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Cape Town Snorkeling

Our most recommended Cape Town Snorkeling

Hout Bay: Seal Snorkeling Experience

1. Hout Bay: Seal Snorkeling Experience

Let an experienced crew take you on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure - come face-to-face with the ocean's friendliest animal, the cape fur seal. Meet at the local partner's office. Once all the preparations are complete and you are fully briefed in a short training session, your trip will begin. After a scenic boat ride to Duiker Island, a breeding colony for the cape fur seal, you'll have the opportunity to explore underwater life for yourself! Spend approximately one hour in the shallow and clear water, observing and interacting with these amazing animals on their own terms. On the way back, enjoy hot drinks and snacks on board while you share your awesome memories made while snorkeling with these fantastic animals!

Cape Town: Seal Snorkeling at Duiker Island, Hout Bay

2. Cape Town: Seal Snorkeling at Duiker Island, Hout Bay

Join the longest operating Seal Snorkeling team in Cape Town at their comfortable Snorkel Centre for a unique marine wildlife adventure! Arrive at the Snorkel Centre to sign in, be sized for your equipment and enjoy refreshments and the souvenir shop before getting into your wetsuit and listening to an educational and safety briefing by one of the Marine Guides. You'll then hop into the Seal Mobile for a short 5-minute drive to the Hout Bay Harbour, where you will be greeted by the waiting boat and skipper. On board you will receive a boat safety briefing before starting the trip out of the harbour. You will stop to see your first seals sunning themselves within the harbour before the boat picks up speed and transports you quickly and safely to Duiker Island - a 10 to 15-minute boat ride away. Once at the island the trained crew on board will give you an area orientation briefing and help you kit up with your mask, snorkel, fins and gloves. You'll then slide into the Atlantic Ocean and become immersed in the world of the Cape fur seals! Spend 50-minutes snorkeling alongside these friendly creatures as they admire you, and watch as they swim and play alongside one another. Back on board you will be offered hot chocolate, drinking water and biscuits - as well as warm water to be poured into your wetsuit to take away the chill! Marvel at your experience and share photos whilst you get ready to head back. On arrival at the Snorkel Centre have a quick hot water shower and get changed before joining your guides to share your experience over a cup of hot tea or coffee, or plan the rest of your day online with the shared WiFi available.

Cape Town: Water Biking Tour

3. Cape Town: Water Biking Tour

Glide across the ocean on the worlds most advanced water bike in a totally new and unique way to experience the incredible marine environment of False Bay – renowned for its stunning ocean and mountain views and marine wildlife. Safely explore without an environmental footprint as these water bikes are silent, do not emit any omissions, and do not require fuel. Also, get a different perspective of your surroundings as the bike elevates you in the ocean. Navigate the ocean with ease as these easy and no hassle water bikes are very stable and easy to steer. They do not need balancing as with conventional bikes and no previous experience or special skills are required.  On this tour you will often encounter playful Cape fur seals, other marine life and various sea birds along the way. During whale season, it is possible to encounter one of these magnificent mammals.

Cape Town: Great African Sea Forest Guided Snorkel

4. Cape Town: Great African Sea Forest Guided Snorkel

Join a team of marine biologists in the Great African Sea Forest to spot some incredible underwater life, and help out with their research on sharks. During this guided snorkeling tour, you’ll learn from experts about the underwater forest and get a glimpse of a variety of beautiful marine species. Your guide will lead you through the Sea Forest, as you learn about how octopi hunt, find shysharks' favorite hiding spots, and discover why sea urchins wear ‘hats’. Then, you’ll get a role in ongoing shark research, as you find and collect photo identification of a friendly endemic shark species.

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What people are saying about Cape Town

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 32 reviews

Excellent activity and friendly staff. The views getting to and at the seal island were epic. The wet suits did a good job of insulating from the cold water. The hot chocolate and cookies at the end were a nice treat. Definitely recommend!

It was cool to see a citizen science approach to this common tourist activity in the kelp forest. I would just caution tourists who want to get right out and see a lot of fish. This is a quieter, more intentional experience.

The staff has helpful and the seals wẹre happy to see us. :) I was drinking water and after an adjustment I did better. Add this to your list.

Great hosts and guides on the water. Fun experience, great close up experience with the seals.

The trip was very well organized. All in all a great experience