What The Cruise Offers
The ‘real’ seal island is situated at the northern center of False Bay, 8 nautical miles from Simon’s Town. It is home to a thriving population of around 75 000 Cape fur seals and a large variety of endangered sea birds, including a small population of penguins. This is also the place where newly weaned seal pups fall prey to great white sharks as they run the gauntlet to their feeding grounds in the bay & beyond. Our trips are not geared or licensed to encourage shark sightings & should we see them, it would be purely incidental & a bonus.
The cruise offers breathtaking views of False Bay. Cape Point & Cape Hanklip to the south, Table Mountain rises up in the North, and the majestic, pastel coloured Hottentot’s Holland mountain range fringes the horizon in the East.
En-route to Seal Island we sometimes encounter huge pods of migratory dolphins, resident Bryde’s whales, seasonal Southern Right & humpback whales, fishing penguins and hungry seals that slap their prey on the surface to break it into smaller chunks that they can swallow.
When we arrive at the island, we’ll take you amongst the frolicking seals in the shallows who we often feel deliberately put on a show for us. They are very active animals & even like to surf the large waves that form at the southern end.
We’ll then circle the 2HA Island at literally touching distance and you’ll enjoy watching the enormous bull seals (350 Kg) and the smaller females (90 kg) either interacting or sunning themselves, whilst many thousands of high-spirited sub-adults & juveniles are enjoying their playful exuberance
The main breeding season is October November each year, when up to 20000 pups are born and uniquely the females then mate with the males 5 days later, only to fall pregnant 4 months later, in a process known as delayed implantation. During this period the males don’t leave the island and jealously guard their harem of females from any imposters.
What’s unique at Seal Island is that the birdlife, including the small penguin colony and seals live in perfect harmony. The cruise is guided by one of our experts with incredible stories from years of experience in the bay.
What Is Included:
- experienced guide
- exquisite views of False Bay and surrounds
- visit to South Africa’s most famous seal colony
- sightings of endangered sea birds
- possibility of seeing dolphins or whales
- Highest safety standards