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Tidal Tao Snorkeling Safaris

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13 Ocean Drive, Ballito 4399, South Africa
+27 79 307 0608
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A wonderful experience. Went snorkeling in salt Rock tidal pools. All equipment supplied with a... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2018
Ziyaad M
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Lovely morning activity

Great fun for kids and adults alike. Safe environment to see some amazing fish and sea life, with... read more

Reviewed 22 May 2018
Dara G
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Great, safe, fun and amazing experience for the entire family. If you can swim, we can teach you to snorkel. Hundreds of fish, corals and if you're lucky Octopus, Nudibranchs and amazing ocean life. We have been amazed at this wilderness that is right on our doorstep. We have found tidal pools filled with corals and unusual creatures, watched dolphins surfing the back line, been awed by whales breaching offshore and been very chuffed with ourselves for finding secret coves and bays where you're unlikely to see a single soul....And all this in the bustling holiday capital of South Africa! We were surprised and sure you will be too. If you're a visitor to the North Coast and wondering what to do / looking for things to do in Ballito or Salt Rock, then you should consider joining us on one of our Snorkeling Safaris - If you can swim, we can teach you to Snorkel. It's simple, safe and loads of fun for the whole family. Not to be missed.
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13 Ocean Drive, Ballito 4399, South Africa
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Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

A wonderful experience. Went snorkeling in salt Rock tidal pools. All equipment supplied with a coffee at the end. Our guide, Karina was knowledgeable and helpful. I especially appreciated her helping out my 8 year old. This allowed me to enjoy the experience a bit...More

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Reviewed 22 May 2018 via mobile

Great fun for kids and adults alike. Safe environment to see some amazing fish and sea life, with very knowledgeable guides. Underwater photos afterwards are free also! Recommended!

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Reviewed 15 March 2018

Two of us decided last minute to go for a night snorkel and it was a great decision. Firstly the communicating with Michy was prompt, friendly and informative. We bought our tickets in advance from their store in the large shopping centre. This allowed a...More

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Reviewed 13 February 2018 via mobile

Guide was very passionate. She knew a lot and showed us the most beautiful fish. She is friendly and we truly enjoyed every minute of it. Was a great experience!!!

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Reviewed 10 January 2018

No one loves the sea and it's creatures more then Michy. Her enthusiasm is infectious! We had a great time seeing and learning about all the tide pool animals and plants. Thanks Michy!

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Tidal-Tao--Ballito, Owner at Tidal Tao Snorkeling Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 11 January 2018

Thanks so much for the kind words!!! It was a pleasure having you guys and so glad you enjoyed it, see you again soon we hope :)

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Reviewed 12 September 2017

We are amazed by the knowledge and passion of the instructors. Never realised we have this amazing sea life on our shores. Thank you for showing us and educating us. Highly recommended!

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Reviewed 3 May 2017

from the moment we were met by the guide ,i felt i was in safe hands,the guide was well versed in every aspect of safety to having an enjoyable time.i am not a good swimmer but they had to take to literally take me out...More

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Reviewed 17 April 2017

We had a great time with our first time to snorkel. The visibility was great and as an inlander (or vaalie) we were very impressed with all the life going on under the water! The service was great and our guide was very good. The...More

Thank RenierHG
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Tidal-Tao--Ballito, Owner at Tidal Tao Snorkeling Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2017

Thanks so much for the kind words Renier, we are so chuffed you guys had a good time and good viz!!! We hope it's the start of many more underwater adventures for you guys!

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Reviewed 15 March 2017

At first it seems like just a small pond. But after the very interesting introduction you go under water and are overwhelmed with what you see. Especially because you don't expect to find such a big variety of life in this tiny place. For my...More

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Tidal-Tao--Ballito, Manager at Tidal Tao Snorkeling Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 17 March 2017

Thanks so much for the kind words Bernhard!! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience and hope to see you on a snorkel trip again soon :)

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Reviewed 11 November 2016

'Safari' in the diverse rich inter-tidal zone with passionate, highly knowledgeable guides - an experience of note.

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worteltjie
21 June 2018|
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Response from Tidal-Tao--Ballito | Property representative |
Hi There, our snorkel trips range from R320 per adult (including all your gear / equipment, coffee and refreshments) Children under 5 years old are free and children between 6 & 10 years old are R150 ...hope this helps.
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marymcwherter
5 January 2018|
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Response from Tidal-Tao--Ballito | Property representative |
Hi Mary, sorry, we don't provide life jackets, it's a spot risky all round if you can't swim or are not comfortable in the water. Although the spots we snorkel in are generally shallow and well protected from the open ocean... More
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290ernstg
18 November 2016|
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Response from Tidal-Tao--Ballito | Property representative |
Hi Ernst, can I suggest perhaps trying the Safron House Tel: +27 (0)32 525 8707 Cell: +27 (0)79 494 0283 Or The Beach House 0845815573
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