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Simon's Town Boat Company

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Address: Wharf Street, Simon's Town 7975, South Africa
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+27 83 257 7760

The most established & professional marine tour company in Simon's...

The most established & professional marine tour company in Simon's Town. Licensed boat based whale watching, the "real" Seal Island and Cape Point boat trips. Daily departures from our private marina at 10h30 & 14h00. Booking essential

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An excellent trip with friendly, knowledgeable guides. A great combination of interesting wildlife, impressive scenery and exciting ride over the waves!

Reviewed 11 January 2017
David H H
Leicester, United Kingdom
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

An excellent trip with friendly, knowledgeable guides. A great combination of interesting wildlife, impressive scenery and exciting ride over the waves!

Thank David H H
Johannesburg, South Africa
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124 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

It's pricey, but good fun. I enjoyed the boat ride both ways. Sitting at the back of the "sea panda" gets you a refreshing spray once in a while. You'd think with so much sea water around the seals would take a bath, but. Being down wind of the island proved otherwise

Thank Alan S
Simon's Town, South Africa
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30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016

Ok so boat trips are not for everyone, and if you suffer from motion sickness then you should either consider eating oranges before heading out (apparently they taste the same coming up as they do going down) or just relaxing at Saveur restaurant whilst your friends go and have a great time on the water. Also a word of warning... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

They're not cheap, these guys, but the service and experience means I'll look them up again next time I'm in town. Booking through their website was seamless, the made sure to SMS a few hours before the trip to confirm that good weather conditions meant the trip was going ahead and we departed bang on time. We went in the... More 

Thank WillTravelPants
Louisville, Kentucky
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30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2016

I booked with the Boat Company to experience the whales that are in False Bay this time of year. Booking and payment were a breeze. Even when my first booking time was cancelled, they were quick to book me on the next available tour. The boat captain took us all around the bay. We did not see a huge number... More 

Thank AS40208
Minehead, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

We decided to take the afternoon trip with David and Annise to extend our marine experiences having been booked on to the wonderful Apex Natural PredationExpedition. Apparently this is low season for whales but we saw at least 5 Southern Right whales and hundreds of dolphins. Whales are clearly putting in an early appearance as we have also now seen... More 

Thank Liz R
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23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

Were going for the trip to sealisland but as the weather was unpredictable, the owner advised to rather go on a whalewatchtour (longer duration and on a boat with an in- and outside), so we did. We left on time and after not too long, we saw lots of whales! The skipper and his co-worker were very informative and kind.... More 

Thank Marije v
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58 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2016

On the 2.5-hour, morning boat tour around False Bay we were lucky enough to have calm weather and also sight some Brydes whales, large pod of doplhins and seals. Though the whales were a little shy, the dolphins were right next to the boat - magical! The trip was made even more interesting by the crews handle on the local... More 

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Westgate on Sea
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22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2016 via mobile

Firstly, this is our very first time to SA so we didn't know what to expect. What we got was the most genuine welcoming hospitality from 'Captain Dave' and his crew, from the initial booking through to our return to Simons Town. I can't swim but then I didn't plan on falling into the sea ! The seas were a... More 

Thank Tim D
Medfield, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 December 2015

NOTE: The rating I selected does not apply in this case but I was obligated by the software to select one and "N/A" was not a choice. We stayed in Simon's Town three nights planning to doing a couple of water activities, namely kayaking and visiting the seals with this company. Unfortunately, our three attempts got cancelled the morning of... More 

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David H, Owner at Simon's Town Boat Company, responded to this review

Dear Clara Many thanks for your review. We appreciate your understanding that comfort & safety is our prime concern. Hopefully the sea conditions will be better should you decide to join us in the future. As a matter of interest, we operate on average 80% of days per year & it’s just unfortunate that you were here over a windy... More 

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