Reef Snorkel in Mossel Bay

Reef snorkeling is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the hidden underwater world of Mossel Bay. Discovery beautiful fish, shysharks, underwater wrecks and much more.

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Includes

  • Guided tour
  • Mask
  • Fins
  • Wetsuit
  • Vest & hoodie
  • Coffee & tea

Add-ons

  • Gopro rental

Excludes

  • Costume
  • Towel
  • Transport

When do we meet?

Always arrive 15 minutes before your booked trip time.

Where do we meet?

We meet next to the Pavalion restaurant on Santos Beach

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 site is very shallow (1 – 5m deep) and you will see the bottom clearly most days. This is the ocean so there can be small waves and a choppy surface. 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. Motion sickness is a problem for some. If you suffer from motion sickness, this experience may not be for you. We recommend one motion sickness pill the evening before and one the morning of your trip

Can we SCUBA dive?

Yes, you will need to email info@animalocean.co.za directly with a copy of your certification and the dates you are interested in diving. We will then check availability and make the booking for you.

What is provided?

We provide all snorkeling equipment, a seal guide, transfer from the office to the Harbour, boat ride, educational briefing, water, biscuits, hot chocolate and hot water to pour in your wetsuit after the snorkel, along with tea and coffee at the office and 2 minute rinse off showers. ( due to the drought no showers will be permitted)

Age Limits

Snorklers can be from 10 – 16 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. Boat viewers can be from 6 years old and up.

Sea Sickness

Please take medication if you are prone to motion sickness. Once we are with the seals we cannot return until after the snorkel has finished, 1 and a half hours at sea.

Are there any sharks?

No, the island is situated on the cold Atlantic side of the Cape Peninsula where temperatures range between 8C -15 C. This is very cold for Great White sharks, who prefer the seal colonies on the east coast of South Africa. The island is surrounded with shallow reefs and thick kelp forests, this would prevent any large sharks coming close to the island. The well-established and long-running seal watching ships have not seen a shark at the island in over 20 years of operation. If you would like to see a Great White shark we will happily assist you by booking you onto a Shark Cage diving experience from Gaansbaai.

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?

Snorklers can be from 10 – 16 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.

 

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 till April. The most consistent, best water clarity and warmest weather conditions occur from December to April.

How big are the groups?

We take a maximum of 8 snorkelers out at a time. Daily, we run a maximum of two trips in the morning.

Can I come view the seals?

Yes, we charge a reduced rate for people who want to come look at the seals from the boat while the snorkelers are in the water.

What equipment do you provide?

We have fleece lined 5mm one piece wetsuits with hoods. We also provide 2mm vests, 4mm gloves, booties, fins and silicone masks and snorkels. Our equipment comes in a range of sizes to suit everyone.

Do you offer transport?

No. Any taxi company will happily transport you to Hout Bay harbour. There are also the City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off busses that operate a route from Cape Town to Hout Bay and around the peninsular.

What is you booking policy?

Bookings are confirmed only when payment has been received. Our online booking system only takes payment in full by credit card. Irregular bookings may be refused at any time. Please be careful not to double book yourself onto multiple time slots, if this occurs there will be a 10% admin fee on the refund unless it is within 48 hours, then no refund is given.

What is your refund policy?

We will only cancel when conditions are unsafe to go out, or we think we are not able to provide the good experience. We try cancel trips 24 hours before arrival, but will cancel at short notice if the ocean is unexpectedly rough. A full refund will be given if we cancel due to poor ocean conditions. Refunds are processed in batches and can take up to 30 working days to be processed and completed. Please be patient, we are a small company, and we will get it done. We only refund via the same method that we received the payment from.

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellation within 48 hours of departure and no-shows will not be given a refund. All cancellations prior to 48hrs incur a 10% administration fee.

How does payment work?

Please fill out the booking form with all the relevant details. Please make sure your contact details are correct, we may need to cancel the trip or re-schedule. Master Card and Visa credit cards are accepted through the online payment and booking system, we also have snap scan now. If the trip is cancelled due to bad weather we will try reschedule the trip or refund you.

Can I get transport to the beach?

No. Any taxi company will happily transport you to Santos beach. Alternatively, as Mossel Bay is small, you can enjoy a short walk from anywhere in the the town.

What is you booking policy?

Bookings are confirmed only when payment has been received. Our online booking system only takes payment in full by credit card. Irregular bookings may be refused at any time. Please be careful not to double book yourself onto multiple time slots, if this occurs there will be a 10% admin fee on the refund unless it is within 48 hours, then no refund is given.

What is your refund policy?

We will only cancel when conditions are unsafe to go out, or we think we are not able to provide the good experience. We try cancel trips 24 hours before arrival, but will cancel at short notice if the ocean is unexpectedly rough. A full refund will be given if we cancel due to poor ocean conditions. Refunds are processed in batches and can take up to 30 working days to be processed and completed. Please be patient, we are a small company, and we will get it done. We only refund via the same method that we received the payment from.

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellation within 48 hours of departure and no-shows will not be given a refund. All cancellations prior to 48hrs incur a 10% administration fee.

How does payment work?

Please fill out the booking form with all the relevant details. Please make sure your contact details are correct, we may need to cancel the trip or re-schedule. Master Card and Visa credit cards are accepted through the online payment and booking system, we also have snap scan now. If the trip is cancelled due to bad weather we will try reschedule the trip or refund you.

How does payment work?

Please fill out the booking form with all the relevant details. Please make sure your contact details are correct, we may need to cancel the trip or re-schedule. Payment for the trip is on the day prior to the trip. Please note that we only accept cash payment.

Can I get transport to the beach?

No. Any taxi company will happily transport you to Santos beach. Alternatively, as Mossel Bay is small, you can enjoy a short walk from anywhere in the the town.

What is you booking policy?

Bookings are confirmed only when payment has been received. Our online booking system only takes payment in full by credit card. Irregular bookings may be refused at any time. Please be careful not to double book yourself onto multiple time slots, if this occurs there will be a 10% admin fee on the refund unless it is within 48 hours, then no refund is given.

What is your refund policy?

We will only cancel when conditions are unsafe to go out, or we think we are not able to provide the good experience. We try cancel trips 24 hours before arrival, but will cancel at short notice if the ocean is unexpectedly rough. A full refund will be given if we cancel due to poor ocean conditions. Refunds are processed in batches and can take up to 30 working days to be processed and completed. Please be patient, we are a small company, and we will get it done. We only refund via the same method that we received the payment from.

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellation within 48 hours of departure and no-shows will not be given a refund. All cancellations prior to 48hrs incur a 10% administration fee.

How does payment work?

Please fill out the booking form with all the relevant details. Please make sure your contact details are correct, we may need to cancel the trip or re-schedule. Master Card and Visa credit cards are accepted through the online payment and booking system, we also have snap scan now. If the trip is cancelled due to bad weather we will try reschedule the trip or refund you.

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Cost

R300pp

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I am a local underwater photographer and marine naturalist. Email or phone me if you would like more info about our reef tours

Fantastic morning trip!

The conditions are great today. We are expecting another trip this afternoon. In the morning we snorkeled with lots of sharksharks and reef fish.

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