Seal Island, Cape Town

4.4
#7 of 17 in Nature in Cape Town
Island · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Occupied by over 64,000 seals, Seal Island allows you to view the social interaction of these creatures like few other places in the world. The 2 hectare (5 acre) island also shelters many sea birds, which use the area as a breeding ground. The seals attract many great white sharks, which you'll have the opportunity to view in action if you're lucky enough to be there during one of their encounters. Arrange to visit Seal Island and other attractions in Cape Town using our Cape Town itinerary planner.
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  • incredible to sea so many seals, enjoying their daily life without disturbance from the humans...boats cannot get too close to the island...  more »
  • We went there to watch the seals bath in the sun. They are so cute and friendly. The smell is aweful, I would reccommend brining a mask  more »
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  • I had an unplanned trip to the seal island. And what an experience it was! It cost me R80 for a 45 minutes boat drive. You can take fantastic photos of the harbour at Hout Bay, the mountains and the Seals on the island. Thousands of seals are waiting for you on the rocks of Seal Island. Take advantage of the summer days in Cape Town.
  • Seal Island / Duiker Island. First place to be visited today was Harbour Front and Seal Island at Haut Bay. Started early morning. Sentinal Mountain was visible throughout the route from hotel to Haut Bay. Some photos on the move. Hrabour Front is exactly what it says. The settlement on the slopes near the harbour front,The sentinal ul ntain and the front itself looked nice. Here we boarded Capsylo a ferry boat which was to take us to the Seal Island. Due to curiosity checked this name Calypso was a nymph in Greek mythology, who lived on the island of Ogygia, Departed for Duker Island. Popularly known as Seal Island. The island is so named because of the great number of Cape fur seals that occupy it. It is 5 acres in area and home to 64,000 cape fur seals.It was not too far and took about 10 - 15 mts to reach . The sea was a bit choppy. Gap between the coast at Sentinal Mountain and the Island did not appear too much and the young Captain David did great job of maintaining its position almost in the middle of the gap. On the way back he allowed us on the bridge. Prriti also held the helm. On return to harbour front did some browsing on the shacks selling handicraft.

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