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Snorkel or Scuba

Dive with seals

Easy, safe, all year round fun

It's easy, safe and fun

Option 1

Have a close encounter snorkelling with the Cape Fur Seals of Cape Town! Become one with the seals as they swim gracefully in their natural environment. Interact with these boisterous animals in their underwater playground. The action begins as soon as you enter the water as these furry counterparts swim beside you, often mimicking your movements.

Scuba diving for certified divers is available upon request.

Read a beginners account of their experience here.

QUICK info

  • Hout Bay:

    Dive Depth: 1 to 5 metres .
    Water visibility: 3 to 20 meters .
    Dive time: 30 to 60 minutes.

  • False Bay:

    Dive Depth: Surface to 19 metres .
    Water visibility: 2 to 10 metres.
    Dive time: 30 to 60 minutes.

  • Departure Daily:

    Exact time to be confirmed the day before the trip and is based on weather conditions. The snorkel site is about 15 minutes away from the launch point.

  • Duration:

    2 - 3 hours.

  • Terms:

    No previous snorkelling experience is required, but you should be confident with swimming in open water.

    Minimum age for children: 8 years and accompanied by an adult.

  • Bring the following:

    Bathing suit, towel, cap, sunglasses and sun screen.
    Wear protective clothing appropriate to the weather conditions.

  • Trip includes:

    Soft snorkel gear comprising of gloves, booties, 7mm wetsuit, mask, snorkel, fins and weight belt.
    Snacks and refreshments.

 

 

 

GIVING BACK..........

Option 2

Do your bit for scientific research by collecting data! Observe the seals behaviour and monitor which fish species occur with the presence of these furry dogs of the sea.

Approximately 15 minutes by boat along the Cape Peninsula lies Seal Rock, a small haul out for resting seals. Jump in and snorkel with the seals whilst looking out for any that are entangled in fishing gear or wounded from possible bite marks, boat strikes, or fishing gaffs. We also record the fish species that occur in the presence of seals, an apex predator, and compare this with areas where there are fewer seals.
This is a relatively sheltered and easy snorkel. It is very shallow close to the rock where most of the seals play as they cool off in the water, but offers deeper sections for the more adventurous who like to duck dive and play with the seals underwater. This trip is perfect for the whole family or groups, a really exciting and fun trip where you get the chance to interact with the charismatic Cape Fur Seals of Cape Town.

 

The Boat


The vessel you will be diving off is a zodiac rib boat, which is standard for South African diving operators. There are no facilities except for a small cubby hole for keys and sunglasses.
We advise leaving your personal belongings behind.

What’s involved?

  • Each trip begins with an explanation of the unique ecosystem surrounding Cape Town and its role in creating an amazing biodiversity hot spot, we talk about the marine habitats, explain some basic fish ID skills and introduce you to a few local fish species.
  • All equipment is provided!
  • Approximately 60 minutes in the water on our snorkel/dive trips where participants will engage in data collection on the chosen project.
  • A debrief where we discuss what we saw, ID anything you are unsure of using our Fish ID books and a chance for you to ask any questions.
  • In total, the experience runs approximately 3.5 hours.

 

Note: We outsource these dives to a preferred operator as they are specialised.

 

 

APEX SHARK EXPEDITIONS HAS WON THIS AWARD SIX YEARS IN A ROW.

Please note:

Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

We will however, give you realistic expectations before making a booking

Bookings are essential as space is limited.

All payment is to be made in South African Rand. We require credit card details to secure a booking.

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Snorkel or Scuba

Dive with seals

Easy, safe, all year round fun

A trip overview

After a thorough briefing you are able to enter the water under the supervision of a qualified Dive Master.

Departure time

Exact time to be confirmed the day before the trip and is based on weather conditions. The snorkel site is about 15 minutes away from the launch point.

Duration

2 – 3 hours.

Trip includes

Soft snorkel gear comprising of gloves, booties, 7mm wetsuit, mask, snorkel, fins and weight belt.

Snacks and refreshments.

Bring

Bathing suit, towel, cap, sunglasses and sun screen.

Wear protective clothing appropriate to the weather conditions.

 

Things you need to know

No previous snorkelling experience is required, but you should be confident with swimming in open water. Minimum age for children: 8 years and accompanied by an adult. 

Door to door transfers arranged at an additional fee.

Snorkel or Scuba

Dive with seals

Easy, safe, all year round fun

When to see what

Our summer which is October to April, Hout Bay offers the best conditions for snorkelling with seals. The warmest days occurs from December to February with mid- March and April offering snorkelling with the pups who have just learnt to swim.

From May to September, False Bay offers calmer diving conditions. 

BOOK NOW

Snorkel or Scuba

Dive with seals

Easy, safe, all year round fun

FULL DAY COMBO

E) Morning/ Afternoon Seal Snorkel + Cape Peninsula Tour.

Maximise your time and activities by booking a combo trip of a morning Seal snorkel, a visit see the African Penguin colony at Boulders Beach, and a tour of Cape Point Nature Reserve. Services include door to door transfers. Your exact itinerary and timings will be confirmed the day before and will be determined by the location of your seal dive.  

All year round

Pick up from your hotel. Exact time to be confirmed the day before your trip.

Snorkel with Seals. This includes a light lunch.

Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, Simon’s Town, home to 3000 African Penguins. 

Cape Point Nature Reserve - wind your way through the most beautiful scenery to Cape Point. Tour rate includes entrance fee to Cape Point.

Transfer to your hotel.

 PLEASE NOTE:

*This tour rate is based on a minimum of two guests. Should you be a solo traveller, we can offer you the tour portion of this trip should you wish to pay twice the amount for the tour.

*Boulders Beach and Penguin entrance fees are not included in the tour rate. It is not necessary to enter the facility as the penguins are easily viewed from the boardwalk. This stop is usually +- 10 minutes due to time constraints.

*Please request a quotation for a private tour.

Check out the Blog tab for the latest sightings .Apex offers the smallest group size (12) of any shark cage diving vessel in South Africa. Book a transfer and get a 10 minute FREE visit to the African Penguins at Boulders.