NATURE/REEF DIVES CAPE TOWN -  INTRODUCTION

 

Nature scuba diving (or reef dives) in Cape Town is ideal for those starting out in scuba diving. Typically these dives only require Open Water certification. With our reef dives you get the opportunity to explore the wonders of Cape Towns Oceans.

This includes swimming through kelp forests surrounded by many species of fish, seeing the myriad bright colours on display from the large nudibranch colonies (soft-bodied marine mollusc) not to mention the wide variety of sting rays, mussles, sponges and jellyfish.

Our nature dives explore some of the best spots that the Cape has to offer and makes for an excellent adventure. Below you will find some of our most popular nature dives.

SCUBA DIVE SITE - SANDY COVE CAPE TOWN

As its name implies Sandy Cove is a sandy reef with a few rocks in a sheltered bay that makes it perfect for beginner divers or those who want a shore dive with relatively no surface swim. Located opposite the Twelve Apostles Hotel in Oudekraal, near Cape Town, this site is where most of the locals go. The aquatic wild life you can expect to see vary from small shoals of Hottentots, to rocks covered in nudibranch colonies. There are even a couple of short tail stingrays to spot if you are really lucky!

Sandy Cove scuba facts

 SCUBA DIVE SITE - JUSTIN’S CAVES CAPE TOWN

Justin’s Caves is a rocky reef outcrop located opposite the Twelve Apostles Hotel in Oudekraal, Cape Town, and is a favourite spot for most locals. The site includes “caves” that you can swim through, surrounded by a beautiful kelp forest. The aquatic wild life you can expect to see vary from small shoals of fish, to nudibranch colonies and mussels. There are loads of sponges, sea urchins, brightly coloured sea anemones and even some soft and hard corals! The diversity in colour is what makes it one of the most colourful dives in Cape Town.  Sometimes we are lucky enough to see a puffadder shyshark at this site.

Justin’s Caves scuba dive facts

 SCUBA DIVE SITE - A-FRAME CAPE TOWN

A--Frame is a rocky reef located in the Oatlands area of Simons Town, in the Cape. It is a site that is suitable for novice divers as well as having interesting aspects for the more experienced. The site was given its name due to a wooden tripod that used to be used for navigation. There are lots of invertebrates like sponges and sea anemones and even some corals on this dive that cover the rocky overhangs and some swim throughs. Mussels and abalone can also be found here.

A-Frame scuba facts

 SCUBA DIVE SITE – WINDMILL BEACH CAPE TOWN

Windmill beach is located in Simons Town in False Bay in the Cape. The site has a sandy sea bottom topography with large granite boulders hugging the coastline. There are a couple pinnacles in the north east side of the site. Marine life to be seen on this site consists of invertebrates such as nudibranchs and small shoals of fish.

Windmill beach scuba facts

 

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