Swimming With Thousands of Cape Fur Seals

After leaving Knysna it was on to the gorgeous Plettenberg Bay. (In)famous for it’s nightlife and its pristine beaches being inhabited by buff and bronzed South Africans, Plettenberg Bay (or Plett as it’s known by the locals) is arguably the best party destination on the Garden Route.

As I have mentioned in previous posts, partying isn’t my number one pastime, so the main appeal of Plett was the opportunity to swim with hundreds of gorgeous Cape Fur Seals (also skydiving but I shall get to that in next weeks post) in their natural habitat.

Offshore Adventures Swim with Seals is a little pricey at 550ZAR ($55) but it was an opportunity that I wasn’t prepared to pass up! A small group of us went on a boat trip out to the Robberg Peninsula, a part of Robberg Nature Reserve. As soon as we arrived I was able to see hundreds of beautiful seals jump into the water ready to greet us. A few other people on the boat were hesitant but not I! I was the first one to jump into the water and start interacting with these gorgeous creatures.

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Snorkelling was like second nature to me, so it wasn’t long before I was duck diving down to the ocean bed to greet the huge number of seals. They were incredibly playful! They liked nipping at my flippers and one cheeky devil even attempted to eat my GoPro! They enjoyed blowing bubbles underwater and could be seen baring their teeth every so often, but it seemed more like play than aggression.

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I spent approximately one hour in the water but it felt like no more than 10 minutes! I could have stayed and swum all day.

Camera: GoPro Hero
Hostel: Amakaya Backpackers
Budget: 120ZAR ($12) per night for an 8 bed dorm & 550ZAR ($55) for Swimming with Seals
Remember: Bathers, adventurousness

Thankyou for reading! Next week I will be posting about Skydiving over the beautiful Plettenberg Bay! So tell me, would you be game to swim with seals?

P.S. Don’t forget to check out my Instagram competition, I am sending off postcards to my five of my lovely readers to say thankyou for being so wonderful!

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41 thoughts on “Swimming With Thousands of Cape Fur Seals

  1. Great post. I’d love to do this. A few years back, I went kayaking among seals but there were not nearly as many as you encountered and no interaction (or biting).

  2. This looks so fun. I’ve not seen seals up close here in Greenland, they are usually dead or in a soup =0) I remember seeing their cousins in San Francisco on a pier. What lovely lives they lead there, basking in the sunlight!

  3. Damn right I would swim with seals! Looks like a fun adventure. Thanks for liking my post about Puno and keep blogging! Looking forward to hearing and seeing your post about skydiving!

  4. Looks like you had a great time with those seals. Something I’ve never done. Not sure if I’d want to. ~ Les

  5. Wonderful post! Loved the photos and the description of the adventure.

    I once swam with sea lions, the large males can be very dangerous, and so I was terrified a couple times when they swam near, even though our guide assured us he would divert them away from us.

    The rest of the sea lions were stunning to be in the water with, but your seals seem overall much less intimidating. Cheers!

    Seals look much safer.

    1. I have swum with Sea Lions too! I did it at Port Lincoln in South Australia πŸ™‚
      There was only one large male who they called Mr Sir and he wasn’t too aggressive at all πŸ™‚
      Where did you swim with Sea Lions?

  6. I am jealous. Pure jealousy. Keep doing what your doing. Someday soon I hope to travel like you do. Life is way too short and the memories you seem to build are honestly just too beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us.

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