As our planet’s fragile ecosystems face increasing threats every year, it’s important for us to explore and appreciate the wonders of marine life with a strong sense of responsibility.
Body copy: From embracing sustainable practices to supporting local conservation efforts, we’ll dive into six exciting ways you can experience Cape Town’s beautiful oceans, while preserving them for generations to come.
Embark on an extraordinary adventure, witnessing majestic mammals playing in their natural habitat. From June to November, our coastal waters become a sanctuary for Southern Right Whales.
Travel to Hermanus, the “whale watching capital of the world” to marvel at these gentle giants or catch panoramic views of their playful antics from Boyes Drive and Clarence Drive in False Bay.
If you decide to take a boat tour during this time, choose operators who use best marine practices, which include maintaining a safe distance, limiting the number of boats around the whales, and respecting their natural behavioural patterns.
NB: The safety of the whales is a priority, and experienced operators adhere to guidelines to minimise disturbance and ensure their well-being.
Practise sustainable fishing
The Cape is a rich marine biodiversity defined by stunning coastal landscapes. If it’s fishing you’re after, here are a few ways to enjoy eco-friendly fishing experiences around the city.
Choose a responsible fishing charter: These operators follow catch-and-release policies, allowing anglers to savour the thrill of the catch while minimising the impact on fish populations.
Use selective fishing techniques: Circle and barbless hooks help to reduce harm to fish and increase their chances of survival when caught and released.
Stick to local regulations and guidelines: Cape Town has specific rules promoting sustainable fishing. Become familiar with these guidelines, including size limits, bag limits, and restricted areas, to ensure you comply with conservation efforts.
NB: Sustainable fishing practices are used to protect fish populations and maintain the health of the marine ecosystem.
Snorkel with seals
Snorkel through giant kelp forests teeming with hundreds of curious Cape Fur seals.
Duiker Island in Hout Bay is the main location for this activity, offering a unique opportunity to connect with nature while witnessing their playful underwater acrobatics.
It’s a safe and enjoyable experience suitable for all swimming abilities. Several experienced tour operators provide guided trips to the area, prioritising your safety while sharing interesting information about the seals.
NB: Your safety and the welfare of the seals are paramount, and experienced operators ensure a respectful approach and safe practices are followed.
Visit a penguin colony
Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town has a thriving African penguin colony. The beach forms part of the Table Mountain National Park, allowing visitors a unique opportunity to get close to these charming creatures.
It is essential to adhere to the designated boardwalks and viewing areas. These spots are designed to minimise disturbance to the birds while still allowing you to enjoy watching them in their natural environment.
While there, take the time to learn more about African penguins and their conservation through educational displays and the visitors’ centre.
NB: To ensure the wellbeing of the penguins, visitors are encouraged to respect their space and follow designated pathways.
Kayaking and Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP)
Explore the coastline in a kayak or on a SUP board. Choose operators who prioritise responsible practices, such as maintaining distance from wildlife and respecting protected areas.
Both kayaking and SUPing are great ways to discover Cape Town’s hidden coastal gems while immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the area. Follow safety guidelines, wear appropriate gear and be aware of the weather and sea conditions before heading out on the water.
Don’t forget to select operators who embrace responsible environmental practices, as this creates the ideal blend of adventure and sustainability.
NB: Experienced operators prioritise the safety of participants and the preservation of marine ecosystems, ensuring a respectful and responsible experience.
Go on an ocean safari
An ocean safari is an exhilarating and immersive experience, taking you on a guided tour of the ocean in a boat or small vessel. Ocean safaris allow you to uncover rich marine ecosystems and encounter different marine life.
These safaris are educational, providing insights into marine conservation and the importance of preserving our fragile ecosystems. They offer a unique chance to connect with nature, appreciate its wonders, and foster a deeper understanding of the marine world.
NB: Ocean safari operators ensure the safety of participants and the protection of marine life, promoting responsible practices and environmental awareness.