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Address: Hout Bay, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 21 791 4441
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Short but what a fun trip

The trip is about 45 minutes and this is photo galore. Very informative and worth the trip. We booked in advance and all was good

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 10, 2015
Salalah, Oman
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Highland Park, Illinois
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125 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're passing by, you must stop at Hout Bay to see Seal Island. The Drumbeat boat was inexpensive (R80, i.e. around US $6.00), and our 45-60 minute ride was professional and pleasant. They did a nice swing around Seal Island, which was simply amazing. The water was TEEMING with hundreds of seals. We had to wait until just before... More 

Thank Ross F
Salalah, Oman
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180 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

The trip is about 45 minutes and this is photo galore. Very informative and worth the trip. We booked in advance and all was good

Thank TitoRon
Sandton, South Africa
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72 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

We were well served on the boat. The prices are reasonable and the boat well maintained. We felt safe at all times and had a lot of fun

Thank ewottermann
Bribie Island, Australia
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90 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

The boat was too crowded to properly see the seals without a lot of pushing and shoving not a pleasent experience but I did see the seals and get a few photos

Thank Mustang645
Lincoln, California
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197 reviews
95 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

The boat held about 60 people. It leave Hout Harbor and goes about 3 miles around the point to some small islands in very heavy current that is hone to 100s to seals, or as the locals call them "Dogs of the Sea". The seals are jumping, riding the waves and barking. The ships captain really know how to position... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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410 reviews
156 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 474 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Drumbeat Charters is a charter outfit that offers boat rides to Seal Island, a small clump of rocks about 20 minutes by boat from Hout Bay. The charter boat is a basic, clean no-frills ride out to see lots of seals, some of whom are awake and playful. The boat also has drinks and light refreshments available as well. Book... More 

Thank mbc421
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154 reviews
94 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We went on boat ride as part of baz bus cape pensinsula tour as optional activity .it was so much fun,we got soaked but it was all great and we laughed about it .the ride on boat was good and scenic and enjoyed everything .Good value for money

Thank Flitz8
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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63 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

The ride on the boat was fun, as the closer we got to Seal Island, there were more waves, which made the ride more fun as the waves beat against the boat. There is plenty on seating inside and on the front deck of the boat. You should sit at the front deck for the best view of Seal Island,... More 

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Broadstairs, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Quick trip to the stinky seals was a lovely end of the day treat. Good value for money and we got very close to the seals. Bar on the boat was a great plus too

Thank Shazzy62
Singapore, Singapore
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56 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

There are multiple Seal Watching Boat operators at the Harbour in Hout Bay, they usuall go every 30 to 45min so just see which one fits your schedule. Price wise they are all around 50-75 ZAR, if you go for the higher priced, its likely that your boat is less crowded, which we can recommend if you want to get... More 

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