Whales, sharks and seals

Photo courtesy Jean Tresfon

Seal Island and Duiker Island
The islands around Cape Town are not of the palm tree decked golden sand variety, but do still offer some great attractions There are a few islands around Cape Town that are home to colonies of the South African fur seal.  Two of these that are destinations for boat trips are Seal Island and Duiker Island.

Duiker Island – Hout Bay
Head for the Hout Bay Harbour, from here one can take a short trip around Duiker Island to see the large colony of South African fur seals. Watch them basking on the rocks or frolicing in the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean.  This is a wonderful trip for the entire family, but best done in good weather and calm waters.

Seal Island – Simon’ Town
A boat trip to Seal Island in False Bay is another great way to spend a few hours. Seal Island is some 16 kilometres off the coast of Simon’s Town and is a popular feeding ground for that ultimate of predators, the Great White shark.  Visitors may even be lucky enough to see these oft misunderstood fish breaching, erupting through the ocean’s surface in pursuit of its prey, often the Cape Fur Seal.  More than 75 000 of these seals live on the appropriately named island, explaining the presence of the large numbers of sharks in the area.
Snorkeling the seas
One could also enjoy a diving experience with Animal Ocean Seal Snorkeling - an amazing adventure in the water. This experience is for everyone, you do not need any previous snorkelling experience, just the ability to swim

Aquarium Shark Swim
For those who prefer not to spend time on board a boat in search of sharks and would like a guaranteed swim with sharks, a thrilling dive is available at the Two Oceans Aquarium. One can swim with the Ragged Tooth sharks in their 2-million litre (528 344 gallon) tank, though you will require some prior diving experience as this is done with the aid of underwater breathing apperatus. Check the Two Oceans Aquarium’s website for online bookings of this diving adventure.


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