Snorkelen met zeehonden

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  • Land: Zuid-Afrika
  • Aantal dagen: 1 day
  • Prijs: € 50
  • Beste reistijd: september tot april

In de Hout Bay kan je terecht om met de altijd vriendelijke en nieuwsgierige zeehonden te snorkelen. Wetsuits, maskers, snorkels en vinnen zijn uiteraard op locatie beschikbaar en er is de mogelijkheid om foto’s te maken met de zeehonden.

Duiken en snorkelen met zeehonden rond het schiereiland bij Kaap de Goede Hoop is zo’n unieke ervaring… die mag je tijdens je bezoek aan Kaap de Goed Hoop niet overslaan.

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Seal snorkeling Kaapstad

In Hout Bay kan je terecht om met de altijd vriendelijke en nieuwsgierige zeehonden te snorkelen. Wetsuits, maskers, snorkels en vinnen zijn uiteraard op locatie beschikbaar en er is de mogelijkheid om foto’s te maken met de zeehonden.

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Scuba duiken

Tip: Animal Ocean biedt professionele duikers ook de mogelijkheid om tussen de zeehonden te duiken (scuba-duiken). Voor R850 per persoon krijg je een complete duikuitrusting en wetsuit. Deze mogelijkheid is echter alleen voor geoefende duikers in bezit van een padi.

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Huur een camera

Ook leuk is dat je voor je tripje een camera kunt huren bij Animal Ocean, bijvoorbeeld een GoPro Hero2. Een camera en 4gig SD geheugenkaart kost R300 per persoon, en na afloop mag je de geheugenkaart houden. Alleen een camera lenen kost R200 per persoon. Natuurlijk mag (moet) je ook je eigen camera meenemen, dat spreekt voor zich.

Inspiratie Website
  • Mijn Zuid-Afrika
  • Kaapstad Magazine
  • Columbus Magazine
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columbusmagazine.nl

 

Trip boeken Snorkelen Duiken Website
  • Animal Ocean
  • Seal Snorkeling
  • Pisces Divers
  • Shark Bookings
  • Scuba Shack
650 ZAR p/p 950 ZAR p/p animalocean.co.za
650 ZAR p/p 950 ZAR p/p sealsnorkeling.com
op aanvraag piscesdivers.co.za
650 ZAR p/p 850 ZAR p/p sharkbookings.com
950 ZAR p/p scubashack.co.za

 

Luxury Accomodation May – Sep. Oct. – April
  • Sonelly Beach Resort
  • Sand Garden Hotel
Single $659 $559
Double $489 $389

(Feb-June good for swimming with baby Seals)

Duiker Island, Hout Bay, South Africa. This small rocky island is home to 15 000 Cape Fur seals.

http://www.piscesdivers.co.za/dives/diving-with-cape-fur-seals
Photographer diving with cape fur seal in cape town

Diving with Cape Fur Seals
The Cape Fur Seals are a fascinating marine mammal that is curious and playful enough to approach divers and groups will often put on a display of underwater “hydrobatics” and make mock charges at divers before swerving away at the last moment. They live in colonies which can range from a few hundred individuals, such as the one at Partridge Point, to huge colonies like Seal Island in False Bay or Duiker Island off the Sentinel in Hout Bay – where they can number in the tens of thousands.

It can be lots of fun to dive or snorkel with the seals, as they often loll at the surface, warming their flippers in the sun or congregating in groups waiting to head out to sea to hunt for fish. They also make great photographic subjects – if you are quick enough! We often plan launches to dive with the seals – it’s usually a later dive in the day, such as the 1130 or 1400 launch because they are most often at shallow sites.

Witness the best underwater acrobats in action.
A classic Cape Town dive!

Animal Ocean are the seal snorkeling experts and are dedicated to getting you in the water with these fantastic creatures. Our team of marine guides are only too keen to share the beauty of the ocean and its most playful mammals with you. Our 8 m Rib (inflatable boat) takes up to 10 snorkelers and will get you to the seals quickly and safely. Cape Fur seals are most active and abundant in the heat of Cape Town’s summer. So beat the heat – join us!

Seal Snorkeling in Cape Town happens on the Atlantic side of the Cape Peninsula at Duiker Island, Hout Bay. This island is not known for any Great White shark activity as it is surrounded by cold water (10C – 15C), shallow kelp forests and home to relatively fewer seals (10 000) than colonies elsewhere on the coast. We have never seen a Great White shark on any of our trips and this is observation is echoed by the seal-viewing ships that have frequented the same area for over 30 years.

Trips dependant on weather and ocean conditions. We aim to inform snorkelers if their trip is canceled 24 hours before your arrival time. However we will cancel on the day if the ocean conditions are not safe to snorkel. We issue refund in full, but they do take a while to process, please be patient. If you are concerned, please call us a day or two before to check the ocean conditions and if trips may be canceled.

A snorkeler uses a Gopro to capture memories of the Cape Fur seal pups whizzing past at Duiker Island, Hout Bay, Cape Town with Animal Ocean.
A curious Cape fur seal gazes at SCUBA divers in the kelp forest surrounding Duiker Island, Hout Bay Cape Town.
A snorkeler swims in the cold waters of the Atlantic ocean off Duiker Island, Hout Bay, and meets a curious Cape Fur seal with Animal Ocean
Fi seals 2
Cape Fur seals occur naturally on islands around the southern African coast and are found nowhere else in the world. Duiker Island in Hout Bay is home to 15 000 seals and lies within the Karbonkelberg marine protected area, part of Table Mountain National Park. These seals are not fed or trained, they behave naturally and interact with visitors on their own terms. Visitors can always see seals in the water and there are no sharks present. This is a wildlife adventure that brings you nose-to-nose with playful and inquisitive wild animals in their natural habitat, and affords you the privilege of viewing them on their own terms.

Cost

Viewing – R450 p/p

Snorkeling – R650/pp

Scuba Experience – Special request only – R950 p/p

BOOK YOUR ADVENTURE
Where will we be visiting?

Duiker Island, Hout Bay, South Africa. This small rocky island is home to 15 000 Cape Fur seals.

When is the best time to snorkel ?

Cape Town’s summer is best, but we start running trips from September until the end of April.
During the end of March and into April the seal pups start to swim and this is the best time for interactions
We are closed from for May, June, July and August
Expeditions are weather dependent.
Dive type

Snorkeling. Dive site is 1 – 5 m in depth.
SCUBA diving is available on special request. Advanced divers only. Qualification and log book must be shown.
Experience required

No experience need for snorkelers but must be competent swimmers.
Motion sickness is a problem for some people, so please be aware of this.
What does the day include

High speed boat ride
Informative seal briefing
Dive guides
Hot chocolate and biscuits
Drinking water
All snorkeling equipment
Snorkeling equipment

We have 5 mm one-piece wetsuits with hoods to keep you warm. We also provide a 3 mm vest, 5 mm gloves and booties. For the SCUBA divers we provide ScubaPro BCDs and regulators, 10L steel tanks and standard block lead weights.
All this will keep you warm as you snorkelling or SCUBA dive with the seals and after the dive there is an option for a hot water shower and a cup of steaming hot chocolate to combat the cold.
BOOK YOUR ADVENTURE

What is you refund policy?

We will only cancel when conditions are unsafe to go out, or we think we are not able to provide the good experience we want you to experience. We try cancel trips 24 hours before arrival, but will cancel at short notice if the ocean is unexpectedly rough. Full refund will be given if we cancel due to poor ocean conditions. Refunds are processed in batches and can take up to 15 working days to be processed and completed. Please be patient, we are a small company, and we will get it done. We only refund via the same method that we received the payment from. Please supply us with all the correct banking details if needed. Animal Ocean will cover all bank charges.

FAQ: What is you cancelation policy?

Cancelations by the guest within 48 hours of departure ill be charged a 50% fee. Cancellation within 24 hours of departure and no-shows will not be given a refund. All cancellations prior to 48hrs incur a 10% administration fee.Find Animal Ocean Seal Snorkelling inside Hout Bay Harbour.

FAQ: How does payment work?

Please fill out the booking form with all the relevant details. Please make sure your contact details are correct, we may need to cancel the trip or re-schedule. We only take a 50% deposit, the remainder is paid on arrival. All major credit cards are accepted through the online payment and booking system. Once at the boat, cash only. There is a ATM in Hout Bay harbor. If the trip is cancelled due to bad weather we will try reschedule the trip or refund you.

GPS :

Inside the Harbour, on the right hand side, outside the NSRI building.

GPS : 34 03’00.99? S 18 20’43.45?

Public Transport – MyCiTi Bus
Route 108 Hout Bay – Hangberg – Sea Point – Civic Center
Allow for 1.5 hours to reach us on time
Plan you trip your trip on the MyCiTi website

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Drive through Hout Bay suburb towards Hout Bay harbour, drive PAST the Mariner’s Wharf restaurant and turn into Hout Bay harbour (the entrance is on your left). Pass through the boom gate and turn right. 100 m ahead of you is a parking lot where you will find the Animal Ocean boat and equipment ready to go. Due to a large number of tourist buses it may be difficult to find us – look out for the boat and banners. We are just behind the Lookout Deck restaurant and opposite the NSRI building.
See map.

https://www.sharkbookings.com/shark-trips/cape-town/snorkeling-or-diving-with-seals/
Snorkeling or Diving with Seals

Cape Town

Season: October – June

Just Basic Snorkeling experience required

R650 Per Person (Snorkeling)
R850 Per Person (Scuba)
R450 Per Person (Watching from Boat)

The Trip
Snorkeling or Diving with Seals Trip
When visiting Cape Town you cannot miss the adventure of swimming, snorkeling or diving with the Cape Fur Seals. This must do adventure should definitely be on your list of adventures. The dive is very easy in only 1-5 meters of water in the safety of the kelp forest around Duiker Island Seal Colony in Hout Bay. There has not been a Great White Shark spotted in this area where there are thousands of seals as this is protected by the kelp. Anyone can slip into the water to interact with the seals and when you are in the water you will have the joy of having dozens of seals competing for your attention. You will love this dive with the dogs of the sea!

Trip Summary

Location: Duiker Island Seal Colony, Hout Bay Cape Town, South Africa

Season: October – June (Feb-June good for swimming with baby Seals)

The Dive: Snorkeling or Scuba.

Minimum experience required: No experience necessary

Dive Depth: Surface – 5m

Water temperature: 12 – 18º C

Water visibility: 3 – 20 meters

Dive time: Approximately 1 Hour

Scuba Diving with Seals

R850
per person
Snorkeling with Seals

R650
per person
Watching from Boat

R450
per person

Itinerary
Trip Itinerary
09:00
Meet at Hout Bay Harbour at outside the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) building. You will receive a briefing and set up your equipment for the dive / snorkel.

09:30
Launch the boat and out of Duiker Island seal colony (2km away). Then spend up to 1 1/2 hours swimming with and diving with the Cape Fur Seals in the safety of the Kelp Forest. On this trip you will enjoy the seals competing for your attention all around you and you will come away with a tremendous feeling of elation having been given the honor of sharing some time with the dogs of the sea! The interaction between divers and snorkelers and seals is unbelievable and no matter where you are from you will be blown away by the experience of this one to one encounter.

12:30
Return to Hout Bay Harbour.

Included / Excluded
Including / Excluding
Included

Dive guide
Coffee and snacks
Hot water to warm you up
Drinking water
Tanks, BCD,Weight belt, Wetsuit, Mask & Fins and Regulator (For Diving)
Wetsuit and snorkeling gear (For snorkeling / swimming)
Excluded

Towels
Transfers to Hout Bay

http://www.scubashack.co.za/dive-pricing/snorkeling-with-the-seals.html

Snorkeling with the Seals

Snorkeling with the Seals
This is an amazing, not to be missed, experience, swim with the Cape Fur Seals and watch them dart around gracefully in the water below you. Interact with these curious animals and have an absolute unique experience.

No experience required!

After a thorough briefing on what to do you enter the water under supervision of an experienced PADI dive-master.
Then the action begins with many playful seals swimming and jumping around you.

Where

We have 2 options either False Bay or the Atlantic Ocean, weather depending. When snorkeling at False Bay we meet at our shop in Kommetjie, when snorkeling in the Atlantic we meet usually in the Houtbay harbour.

When

Boat launch is required and they are scheduled for most days or any other day when we have a minimum of 5 paying clients.

What to bring

Towel
Sun Block
Costume
Money
Considerations

Price INCLUDES:

Fun boat ride,
Wetsuit
Weight belt
Fins
Mask
Snorkel
Photos

http://www.southafrica.net/za/en/articles/entry/article-southafrica.net-diving-with-cape-fur-seals

Close encounters with furry marine acrobats
Diving with Cape fur seals

Fix your fins, grab a mask and get ready to go diving or snorkelling with Cape fur seals. If the weather conditions are right, prepare yourself for a memorable experience. Cape fur seals are great show-offs and may well treat you to a display of underwater acrobatics or surface sunbathing.

DID YOU KNOW?

Partridge Point lies in the rich waters of the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area.

Maybe you’ve dived or snorkelled in South African waters before and had amazing encounters with reef fish, technicoloured corals or even an octopus or two. Now try a totally new marine experience and go diving or snorkelling with Cape fur seals. You’ll be amazed at how friendly and inquisitive these playful marine mammals are.

If you’re below the surface you’ll dive down between 12m and 22m. The seals love to swim around you to investigate this odd human sea creature. Dazzling displays of aquabatics are common as the seals swirl, twist, turn and gyrate around you. You may even get a mock charge (they’ll swerve away at the last moment), or a gentle bump or nudge signalling ‘come and play!’

If you stay on the surface, you may find the Cape Fur seals cruising slowly along, or just lolling in the sunshine warming their flippers. If you’re very quick and very lucky, you’ll get some great photographs.

The place to go diving or snorkelling with Cape fur seals is Partridge Point, near Simon’s Town on the Cape Peninsula, where great white shark guru and brilliant marine photographer Chris Fallows runs a dive and snorkel operation. There’s a colony of over 100 seals here that have become accustomed to both divers and snorkellers.

If you want to visit much bigger colonies, then take a trip to Seal Island in False Bay or Duiker Island off the Sentinel in Hout Bay. You won’t dive here but you’ll see huge seal colonies numbering in the thousands at least.

A bonus at Partridge Point is the reef, which is home to wall sponges, featherstars, nudibranch, starfish and all sorts of crustaceans. Fallows’ company, Apex Predators, provides your cylinder and weight belt and you can hire all the other gear you need.

TRAVEL TIPS & PLANNING INFO
WHO TO CONTACT

Apex Predators
Tel: +27 (0) 21 786 5717
Cell: +27 (0) 79 051 8558
Email: info@apexpredators.com
HOW TO GET HERE

By road drive south from Cape Town to Simon’s Town. Apex Predators is on Main Road in the Quayside Building. Alternatively, take a train. The scenic journey takes approximately an hour from Cape Town Station along the coast via Muizenberg to Simon’s Town.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Cape fur seals can be seen all year round.

AROUND THE AREA

Don’t miss the African Penguin colony at Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town.

WHAT WILL IT COST

Approximately R550 per person.

LENGTH OF STAY

A diving or snorkelling expedition lasts approx. two to three hours.

WHAT’S HAPPENING

Simon’s Town hosts the South African Navy Festival annually in March.

http://www.africanbudgetsafaris.com/blog/cape-town-adventures/

1. Snorkelling with the Seals in Hout Bay
Take a boat out to Duiker Island and get up close to plenty of playful seals in their watery natural environment!

Animal Ocean
Seal swim – Animal Ocean

You get to snorkel with hundreds of Cape Fur Seals at Duiker Island near Hout Bay, for about R600 per person, or scuba dive with the seals for R850 (including all gear). Seal diving experts at Animal Ocean take anyone who can swim and is over the age of 6 to dive with the seals in the chill Atlantic – one of Cape Town’s most highly-rated adventure activities. This is a spring to autumn (September to May) activity, with the best time being March to April when you can interact with the seal pups that are just beginning to swim.

Animal Ocean runs 3-hour morning and afternoon trips to Duiker Island, which is home to some 15000 Cape Fur Seals. They provide 5mm wetsuits with hoods, as well as booties, vests and gloves to keep the cold at bay. The one-hour snorkel / dive takes place between a depth of 1 and 5 metres, exploring the kelp forests around the rocky island which lies inside a marine protected area of the Table Mountain National Park. Prices include a professional diving guide, the 15 minute boat trip, snorkelling or diving gear, sweet snacks and hot chocolate to warm you up after your swim.

Animal Ocean
Seal snorkeling – Animal Ocean

In answer to the ‘what about the sharks?’ question: Great White sharks aren’t an issue, because the water is too cold and the reefs around Duiker Island are too shallow and sheltered by thick kelp forests. Animal Ocean says: “The well-established and long-running seal watching ships have not seen a shark at the island in over 20 years of operation.”

You can book a swim with the seals on the Animal Ocean Facebook page or on their mobile friendly website with your phone.

http://www.andulela.com/diving_with_seals.html
WILDLIFE TOURS

diving with seals
2-3 hour snorkelling or scuba: from ZAR 995 p.p

Enquire
Includes: Boat Ride, Snorkel Gear & Refreshments, transfers can be arranged from certain destinations – consult us for tariffs

If the inquisitive, whiskery visage of a somersaulting Cape Fur Seal won’t give you a smile, then nothing will! Spend a day snorkelling and scuba diving with these playful creatures off the Atlantic Coast of Cape Town, and you’ll discover just how much fun there is to be had out of the life aquatic.

A qualified dive-master will accompany you to meet the furry, frisky residents of Seal and Duiker Island, and the other wonderful marine creatures that share their habitat.

The experience starts at the picturesque fishing village of Hout Bay. Twenty minutes boat ride ahead lies Duiker Island, where a colony of 6000 seals live all year long. Here you can either scuba dive or snorkel your way into the enchanting company of the seals. The water of the Atlantic is cold; however, you will be equipped with a thick wetsuit with excellent insulation properties. You don’t have to be an experienced diver to join this adventure: your dive-master will give you a crash course in snorkelling if the need arises. Beginner or old hand, we invite you to pull on your flippers, take the plunge, and let the seals show you how it’s done.

Fur seals are so-named for their thick pelt, unlike true seals, which have only a thin covering of hair. For centuries, seal pups were hunted for their jet black pelts and for the beautiful olive-grey coat which they acquire after moulting. The adult’s fur is too coarse to be suitable for use in the fur industry.

Now officially called the South African fur seal, this agile mammal is equally at home on land or in the sea. The adult male seal is just over 2m long and has a mass of 200 to 300 kg. Females are much smaller at 1,5 m and weigh between 50 and 75 kg. The South African fur seal’s range is restricted to islands and the mainland coast between the rich fishing grounds of northern Namibia and Algoa Bay on the south-eastern coast of South Africa.

Although timid on land, the Cape Fur Seal is a bold and friendly animal when in the water, and will often follow divers as deep as 60m below sea level. So meet them on their own terms, bring a sense of humour, and prepare to be charmed!

http://sealsnorkeling.com/

Seal Snorkeling in Cape Town is the ultimate wildlife experience for the adventurous. Plunge into the cool Atlantic ocean and snorkel with hundreds of playful Cape Fur seals. Interact with them in their environment and on their terms. This half day excursion is for ocean lovers and will be the best activity you do on your visit to Cape Town, if the ocean conditions are suitable !

Check availability by clicking on the “BOOK NOW” button and searching through the calendar for your date of choice.
4 March – We have experienced website issues, working on fixing it. Road closures due to fires have canceled trips today.
Twitter:
Great conditions at the island, flat, clean and packed with seals. But the sky is ominous with smoke from the… fb.me/2MWFY7Z8LMarch 2, 2015 8:52 am
Welcome to Animal Ocean’s Seal Snorkeling website. Animal Ocean are the seal snorkeling experts and are dedicated to getting you in the water with these fantastic creatures. Our enthusiastic owner and zoologist, Steve Benjamin, together with his team of marine guides, are only too keen to share the beauty of the ocean and its most playful mammals with you. Our 8m Rib (inflatable boat) takes up to 10 snorkelers and will get you to the Cape fur seals, quickly and safely. Fur seals are most active and abundant in the heat of Cape Town’s summer. So beat the heat – join us!

Cape Fur seals occur naturally on islands around the southern African coast and are found nowhere else in the world. Duiker Island in Hout Bay is home to 10 000 seals and lies within the Karbonkelberg marine protected area, part of Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town. These Fur seals are not fed or trained, they behave naturally and interact with snorkelers and SCUBA divers on their own terms. Visitors can always see seals in the water and there are no sharks present. This is a wildlife adventure that brings you mask-to-whisker with playful and inquisitive wild animals in their natural habitat.

Trip Information
Meeting Times
Please confirm when booking. There are afternoon options if the morning is fully booked.

Meeting Location
We meet inside Hout Bay Harbour, outside the NSRI building.
See directions below.

Trip Duration
3 hours. This includes kitting up, briefing and travelling to and from the island. On average, visitors spend 45 mins – 1hr in the water.

Dive Site Conditions
The snorkeling site is very shallow (2 – 5m deep) and you will see the bottom clearly. This is the ocean so there can be small waves and a choppy surface. The water temperature varies from 10C – 15C. This means that the water is cold ! The boat is always nearby and you can return to warm up if needed.

What experience do I need?
To snorkel you need to be able to have swim well. Motion sickness is a problem for some. If you suffer from motion sickness, this experience may not be for you.

Can we SCUBA dive?
No. Due to the general poor competency of qualified open water SCUBA divers we have encountered over the past 4 years, we have decided not to offer this to the general public. SCUBA diving with us will only be possible by special request for advanced level divers, at a cost of R950 p/d (including all kit)

What is provided?
We provide all equipment, a marine guide, boat ride, educational briefing, water, biscuits, hot chocolate and even a hot water shower to warm you up!

Age Limits
Everyone can snorkel and we take minors (8 – 12 years) with a guardian present. It is important that you let us know that children are joining your group. If the conditions are too rough we need to advise a different day for you.

Sea Sickness
Please take medication if you are prone to motion sickness. Once we are with the seals we cannot return until after the snorkel has finished, 1 hour at sea. If you do get motion sickness this trip may not be suitable for you.

Other species to see
Heading out to Duiker Island gives up the opportunity to occasionally see some other marine creatures. We have seen pods of Dusky dolphins, Sunfish warming up on the ocean surface and even Southern Right whales in whale season. The Island is home to 15000 seals but also 2 African Oyster catchers, hundreds of Cape cormorants and 10 nesting pairs of endangered Bank cormorants. The trip is a wildlife safari!

FAQ: Are there any sharks?
No, the island is situated on the cold Atlantic side of the Cape Peninsula where temperatures range between 10C -14 C. This is too cold for Great White sharks, who prefer the seal colonies on the east coast of South Africa. The island is surrounded with shallow reefs and thick kelp forests, this would prevent any large sharks coming close to the island. The well-established and long-running seal watching ships have not seen a shark at the island in over 20 years of operation. If you would like to see a Great White shark we will happily assist you by booking you onto a Shark Cage diving experience from False Bay or Gaansbaai.

FAQ: What is the best time to snorkel with the seals?
Seal snorkeling is possible anytime during Cape Towns summer (September – April) The most consistent and warmest weather conditions occur from December to February. Snorkeling during mid-March and April is great as the seal pups have just learnt to swim and enter the water to play.

FAQ: How big are the groups?
We take a maximum of 10 snorkelers out at a time. There will always be a skipper and two dive guides with you.

FAQ: Can I come view the seals?
Yes, we charge a reduced rate for people who want to come look at the seals from the boat while the snorkelers are in the water.

FAQ: What equipment do you provide?
We have fleece lined 5mm one piece wetsuits with hoods. We also provide 3mm vests, 4mm gloves, booties, fins and black silicone masks and snorkels. We provide SCUBA Pro regulators and BCDs. Our equipment comes in a range of sizes to suit everyone.

FAQ: Do you offer transport?
No. Any taxi company will happily transport you to Hout Bay harbor. The are also the City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off busses that operate a route from Cape Town to Hout Bay and around the peninsular.

FAQ: What is you booking policy?
Bookings are confirmed only when payment has been received. Our online booking system only takes payment in full by credit card. Irregular bookings may be refused at any time. Please be careful not to double book yourself onto multiple time slots.

FAQ: What is you refund policy?
We will only cancel when conditions are unsafe to go out, or we think we are not able to provide the good experience we want you to experience. We try cancel trips 24 hours before arrival, but will cancel at short notice if the ocean is unexpectedly rough. Full refund will be given if we cancel due to poor ocean conditions. Refunds are processed in batches and can take up to 15 working days to be processed and completed. Please be patient, we are a small company, and we will get it done. We only refund via the same method that we received the payment from. Please supply us with all the correct banking details if needed. Animal Ocean will cover all bank charges.
FAQ: What is you cancelation policy?
Cancelations by the guest within 48 hours of departure ill be charged a 50% fee. Cancellation within 24 hours of departure and no-shows will not be given a refund. All cancellations prior to 48hrs incur a 10% administration fee.
FAQ: How does payment work?
Please fill out the booking form with all the relevant details. Please make sure your contact details are correct, we may need to cancel the trip or re-schedule. We only take a 50% deposit, the remainder is paid on arrival. All major credit cards are accepted through the online payment and booking system. Once at the boat, cash only. There is a ATM in Hout Bay harbor. If the trip is cancelled due to bad weather we will try reschedule the trip or refund you.

TRIP PRICING SNORKELING
EXPERIENCE
*everyone welcome SCUBA
EXPERIENCE
*certified only
Safe Seal Diving Experience
Professional Dive Master Present
Snacks and Refreshments
Wetsuits Provided
Snorkeling Equipment
SCUBA Equipment (tanks, BCD, weights)
Price (per person) R650/pp R950 (only on special request)/pp

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Cameras
Rent a Camera
Take your memories home by using our underwater cameras. These easy to use GoPro Hero 2 cameras will capture photos or video, and our staff will give you a quick lesson on how to use them. Push one button and capture the day on a 4GB memory card that we can provide and is yours to take home.

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Snorkelen met zeehonden in Kaapstad
Duiken met haaien is te gek, maar vlak snorkelen met zeehondjes in de Atlantische Oceaan niet uit
Wat is de ergste nachtmerrie als je naar Zuid-Afrika komt voor een safari en hoopt in een paar dagen tijd de Big Five te spotten? Juist, dat je dagen lang door het Kruger Park rijdt en ze niet ziet. Althans, niet alle vijf. En hoe stom ook, veel mensen zijn daardoor na afloop toch een tikkeltje teleurgesteld. ‘Hebben jullie de Big Five gezien’ is niet voor niets een van de meest gestelde vragen na een safari in Zuid-Afrika.

Daar heb je geen last van als je besluit te snorkelen met zeehonden. Want daarvan heb je er in de Atlantische Oceaan rond Kaapstad meer dan genoeg. Als je denkt dat je ‘met zeehonden gaat snorkelen’, is dat ook precies wat je gaat doen. Het maakt voor een fantastische excursie om te doen als je in Kaapstad op vakantie bent.

Gerund door Animal Ocean kun je deze tour boeken tussen oktober en maart. Als het in september al lekker weer is, begint het seizoen soms al eerder. Verzamelen gebeurt in de haven van Hout Bay, waar je in een wetsuit gehesen wordt (want ja, ook het stukje Atlantische Oceaan aan de kust van Hout Bay is helaas niet warm te noemen) om vervolgens in de boot richting Duiker Island – daar waar duizenden zeehonden wonen – te stappen.

‘Wacht even,’ horen we jullie denken, ‘daar zwemmen toch ook haaien? En wat eten haaien het liefst?’ Klopt allemaal, maar daarover hoef je je tijdens dit uitje geen zorgen over te maken. Het water is namelijk te koud voor de haaien en rondom Duiker Island drijft kelp en is het water bovendien te ondiep voor haaien. Dat is weer een zorg minder. Het is niet verwonderlijk doorgaans de meest gestelde vraag die Steve Benjamin, eigenaar van Animal Ocean voorafgaand aan de trip gesteld wordt.

Het boottochtje van de haven naar Duiker Island duurt een luttele 10 minuten en is zelfs voor mensen die last hebben van zeeziekte, over het algemeen prima te doen. En meer dan de moeite waard, want de aanblik van de zeehondenkolonie, bestaande uit zo’n 2000 Kaapse zeehonden, is behoorlijk indrukwekkend. Het is tegelijkertijd de enige plek aan de Zuid-Afrikaanse kust waar dit type zeehonden leeft. Op ongeveer 80 meter afstand van het eiland wordt het anker uitgegooid en gaan de ‘duikers’ te water, temidden van de grote zeehondenmassa.

‘Of de zeehonden schrikken van de mensen?’ Integendeel, lacht Steve, “voor de zeehonden zien wij mensen eruit als zeebeesten die niet goed kunnen zwemmen. Zij vinden ons dus net zo vermakelijk als wij hen.” Van nature zijn zeehonden nieuwsgierige beesten, en ze vinden het prima als mensen behoorlijk dichtbij ze zwemmen. Maar ze aanraken is duidelijk niet de bedoeling. Als je tussendoor even op adem wil komen of het geheel van bovenaf wil bekijken, kun je te allen tijde terug in de boot.

Belangrijk om te weten: er wordt geen aas of ander kunstmatig middel gebruikt om de zeehonden te lokken, dus op geen enkele manier wordt het ecosysteem beïnvloed of gemanipuleerd. Een echte, authentieke ervaring dus. Mede dankzij dit duurzame en milieuvriendelijke karakter ontving Animal Ocean in 2014 een Certificate of Excellence Award van TripAdvisor.

Prijskaartje: snorkelen met zeehonden kost R650 per persoon (inclusief uitrusting en een drankje aan boord) duurt als trip in totaal ruim drie uur (van vertrek tot terugkomst in de haven van Hout Bay). Naast dat je moet kunnen zwemmen, zijn er geen ‘eisen’ verbonden om mee te doen – behalve dat je ouder moet zijn dan 6 jaar. Kinderen tussen 6 en 16 jaar mogen alleen mee onder begeleiding van een ouder of volwassene. Op de boot kunnen maximaal 10 mensen.

Tip: Animal Ocean biedt professionele duikers ook de mogelijkheid om tussen de zeehonden te duiken (scuba-duiken). Voor R850 per persoon krijg je een complete duikuitrusting en wetsuit. Deze mogelijkheid is echter alleen voor geoefende duikers in bezit van een padi.

Ook leuk is dat je voor je tripje een camera kunt huren bij Animal Ocean, bijvoorbeeld een GoPro Hero2. Een camera en 4gig SD geheugenkaart kost R300 per persoon, en na afloop mag je de geheugenkaart houden. Alleen een camera lenen kost R200 per persoon. Natuurlijk mag (moet) je ook je eigen camera meenemen, dat spreekt voor zich.

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Snorkelen met zeehonden.
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Zwemmen met dolfijnen alsook met haaien, maar dan beschermd door een kooi, klinkt voor de meesten onder ons bekend. Wist je dat je in Zuid Afrika kan snorkelen met zeehonden in Hout Bay en False Bay?

De dag start met een boottrip naar de Cape Fur seal kolonie waarna je het water induikelt en je ontmoeting met de zeehonden kan starten. Er bevinden zich tussen de 200 en soms wel 700 zeehonden tergelijkertijd in het water maar de gids loodst je veilig doorheen alles. Er is absoluut geen gevaar.

Wat gebeurt er precies bij je eerste ontmoeting? Zoals je kan verwachten komen de zeehonden voorzichtig nabij en hangen gewoonlijk nogal onbeweeglijk voor je waarna ze je zonder verwijl bewijzen hoe prachtig en fenomenaal goed ze zwemmen en bewegen onder water. Een ware streling voor het oog. Het laat je als gewone sterveling verbaasd en klein achter.

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Snorkelen met zeehonden in Kaapstad
Duiken en snorkelen met zeehonden rond het schiereiland bij Kaap de Goede Hoop is zo’n unieke ervaring wat je tijdens je bezoek aan Kaap de Goed Hoop niet mag overslaan.

Je komt met eigen vervoer naar Scuba Shack Dive Center. Hier begint de lol. Wetsuits, flippers, snorkels en jonge duikenthousiastelingen zorgen dat je in de stemming komt. Langzaam komt het moment dichterbij. “Wow, over een uurtje zwemmen we tussen een groep zeehonden … hoe dichtbij zullen ze komen … zullen we het eng vinden?” Zeehonden zijn nieuwsgierig en zwemmen letterlijk rondjes om je heen, ze kijken naar je, terwijl ze op hun kop in het water hangen.

Vanuit Hout Bay of False Bay vertrekken je met de Daffy Duck, een enorme rubberboot met 85 pk motoren, naar de plek waar er gesnorkelt gaat worden. Divemasters en de coole crew brengen jou met een prachtige boottochtje naar Partridge Point. Honderden Zuid-Afrikaanse zeehonden (of Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus voor de expert…) plonzen in het water! Jij duikt, zij duiken met je mee, jij gaat links, zij gaan links. Het lijkt alsof deze speelse dieren hebben liggen wachten tot jij met ze kwam spelen. Wat een ervaring! En dat voor minder dan 45 euro!!

Maar er is meer dan zeehonden alleen: Red Romans, zebravissen, kleine haaitjes, inktvissen en baarzen. En het is veilig. Geen witte haaien, alleen maar vrolijke en speelse zeehonden.

[url=”http://www.scubashack.co.za/” target=”_blank”]Scuba Shack Duikcentrum[/url] in Kaapstad zal je onder begeleiding een top dag bezorgen!

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Uniek: Snorkelen met zeehonden in Kaapstad
Geplaatst op 4 juni 2010
Duiken met haaien is een erg populaire activiteit in Zuid-Afrika, maar tegenwoordig kan je klant ook snorkelen met zeehonden. Rond het schiereiland bij Kaap de Goede Hoop doen ze deze unieke ervaring op. De organisatie Scuba Shack Dive Centre biedt deze unieke ervaring aan.

SealScuba Shack Dive Centre uit Kaapstad vertrekt vanuit Hout Bay of False Bay met een enorme rubberboot. Deze boot brengt je klant naar de snorkelplek. Honderden Zuid-Afrikaanse zeehonden zijn hier te zien. Uit nieuwsgierigheid zwemmen de zeehonden om de toeristen heen en worden de toeristen van dichtbij geobserveerd. Het is voor zowel volwassenen als kinderen een leuke ervaring.

Speelse zeehonden
Behalve de speelse zeehonden zijn er ook zebravissen, kleine haaitjes, inktvissen en zeebaarzen te spotten. Wel is er een minimum van vijf deelnemers vereist. De prijs is circa €50,-, inbegrepen is de boot trip, een duikpak en -bril, snorkels en vinnen.

Voor meer informatie kijk op www.scubashack.co.za

Snorkelen met zeehonden
Ga snorkelen met zeehonden vlakbij Hout Bay, nabij Kaapstad. Je zwemt letterlijk tussen deze overweldigende dieren en schrik dan ook niet wanneer ze heel dicht bij je komen.
Bron: Safari Interactive Travel Magazine

Vandaag gaat u snorkelen met zeehonden in Kaapstad! Dit is in Zuid-Afrika by far de beste plek om dit te doen. Andere locaties, zoals Mossel Bay, hebben meer last van de deining en het weer zodat het water onrustig en vaak ook troebel is. De omstandigheden rond Cape Town zijn wat dat betreft ideaal.

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False Bay
Duiken met haaien is een erg populaire activiteit in Zuid-Afrika, maar tegenwoordig kan er ook gesnorkeld worden met zeehonden. Langs het Kaapse schiereiland kan men deze unieke ervaring opdoen via het Scuba Shack Dive Centre.
Vanuit Hout Bay en False Bay vertrekt een enorme rubberboot die de passagiers brengt naar de plek waar gesnorkeld mag worden. Daar zijn vaak honderden Zuid-Afrikaanse zeehonden te zien. Zeehonden staan bekend om hun nieuwsgierigheid: ze zwemmen rondjes om de snorkelaars heen en maken vaak oogcontact. Het is voor zowel volwassenen als kinderen een leuke ervaring om in de buurt van zeehonden te snorkelen.
Behalve de speelse zeehonden zijn er vaak ook zebravissen, kleine haaitjes, inktvissen en zeebaarzen te spotten.

De Kaapse pelsrob, Zuid-Afrikaanse pelsrob of Zuid-Afrikaanse zeebeer (Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus) is een oorrob die te vinden is aan de Atlantische kust van Zuid-Afrika en Namibië. Hij is nauw verwant aan de West-Australische pelsrob (Arctocephalus pusillus doriferus).

Inhoud
1 Uiterlijke kenmerken
2 Leefgebied
3 Voortplanting
4 Voedsel

Uiterlijke kenmerken
Hun huid is donkerbruin. Hun oorschelpen zijn opvallend. De lichaamslengte bedraagt 180 tot 230 cm en het gewicht 200 tot 360 kg.

Leefgebied
Langs de Atlantische kust zijn er zo’n 20 koloniën van Kaapse pelsrobben. Zo bevindt zich een kolonie vlak onder Kaapstad op wat rotsen voor de kust bij het plaatsje Houtbaai. Ook in de haven van Kaapstad zwemmen pelsrobben. Een enorme kolonie Kaapse pelsrobben bevindt zich in Namibië bij Kaap Kruis. Doorgaans treft men hier zo’n 80.000 dieren aan, maar laat in het voorjaar (november en december) wanneer de jongen worden geboren, kan de populatie groeien tot meer dan 200.000 exemplaren. Een andere grote kolonie treft men aan bij Lüderitz. Langs de zuidkust van Zuid-Afrika komen pelsrobben voor tot aan de havenstad Port Elizabeth.

Voortplanting
In het vroege voorjaar komen de stieren aan land en verzamelen ze de wijfjes rond zich. Tussen de mannetjes vinden felle gevechten om de wijfjes plaats. In oktober wordt er gepaard en in november en december worden de jongen geboren.
Veel jonge robben komen vroeg om het leven. Ze worden doodgedrukt in de menigte, raken hun moeder kwijt, of worden gedood door roofdieren zoals hyena’s en jakhalzen.

Voedsel
Kaapse pelsrobben voeden zich met vis (70%) en inktvis (20%). De koude Benguela golfstroom langs de Atlantische kust van Zuid-Afrika en Namibië is rijk aan voedsel voor de robben.

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