Scuba Diving Cape Town
Scuba Diving in Cape Town is a must see experience. Due to our location Scuba Diving in Cape Town is a year round experience.
During the winter months, April - October, we usually dive from Cape Point in False Bay. This bay has numerous dive sites including some of Cape Towns' deeper wrecks. During the summer months, November - April, Scuba Diving in Cape Town moves to the Atlantic Ocean where we dive from Hout Bay. This time of year we dive more great wrecks, Seal Island and many stunning cold water dive sites.
With our coastline and shipping history Scuba Diving in Cape Town is a wreck diver’s paradise we highly recommend you joining us for an underwater adventure. If you want to learn more about wreck diving in Cape Town try our PADI Wreck Specialty Course.
We offer dive charters by shore or boat to all of these dive sites around Cape Town. The list of dive sites is only a taste of what we have to offer. We also dive many other dive sites around Cape Town which are not on this list and are rarely seen by other dive charter companies.
Scuba Diving Cape Town - False Bay
Depth: 30m to 40m
There are 5 wrecks situated in the bay. These were all scuttled by the Navy to form artificial Reefs. These wrecks consist of 2 navy frigates, The SAS Transvaal and The SAS Good Hope, 2 fishing trawlers, The Princess Elizabeth and The Oratava and a diamond dredger The Rockeater. The wrecks are full of a variety of soft corals, nudibranchs, sponges and sea fans. Also see the occasional Horse Fish, Cuttle Fish and numerous others of the Cape Town fish.
Depth: 6m to 30m
The dive site is on the Cape Point side of the Smits Wrecks. The rocks make for awesome underwater scenery and with an abundance of fish it makes a great dive. There is a great chance of seeing some pelagic fish (yellow tail in particular) as well as many of the other fish common to False Bay. The Rock is also covered with colourful growth common to the area
Depth: 3m to 35m
This is an awesome dive site situated in the middle of False Bay. The site is huge and offers and wide variety of different diving from shallow to deep. The Rock formations create an awesome landscape and due to the size of the reef there is always some where different to dive. As with many of the further dive sites there is a prolific amount of sea life. Yellow tail, Sharks, Rays, Stump nose and Red Roman are common to this site.
Depth: 15m to 21m
Outer Castle is a blinder which can be seen breaking at low tide. The dive site is really beautiful with a great rock structure. There is even an air filled cave within the structure which you can surface in. The reef life is very colourful and abundant of life. This site has an abundance of False Bay fish life including Yellow tail, Rays, John browns, stump nose and Gully Sharks.
Depth: 15m to 20m
This dive consists of many large caverns and swim throughs making for a really interesting Dive. The rocks are covered with interesting and colourful growth. There is also the possibility of seals as there is a small colony nearby.
Depth: 8m to 15m
The site is found in the marine reserve, with prolific sea life including Red Roman, Stump nose, Hottento, a large variety of Nudibranchs and the usual False Bay abundance of colour.
Excellent night dive.
Depth: 8m to 12m
Pyramid Rock is a really interesting dive site. The site has awesome topography with many interesting swim throughs and overhangs to look into. There is an abundance of corals and colourful invertebrate life and the site teems with Reef fish and Gully sharks. If you head away from the rock towards the Boat Club you'll have an interesting kelp forest dive and eventually come to some sandy patches where it is possible to see Cow sharks. The site is also full of small octopus, Pyjama sharks and Shy sharks.
Depth: 10m to 22m
This site has many overhangs and gullies and is known for its large colourful sea fans, sponges and gorgonians and basket stars. The usual colourful invertebrates common to False Bay are in abundance here.
False Bay Wreck Dives
Depth: 16m to 22m
This wreck was scuttled by the Navy to form an artificial reef. The wreck makes for a really interesting dive with loads of life. There is the opportunity to see Cuttlefish, Octopus, Nudibranchs and even Yellow tail on the odd occasion.
SAS Fleur (1965)
A naval boom defence vessel sunk in 1965. This dive is for experienced wreck divers only. Max depth is 40m so nitrox is recommended. It is in the middle of False Bay about 25 minutes from Millers Point and about 2 miles off Seal Island. There are plenty of big reef fish, pyjama sharks and catfish on the wreck and the possibility of encountering Great White Sharks and seals.
The Clan Stuart (1914)
Depth: 5m - 8m
During a Southeast gale November 1914, the British Turret Steamer, carrying coal, lost its anchors and sank. Most of the ship is broken up, but the engine block and propeller shaft are still visible. Marine growth, fish and invertebrates cover her remains. There is also the opportunity to see one of Cape Town’s rarer fish, the doublesash butterfly fish.
Scuba Diving Cape Town - Atlantic Ocean
Depth: 6m to 10m
A dive with the Cape Fur Seals at seal Island near Hout Bay is an absolute must for visitors to the Cape. Depending on the time of year there are between a few hundred and a few thousand seals crammed onto the island. We dive right next to the island in only 5m of water. Divers just stay on the bottom in one spot and observe the seals darting all around. Young seals are very inquisitive and will come right up to your face. This dive is a great chance to photograph seals so remember to bring your camera!
Depth: 5m to 40m (average depth 25m)
Vulcan rock is a large pinnacle about a mile out to sea off the sentinel of Hout Bay. The reef is covered in hard and soft cold water corals which make for a stunning dive with an amazing variety of colour. There are also a large variety of nudibranchs, crayfish, hottentot, galjoen and the occasional seal. There is also a nice swim through towards the bottom of the reef. A must dive for the advanced open water diver.
Depth: 8m to 25m
The Moari, a British cargo steam ship, was carrying a cargo of explosives, water piping and crockery from London to New Zealand when it sank in 1909. The wreck has even been dived by the likes of Jacques Coustea and due to the protection of the bay it lies in is well preserved. Today you may still find intact champagne bottles, ink bottles and other historical artifacts. Another must dive. Please don't remove anything off the wreck as it is a historical site.
Atlantic Ocean Reef Dives
Depth: 12m - 18m
This is a great summer shore dive which consists of large underwater caverns with beautiful swim throughs. The swim thoughs and caverns are filled with an abundance of colour due the large amounts of anemones, hard and soft cold water corals and the colourful invertabrates. This site also has an abundance of Hottentot and other small fish common to the area.
Depth: 12m - 18m
This is another beautiful shore entry although it requires a long surface swim. Once at the site you drop down into a beautiful kelp forest and then swim around to the seaward side of the rocks. Here there are a number of beautiful swim throughs with the usual abundance of cold water corals, nudibranchs, anemones and invertebrates. As you swim around the rocks and start heading back to land one can experience the thrill of diving with seals. It is a good idea to save enough air for the swim back as it is easiest done underwater. The seals will often accompany you for the swim back where it is also possible to see rays, cuttlefish and octopus.
Depth: 10m - 18m
This site can be done as either a shore entry or a boat dive. Due to the really difficult entry we recommend going by boat. The site is dived very seldom as it is also a really long boat trip so take the opportunity when it is offered. As a result of being seldom dived it is probably one of the most beautiful unspoilt dive sites in the area. The site consists of numerous groups of underwater rocks creating an awesome topography. These rocks create a breading ground for numerous hard and soft corals creating a garden of brilliant pink, yellow, orange, purple and red. There are also numerous urchins, anemones and nudibranchs at this site.
Depth: 10m to 30m
This is a very big reef (600m long) south of Vulcan Rock 1 mile off the Sentinel at Hout Bay. Depth and scenery are dependent on where you go but it is all between 10 and 30m and much of it is unexplored.
Depth: 15m - 40m
This is part of the Vulcan Rock reef to the north of the rock. It has amazing caves and deep cracks to get into at about 24m. There is the possibility of getting deep (39m) to the north of the reef and then looking at the caves and cracks. The site has stunning corals and fish life. A great dive for advanced divers.