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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
Wharf Street, Simon's Town 7975, South Africa
+27 83 257 7760
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Reviewed 18 September 2018

Had to keep contacting as trips kept getting cancelled due to weather . Not their fault but communication could have been better . Nearly then turned back as a bit choppy .After travelling from cape town would have been so disappointed so pick a good...More

Thank Denise08968
Reviewed 10 July 2018

We had a great time - saw 2 species of whale , Humpback and Bryde's. Our guide was very knowledgeable and determined to make our trip worthwhile. One humpback whale came right alongside our boat. As a side show we saw many seals and penguins....More

1  Thank TechTripperGuy
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

They are a very organized company & handled my reservation efficiently. I immediately received a phone message & email to tell me the online booking was already filled. I was able to change to the afternoon whale watching tour, which ended up being preferable for...More

Thank Karen317
Reviewed 31 May 2018

The service is great, the people who work for Simon's town boat company are very friendly and smiley, fairly easy booking system. The refund/rebook process is frustrating but understandable (whereby if you do not have any sightings of anything, you can go out on a...More

Thank joannegray
David H, Owner at Simon's Town Boat Company, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2018

Dear Joanne Many thanks for your review, it is much appreciated. If I may correct one item please - our sighting guarantee is a return trip at no charge or a 50% refund should you not be able to reschedule. It's unfortunate that you were...More

Reviewed 10 May 2018 via mobile

We took our 4 boys, ages 11-5 on the afternoon boat trip to Seal Island. We had perfect weather and calm seas. Once there, the guide had so much knowledge on all of the wildlife in the area. We saw penguins and Seals. It wasn’t...More

Thank jerrodr577
Reviewed 23 April 2018

We took my 95 year old (!) grandmother on trip to Seal Island with the Simon's Town Boat Company. Dave and Janice were incredibly hospitable and accommodating. They gave us 5-star treatment, made sure we were always safe, but also gave us a bit of...More

Thank Sam R
Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

Our group of 10 throughly enjoyed the morning out to sea to view seals, dolphins, penguins and sea birds. While we didn’t see any whales- the expert staff and crew made our adventure memorable. I had to chuckle when I read a previous review that...More

Thank mrsbsart
Reviewed 12 November 2017

There are a lot of cheaper and faster ways to get to Seal Island, but Simon's Town Boat Company is the only one that'll also let you see whales. Their customer service is excellent, though. First our trip was cancelled due to weather and they...More

Thank Kelsey J
David H, Owner at Simon's Town Boat Company, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2017

Dear Kelsey Many thanks for your review; we thank you for joining us & taking time to complement our team & your experience - especially the whales (which we do include if they are en-route, as we are the licensed permit holder for False Bay)....More

Reviewed 4 November 2017

This trip had been booked for us by our accomodation providers and was on the last morning of our holiday. Due to the weather conditions boat trips on the previous four days had been cancelled and the last trip that had been run had not...More

1  Thank TraceyS1964
Reviewed 24 October 2017

If you don't have the time or desire to drive out to whale watching spots further afield (Hermanus, Gansbaai etc.) then Simon's Town Boat Company is an excellent option less than 1 hour from the city/Atlantic Seaboard. We joined the boat at the Simon's Town...More

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Bryce R
27 March 2017|
Response from David H | Property representative |
Hi - Although we don't offer shark cage diving, I am aware that May is high season for shark sightings in both False Bay & Gansbaai.