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Seal Snorkelling, Diving and Free Dive Adventure Experiences
One-of-a-kind seal snorkelling and adventure scuba diving with seals, plus boat rides and exclusive 10% reader discounts
Last updated: 30 October 2018
Small groups, one of Cape Town’s lesser-known cape fur seal communities, all gear included and your choice of seal snorkeling or diving adventures.
It’s an amazing Cape Town bucket list item you can tick off with Ocean Experiences, who drive a range of daily adventures from the V&A Waterfront and offer a little extra in terms of service and experience.
UNIQUE SEAL EXPERIENCES
Ocean Experiences does seal adventures a little differently. This is a popular marine activity in Cape Town and so most of the traditional spots have become a little over-commercialised – think the cramped diving at Seal Island in Hout Bay.
That’s why Ocean Experiences visit the smaller, lesser-known seal community at Strawberry Rocks in front of Twelve Apostles. There are fewer boats and other divers, so you get a better, almost more intimate experience.
And it doesn’t hurt that their seal dives are lead by PADI pros and they focus heavily on marine education (very thorough briefings and real insight into the species), supply bottled water and include a marine-life-search experience on their boat, too.
A RANGE OF OPTIONS
Choose from a seal snorkeling experience to scuba diving with seals and even freediving options. Not yet qualified? No worries, Ocean Experiences also offers beginner, advanced and even divemaster PADI scuba diving courses, as well as a range of freediving experiences and courses.
WHAT TO EXPECT
All seal dives start at the V&A Waterfront with equipment fitting (all gear is provided) and a boat ride out to the site. Then you hit the water, usually in the morning when the seals are more active. And, in the case of seal snorkeling, you just relax and float on the water, looking down at these amazing and playful marine mammals swim and dive around you.
It’s a more natural seal experience. There’s no feeding or chumming, you see and interact with the seals in their natural environment. In fact, a trademark of Ocean Experiences’ seal dives is their focus on conservation and education, so it’s as rich and insightful as it’s fun.
Each trip lasts around two hours and groups are limited to six divers (a maximum of two non-diving passengers allowed to come along). All equipment is provided.
HOW TO BOOK YOUR DIVE
Phone Ocean Experiences on +27 21 418 2870 (mention CapeTownMagazine.com to qualify for certain discounts) or book your dive online. If you’re doing a scuba dive trip (not valid for courses), you can get 10% off two rib boat scuba dives with seals via this exclusive link.
Pls note that the specials are on the tours on the page you link out to, not all experiences, so click the link and see what's on offer. Plus: Note that the link will show which day your discount is available for.
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OCEAN EXPERIENCE SPECIALS
10% off rib boat dives, 10% off Ocean Safari and adventure boat rides and an epic helicopter-and-boat tour experience for less. These are all exclusive CapeTownMagazine.com specials. Make use of our exclusive 10% off seal snorkelling special and also pay 10% less for an Ocean Safari boat trip.
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