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To get here you take the boat trip from the harbour for 100 rands. It only takes 45 minutes or so and also gives you great views of the harbour and town and Chapman's Peak above. Be warned though: it's on the tourist trail so...More
Duiker Island is home to one of the largest seal colonies in the Southern Hemisphere. The adorable Cape Fur Seals make this island their home all year round and at any given point you can see 10's of Thousands sunning themselves on the rocks or...More
We drove to the Hout Bay and pay 80rands for a 45mins boat ride. There are about 3 companies and different timing. Our boat took 15mins to the island per way and 10mins stop at the island to see the seals. They were actively leaping...More
My husband and I went on this trip as part of a Cape Peninsular tour. Unfortunately we arrived just as passengers were getting on the 9.15 boat and so were almost the last on and we ended up perched on part of a seat inside...More
It was great seeing all the seals hunting while we were out at the island. The weather was a bit on the rough side on the particular day but the crew were on hand to assist where needed on the vessel. The seals were very...More
To be honest I was not 100% sold on doing this trip because I had seen seals before many times. But my wife really wanted to go and the bay is beautiful. But when we got to the island we were blown away by the...More
Took a tour boat out to see this island and we were not disappointed. It was offered as an option during our cape tour. We were quickly taken out to the island and spent some time watching the seals swimming and playing before returning to...More
Catch one of the several commercial boats out of Houts Bay waterfront - they leave every 45 min. to one hour - and go see the seal colonies. Hundreds of the animals, maybe more. In the water, on the rocks. Great excursion for children 5...More
We took the last boat tour at 4pm to duiker island and first, the panorama to go there is amazing, you see already a lot of seals sun bathing in hout bay. The island is very crowded and you can have a good look at...More
we came to Houtbaai absolutely unprepared so without any booking and we could get our 5 tickets at the counter I the harbor easily. That was off season so I am not sure if that works in the summer... More
we came to Houtbaai absolutely unprepared so without any booking and we could get our 5 tickets at the counter I the harbor easily. That was off season so I am not sure if that works in the summer too.
you could try the website circelaunches to get an idea of daily departures.
Unfortunately you can only get to the island by boat. There are a few different companies that leave from the harbour, several times a day, weather permitting. The tours are very safe and take different routes... More
Unfortunately you can only get to the island by boat. There are a few different companies that leave from the harbour, several times a day, weather permitting. The tours are very safe and take different routes, depending on the sea.
If you don't fancy taking a boat the seals can normally be seen from land. Look for them by Marinas Wharf, the harbour, or by the canons. They can often be seen on Chapman's Peak side of the beach too.
If you want to know anything or need any more tips for your visit, please feel free to ask.