False Bay Dive Sites

Clan Stuart Wreck (Shore Entry)

The Clan Stuart, a 3, 500 ton British turret steamship,carying a cargo of coal, went ashore at Glencairn beach by Simons Town at 02h00 on the 21st of November 1914. She dragged her anchors during a southeast and met her fate. The night left her broken up with only the steam engine block pointing out, which can still be seen today. This is a very nice beginners wreck dive with the occasional seal swimming around. Shysharks, Pajama Sharks, Zebra’s, Red Roman, Cuttlefish and octopus can also be seen here.
Maximum depth 9 meteres

A-Frame (Shore Dive)

Located 5kms outside Simons Town, this dive starts of when you decent in front of the big rock sticking out to sea and a short swim, where loads of red roman and Hottentot fish will be eagerly awaiting. The rock has a beautiful cave, which is filled with soft sponge and cold water coral. Harmless sharks, like little gullie, shy shark and dog fish has also made it their home. Max Depth 15meters

Windmill Beach (Shore Dive)

A little piece of the Carribian in South Africa.

Windmill Beach is another gloriously sheltered and beautiful, gently sloping beach with flat, shallow water that's ideal for diving. It is just past Boulders. The entry and exit points are both very sheltered with gently sloping sand beaches.

This site is almost always sheltered and the entry is probably the easiest on the entire South African coast. Wave action is normally not more than an inch or two and is rarely more than 30cm high.

There is a rocky point going out into the sea for about 100m from the middle of a gentle beach. It is a favourite training dive, as you can enter from the beach on one side of the rocks, and swim round the point and exit on the other side of the rocks, on the same beach. Plenty of kelp forests, red and green seaweed, nudibranches, sea cucumbers, urchins, dogfish and pajama sharks can be seen. Average Depth:5 meters. Maximum Depth:8 meters.

Pyramid Rock (Shore or boat dive)

This awsome dive site in Simons Town can be accessed, either by boat or shore entry. Rocky reefs with sandy bottom and kelp forests and you will be diving with harmless, seven gill cow sharks. It is an experience not to be missed.

With its bundle of boulders, overgrown with thick sun penetrating kelp forests! The warm False Bay waters provide for schools of fish and lots of vibrant colored invertebrates. Maximum depth 12 meters

Outer Castle

Apart from the cave at this superb diving reef, there is also a great swim through.The reef is covered in typical False Bay marine life, including large rays and gully sharks. The reef is decorated with vibrant colours. Average depth 14 meters. Maximum depth 25.

Castle Rocks

Castle rock is a lovely dive site in False Bay. The dive Entry/Exit point is in a small bay area, which is formed by huge boulders. A short surface swim leads to the descent point at a big Kelp forest. The dive route will take you to the back of the outer rocks where the walls are rich in both color and fish life. Almost guaranteed on every dive is the company of Red Roman, Pyjama sharks, Butterfish, Galjoen and Janbruin (John Brown) all too eager to have a look at what you’ll be pointing to next. Flat rocks are covered with the green cape sea-grass which gives a beautiful contrast to all the red, blue, orange, yellow anemones.
Max Depth 15meters

Wreck diving in the Cape

The Cape sometimes referred to as the Cape of Storms is a graveyard of numerous shipwrecks. Many ships perished and came to there resting place, off the coast. From historical wrecks dating back to 1694 to modern day navy frigates. These wrecks provide fantastic dive sites that can be accessed from the shore or by boat. The two main wreck diving areas are the Atlantic Seaboard and False Bay.

SAS Pietermaritzburg ( 1994 - HMS Pelorus )

Previously named HMS Pelorus, this ship led the Normandy invasion on D-Day, also sweeping for mines 11 days before the time. In 1947 she became part of the South African navy, which also used her as a minesweeper. On the 12th of November 1994 it was decided to end her long and successful career, and she was scuttled to form an artificial reef. The wreck is still lying straight up fully intact. An abundance of marine life, which has grown in such a short time, makes this dive, a must! Found about 2km north of Miller's Point slipway, a short boat ride from Miller's Point slipway.

Max depth 22meters
Boat dive

The Wrecks of Smitswinkel Bay

Just a short boat ride from Millers Points are five wrecks scuttled by the Navy in the early 1970"s which now form an artificial reef. These wrecks are SAS Transvaal, SAS Good Hope, Rockeater, Princess Elizabeth and the Oratava. This bay is sheltered and is a pleasure to dive there. This is an exciting dive site and there is so much to see.

These wrecks are covered with mauve, red and white soft corals. Sea fans and anemones, but take a torch with you ! Tons of Starfish, sea cucumbers and tube worms. Many resident fish swim by including Galjoen, Catsharks, Hottentots, Janbruins, Romans and Strepies.

You will have to be an PADI Advanced diver as the wrecks are at a depth of 30 to 35 meters.

Partridge Point

This site has a lovely sandy bottom, with superb overhangs and caves and passages. With beautiful underwater scenery. A large array of Marine life, Shysharks, Octopus, Pipefish, Janbruin, Klipfish. Many sponges, soft corals and gorgonian sea fans. Depth 15 meters to 20 meters.

Photgraphers Reef

This is a great shallow dive reef. It is just 300 meters from Boulders Beach. Average depth 15 meters or shallower. Lovely large rocks with swim through crevasses and caves. With plenty of soft corals and sea fans and an abundance of Marine life, this dives site has so much to offer the Diver.

Batsata Rock

This is great for a multilevel dive. Batsata Rock has many pinnacles and gullies that slope down to 30 meters. Great for underwater photography. The rocks are covered with lush Marine life and growth.

False Bay

False Bay coastline offers some superb, varied and beautiful dive sites. The majority are shore entry and some are by boat.

You will see stunning reefs with rocky terrain and amazing Kelp forests. You will never see a bare rock or reef, as every nook and cranny on the reefs are carpeted by sea anemonies of every colour imaginable and a large variety of sponges, soft corals and marine life.

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