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“Robben”
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Urdorf, Switzerland
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“Robben”
Reviewed 19 April 2014

We were not so lucky with the sea, although the weather looked alright, the sea was pretty rough and being in front of the boat, you could really feel this as the boat kept going up and down. We left from Hout Bay and the roundtrip was about 40 minutes. Once you get to the island the seals are just lying there, not really interested in you or anything else. Some swim between the island and the boat, but you can pretty much get the same experience in Cape Town, without braving the waves.

Visited March 2014
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Knysna, South Africa
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“Worth it??”
Reviewed 24 September 2013

We set off from Mariner's Wharf in Hout Bay around mid-day with Drumbeat Charters, and quite wild sea swells were ever present on our course, especially upon nearing the island. Seeing the seals in such large numbers was great, although I question whether embarking on the boisterous sea is worth the few moments of distress when the boat encounters unruly waters. Thus, I would not recommend those who suffer from seasickness to board. You do not miss out on that much if you decide against the ride, as you can see the seals from up close swimming near, or being fed by the local fishermen on the edge of, the pier. In actual fact, we enjoyed this more than the visit to the island.

Whether or not to go is a matter of preference, although despite the slight safety issue, it is still an enjoyable experience.

Visited September 2013
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Brasov, Romania
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“enjoyable”
Reviewed 26 January 2013

On the way to CApe of the Good Hope.
We triped with boath, good conditions.
A very pleasant trip on the occean.
The most beautiful: seals

Visited November 2012
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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“Seals fascinating; boat trip safety questionable”
Reviewed 2 December 2012

The seals were great fun, happily unconcerned about us and far to numerous to count. It also seemed that they were performing just for us, or maybe more likely enjoying the big waves and diving around.
We used Drumbeat Charters: the sea swell was troublesome, and it times a little concerning. There were safety features on board, but were not identified,and the safety talk was non existent.
Given that the boat takes passengers right up to, and very adjacent (as little as 4 feet away) to the seals basking on the rocks, and the sea swell is continuously tossing the boat around, I find this surprising, indeed a little worrying.
In hindsight despite the attraction of the seals, i feel that it is probably not a risk I personally would take again.

Visited November 2012
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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“Another experience in the Western Cape I wouldn't have missed!”
Reviewed 18 November 2012

The Cape Fur Seals are as fun to watch as you would expect them to be. What I really love is the ability to see the animals 'on their own turf'.

It certainly doesn't feel that you are an intruder and they carry on about their usual day probably not even noticing that are a hundred cameras snapping away!

Table Mountain National Park and the Maritime Preservation guys around the Cape do a great job of advising the public how to best support protecting the seal colony.

Visited November 2012
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