Snorkelling with Seals in Cape Town

Snorkelling with seals

A few weeks ago, my best friend and I climbed aboard a boat and struck out for Duiker Island, a seal, seal pup, and seal poop covered collection of rocks tucked around the corner from The Sentinel Mountain in Hout Bay, Cape Town. Why would anyone endure the swells and smells for such an excursion? Aside from the staggering beauty of the Cape peninsula and the pleasure of watching seals in their natural habitat, we were here to go snorkelling with them!

For one blissful hour, we escaped reality to submerge ourselves in the moody greens and blues of the Atlantic Ocean, where prolific kelp forests swayed and swished in the swell and the playful seal pups were close enough to touch. Usually, I use my words to describe experiences. This time, we hired a Go Pro camera from the company who took us out – Animal Ocean – to document it all and so I present to you my first ever (shoddy) attempt at putting together a travel video!

Author: Thea Beckman

Canadian born and South African raised, Thea Beckman AKA Wander Woman Thea, is an experienced travel, food, and wine writer and (amateur) photographer with a devastating love of all of the above. She is a travel bug, a bookworm, and mildly alarmed by how many arthropods she can be at once. When sheโ€™s not writing for a living and for pleasure, she enjoys bird-watching, reading, drinking wine, cooking, and SHORT walks on the beach because the summer southeasterly winds in Cape Town are a real bitch. Thea is the author of the book โ€œWhy? Because Science!โ€ Facebook @WanderWomanThea Instagram @wander_woman_thea

7 thoughts on “Snorkelling with Seals in Cape Town”

  1. Four minutes of bliss. Thank you.

    And it’s so refreshing to read “A few weeks ago, my best friend and I climbed aboard …” instead of the ever more common “me and my best friend climbed…”

    Especially love that whiskery opening shot. Boom boom!


    1. Ah, Argus… I can always count on you for validation ๐Ÿ˜‰ I am a bit of a grammar Nazi so YES – “I climbed aboard” not “me climbed aboard”. I too adored how whiskery they were! Like old Scottish men!

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  2. That was fun! ๐Ÿ˜€ … I love how they hang upside down just below the surface of the water. It’s as though they live one way up on land and the reverse in the water. ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. You absolutely should! Many people try shark-cage diving but I’m not a fan – the seal snorkelling adventure isn’t exploitative of animals. When you end up in Cape Town, get hold of me if you need any tips/advice!


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