Circe Launches provides memorable Seal Island boat trips in Hout Bay

Circe Launches

Need family-friendly things to do in Hout Bay, near Cape Town? Join an exciting boat cruise to Duiker Island – also known as Seal Island, with Circe Launches, which operates at Hout Bay Harbour.

Established in 1973, their cruise adventures allow you to explore marine life and nature up-close – including beautiful views of the Hout Bay coastal area. Whether your interest is marine life, boating or exploration, Circe Launches has you covered.

With social distancing the norm these days, boat cruises are among the best ways to get away from the crowds. In addition, you will find their guides passionate, knowledgeable of the ocean and qualified in marine guiding and ensure that your time with them is memorable.

You will also love their vessel – the Calypso. The Calypso is the only true, glass-bottomed passenger vessel, in South Africa. The vessel has two viewing ports in the base of her hull, in the aft cabin, through which passengers can see the sea bed and sea life, around the Island, during good visibility and have close up views of the Cape Fur Seals, on the Island, from her decks.

Circe Launches offerings

Circe Launches offers guided cruises and boat trips to Seal Island and Sentinel Mountain. They have everything you might need for a fun day out.

Their tours depart Monday to Friday as well as on weekends and public holidays. Outside their normal operating times, booking are available on request.

On their trips, you will enjoy sightings of Cape Fur Seals, dolphins, cormorants as well as other sea birds and marine mammals. It is an experience not to be missed!

Circe Launches will supply the life jackets etc, but you will just need to bring your own sun hat and sunscreen.

Circe Launches reviews

“Awesome trip. We were warned when we bought the tickets at the wharf that it was going to be rough but ‘Calypso’ handled the rollers easily. It was actually fun in the big swell. Loads of seals and an interesting commentary from the captain. The price of the trip is extremely reasonable. Highly recommend this as it was a highlight of our week in beautiful Cape Town,” wrote Carolyn M on their TripAdvisor page.

Steve K added; “My Cape peninsula tour included a stop in Hout Bay, specifically to give us an opportunity to take the boat ride out to Seal island. I was originally unsure about going out, but decided to go, and am really glad I did! The views of the rocks at the mouth of the Bay are great, and Seal Island is just amazing, with hundreds and hundreds of seals on the rocks and in the water. For less than $6, and an hour of your day, you can have a very enjoyable ride out to Seal Island, provided you don’t mind a bit of rolling in the boat. Lots of fun!”

Circe Launches is located at Hout Bay Harbour, Hout Bay, 872, Western Cape. Here is their location on Google Maps. For bookings, call +27 (0) 82 552 2904; email or visit them online at today. Follow them on Facebook HERE.


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