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Our most popular tour is the "Discover Snorkelling Safari" - The trip is about two hours, perfect for first timers and includes everything you need to have the experience of a lifetime and get your first taste of the wonders of our ocean, right here in Ballito and Salt Rock. Small groups, exceptional guides, unforgettable experience. 

Discover Snorkelling Safaris (Ballito - Salt Rock) Click here to book a spot

If you can swim, we can teach you to snorkel, you do not need to be super fit or an experienced swimmer as all our discover snorkelling trips are in safe protected pools

Our typical Safari includes

  • A Meet and greet, where you will get some coffee (GOOD COFFEE) or something cold on the beach and we go through the formalities, signing indemnity forms, etc... we will confirm the meeting point and time when you book (these vary according to tides and sea conditions) 
  • Thereafter, we issue you with your snorkelling gear (If you don't have your own), taking some time to ensure everything fits properly and you're feeling nice and comfy and cover any questions or concerns. We will get your shoe size for the fins when you book. 

For beginners we also run a short "skills" session, where we will teach you the basics of using your gear, how to get water out of your mask, how to move in the water and how to fix potential problems you may encounter whilst snorkelling, the purpose here is merely to ensure you are comfortable and have FUN !

  • After this, we hit the water, where your guide will point out interesting marine life and also keep a beady eye on you. You can expect to see at least 20-50 species of fish, corals, a wide variety of invertebrates and big shoals swimming around, including Moray Eels, Parrotfish, Damsels, Surgeons, Butterflyfish and loads of other colourful fish.  
  • Photos of your trip are taken while you snorkel and children get a free certificate of participation. 

This tour generally starts in the mornings on an outgoing tide, when conditions are at their best.

Our Discover Snorkelling Safari is VERY SAFE, you are protected from the open sea and the water is seldom deeper than a meter and a half, so ideal for families and children. R320 per adults or child over 10 years old. R150 for children between 6 and 10 years old. Children 5 years and younger will be free. Keep in mind, children 12 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Haven't snorkeled before? Perfect, just bring your swimming costume and towel, we will bring all your gear and teach you everything you need to know.


What people say (Tidal Tao is Rated the number one attraction in Ballito by Trip Advisor with a consistent 5 Star Rating) 

I was fortunate enough to spend an amazing morning with Tidal Tao, exploring the tidal pool at Shaka's Rock. Not only was the experience professionally conducted but I am still starry eyed about the amazing animals we saw! Where else can you be within arms length of a wild animal without a glass and steel shield or armed guard? ~ Andre  (Durban)

I've been to Africa many times, but this was my first encounter with the underwater wildlife. Mitchy is very passionate about snorkeling and the fauna you can see underwater. We took the beginner safari which takes place in a tidal pool which is really safe. You would not imagine seeing so many different species of fish in such a small pool. I would definitely recommend Tidal Tao and Mitchy! ~ J Blommearts (Belgium) 

We booked to go on the beginners snorkelling adventure which takes place in a very large tidal pool in Salt Rock. Due to very unusual sea conditions the visibility wasn't as good as it should have been, but despite that we had a great experience even got up close to 2 Lion fish an amazing feeling. The guides were excellent making it a very interesting experience for the whole family, did a great job despite the sea conditions. If you are a nervous swimmer you have nothing to worry about. ~ Les (Ireland) 

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Full details about and all our tours and pricing options are also available in our brochure


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