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Cape Town: Seal Snorkeling at Duiker Island, Hout Bay

Cape Town: Seal Snorkeling at Duiker Island, Hout Bay

From US$ 58.66 per person

Snorkel with the friendly Cape fur seals at Duiker Island in Hout Bay, Cape Town. Only a 10-minute boat ride before being transported into their underwater world as you swim alongside them.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Afrikaans
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Enjoy a scenic boat ride from the Hout Bay Harbour
  • Snorkel with Cape fur seals in their natural environment at Duiker Island
  • Drink hot chocolate and enjoy biscuits back on board
Full description
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.
  • All necessary equipment
  • Refreshments on board and at the Snorkel Centre
  • Facilities at the Snorkel Centre - WiFi, hot showers, bathrooms, chill area
  • Boat ride and trained staff
  • Safety and educational briefings
  • Camera rental
  • Transfers to Snorkel Centre
Not suitable for
  • Children under 13 years
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Non-swimmers

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Meeting point

Look for a large brown wooden gate with branding. Park on the road outside the address. Please arrive at the Snorkel Centre at the booked time of your trip.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Camera

Know before you go

  •  You need to be able to swim to partake in this activity
  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
  • There are no ladders to get into and out of the boat - the skipper will assist you to get back on board
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 11 reviews

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After the briefing, we were equipped and set off straight away. At the port we drove about 15 minutes with a speedboat. The snorkeling was cool but since the seals were more on the water surface most of the time, our necks got stiff very quickly. We were able to snorkel with the seals for about 1 hour. After that it was back with cookies and warm cocoa. A nice experience.

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March 23, 2022

It was good to try! The staff is very kind and helpful. After diving they gave to us hot chocolate and biscuits ☕️ In additional, in the centre we had everything we needed - we could take a shower, use soft bathrobe and take pictures with nice paintings on the walls.

April 19, 2021

One of the most beautiful experiences I've had so far! Super organized and everyone very helpful. Safety was always taken care of: there were floating "safety islands" that you could swim to at any time or back to the boat. There were also several employees in the water who could help you in the event of an accident. At the end there was delicious cocoa and cookies on board before we went back. The seals seemed very curious and swam after us for a while on the descent, but could withdraw to areas without snorkelers at any time :)

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February 27, 2020

Product ID: 324128