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Address: Hout Bay, South Africa
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Seals, seals and more seals!

We weren't sure about doing this trip but were glad that we did. It's a 40-minute round trip and your reward is to see a large cape seal colony in their natural habitat, with many... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Linlithgow, United Kingdom
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Linlithgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We weren't sure about doing this trip but were glad that we did. It's a 40-minute round trip and your reward is to see a large cape seal colony in their natural habitat, with many of them quite clearly showing off their diving skills to impress the visitors! They are so quick that you will probably end with several photos... More 

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

I went to Duiker Island aboard one of the boats in Hout Bay and it was a great experience to be able to see Sea Lions enjoying themselves in their own natural habitat. My 6 year was in awe of the attraction. He could not stop speaking about the experience as it is something I am sure he will cherish... More 

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Oldham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

a chance to see the seals after a bumpy boat ride out to see the island and you tend to spend more time getting there and back. it is an interesting boat ride but on the day we went was a littel windy so hence the bumpy ride

Thank neillyb57
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

we travelled out to this Island on a trip boat the Island is known locally as Seal Island and you can see why when you approach it, you are surrounded by seals all shouting for your attention, it was fabulous to see them in there native habitat, rather than all the seal sanctuary's I have visited over the years.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

The glass-bottomed boat takes visitors around the corner from Hout Bay harbor to view a colony of 40-60 thousand seals. This is the location of many documentaries showing Great Whites attacking seals and throwing them in the air. Although it is most unlikely one would see this spectacle, it is possible. It also affords visitors the opportunity to see the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We took a ferry out to Seal Island which is what it is advertised as in Hout Bay! The ride was only quite short but very scenic as you come out of the Harbour area. The Island trip is well worth doing as we have never seen so many seals in one area! It is literally like a seal playground... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

The boat trip to the island was a very interesting experience itself. One experiences nice and peaceful sceneries. Once the boat gets close to the island the water changes totally and becomes more wild shaking the boat wildly. It was definitely a fun experience which I highly recommend but make sure hold to something when the boat approaches the island... More 

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Jamaica, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We took a boat ride to the island. The boat ride was pleasant. It was nice seeing the seals on the island. Near the boat, there were stands and shops that sold interesting souvenirs.

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

If you want to see Cape Fur Seals you cant do much better than Duiker Island. Just a few minutes boat ride from Hout Bay this small island is home to hundreds of fur seals and the small boat gets pretty close, so those passengers looking to take photographs should be happy. Very enjoyable.

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Yavatmal, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 via mobile

This island can be reached there with a 20-25 minute boat ride from the docks, and as soon as this little rock of an island becomes visible, you can see them! Hundreds of seals lying around, lazing around... just about covering every inch of space available. A few sea birds also make the views amazing. There is a peculiar unpleasant... More 

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