During this trip you can experience the hidden underwater world around Mossel Bay. Discover beautiful fish, shy-sharks, underwater wrecks and much more.
I am a SCUBA instructor, Underwater Photographer and marine life enthusiast. Let me show you some of the secret spots around Mossel Bay that many people never get to see. I’ll show you some of the life around our reefs and rocks and also, if you like, teach you a little bit about the animals and how they live together in relative harmony.
- Guided tour
- 5 mm Wetsuit
- Weight Belt
- Vest & hoodie
- Hard Buoy to rest on, shared in group
- Coffee; tea or hot chocolate
- Gopro rental
- Photographer/Videographer to record your adventure
When do we meet?
Always arrive 15 minutes before your booked trip time.
Where do we meet?
If you are doing the Santos snorkel- We meet at the top of the steps going down to the Pavilion restaurant on Santos Beach.
If you are doing the aquarium snorkel- We meet outside the shark lab aquarium alongside ‘die poort’ and below the big blue restaurant at the point.
If you are lucky enough to have flat water and the seals are out then the seal swim meets for a pre-swim coffee at Delfino’s restaurant in the furthest back room where the lounge seating is.
How long is the tour?
About 1.5 hours. This includes arriving 15 minutes before your trip time to sign in and kit up, briefing. On average, the reef tour is 45 mins – 1hr in the water.
What are the snorkeling conditions like?
The snorkeling sites are very shallow (1 – 5m deep) and you will see the bottom clearly on most days. This is the ocean so there can be small waves and a choppy surface. If there is a large swell then I will take you to a more sheltered spot. The water temperature varies from 16C – 22C in the summer. This means that the water is TEMPERATE.
What experience do I need?
To snorkel you need to be able to swim confidently. I will give you a breifing with tips on using your mask and snorkel effectively. Motion sickness is a problem for some. If you suffer from motion sickness, I recommend one motion sickness pill the evening before and one the morning of your trip
Can we SCUBA dive?
Yes I am an instructor but this is a different type of trip that you can book with me. Simply mail me about it on firstname.lastname@example.org
What is provided?
I provide all snorkeling equipment, a guide, educational briefing, water, a hot drink .
Young snorkelers from 7-14 years can join but need a guardian present. They must be confident swimmers too. All ages upwards are welcome. It is very important that you let me know that children under 14 are joining your group as I need to make sure the conditions are not too rough.
If there is a group in excess of 4 younger children then I can take them on a more protected educational snorkel, just mail me,
Please take medication if you are prone to motion sickness.
Are there any sharks?
Yes, friendly ones. If you are lucky you may see cat sharks and shy sharks. The very shallow and close inshore area we snorkel in, doesn’t have great white sharks present.
What experience do I need?
To snorkel you need to be able to swim confidently.
Can I SCUBA dive?
No, this trip explores shallow reefs with a single guide and lots of chatting about the marine life at the surface. If you want to join me for SCUBA diving, please write and chat about some of my more advanced SCUBA trips.
Are there age limits?
Junior snorkelers can be from 8 – 13 years, with a guardian present and all ages upwards are welcome. It is very important that you let us know that children are joining your group as we need to make sure the conditions are not too rough. I can also do a different and more confined trip for smaller groups of children with more of a slant towards education. Mail me for info.
Are there sharks?
The sharks we see are small shysharks, typically less than 1-metre in length. These are the cutest sharks in the world and are a real treat to watch. During the summer, great white sharks are located along the coast between Kleinbrak and Grootbrak, thus it is very unlikely that a great white will be around our reefs, especially in the shallow sections that we explore.
What is the best time for the snorkel tour?
Reef snorkeling is possible between November through until April. The most consistent, best water clarity and warmest weather conditions occur from December to April.
How big are the groups?
I take a maximum of 8 snorkelers at a time. Daily, I run a maximum of two trips in the morning.
Can I come and watch?
Yes, if you want to watch your kids or family from shore then it is generally possible to see the snorkelers while they are in the water.
What equipment is provided?
I provide 5mm wetsuits with hoods and vests when you want them. I will also provide booties, fins and masks/snorkels and even a weightbelt if you like. My equipment comes in a range of sizes to suit everyone and I will bring it to the meeting point so that you can choose which size suits you.
Can I get transport to the beach?
Not with me but any taxi company will happily transport you to Santos beach or de poort. Alternatively, as Mossel Bay is small, you can enjoy a short walk from anywhere in the the town.
What is your booking policy?
Bookings are confirmed by email or telephone arrangement with me.
What is your refund policy?
As cash is only due just before we go out, this is irrelevant.
What is your cancellation policy?
I will only cancel when conditions are unsafe to go out, or in my opinion , I can not provide the experience I’d like you to have. I will sometimes only cancel an hour before the trip and so please check your cell phone before you prepare to leave home and join the trip. If you want to cancel please give me enough time to offer your spot to someone on the waiting list.
How does payment work?
R300 pp if you are 14 years and over, and R250 for anyone under 14 in cash is due before we leave for the snorkeling trip. Please fill out the online booking form with all your details. Please make sure your contact details are correct, as I may need to cancel the trip or re-schedule due to adverse weather. Please note that I only accept cash payments. I do not have a card machine.
The pyjama shark (Poroderma africanum) is a species of catshark, and part of the family Scyliorhinidae, endemic to the coastal waters of South Africa.
The puffadder shyshark (Haploblepharus edwardsii) is a species of catshark, belonging to the family Scyliorhinidae, endemic to the temperate waters off the coast of South Africa.
Chrysoblephus laticeps (‘golden-eyed broad head’), also known as the Red Roman or Roman seabream, is a species of sea bream from southern African, ranging from Namibia to the Eastern Cape.
Marley’s butterflyfish, Chaetodon marleyi, is a species of butterfly fish in the Chaetodontidae family. It is also called the doublesash butterflyfish. It is found in Mozambique and South Africa, and is an ornamental fish.
Diplodus cervinus, commonly known as the zebra seabream, is a species of seabream belonging to the family Sparidae. The zebra seabream has a highly compressed lateral body with a pointed snout and thick lips.It is a medium-sized fish which can reach a maximum length of 55 cm, with an average length of 35 cm.
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