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The dive site Seal Island is an offshore site in the northern False Bay, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.


See also: Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay#Understand

This is a place you go to see Great White sharks.


  • S34°08.25’ E018°34.95’ 1 Seal Island

This site is not in a Marine Protected Area (2004). A permit is not required.


The island where the seals breed has been known as Seal Island for a long time, and is identified by that name on the official maps


Shallow - less than 2 m in the cage.


The island and offshore reefs are granite of the Peninsula pluton, and have the familiar rounded look of other similar outcrops.

Geology: Late Pre-Cambrian granite of the Peninsula pluton.


Get in[edit]

See also: Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay#Boat dives

Boat dive with licensed Shark Cage Diving charter.

The site is about 12 km from Kalk Bay harbour, ?? km from Simon's Town Jetty, 14 km from Miller's Point, or 25 km from Harbour Island, Gordon's Bay


Marine life[edit]

See also: Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay#The marine ecology

These dives are for one purpose only: to see sharks. Other fish may be attracted to the bait, but this is not what you do this dive to see.


Suggested Routes[edit]

Get in the cage, watch for sharks, get out again. Repeat if you have the time.

Stay safe[edit]

See also: Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay#Stay safe


No significant hazards as you dive in the cage.


No special skills required. Cage dives are usually done on snorkel.


See also: Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay#Equipment

All you need is wet suit, weights, mask, snorkel and camera


Seal Island and other offshore dive sites of False Bay

Back to the Alphabetical list of sites, or list of reef dive sites in the northern False Bay offshore area

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