Diving with Cape Fur seals
Did you know?
Partridge Point lies in the rich waters of the Table Mountain National Park Protected Marine Area.
Maybe you've dived or snorkelled in South African waters before and had amazing encounters with reef fish, technicoloured corals or even an octopus or two. Now try a totally new marine experience and go diving or snorkelling with Cape Fur seals. You'll be amazed at how friendly and inquisitive these playful marine mammals are.
If you're below the surface – you’ll dive down between 12-22m – they love to swim around you, investigating this odd human sea creature. Dazzling displays of aquabatics are common as the seals swirl, twist, turn and gyrate around you. You may even get a mock charge (they'll swerve away at the last moment) or a gentle bump or nudge signalling 'come and play!'
If you stay on the surface, you may find the Cape Fur seals cruising slowly along, or just lolling in the sunshine warming their flippers. If you're very quick and very lucky, you'll get some great photographs.
The place to go diving or snorkelling with Cape Fur seals is Partridge Point, near Simon's Town on the Cape Peninsula, where Great White shark guru and brilliant marine photographer Chris Fallows runs a dive and snorkel operation. There's a colony of over 100 seals here that have become accustomed to both divers and snorkellers.
If you want to visit much bigger colonies, then take a trip to Seal Island in False Bay or Duiker Island off the Sentinel in Hout Bay. You won't dive here but you'll see huge seal colonies numbering in the thousands at least.
A bonus at Partridge Point is the reef that is home to wall sponges, featherstars, nudibranch, starfish and all sorts of crustaceans. Fallows' company, Apex Predators, provides your cylinder and weight belt and you can hire all the other gear you need.