Seal Snorkeling Cape Town

Seal Snorkeling in Cape Town

Seal Snorkeling in Cape Town with Animal Ocean is the most amazing experience you can have on your holiday. We are the seal snorkeling experts and are dedicated to getting you in the water. Our Snorkel Center, in Hout Bay, has amazing facilities – Hot showers, Private changing rooms, Free Wifi and Coffee. Animal Ocean’s vessels take up to 10 seal snorkelers and will get you to the snorkeling site at Duiker island quickly and safely. Cape Fur seals are most active and abundant in the heat of Cape Town’s summer.

TripAdvisor – This was my favourite activity I did with my friends in Cape Town. Absolutely amazing. The crew was incredibly friendly. The place is amazing, there are hundreds (if not thousands) of seals and I felt completely safe. The seals would come incredibly close to you and play around in circles. I really recommend it…

About Seal Snorkeling

Seal Snorkeling in Cape Town happens on the Atlantic side of the Cape Peninsula at Duiker Island, Hout Bay. This island is not known for any Great White shark activity as it is surrounded by cold water (8C – 15C), shallow kelp forests and home to relatively fewer seals (5000) than colonies elsewhere on the coast. We have never seen a Great White shark on any of our trips and this is observation is echoed by the seal-viewing ships that have frequented the same area for over 30 years.


Trips dependant on weather and ocean conditions. We aim to inform snorkelers if their trip is canceled 24 hours before your arrival time. However we will cancel on the day if the ocean conditions are not safe to snorkel. We issue refund in full, but they do take a while to process, please be patient. If you are concerned, please call us a day or two before to check the ocean conditions and if trips may be canceled.

The Cape Fur seals

Cape Fur seals occur naturally on islands around the southern African coast and are found nowhere else in the world. Duiker Island in Hout Bay is home to 5000 Cape Fur seals and lies within the Karbonkelberg Marine Protected Area, part of Table Mountain National Park. These Fur seals are not fed or trained, they behave naturally and interact with visitors on their own terms. This is a wildlife adventure that brings you nose-to-nose with playful and inquisitive wild animals in their natural habitat, and affords you the privilege of viewing them on their own terms.


Boat Rider – R550/R650 p/p (local/international)

Seal Snorkeling – R650/R990 p/p (local/international)

Where will we be visiting?

Duiker Island, Hout Bay, South Africa. This small rocky island is home to 5000 Cape Fur seals.

When is the best time to snorkel with the seals ?

  • Cape Town’s summer is best, from September until the end of May.
  • During the end of March and into April the seal pups start to swim and this is the best time for interactions.
  • Expeditions are weather dependent and run year round.

Seal Snorkeling info

  • Snorkeling site is 1 – 5 m in depth.
  • No experience needed for snorkelers but must be competent swimmers.
  • Motion sickness is a problem for some people, so please be aware of this.

What does the day include

  • High speed boat ride
  • Informative seal briefing
  • Seal Snorkeling guides
  • Hot chocolate and biscuits
  • Drinking water
  • All seal snorkeling equipment

Seal Snorkeling equipment

  • We have 5 mm one-piece wetsuits with hoods to keep you warm. We also provide a 2mm vest, 5 mm gloves and booties.



What is you refund policy?

We will only cancel when conditions are unsafe to go out. Trips are cancelled 24 hours before arrival. Will cancel at short notice if the ocean is unexpectedly rough. Full refund will be given if we cancel due to poor ocean conditions. Refunds are processed in batches and can take up to 15 working days to be processed and completed. Please be patient, we are a small company, and we will get it done. Only refund via the same method that we received the payment from. 

FAQ: What is you cancellation policy?

Cancellations by the guest within 48 hours of departure and no-shows will not be given a refund. All cancellations prior to 48hrs incur a 10% administration fee.

FAQ: How does payment work?

Please fill out the booking form with all the relevant details. Make sure your contact details are correct, we may need to cancel the trip or re-schedule. We take full payment when booking. Master Card and Visa credit cards are accepted through the online payment and booking system. At the Harbour cash and Credit Cards are accepted for Go pro payments. If the trip is cancelled due to bad weather we will try reschedule the trip or refund you.


Find Animal Ocean Seal Snorkeling at the ANIMAL OCEAN OFFICES
GPS : 34 02’04” S 18 20’58” E

Public Transport – MyCiTi Bus
Route 108 Hout Bay – Hangberg – Sea Point – Civic Center
Allow for 1.5 hours to reach us on time
Plan you trip your trip on the MyCiTi website

Drive through Hout Bay suburb towards Hout Bay harbour, just after the circle on the beach you will turn right onto Albert road, number 8, will be on your right.