Have a close encounter snorkelling with the Cape Fur Seals of Cape Town! Become one with the seals as they swim gracefully in their natural environment.
The action begins as soon as you enter the water as these furry counterparts swim beside you, often mimicking your movements.
The short boat ride to the dive site allows guests the opportunity to spot other wildlife including pods of Dusky dolphins, Southern Right Whales, Cormorants and possibly even African Oyster Catchers.
Scuba diving for certified divers is available upon request.
No previous snorkeling experience is required, but you should be confident with swimming in open water.
Do your bit for scientific research by collecting data! Observe the seals behaviour and monitor which fish species occur with the presence of these furry dogs of the sea.
Approximately 15 minutes by boat along the Cape Peninsula lies Seal Rock, a small haul out for resting seals. Jump in and snorkel with the seals whilst looking out for any that are entangled in fishing gear or wounded from possible bite marks, boat strikes, or fishing gaffs. We also record the fish species that occur in the presence of seals, an apex predator, and compare this with areas where there are fewer seals.
This is a relatively sheltered and easy snorkel. It is very shallow close to the rock where most of the seals play as they cool off in the water, but offers deeper sections for the more adventurous who like to duck dive and play with the seals underwater. This trip is perfect for the whole family or groups, a really exciting and fun trip where you get the chance to interact with the charismatic Cape Fur Seals of Cape Town.
ProviderApex Shark Expeditions
WhenFrom mid April to September (our winter months) we book the dive in False Bay , thereafter from October to mid April (our summer months) the best conditions for snorkeling with the seals is in Hout Bay.
WhereBoardWalk Centre, Main Road, Simon's Town
WeatherService is subject to sea coditions for the safety of our guests. The discretion of the skipper is final in regard to launch time and whether the excursion will go ahead as scheduled.
What to WearWear protective clothing appropriate for the weather conditions.
Things to BringBathing suit and towel, a cap or hat, sunglasses and definitely sun screen.
Guests or SpectatorsNo spectators allowed on the boat, you are welcome to wait at our offices until the boat returns.
Minimum Age8 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsScuba Diving: Minimum Dive Certification Of Open Water One
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement
The snorkeling is from a Zodiac RIB. The vessel is standard for South African diving operators. There are no facilities except for a small cubby hole for keys and sunglasses. We advise leaving your personal belongings behind. There are no toilet facilities or protection from the weather conditions.
Departure time: Exact time to be confirmed the day before the trip and is based on weather conditions. The dive site is + 15 minutes away from the launch point.
Duration: Actual Dive time 30 to 60 minutes
Soft snorkel gear comprising of gloves, booties, 7 mm wet suit, mask, snorkel, fins and weight belt.
Snacks and refreshments.
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