Snorkel for Science

(19 customer reviews)

Original price was: R700.00.Current price is: R600.00.

Snorkel for Science! We need your help finding our sharks.

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Every day people can play a part in science by helping Cape RADD collect data on the fish and sharks of False Bay!

Cape RADD’s “Snorkel for Science” program invites everyday individuals to participate in marine conservation by assisting in data collection on fish and sharks in False Bay. Participants join marine biologists for a guided snorkel to search for species like puffadder and pyjama sharks. The program includes a briefing on False Bay’s ecosystem and the trips objectives, with the aim of balancing scientific value and customer enjoyment. Divers will assist with spotting and photographing sharks and their patterns to submit them to Fin Spotter for population estimation and movement tracking.

The activity is beginner-friendly, with all equipment provided, and is subject to weather conditions. Participants are advised to provide valid contact details for communication regarding meeting points and any changes

You will meet your Marine Biologist host at the Ocean Hub for a short briefing on the unique ecosystem of False Bay and the Cape Peninsula, and discuss our dive objectives over a coffee or tea. Then… we go and explore!

PHOTO Opportunity; As well as taking photos of the sharks, our guides will also be taking photos of the entire experience from all the other critters we see and the beautiful ocean landscapes to YOU swimming through the kelp being a Citizen Scientist!

What To Bring?

Bring a swimming costume and towel. All other equipment is provided!

Experience level – Beginner

Entrance type – Shore entry


Please make sure to provide a valid email address or phone number. We’ll communicate meeting points and any changes via these methods!


You’ll be redirected to our third party payment platform, PayFast to complete your booking. However, if you are paying by EFT, please contact us directly for our banking details.

Cancellation Policy
  • This activity is weather dependent and we do our best to make availabilities accordingly. A full refund or option to reschedule will be provided if we cancel due to unsuitable conditions. We try to cancel within 12 hours of the trip but we reserve the right to cancel on short notice if necessary.
  • If you are unable to attend your activity and wish to reschedule, please kindly give 48 hours advance notice. If less than 48 hours notice is provided, we reserve the right to offer no option to reschedule and will provide no refund. Any cancellations prior to 48 hours without rescheduling will incur a 50% administration fee.
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19 reviews for Snorkel for Science

  1. André Laäs

    We did the citizen science snorkeling trip with Cape RADD and it was a phenomenal experience. The team are extremely professional, friendly and informative. The snorkeling was absolutely beautiful. On this trip we got to snorkel effortlessly in patches of kelp forest whilst seeing a vast array of fish species, sharks, molluscs, crustaceans and even a stigray the size of a small car. The trip is very educational and is a must do activity for any resident or visitor to Cape Town. It is very safe, and if you are new to snorkeling you don’t need to worry at all, no previous experience is needed. Fantastic experience!

  2. Lucas Vegezzi

    Hello I did the citizen science scuba diving and had a great time learning with great explaining of the ecosystem and goals of Cape Radd and most certainly enjoyed the dives seeing a vide variety of fish (including sharks)and rays and all questions I had went answered.
    Overall I had a great time and will definitely remember the dives! 🙂

  3. Kemp Elsje

    It was very enjoyable and memorable the sight’s in one little cove were great and knowing I helped research the little cutie sharks makes me very happy one complaint i have is the little lack of explanation of the ecology while diving i think that would be nice but were swimming it is rather hard to talk and it might be because we were late……. So in all 5 star experience

  4. Heidi H.

    I joined the snorkeling tour offered by CAPE RADD and absolutely enjoyed it. I think it’s such an important project you guys are doing and hope you’ll have many more people joining your tours so that they can experience the beauty of our oceans as well. What a magical world it is that awaits us underneath the waves!

  5. Sarah Mae Trenerry

    Had such an amazing time!

  6. Dylan Boswell

    We did the citizen science snorkeling trip with Cape Radd and it was a very enjoyable time. The team was very informative and friendly throughout the trip. The kelp forests we explored were incredible to watch as all the different species interacted with the environment and each other. Definitely had an amazing experience and a must try out for any other curious and adventurous souls out there.

  7. Fiona Berrisford

    We thoroughly enjoyed snorkeling with Gaz. Myself and two 14 yr olds have done a fair bit of snorkeling but we all learnt new things, identified unknown (to us) species, and have a deeper appreciation and understanding of our kelp forests. Highly recommended for everyone.

  8. Jane

    Thanx mike. Enthusiastic and accommodating. Unfortunate the viz wasn’t great but so beautiful. It was a lovely gift for me to receive.

  9. Annemarie Steyn

    What an amazing experience!!! My son and I enjoyed it immensely! Visibility was awesome, we saw loads of little sharks, wish I had an underwater camera to capture the beautiful scenery. Our guide, Gaz, was wonderful and very knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend doing this, we can’t wait to bring the rest of the family and DO IT AGAIN!!!

    • Mike Barron

      Awesome! Thanks for the review and support, glad you enjoyed it.

  10. Phillip Kent

    Insightful and informative experience. Friendly, knowledgable and passionate guides. I was lucky enough to have a perfect day, on my own, with a huge variety of sightings: four types of shark and endless jellyfish. Absolutely breathtaking.

  11. Maura Robinson

    What a wonderful morning: Dylan was super informative; his passion for the ocean and the research was palpable! We saw some super cure puffadder sharks and the snorkeling in the kelp forests was just therapeutic. We were greeted by a rainbow when we finished our adventure and even saw a humpback whale off in the distance. What a blessing to be able to experience such beauty right on our doorstep! Thanks so much!

  12. Neil

    Had a great morning out doing the kelp forest snorkel. Gaz was passionate and knowledgeable and our 11-year old described it as ‘one of the best days of his life’. Thanks Cape RADD


    That was not only educational, but also so much fun. Thanks Mike and Dylan for sharing your passion of the ocean and its’ precious creatures with us in such an amazing way. We will definitely be back!

  14. Charl Geldenhuys

    We had an absolute blast with Cape Radd. We learned a lot on the day and had so much fun snorkeling with Dylan and Gaz.

  15. Leila Nefdt

    Thanx so much Dylan for the warm welcome and enthusiastic lesson provided before the snorkel. It really was amazing to hear about the cool projects that Cape RADD is working on. Unfortunately, the viz wasn’t that great on Saturday and the wind really started picking up, but it was absolutely lovely being in the water and facing some of my fears. My favourite part of the experience was seeing the leopard shy sharks that Dylan pointed out for us and meeting the amazing group of people that joined the citizen science snorkel session! Thank you for the opportunity Cape RADD, it was a lovely gift for me to receive.

  16. Sue Barron

    What a fantastic experience our snorkelling session with Cape RADD was. Gareth gave us lots of information to help us to spot the different species prior to entering the water, and he had great knowledge of the waters and the variety of species. Once in it was amazing to see the underwater world and to swim amongst the kelp Forrest’s, quite magical in fact. Gareth pointed out various fish of interest whilst we were snorkelling. A great experience I highly recommend it to anyone and will certainly be going again. Thank you Cape RADD.

  17. Annerie Visser

    The citizen science snorkeling experience is a must for all ocean enthusiasts. No better way to start off exploring the kelp forests than with a marine biologist who is keen to teach and answer questions.

  18. James

    Thanks Dan and the team at CapeRADD for a first snorkelling experience and the chance to explore the clear waters of the Bay. Look forward to visiting Cape Town and its surroundings from the UK again

  19. Eric Ribot

    Such a wonderful experience to snorkel in the kelp forest. Absolutely vibrant with life! The welcome and atmosphere at Cape Radd was superb. Good presentation before going out. It is a a safe but exciting activity that I would love to do again. Thanks and all the best for your great work!

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