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Circe Launches

Hout Bay Harbour, Cape Town Central 2004, South Africa
+27 82 552 2904
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Fun boat cruise with Johnny Boy the seal

It is about 45min cruise to seal island which only cost R70. This is not bad and we even saw Johnny... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2017
Stunter02
Nice boat ride with lot of seals

The boat trip took about an hour and lead around the bay with magnificent view on the town. The... read more

Reviewed 21 August 2017
Niek W
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Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Best Value for money "Seal Island" cruises aboard our glass bottom boat "CALYPSO" depart from Hout Bay Harbour daily. Est. 1973. R75 for adults R45 for children Just a 20min drive from Cape Town CBD.
  • Excellent28%
  • Very good40%
  • Average23%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible0%
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“duiker island” (2 reviews)
“pier” (2 reviews)
“seal” (2 reviews)
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Hout Bay Harbour, Cape Town Central 2004, South Africa
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Reviewed 27 October 2017

It is about 45min cruise to seal island which only cost R70. This is not bad and we even saw Johnny Boy the seal where he was fed fish out of a man's mouth. This was sooo cool. The boat cruise was fun and there...More

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Sales_Manager_790, Owner at Circe Launches, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2017

Thanks for your your great review. We are glad you had fun. Yes, the sea can get pretty rough during the winter but don't worry, our skippers are well trained in these conditions. This year is our 44th year running daily trips to "Seal Island"....More

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Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

The boat trip took about an hour and lead around the bay with magnificent view on the town. The captain told a lot about the rock formations and the surrounding area. Duiker island was full of seals and birds. The seals dove into the sea...More

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Sales_Manager_790, Manager at Circe Launches, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2017

Thank you for joining CIRCE LAUNCHES for your 'Seal Island' Cruise. We are glad you enjoyed your cruise with us and hope you had a great day further. Hope you will visit again in the near future

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Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

We took a boat out to Seal Island. Those sitting in front beware you get wet on the return trip! I enjoyed the scenic ride out and back. We saw lots of seals in and out of the water. At the pier there are stalls...More

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Sales_Manager_790, Manager at Circe Launches, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

Many thanks for joining CIRCE LAUNCHES on your 'Seal Island' Cruise from Hout Bay Harbour. We are so glad you enjoyed the cruise and hope you had a great day further.

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Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

We didn't book but managed to squeeze on the first boat of the day, but the dock was much busier later on. Recommend second floor seating as less crowded and had a good view of both sides. Not expensive and lasting around 40 minutes, gave...More

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Sales_Manager_790, Manager at Circe Launches, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2017

Thank you for selecting Circe Launches for your 'Seal Island' (Duiker Island) Cruise from Hout Bay. We apologize for the lack of information during your cruise. Our Skippers are instructed to give a safety and informative commentary on all our cruises. We also have a...More

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Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Came upon this operation while wandering the Hout Bay docks. They were open, had space and we hopped on. R70 pp for a 40 minute round trip wasnt too bad. The sea was calm and we just missed a tour group that packed one of...More

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Sales_Manager_790, Manager at Circe Launches, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2016

Thank you so much for your positive views on your cruise with us to the seal island. We are glad you enjoyed your trip and hope you had a great day further.

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Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

We arrived at the pier behind Mariner's Wharf and chose the Circe Launches as it seemed less crowded than Nauticat. The price was 70 rands for 40mins' cruise, and we arrived at the island with seals rather quickly. The boat will hoover around the island...More

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Sales_Manager_790, General Manager at Circe Launches, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2016

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. The skipper usually does a commentary once the boat arrives at the seal colony. We will investigate why this was not the case on your trip. We hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 14 November 2016

Went on this trip today. Don'tknow how rough it needs to get before it doesn't run but the sight of 20 very scared and drenched tourists not a good experience. Perhaps a description of the conditions needed or reassurance that the extreme lurching from side...More

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Sales_Manager_790, Manager at Circe Launches, responded to this reviewResponded 16 November 2016

We are sorry the conditions for your 'Seal Island' (Duiker Island) Cruise were not ideal. Unfortunately, we cannot control the weather, but make sure to advise all our passengers at our Ticket Office and have a sign at our Ticket Office, for the conditions of...More

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Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

We arrived especially to take the boat ride to see the seals. The cost was R65 per person. The weather was beautiful and the sea behaved itself. We got lots of great pictures and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves

Thank Karen S
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Sales_Manager_790, Manager at Circe Launches, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2016

Hi Karen Glad you enjoyed your cruise with us. Hope you have a great stay in our beautiful country. See you next time

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Reviewed 8 April 2016 via mobile

We stopped here as part of our tour around the Cape Peninsula. I don't know the cost as it was part of our tour package. We obtained our ticket and waited approx 10 minutes in line. Boat then boarded and left at the appointed time....More

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Sales_Manager_790, Manager at Circe Launches, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2016

Thank you for your report on our cruise to 'Seal Island' (Duiker Island), Hout Bay. We are glad you enjoyed the cruise with us. We apologise for the lack of sound on some of our speakers for your cruise. We were aware of the problem...More

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Reviewed 11 January 2015 via mobile

We came for 1:30 pm cruise left on time and the crew with Friendly and helpful. Great bargain for the 60 rand it cost and they get quite close to seal island.

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Sales_Manager_790, Manager at Circe Launches, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2016

Thank you for joining our cruise to 'Seal Island', Hout Bay. We are glad you enjoyed your cruise and that our staff were friendly and helpful. Hope you had a wonderful day in Hout Bay

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