Seal Island

  • Address: South Africa, Cape Town
  • Tags: Island, Family And Kids, Nature

Seal Island - Review

Surrounded by the South Atlantic Ocean, the Seal Island derives its name from the abundance of the Cape Fur Seals frolicking on the granite landform. Being uninhabited by the mankind, the Seal Island is a safe abide to the seals who consider the island as their breeding ground. While watching the seals in their natural behaviour, you will also find the Great White Sharks forming Ring of Death to devour the seals swimming too far. Encompassing only 2 hectares, the island is home to over sixty-four thousand seals, seabirds and migratory birds. The long and narrow cape granite rises only 4-6 metres over the high tidal mark. Neither vegetation nor urban touch is seen here, but ruins of the scrap metal and huts can be found around.

How To reach Seal Island by Public Transport

  • Explore on boat

More about Seal Island

Seal Island is one of the most popular places to visit in Cape Town, South Africa. Best recognized for its beautiful view and non-crowdy location, the Seal Island attracts many tourists. You can explore the breath-taking view of Cape Town from this point of interest.

How to reach Seal Island?

To reach, Seal Island, it is also possible to catch a local bus or metro from the nearest station. Frequent travellers suggest carrying a location map to explore the nearby tourist attractions in Cape Town. TripHobo provides you the overall information of Seal Island like its address, phone number, photos, timings, and tickets booking.

Seal Island Tickets Price and When to Get There

The ticket price or pass for visiting Seal Island is given in this page. It may vary depending on the season and crowd. It’s better to check the Seal Island tickets and opening hours in advance to avail the best offer. Whether you’re travelling with your family, friends or backpacking on a solo adventure, this page also provides you an idea of how much time you can typically spend here to experience the view and vibe. Tickets and visiting passes may come with different time slots and TripHobo allows you to book sightseeing and skip the line tours for Seal Island. You can also book the customized day tours for Seal Island from vendors like Get Your Guide, Viator and Musement.

Accommodations and Other Facilities Near Seal Island

On TripHobo, you can find the best hotels to stay near Seal Island in Cape Town. Ranging from budget friendly hostels to 5-star luxury suites and shared Airbnbs, here you can find perfect places to stay near Seal Island. Also, plenty of restaurants and coffee shops are available in the surrounding area. Don’t forget to try local street food and quick bites when you’re there. You may find popular bars and lounges open late night serving best brews in the Cape Town.

Other than this, TripHobo also helps you to find the local information near Seal Island, Cape Town like car parking options, public transportation, internet cafes and hospitals. You can easily check out the details of nearby pharmacies, ATMs and banks with 5-10 minutes of walk. With the help of our tourist map, you can easily locate the shortest route to Seal Island and modes of transportation around.

Know Before Planning a Trip to Seal Island

Seal Island is a must for solo backpackers and active travelers. Before your actual visit to this place, we recommend you plan your Cape Town trip online with our free Cape Town Trip Planner. Here you can create an awesome itinerary with popular points of interests, restaurants and other tourist attractions. We also offer customized Cape Town vacation packages created by real-time travelers and local tour experts which include a visit to Seal Island with an estimated trip budget.

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Things to Know Before Visiting Seal Island

  • 0.07% of people who visit Cape Town include Seal Island in their plan

  • 80% of people start their Seal Island visit around 09 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Seal Island

Monday, Wednesday and Sunday

People normally club together Table Mountain Cableway and Chapmans Peak Drive while planning their visit to Seal Island.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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Seal Island, Cape Town Reviews

  • kilometres (3.5 miles) off the northern beaches of False Bay, near Cape Town, in South Africa. The island is so named because of the great number of Cape fur seals that occupy it. It is 5 acres (2.0 hectares) in area and home to 64,000 cape fur seals. It is home to seabirds too and it is likely that non-marine species (in no great number) fly there to breed as well (see external link to the Avian Demographic Unit at the University of Cape Town). The island is an outcrop of the Cape granite and rises no more than about four to six metres above the high tide mark.

  • Seal island is a great trip. You can be guaranteed to see seals. The sea gets a bit rough as you get close to Seal Island. Otherwise it is a great trip. The boat departs from Hout Bay, close to Mariners Wharf.

  • The best part which we had was the boat ride on the rough seas. That was one of the highlights. Infact the sea was so rough that on the mid way, the boat had to close the engine for some time so that waves pass by. The boat then takes to seal island which is around 20-25 minutes away and a trip gets completed in 45 minutes. You view the seal colony from the boat as it slows near that island.. Do remember, there are lots of street stalls at the harbour before selling souvenirs which are cheaper than most other places.As already covered by many do note that there is strong bad smell from, be prepared for it. But a experience not to miss at,

  • Run a fishing charter around this area. Lots of seals to see, many young seal pups at the moment as well as older youngsters playng in the waves,maybe a great white shark if you lucky.

  • Superb place to explore wild life in their natural habitant

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