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
  • 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
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please add a contactable cellphone number and valid email address to your booking
  • Children must be 10 years or older to participate
  • Minimum of 4 people booked per trip required to operate
  • Maximum of 10 people on each trip
  • Camera rentals offered at sign in: R350 including 16GB micro SD card to take home
  • Activity is weather dependent - if cancelled a full refund or alternative date is offered
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers over 6 months
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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
  • 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
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

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews


18 Feb, 2022

Thank you to your team for an amazing experience. Super friendly, professional and caring towards the ocean. Would strongly recommend. Seal experience was surreal!


14 Mar, 2022

Great trip! Amazing to see the seals so close up! The staff were great too and the hot chocolate and wet suits kept us warm!


02 Jan, 2022

This was by far the coolest thing we did in Cape Town during our time there!!!!! It was phenomenal from start to finish! We got to the place and got into our wet suits then drove a little way (about 5 minutes) to the boat dock. Once we were on the boat, we went about ten minutes into the water to get to Hout Bay (we even got to see dolphins playing in the water on the way out!) where tons of seal were sunning themselves on the rocks. It was a picturesque background for getting into the water and being able to swim with these incredible, graceful, beautiful creatures!!!!! The water is cold but the wet suits keep you dry and fairly temperate (not warm) but, unfortunately, you are only in the water with them for 45 minutes (I could’ve and would’ve been in there with them for DAYS if they would’ve let me!!!!) so the temperatures are tolerable. If you don’t have a GoPro or underwater camera that takes videos - GET ONE!!! You can rent one from the shop there if you don’t have one. There were so many seals swimming everywhere so even if your tour time is full (which ours was) you will be able to get good pictures and immerse yourself in the experience! This is a great company and a fantastic experience for anyone that loves seals and has any interest in seeing them in their natural habitat, enjoying life, and being happy!!!!!


28 Mar, 2022

In all honesty, we booked the trip but we were not sure we would dare jump on the water that day. Fortunately the team at Animal Ocean made us feel safe and we did and had a blast. It was truly a once in a lifetime AMAZING experience that I definitely recommend.


02 Mar, 2022

The whole team at animal ocean were extremely friendly and helpful during the whole excursion! If you don't make this a part of your vacation to cape town, you are missing out!

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