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Address: Harbour Rd | Hout Bay, Hout Bay 7806, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 21 791 4441
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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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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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016 via mobile

Clean and organized basic no frills outing - but a well stocked pub and snack bar (crisps and sweets etc) for those who want. Toilets on board. The tour was well worth it - I am very scared on boats so was a deep breath moment as we approached the seal island as it got somewhat rough but we were... More 

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Surrey, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

Okay...bit of a rip off really... nevermind saw the grey seals... Don't blame them for taking advantage of the tourists.. Would not recommend.

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Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

We did the cruise today. .. With a well deserved cold beer in hand ... We all thoroughly enjoyed it . The drinks were not overpriced and I believe that the trip was goods value for money.

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Highland Park, Illinois
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147 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

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 

1 Thank Ross F
Salalah, Oman
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181 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 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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174 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 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

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Lincoln, California
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 via mobile

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 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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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

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