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Duiker Island

Hout Bay, South Africa
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Ranked #9 of 13 Attractions in Hout Bay
Type: Islands
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

The boats to seal island leave from the bustling harbour quay. There are a large group of hawkers selling their curios and crafts. The trip is short, if you have children try and get onto the glass bottom. It makes for a more interactive experience with the seals to see them swimming under the boat, otherwise you are seeing the... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Total trip took only 40 mins. So I think it's worth stopping here during the Chapman's peak drive route. Plenty of seals are on Duiker islands (or actually it should be called Duiker Rock, rather than Islands). The boat ride was smooth but a bit shaky when approaching the Duiker islands. On the boat ride, you can see the chapman's... More

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Ontario Canada
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67 reviews 67 reviews
14 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

LOVED our jetboat ride out to view the seals at their resting place on Duiker Island! The boat ride itself was a great experience ... tons of fun as our captain raced us out of the harbour in the morning sunshine. We already had big smiles on our faces, even before we spotted our first seals ... and our grins... More

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Urdorf, Switzerland
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80 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

We were not so lucky with the sea, although the weather looked alright, the sea was pretty rough and being in front of the boat, you could really feel this as the boat kept going up and down. We left from Hout Bay and the roundtrip was about 40 minutes. Once you get to the island the seals are just... More

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Knysna, South Africa
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

We set off from Mariner's Wharf in Hout Bay around mid-day with Drumbeat Charters, and quite wild sea swells were ever present on our course, especially upon nearing the island. Seeing the seals in such large numbers was great, although I question whether embarking on the boisterous sea is worth the few moments of distress when the boat encounters unruly... More

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Brasov, Romania
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134 reviews 134 reviews
67 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

On the way to CApe of the Good Hope. We triped with boath, good conditions. A very pleasant trip on the occean. The most beautiful: seals

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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145 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

The seals were great fun, happily unconcerned about us and far to numerous to count. It also seemed that they were performing just for us, or maybe more likely enjoying the big waves and diving around. We used Drumbeat Charters: the sea swell was troublesome, and it times a little concerning. There were safety features on board, but were not... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
21 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

The Cape Fur Seals are as fun to watch as you would expect them to be. What I really love is the ability to see the animals 'on their own turf'. It certainly doesn't feel that you are an intruder and they carry on about their usual day probably not even noticing that are a hundred cameras snapping away! Table... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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213 reviews 213 reviews
101 attraction reviews
230 helpful votes 230 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2012

One thing to note is that a "Seal Island Trip" doesn't put one on Duiker Island itself. Rather, the charter boat takes passengers as close to Duiker Island as it is safe for the fur seal colony, and passengers have about 10 minutes to view/gawk at the fur seals that are lounging on the rocks or swimming in the water.... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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59 reviews 59 reviews
27 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2011

We took one of the boat rides from Hout Bay to Duiker Island. It was about $8, which I thought was reasonable. The boat ride to the island is not very long, but it feels like it. The water was pretty rough, at least for landlubbers like me, and several people got sick (not me). Don't know if it's always... More

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