Seal Dive & Cruise

Imagine sailing around in style with a view good enough to put on a postcard. We offer a more comfortable and spacious environment for snorkeling / diving onboard IQ Catamaran, to accommodate the entire family. Departing from the iconic V&A Waterfront, heading along the Atlantic coastline with picturesque views of Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles mountain range towards Oudekraal, to a dive site called Strawberry Rocks which has a small colony of Cape Fur Seals.
Oudekraal
Distance
2.5 hours
Duration
Easy - Moderate
Physicality
Min 10 years old
Age
Cape Town
Location
IQ Catamaran

IQ is a 45 ft (13.72 m) high performance sailing catamaran built by Voyage Yachts in 2010 with a purposeful design that is both stylish and safe. It offers a large open teak deck, comfortable cushioned seating area with roof covering and side screens as well as sunny spacious trampoline areas in the foredeck. Designed as both a live aboard cruising yacht with 2 x 39 Hp Yanmar engines, as well as the ultimate sailing catamaran for day sail excursions. This luxury catamaran is perfect for any occasion from tying the knot with your special person, to yacht parties and corporate functions. Overnight accommodation … after your cruising / sailing experience there is an unique option for staying overnight in the iconic V&A Waterfront, berthed right outside the Victoria and Alfred Hotel on the North Wharf adjacent to the adjacent La Parada Restaurant.

Features

Cash / Card Bar, 2 x Heads (toilets), 1 x Galley (kitchen), Trampoline area & Roof Covering, onboard sound system, Padded Seating, teak decking, Blankets, free WIFI (coming soon). Following for us on private charters - Gas Braai facility, 2 x Swim ladders & freshwater shower. Water-toys and 2 x Double cabins (NB!! The use of cabins are only for overnight stay and not for daytime charters).

Tour Description

Imagine sailing around in style with a view good enough to put on a postcard. We offer a more comfortable and spacious environment for snorkeling / diving onboard IQ Catamaran, to accommodate the entire family. Departing from the iconic V&A Waterfront, heading along the Atlantic coastline with picturesque views of Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles mountain range towards Oudekraal, to a dive site called Strawberry Rocks which has a small colony of Cape Fur Seals.

Cape Fur seals are extremely curious and playful and will entertain divers up to 25 meters down. The seal dive is one of our most interactive and popular dives, the seals make for interesting dive buddies and love to entertain the divers. This picturesque catamaran departs from the V&A Waterfront and cruises along the coastline to one of the seal colonies found in the Atlantic seaboard side. This is site is a well know colony found close to the shore and in the midst of an enchanting kelp forest.

Capacity

Minimum 6 snorkellers or divers. Maximum 6 divers. Maximum 8 snorkelers. Maximum of 34 passengers onboard.  Passengers more than welcome at an additional cost.

Prerequisites & Minimum Age

Minimum of 10 years old. Be in good physical health. PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver (or equivalent qualifying certification from another training organization) and you’re at least 10 years old. Complete the necessary paperwork and acknowledge our Terms & Conditions.

Duration

2,5 hours – 3 hrs

Rates:

Seal Snorkel – R1,500 pp. Seal Dive – R2,000 pp (1 dive). 2 Catamaran Dive package – R3,000. Passenger – R360 pp.

Departure time

08h30 – 11h00 (Boarding time 1 hour prior departure time).

Route

We do not feed or chum the waters to attract the seals, so they are never 100% guaranteed. The Skipper & guides try their utmost best to find and show you the amazing seals and other marine life. The route is heading out to the Oudekraal area to one of the seal colonies dotted around Cape Town, this one in particular is called Strawberry Rocks. The trip is very much weather dependent and at the discretion of the Skipper, who will make the final call should sea conditions change unfavorably whilst on route to the site. If sea conditions do not allow to get into the water, the trip will be converted to an Ocean Safari and the search of marine life will begin, otherwise the entire boat trip will be cancelled and you will head back to the V&A Waterfront. We do not want you to miss out on the potential of experiencing the spectacular marine life Cape Town has to offer, whether it be in or on top of the water.

Weather

Cape Town has extremely unpredictable weather which changes on a daily basis throughout the year. The safety of our clients is Top Priority and we assess ocean conditions constantly to determine most favorable days and times. Any potential changes to your booking will be communicated with as much notice as possible. It is strongly advised to allow flexibility for this trip.

Water Temperature

Average sea temperature during summer months (November - February) ranges from 13 - 18 Degrees Celsius. But dont be afraid of the colder waters of the Atlantic oceans as we provide you with sufficient exposure protection to keep you warm and toastie.

What To Wear

Swimming costume & towel. Sunblock. Sunglasses, hats, a jersey or windbreaker as well as non-deck marking shoes (e.g. trainers/deck shoes), no black soles or high heels. You will be required to remove your shoes or shoe covers will be provided.

Includes

Full crew and fuel for the trip. 2 x Swim ladders & freshwater shower. Cash / card bar is onboard. Free WIFI. Informative safety & trips briefing. 45min – 1 hour catamaran cruise with picturesque view of Table Mountain & the Twelve Apostles mountain range whilst searching for the marine life in the area. 1 x Seal dive with experienced guides (PADI Professionals). Bottled water, biscuits, hot chocolate. All diving equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, bootie, hoodie, gloves, wetsuit - full length & shorty over the top, air cylinder, BCD and regulator, MPA Diving Permit (Marine Protected Area) - valid for 1 month).

Excludes

Crew tips.  Hotel Transfer. Snacks.

COVID-19 Aware

The vessel will have strict COVID-19 Protocols in place and require all clients to please follow all regulations when entering the premises in order to reduce transmission. Here are a few simple steps to follow: 1) Please wear masks when entering the premises. 2) Sanitising of hands and temperature checks will be conducted before entering. 3) Client details are required for Track & Trace purposes. 4) Be aware of social distancing.

Terms & Conditions

All charters are subject to our General terms and conditions and signed Charter Agreement and indemnity forms. You will be required to acknowledge T&C's specific for prior to the charter.