site zip: AF ZA CPT 0163 | neighborhood: Cape Town, Cape Winelands, Cape Country Routes | region: South Africa
Kistenbosch National Botanica Garden. Attribution (center image): D. Didier

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Cape Seals on Duiker Island, Hout Bay

Outdoor - Hout Bay Scenic Cruises to a Bird and Seal Island

A boat trip from Hout Bay to Duiker Island is very popular with folks visiting Cape Town's Peninsula. It is one of the best ways to see famous Chapmans Peak Drive and Sentinel Mountain.

Trips depart from Hout Bay Harbour numerous times a day for a 40 minute or 1 hour trip to see Duiker Island, home to the Cape Fur Seals. Here visitors can see thousands of seals swimming, playing and lounging on the rocky island. Many sea birds are also seen on and around the island.

On longer cruise options, the trip continues along the coast below the Kabonkelberg Mountains to Moari Bay. Moari Bay is home to the 1994 Bos 400 shipwreck (a floating crane barge). The vessel is one of hundreds of vessels over the past centuries to fall victim to Cape Winter storms

seals on Duiker Island, Hout Bay

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Hours of Operation

Cruises are weather dependent and the route taken will depend on sea conditions. There are different trip packages which are dependent on season. The summer months allow for longer cruises. Please check prior to booking.

Additional Information:
Duiker Island is a sanctuary for seals and sea birds and humans are not permitted to set foot on the island


Drumbeat Charters, Hout Bay

[2:50 min] [Attribution: Drumbeat Charters]

Get the Drumbeat Experience as we take you on an ocean adventure from Hout Bay harbour, Cape Town to Seal Island just past the famous centennial mountain.

Drumbeat Charters has been operating since 1989, the boat is fully equipped with two toilets and a licensed bar on board.


Contact information

Visitors have a choice of scenic cruises operating out of Hout Bay Harbour, including:


Cape Town Attractions

| Highlights of Cape Town | Bo-Kaap | Cape Town and Peninsula Beaches |
| Camps Bay | Clifton Beaches | Cape Peninsula Attractions | Castle of Good Hope |
| Groot Constantia Wine Estate | Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens |Robben Island |
| Table Mountain | V&A Waterfront | Winelands and Wine Routes |

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