A main and rather popular feature of Hout Bay are the Cape fur seals, which frolic in their hundreds in the cold, Atlantic waters. Some swim amongst the boats in the harbour, but most can be seen at Duiker Island. Seals are not all Hout Bay has to offer, however. Shop for authentic African crafts at the craft market along the harbour, or visit the Mutasa brothers Art Workshop, where scrap material is transformed into beautiful sculptures.
Snorkelling with seals
Why you should experience it: If you’re looking to get up close and personal with the Cape fur seals, snorkelling in Hout Bay might just be the perfect activity during your visit. Book your wildlife adventure with many of the reputable companies and get to interact with these inquisitive animals safely.
How much does it cost: Pricing ranges from R550 for local South Africans to around R900 for international visitors.
Chapmans Peak Drive
Why you should experience it: Hugging Chapmans Peak ever so tightly, Chapmans Peak Drive connects Hout Bay to Noordhoek and offers unparalleled ocean views. Stop at the many lookout points scattered along the drive and let your eyes appreciate the beauty.
How much does it cost: The toll-fee for entrance from Hout Bay ranges from R35 and upwards, depending on the classification of your vehicle.
Why you should visit: Not to be confused with Seal Island in the False Bay, Duiker Island (also called ‘Seal Island’) is a jagged outcrop of rocks just off the coast of Hout Bay. Named after the Cape fur seals that go there to bathe lazily in the sun, Duiker/Seal Island provides the perfect setting for an incredibly up-close view of these playful creatures.
How much does it cost: Boat trips to and from the island are around 40-minutes long and ticket prices range between R60 and R100.