Seal Snorkeling in Cape Town, South Africa.
When you snorkel with a curious and playful Cape fur seal it's hard to believe they were once on the brink of extinction, brutally clubbed to death for their pelts and their organs, believed to be an aphrodisiac in some countries. In the 1990’s they finally gained some forms of protection in South Africa (sadly not in Namibia where they are seen to compete for fish) and have bounced back somewhat.
Now you can spend a happy hour or two frolicking in the water with these lovable creatures. Seal snorkelling in Cape Town is located just off the coast of the Cape Peninsula only 20 minutes from the city centre. You’ll take a magnificent boat trip to a small rocky outcrop called Duiker Island. It’s a marine protected area with stunning coastal cliffs and scenery and it’s also home to one of the biggest seal colonies in the area- over 5000 of these slippery water acrobats. You might even have an encounter with a baby seal who have a 10/10 score for cuteness.
Your Cape Town seal snorkelling operator will provide you with a 5mm thick wetsuit with a built-in hoody, so you will be comfy in our chilly Atlantic waters. Professional guides will interpret behaviour (the seals not yours) and keep you safe.