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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.

 

 

COVID-19 Protocol

Safety is our # 1 Priority

Apex Shark Expeditions is committed to protecting staff and guests to ensure safety for every person. As such, we are following all government regulations as outlined here

 

Book with Confidence Terms

If travel restrictions are implemented by your local government or the government of South Africa to due to COVID 19 (Coronavirus) which means you are unable to travel, then the following will apply:

 

  • Free cancellation: 14 days prior departure

Applies to all new bookings placed from 15 April 2020 for travel between 1 May 2020 until 31 December 2021. 

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. 

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Snorkel or Scuba

Dive with seals

Easy, safe, all year round fun

FULL DAY COMBO

C) Seal Snorkel + Cape Peninsula Tour.

Maximise your time and activities by booking a combo trip of a 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.  

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

Your seal trip itinerary here.

 

Boulders Beach

Five minutes outside of Simon’s Town, you will reach the Boulders Beach Penguin Colony – Home to the African Penguin. Experience these delightful birds up close in their own habitat. The sandy, compact cove with large boulders, offers a home to waddling penguins & their nesting areas. It is one of the few sites where this vulnerable bird can be observed at close range, wandering freely in a protected natural environment. From just two breeding pairs in 1982, the penguin colony has grown to about 3,000 birds in recent years. This is partly due to the reduction in commercial pelagic trawling in False Bay which has increased the supply of small bait fish, which form part of the penguins' diet. Bordered mainly by indigenous bush above the high-water mark on the one side, and the clear water of False Bay on the other, the area comprises a number of small sheltered bays, partially enclosed by granite boulders that are 540 million years old.

 

The Cape of Good Hope

Cape Point, a World Heritage Site, and protected Nature Reserve is the only place on the planet where one finds an area of vast natural beauty, world renown for it natural vegetation and rich bio-diversity.

Part of the Cape of Good Hope is not the southern tip of Africa, despite lying at the south-west corner of the Cape Peninsula, just a little south of Cape Point on the south-east corner.

This part of the park is home to an array of fynbos, over 250 species of birds, buck, baboons and Cape mountain zebra.

There are numerous picnic spots, paths on which one can set off on foot or mountain bike, and tidal pools on almost isolated beaches.

The area is of rich cultural and historical significance and includes monuments to early explorers such as Vasco da Gama and Bartolomeu Dias. The Two Oceans Restaurant is a good option for lunch.

 

 

PLEASE NOTE:

* Times are subject to confirmation the day before

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

* The Cape Of Good Hope entrance fees are included.

*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 +- 15 minutes due to time constraints.

*Please request a quotation for a private tour.

DISCOUNT - From R1500 per person for South African residents only. FREE cancellation 48 hours prior to trip.(T & C apply)

40% DISCOUNT for South African residents. Email us for YOUR special rate. Book with Confidence - Free cancellation 48 hours prior to trip date.(T & C apply) |