Seal Snorkeling with Animal Ocean in Hout Bay | La Vacanza Travel

Seal Snorkeling with Animal Ocean in Hout Bay

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Destination: South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Cape Town
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable


The Seal Snorkeling EXPERTS! Operating since 2009, Animal Ocean have become known as the Seal Snorkeling specialists in Cape Town and have been the TOP rated TripAdvisor activity in Hout Bay for many years! Snorkel with Cape Fur seals at Duiker Island in Hout Bay, Cape Town. Interact with these incredible creatures in their natural environment, surrounded by picturesque mountain and ocean landscapes. Snorkeling at the Duiker Island Cape Fur seal colony offers an intimate wildlife experience like no other! This 3 hour adventure activity includes all equipment, transfer from our Snorkel Centre to the Hout Bay Harbour, boat ride, Skipper, 2 Marine Guides, safety briefing, on-board refreshments as well as use of all Animal Ocean facilities. Have a hot shower before moving on to your next activity, enjoy the privacy of personal changing cubicles, plan the rest of your trip with free WiFi, and enjoy complimentary tea and coffee while relaxing in our comfortable lounge and sun filled garden!


Meet the team at our Snorkel Centre to sign in, kit up and listen to a briefing. Hop into the van and be transported to the harbour where you will get onto the boat and head to Duiker Island to snorkel with the Cape fur seals! Enjoy some hot chocolate and biscuits on board after your trip, before returning to the Snorkel Centre to have a warm water rinse off and some more refreshments whilst you relax in our garden :)

Stop At:

• Duiker Island, Hout Bay South Africa

  • Seal Snorkeling Tour
  • Professional Skipper and Marine Guides
  • Educational and safety briefing
  • All equipment
  • Use of all facilities: hot showers, change rooms, WiFi

  • Transfers to Snorkel Centre
  • Camera rental - this can be arranged when you sign in
  • Gratuity
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • 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
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers over 6 months
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled 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 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

8 Albert Rd, Hout Bay, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


2 hours 30 minutes

User's Reviews


18 Sep, 2023

This excursion was such a blast! First off, the staff was incredible. From the moment we arrived, they assisted us with storing our belongings and helping us put on our gear. After a brief, but important lecture, we took a two minute ride to the boat launch and headed out to the island. The skipper and guides helped us find the seals and always made us feel safe. We saw tons of seals and above all else, we were out in the ocean with incredible views around us. After we finished, they had water, snacks, and showers waiting for us. It was quite an experience and I highly recommend this excursion if in Cape Town.


14 Aug, 2023

Although the organisation was real good, we are very disappointed in our snorkeling tour. All the seals were on the rocks en I have not seen any seals at all in the water. The staff did not mention before the trip that there was a possibility of not seeing any seals at all in the water, so we expected to swim in between several seals. That was also what we have read before booking the tour. I know that the staff can’t change anything about the behaviour of the seals, but we did not get the impression that the staff cared about it. When we came back, no-one (guides and manager) mentioned anything about the disappointing trip. Even when we mentioned to the manager that we have not seen any seals at all, she did not actually respond to that. One positive thing is that I hired a underwater - camera, but we did not need to take the videos and photos (which we did not have many) and pay for that.


09 Jun, 2023

Seal snorkelling is a must do in cape town! We almost went twice we loved it so much! If you're thinking about this, definitely do it! All the staff are great and make you feel really comfortable from the start. The boat out to Duiker Island is great fun, and the hot chocolates and cookies for the journey back to land after being in the water was such a nice touch. Would 100% recommend!


11 Apr, 2023

It have been one of the best experiences in my life. Whole trip has been executed with immaculate precision from the equipment to hot chocolate at the end (with almond milk!). Stars of the show, seals did not disappoint. There has been a lot of young pups approaching us and swimming around.


03 Apr, 2023

This was one of the best snorkeling experience possible. With Great insights about the species, it was memorable.

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