- Western Cape
- Seal Island Mossel Bay
Seal Island Mossel Bay, Western Cape
Seal Island is home to about 3000 Cape Fur Seals, the largest of the Fur Seal species. Bulls can grow up to 2.5 m in length and can weigh between 200 and 350 Kg. The cows are much smaller, approximately 1.5 m and 40 - 60 kg. The seals have small, somewhat comical, round ears and are also referred to as eared seals. They are fairly agile on land and climb rocks surprisingly well.
A unique way to meet these clown-like residents of Seal Island is to take a boat trip out to the Island. The boats leave from the Mossel Bay harbor, on the hour every hour, weather permitting. On leaving the harbor passengers can admire the surrounding bay and learn about upcoming sights from their guides’ commentary. On the trip out to the Island, keep an eye out for dolphins and sharks. The Island is surrounded by the seals biggest enemy, the Great White Shark and if you lucky you can get a glimpse of these magnificent sea mammals. During winter months it is likely to also see whales as they come to Mossel Bay every year to breed. Once you reach Seal Island it won’t be hard to spot these inquisitive creatures and passengers will experience a close-up encounter like no other. The standard trip is about an hour and the sunset cruise option will take a little longer.
Don’t forget your camera, binoculars, sunblock and hat. It is also advisable to bring along a warm jacket.
Things to do and see
- Whale watching
- Dolphins & Sharks
- Cape Fur Seals
- Fishing Cruise
- Sunset Cruise
- Historical points
Boat trip are approximately R145 per person, however prices are subject to change. Please contact Mossel Bay Tourism Office for more information.
Boats depart every hour on the hour between 10h00 and 16h00.
Closed on Christmas Day.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 16˚C and 27˚C with high rainfall in March and October.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 7˚C and 21˚C with the lowest rainfall in June and July.
Commercial Airlines offer flights into George Airport, 50 km from Mossel Bay. Car hire facilities are located at the Airports.
Tel: +27 (0)44 691 2202
Fax: +27 (0)44 690 3077
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