored.

Thank SimplyFred
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Reviewed 27 February 2018

I visited on a weekday during off season so there was no hustle and bustle on the boat. Everyone got their place to watch the seals. The seals are interesting and fun to look at. Overall it's a pleasant experience.

Thank cheuk yu c
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Reviewed 18 January 2018 via mobile

This charter boat in Hout Bay gets you very close to the seals and has even a bar on board. The duration of the tour is 40 min.

Thank Mike_G6308
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Reviewed 15 January 2018

The 1 hour seal island cruise is a simple cruise that focuses on 2 attractions- the seal island and an old shipwreck. It's interesting to hear stories on how seals breed etc but, honestly, it's as good as the price- just R90 per adult. The...More

Thank Gladyman M
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TitoRon
10 February 2015|
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Response from Isaac v | Reviewed this property |
Hi TitoRon, You do not have to make a booking beforehand, but if want a guaranteed date and time to take your family on drummbeat charteres, it's best you make a booking with them. I've just checked their website for you... More
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Pamela R
27 January 2015|
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Response from Flitz8 | Reviewed this property |
Hello It will be recommended to make a booking so that you don't miss out The times are listed on there website as well as number to contact them Times are 8.30,9.15, 10, 10.45
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