Dive into adventure in seal pup season, Plett 

Seal Pups in Plett that you can swim with
Published: April 2nd, 2024

Dive into adventure! It’s seal pup season in Plett!

Come along with Offshore Adventures for an exciting excursion to the seal colony as summer’s pups take to the water for the first time in all their curious and graceful glory. 

Dive into the enchanting realm of nature’s playground as you swim through the serene shallows off Robberg Nature Reserve, a sanctuary for marine life and marine protected area. With a robust population of around 7000 seals, including an estimated 160-200 pups born yearly, Robberg’s marine community is a testament to the resilience of coastal ecosystems, despite historical challenges.

Once teeming with life, Plett was home to two thriving seal colonies: Robberg Peninsula and Beacon Island. Tragically, unchecked harvesting drove these colonies to extinction. However, the tides turned with the enactment of protective legislation in 1893, heralding the gradual return of Cape fur seals to the region. The sight of newborn seal pups on Robberg during the breeding season of 1996/1997 marked a hopeful resurgence. Although the population stood at a modest 300 individuals by the year 2000, it surged to over 3000 by 2009, signaling a remarkable recovery trajectory.

These statistics underscore not only the ecosystem’s rejuvenation but also its potential as a harbinger of broader conservation success. The presence of playful seal pups serves as a poignant reminder of the indispensable role of conservation efforts in safeguarding our natural heritage.

But let’s return to the blue waters off Robberg Peninsula, where you can immerse yourself in a world of frolicking pups, carried by gentle swells—an experience unlike any other. Over the past decade, Robberg Nature Reserve and swimming with its colony of Cape fur seals have soared in popularity, emerging as a premier attraction along the Garden Route. It’s easy to understand why; within the tranquil, crystal-clear waters of the peninsula’s leeward coast, the seals thrive, embodying their innate spirit of playfulness and curiosity. Embark on this unforgettable marine odyssey and discover the enchanting allure of South Africa’s coastal wonders.


Offshore Adventures has been offering a marine safari to swim with the seals of Robberg since 2010 and supports a number of conservation and research projects in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. Robberg Express and Oceanic Express are the only two Blue Flag status boats in South Africa for the 2022/2023 season. www.offshoreadventures.co.za 

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