About Seal Island

Hop on the boat, grab a cold beer or a glass of wine, and enjoy your tour of the Seal Island. Home to a harem of Cape Fur Seals, this island has nothing but seals and many penguins. It is a 5-acre island found in the northern shorelines of False Bay, proximate to Cape Town. The Island partakes this name as it is home to 64,000 cape hide seals. Other than that, this island is also home to a large number of seabirds. Many non-marine species fly in here to breed. The boat ride to this island is especially noteworthy for the exquisite views it offers of the waters surrounded by the mountains. The boat ride to reach this island would take 45 minutes approximately. The island does not host any restaurants or anything. It is completely left out to the seals and other flora and fauna.

Must See

  • Seals
  • Seabirds
  • Non-marine species fly in here to breed

How to reach

Take the train from Cape Town to Mitchells Plain. It is a 48 minutes ride. It will cost around R8 to R9. From Mitchells Plain, take a boat to the island. It will take 12 minutes to reach. 

Tourists can also take a cab to Hout Bay and then take a boat ride to visit the island. 



  • Take a jacket. The boat ride can turn too cold and windy.
  • See a pod of seals that use the island as their main breeding ground.
  • Use binoculars to catch a closer view of the birds and animals.
  • You should not disturb the animals in any manner.
  • The island is also known for sharks.
  • Be careful when you get into the water.
  • Do not throw garbage on the ground. Use dustbins.
  • Photography may be prohibited in certain areas.
  • Pets are not allowed.

Visit Time

Sunday: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Monday: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Friday:  8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Saturday:  8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Time you can spend

1 to 3 hours


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