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Animal Ocean Seal Snorkeling

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Hout Bay, South Africa
About Animal Ocean Seal Snorkeling
The TOP TOUR in Hout Bay and one of the most loved by visitors to Cape Town! The Seal Snorkeling experts since 2009 - join Animal Ocean for the ultimate wildlife experience. Plunge into the ocean and swim with hundreds of Cape fur seals. Interact with them in their environment and on their terms. This 2.5 hour experience is suited for people who are confident swimmers and love the ocean. We want to share our passion and love for Cape Town's marine wildlife with you - come and snorkel with the Animal Ocean Crew and the friendly Cape fur seals!
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See Cape fur seals as nature intended, gliding gracefully through the Atlantic, on this small-group snorkeling trip to Duiker Island. Travel to the seal colony by Zodiac boat, in a group no larger than 10, then spend ample time in the water, accompanied by specialist guides. Your tour includes heavy-duty wetsuits, vests, boots, and gloves, plus hot drinks, a hot shower, and free Wi-Fi back at base.
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kevinmeyer708 wrote a review Jan 12
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa22 contributions1 helpful vote
Great snorkelling experience with the seals. We had perfect weather and the sea was calm. Water about 11°C, but the thick wetsuits made it feel much warmer. Island is sureounded by a kelp forest you can swim in, if you want to. Hot chocolate, biscuits and warm water on the boat were very welcome. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable
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Response from Seal_Snorkeling_No1, Assistant Manager at Animal Ocean Seal Snorkeling
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you so much for the kind words. We are so glad you enjoyed your trip and our staff. We look forward to hopefully seeing you for round 2 sometime soon.
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Nynke wrote a review Jan 9
Leeuwarden, The Netherlands1 contribution
Hilda from Hilly Homes, advised me to book a seal snorkelling trip. It was amazing. Everything was perfectly organised, from the instructions at the start to the warm chocolate and biscuits at the end. I can recommend it to everyone who wants to snorkel with the Cape Fur Seals. Thanks Animal Ocean and thanks Hilly Homes!
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Date of experience: January 2022
Stephane Favre wrote a review Jan 2
Cape Town, South Africa2 contributions1 helpful vote
We ticked an item off our bucket list and went diving with Cape Fur seal at Duiker Island, Hout Bay, a quaint suburb in Cape Town, South Africa. The trip is offered by Animal Ocean, they really made the whole experience awesome. Loads of info on the seals and they have guides in the water with you at all times. The area where we dived is "shark free", meaning that there are no sign of any large sharks (the Orcas have scared all the Great Whites away for the last few years). We spent about an hour in the water after which you are treated to a warm water poured down your wetsuit to warm up, as well as a cup of hot chocolate and biscuits. All equipment is provided for, and the wetsuit keeps you nice and warm in the cold water, although the water wasn't that cold. Highly recommended.... PS: you can rent an underwater camera, with the option of including an SD card
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Date of experience: December 2021
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Hessamyt wrote a review Jan 2
Michigan11 contributions2 helpful votes
This was by far the coolest thing we did in Cape Town during our time there!!!!! It was phenomenal from start to finish! We got to the place and got into our wet suits then drove a little way (about 5 minutes) to the boat dock. Once we were on the boat, we went about ten minutes into the water to get to Hout Bay (we even got to see dolphins playing in the water on the way out!) where tons of seal were sunning themselves on the rocks. It was a picturesque background for getting into the water and being able to swim with these incredible, graceful, beautiful creatures!!!!! The water is cold but the wet suits keep you dry and fairly temperate (not warm) but, unfortunately, you are only in the water with them for 45 minutes (I could’ve and would’ve been in there with them for DAYS if they would’ve let me!!!!) so the temperatures are tolerable. If you don’t have a GoPro or underwater camera that takes videos - GET ONE!!! You can rent one from the shop there if you don’t have one. There were so many seals swimming everywhere so even if your tour time is full (which ours was) you will be able to get good pictures and immerse yourself in the experience! This is a great company and a fantastic experience for anyone that loves seals and has any interest in seeing them in their natural habitat, enjoying life, and being happy!!!!!
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Response from Seal_Snorkeling_No1, Manager at Animal Ocean Seal Snorkeling
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hi There, Thank you so much for such an incredible review. I am so glad to hear you had such a great time. Thank you for joining us, I hope the rest of your time in Cape Town was amazing. Warm Regards, Lara Caine Manager
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trudy h wrote a review Dec 2021
Charlotte, North Carolina14 contributions4 helpful votes
We enjoyed this unique snorkeling very much. It was great to see the seals zooming around underwater and riding the waves. Very well organized and the guides gave clear instructions. Once we were in the water they were very attentive and helpful. I strongly recommend taking dramamine for sea sickness.
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Date of experience: October 2021
Response from Seal_Snorkeling_No1, Manager at Animal Ocean Seal Snorkeling
Responded Dec 3, 2021
Hi Trudy, Thank you so much for the fantastic review. I am so happy to read that you had such a great time with the Animal Ocean team whilst we shared the Seal Snorkeling experience recently. Thank you so much for joining us - enjoy the memories of your trip! Warm Regards, Lara
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