Cape Town

If travel restrictions are implemented by your local government or the government of South Africa due to COVID-19 which means you are unable to travel, then FREE cancellation applies up to 14 days before trip date.

Activity Description

Curated Ocean Discovery Experience
Discover alluring False Bay. Take an enchanting ocean exploration with your family.
Listen to enthralling curation on the bay and the inhabitants thereof whilst hearing the whistling of dolphins, the powerful blow from a whale, visit famous Seal Island, cage dive with sharks, see endangered birds close up, smell the sea breeze……feel the sky. YOU’RE ALIVE!

Situated in the Atlantic Ocean between the mountainous Cape Peninsula and the Hottentots Holland mountains, the mouth of the bay faces south and is demarcated by Cape Point to the west and Cape Hangklip to the east. Bartholomeu Diaz, the first European seafarer anchored off the coast of South Africa, described False Bay as “Gulf between the mountains” in 1488.

A lesser-known fact is that False Bay is the gateway to the Marine Big Five – Seals, Penguins, Sharks Dolphin and Whales.

Your curated voyage of discovery starts in historical Simon’s Town at our marine centre located in the waterfront. Immediately after a safety briefing, you’ll board our powerful boat together with our trusted crew at Simon’s Town pier.

Your exact discovery route will be determined by your skippers’ understanding and observation of the environment, the marine activity and the ever changing weather patterns on the day and should include:

 Boulders Beach – home to the African Penguin. Bordered mainly by indigenous bush above the high-water mark on the one side, and the clear water of False Bay on the other, the area comprises a number of small sheltered bays, partially enclosed by granite boulders that are 540 million years old. The sandy, compact coves with large boulders, offers a home to waddling penguins & their nesting areas. It is one of the few sites where this vulnerable bird can be observed at close range, wandering freely in a protected natural environment. From just two breeding pairs in 1982, the penguin colony has grown to about 3,500 birds in recent years. Experience these delightful birds up close in their very own habitat.

 Roman Rock Lighthouse – Built in 1861, it is the only lighthouse in South Africa to be built on a single rock.

 Seal Island is Africa’s greatest island bound seal colony and is home to an incredible 64 000 Cape Fur Seals as well as Cape Cormorants, the endangered Bank Cormorant and a wide variety of other seabirds.

 The highlight of the trip will include watching different powerful , predatory shark species. Cage diving is an option although the boat based shark viewing is the best!

 As we navigate the waters of False bay, it is not uncommon to encounter the most fascinating ocean giants on our planet, whales. These may include Southern Right, Humpback and Bryde’s whales. From June to November, up to 3,500 Southern Right whales mate and give birth along the South African coast.

 Pods of wild dolphin are regularly encountered surfing the bow wave or riding the wake of the boat. Their sounds of communication clearly emitting through the boat bringing you closer to nature than ever before.

 Your homeward route skirts the small villages that line the shores of False Bay including St James –famous for the Herbert Baker designed houses and Kalk Bay, a traditional fishing village which still retains much of its original character.

Trip Itinerary
08:30 Arrive at Simon’s Town Pier
08:45 Depart, +-3 to 4 hours at sea depending on marine life activity
12:30 Return to Simon’s Town Pier . Complimentary Tea / Coffee, biscuits at our shop.


ProviderApex Shark Expeditions
DurationOpen Ended
WhenWe see a variety of species throughout the year according to the seasons, weather, water temperature and other factors so all year round. Trips are weather dependent and not species dependent.
WhereGuests meet at the Apex Shark Expeditions shop at Boardwalk Centre, Wharf and Main Street, Simon’s Town. Our vessel, White Pointer II departs and returns to Simon’s Town Pier, Wharf and Main Street, Simon’s Town.
WeatherWeather permitting. The safety of our guests will not be compromised, and the skippers decisions is final.
What to WearDress in layers, Warm weather jacket, closed shoes, beanie, scarf, hat/cap, polarized sunglasses, towel, bathing costume, sun block & camera.
Things to BringIf you are prone to motion sickness, we recommend Sturgeron or Dramamine tablets. Take one the night before your trip and another one and a half hours before we are scheduled to meet. For your own enjoyment of the trip, we recommend that you do not over indulge in alcohol the night before as this may result in you being very sea sick the next day.
Guests or SpectatorsBrace yourself for a very special experience.


Minimum Age5 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions


-E-Booklet on the marine animals of False Bay.
-Lunch aboard includes gourmet sandwiches, quiche, fresh fruit, crisps, chocolates, sweets, juice and refreshments.
-Diving gear ( if you wish to dive).
-Morning and afternoon trips are subject to availability.

ExclusionsTransfers unless selected. A quote is required for any transfers outside of the Cape Town central area.


SA Passport and ID holders only.
Please note: Sightings cannot be guaranteed. We will use our best knowledge in order to give you the most realistic expectations before making a booking.

Cancellation Policy
If the trip is cancelled due to bad weather there is no charge. This decision is made by the skipper and is based on wind and swell conditions. We will try to reschedule you if we have availability.
If you cancel please note the following policy applies:

1-5 guests:
 30 days or more before the time of start date: no cancellation fee
 less than 30 days before start date: 50% of the fee
 Less than 15 days before start date : 100% of the fee
 No show or late arrival: 100% of the fee

6+ guests & Exclusive Charters:
A non-refundable 50% deposit upon booking. Refunded only on bad weather cancellation
Full payment is due 60 days prior. Cancellation hereafter is 100% of the fee.

COVID-19 Protocol
Safety is our # 1 Priority
Apex Shark Expeditions is committed to protecting staff and guests to ensure the safety of each and every person. As such, we are following the government regulations as outlined.

Book with Confidence Terms
If travel restrictions are implemented by your local government or the government of South Africa due to COVID 19 (Coronavirus) which means you are unable to travel, then FREE cancellation applies up to 14 days before trip date.

Exact times to be confirmed the day before your trip.
Trip is weather permitting.
Please be aware we need a minimum of 6 guests for this trip to go.
Maximum: 12 guests
Children from 5 years old permitted under adult supervision

Wildlife cannot be guaranteed and every effort will be made to show as much Marine wildlife as possible by utilising our 20 years of operating experience on an almost daily basis in False Bay.

All marine wildlife will be approached according to the legal distance as required by Marine Living Resources Law

The skies and waters of your country host a bounty of marine life. What are you waiting for?

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