We all know that the Cape Town area is famous for the iconic Table Mountain, forever views of Cape Point, its stunning beaches around Camps Bay and not to forget the world class wine farms. However an often forgotten sight seeing destination is underwater. The Cape Peninsula has a unique aquatic environment as two of the major oceans meet at Cape Point, bringing together the best of both worlds. We find that this is something well worth exploring.
To get a broad orientation, we can divide the Cape Peninsula in those two areas. On the West you find the Atlantic Ocean, roughly stretching from Cape Point all the way up the coast toward Namibia and on the East side the Indian Ocean is located which covers the area of False Bay. In general terms we can state that False Bay is the ‘warmer’ side as it is influenced by the Indian Ocean, where the Atlantic side is well.. colder. Although the water temperature is an often heard excuse to not dive around the Cape, you can take our word for it that it will not disappoint.
There are many aspects that make this area extremely attractive for diving, starting with the many options we have to access dives sites via shore entries. This means no boat arrangements, seasickness tablets or extra costs, but simply kit up and walk in at any time! So if you so don’t mind the slight chill, you will be rewarded with a unique experience and have the chance to spot species that do not exist anywhere else in the world.
People often ask us why we love diving in the Cape so much as “there is no tropical fish life”? While this is indeed correct, the amount of other (small and big) life and the colours of the reef are stunning. Honestly, diving in the Cape is never boring! As mentioned, this place has features that no other place in the world has. Firstly, we are blessed with humpback whales, dolphins, southern right whales, orcas, Cape fur seals and yes, the great white shark. Where that last one might not sound like much of a good thing, they are magnificent animals and are a protected species in South Africa. To set your mind at ease, they do not like scuba divers and are therefore very very rarely spotted while diving. Secondly, there are four absolute must see’s/do’s while diving in the Cape, namely: dive in the kelp forests, play with the Cape fur seals, explore one of the many wrecks (this place is called “Cape of Storms” for a reason) and jump in with the ancient seven-gill cow sharks.
In the coming blogs these dives will be highlighted in more details and hopefully it will show why we love Cape Town diving so much and never let a week go without having a peek underwater!