Coral International Cape Town

Cnr of Wale and Buitengraght Str, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
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Great white sharks on Seal Island

by midnight_mike

I'm thinking of using my airline miles to go to Cape Town in July or August. The main thing I want to see are the Great White sharks leaping out of the water at Seal Island. I really have found little about this in travel books or even on VT. Has anyone gone on this boat? I would like to know about price and the experience. I have only found one boat on the internet and i believe it cost about US $200. I hope there is more than one option.

Re: Great white sharks on Seal Island

by Gerald_D

The Seal Island experience is quite different to the Gansbaai one. As far as I know, there is only one guy, Chris Fallows, that has really perfected a technique for making sharks "fly". He tows a piece of carpet, cut to the shape of a seal, at the right speed and right distance behind his boat. His "operation" is quite low-key, probably because he has been the target of "environmentalists" who burned out his boat one night.....

Search the net for Chris Fallows's e-mail address and make direct contact with him or his wife Monique. They live near us and they have a good reputation in our community - their love is sharks and photography, not the commercialism of the tourist industry.

Re: Great white sharks on Seal Island

by RBCal

I don't think they do shark dives at Seal Island near Hout Bay, do they? The water is very rough there. I took a regular boat tour to Seal Island and didn't see sharks only a lot of seals.

Re: Great white sharks on Seal Island

by Gerald_D

We have lot's of Seal Island's, and two of them are quite close to Cape Town:

- The one at Hout Bay is very much on the tourist map with a lot of tour operators having ticket kiosks in Hout Bay harbour

- Then the one in False Bay, famous for the breaching sharks, which is not on the tourist circuit and you need to ask around to find, or organise tours, out of Simons Town. (Maybe also Kalk Bay, but I doubt it)

Re: Great white sharks on Seal Island

by midnight_mike

I was told that April through October is the best time to see the sharks and I'm guessing that anyone who did not see them went on the boat trip outside of this time frame. Correct?

Re: Great white sharks on Seal Island

by Gerald_D

Have no idea when, where or why sharks were not seen. Guaranteed sightings are only in aquariums, or by humans manipulating the wildlife behaviour.

Travel Tips for Cape Town

What is happening?

by mvtouring

The city is abuzz with events all year round. The list of highlights include: the Cape Minstrels celebrating on the streets of Cape Town on the 2nd of January, the Cape Argus Pick 'n Pay Argus Cycle Tour, Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, Cape Town Fashion week, Cape Town Jazz Festival, Decorex Cape, J&B Met, Cape Gourmet Festival, the Red Bull Big Wave Africa, Cape Town Festival, SA Music Week Festival, Hip Hop Indaba, Cape Town World Cinema Festival and many more.

View the events below or contact Cape Town Tourism office on +27 21 487 6800 for further information.

It's Cliche, but go down to the Cape

by roarksown1

If you go as far as Capetown, make sure you do the great cliff drive down to the Cape of Good Hope. We were thrilled to see the famous baboons and even wild ostriches along the beach. It's a beautiful site and a view you'll never forget.

Flea Market

by paradisedreamer about Green Point Market

I haven’t been here for many years but there is still a market. It is in the Green Point Stadium's car park. You will find things like African souvenirs, second-hand books and all sorts of bric a brac. Entertaining buskers create a cheerful, relaxed atmosphere. Open on Sundays

I fly to Cape Town on British...

by travelmad478

I fly to Cape Town on British Airways, which has direct flights from London. From the US, you can take South African Airways but I think you have to go via Johannesburg, which is out of the way.
You can enjoy central Cape Town on foot and by taking taxis. However, if you want to see things that are a little farther out (Kirstenbosch, Cape of Good Hope, wine country), it's much better to get a rental car. We rented an economy model from Imperial for about US$20 per day. Driving is easy, once you get used to driving on the left side of the street, and the roads are very good.

Manhatan's - Gay Freindly...

by ratcorp

Manhatan's - Gay Freindly resturant in the Clubbing area (loop street)- Nice vibe , funky and great food.
Ate Sushi for the firt time on Greenpoint. UMMM Can I just say diferent- BIG hint - Don't Eat the Green Stuff by itself.....(ITS HOT)
{Photo taken of me at a resturant in Hout bay)
Something for everyone. Thousands of resturants. All types , YES they do have Mac Donalds . Hard to say , Tried so many diferent places , nothing beats a Chicken Mayonaise sandwich when you been walking around city center all day.


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 Coral International Cape Town

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Address: Cnr of Wale and Buitengraght Str, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa