Steve Benjamin shares his love of the ocean as a guide for Animal Ocean’s snorkelling and dive adventures. A zoologist, marine guide and photographer, he started the company in 2009 as a way of keeping himself on and in the ocean. From seals to gill sharks, Steve has captured stunning imagery of the amazing ocean animals surrounding Cape Town.
Seal Snorkelling in Cape Town happens on the Atlantic side of the Cape Peninsula at Duiker Island off Hout Bay, where they occur naturally. Cape furs seals are not found anywhere else in the world. This island is not known for any Great White shark activity as it is surrounded by cold water, shallow kelp forests and is home to relatively fewer seals than colonies elsewhere on the coast.
The dive takes place within the Karbonkelberg marine protected area, part of Table Mountain National Park. This is a wildlife adventure that brings you nose-to-nose with playful and inquisitive wild animals in their natural habitat and affords you the privilege of viewing them on their own terms. As the seal snorkelling experts, Steve is obsessed with the wonders of underwater photography and loves bringing this rather unknown world and its’ creatures to life.
Start your day with a drive along the Atlantic Seaboard before arriving in Hout Bay where you will meet Steve Benjamin and be briefed ahead of your boat trip to the island. Spend time in the waters, observing the curious seals at play. Your morning’s dive will be followed by lunch and a meander towards Cape Point and over Chapman’s Peak, before returning to your hotel.