Diving with seals in Cape Town

Think “adventure in Cape Town” and your first thoughts will probably be along the lines of shark cage diving, hiking up Table Mountain and kite surfing in Blouberg. Now, along with a helicopter flip around the Atlantic, there’s a new activity to add to your adventure bucket list.

Just 20 minutes out of the Cape Town city bowl, in the quaint harbor town of Hout Bay, you’ll find Animal Ocean’s boat, ready and waiting to take you just offshore to Seal Island (or Duiker Island), home to a colony of close to 7000 Cape Fur Seals.

Arriving at 12pm, I kitted up in my head-to-toe wetsuits to keep out the icy water before a quick safety briefing from Steve. Then it was onto the boat for a fun 5 minute ride out to the island. Thousands of Cape Fur Seals frolic in the waves around the island, safe in the knowledge that great whites stay away from the icy shallows.

Seal at Hout Bay Harbour

I took along our GoPro Hero3+ and got some footage of my adventure with Steve and the Animal Ocean crew. If you’re looking to experience an ocean adventure while in Cape Town, I can highly recommend seal snorkeling with Animal Ocean.

For more information on the seal island snorkeling adventure, including pricing and booking information, visit www.sealsnorkeling.com. Also visit Animal Ocean’s website www.animalocean.co.za to find out about their other ocean adventures like the once in lifetime diving trip out to the annual sardine run and diving with sevengill sharks.

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