The best way to manoeuvre through ocean highways is by boat, as opposed to rubber-duckies which harbour resentment for bath-time cruelties or seahorses which require the lure of dangling sea carrots to move them in required directions. Cruise the deep in style while witnessing a performance with today’s Groupon: a whale-watching and Seal Island cruise for R220 with Hangberg Boat Charters.
Departing from the picturesque Hout Bay harbour armed with camera or just plain old ocular-ovals, the cruise takes eager whale-spotters on a journey boasting spectacular views of Llandudno, Noordhoek, Kommetjie, Chapman’s Peak, Seal Island and Hout Bay itself. With a resident tour-guide more informed than an encyclopaedia, you’ll be the first to know when the stealthy whale-bodies and boisterous Cape Fur seals have popped by for a play session.
In the months stretching from June to November, it is customary for the gentle giants of the sea to congregate on South Africa’s shores and swop tales of the tide while potentially meeting Mr or Mrs (Southern) Right. Gliding with these majestic meandeerers on Hangberg Boat Charters’ intimate Miroshga or 100-seater Drumbeat 2 boats, your eyeballs will also be privy to peeps of Cape fur seals, dolphins, sun fish and various bird species. Camera in hand and snap-happy phalanges exercised accordingly, the two to three-hour boat trip is much like a deep-sea theatre production where the whales, seals and other marine life dance together in a show of aquatic elegance.
Arriving at the unique Seal Island outcrop, cruisers will witness the seals in all their glory and may just bear witness to André – esque off-showy antics and hand gestures resembling waves. And with the rest of the ocean joining in for a spectacular Cape Town cruise, chances are you’ll arrive back at the harbour feeling like you’ve witnessed a show-stopping theatrical piece.
Sea Fact: On the beaches of Grenada, people are often given sea-legs in the form of plastic baton-like propellers to cruise through the ocean. The legs are made to look like jelly-fish tentacles and are sold by a man called “The Ape Man” - which has nothing to do with his appearance.