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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.

Our nature dives include swimming through kelp forests surrounded by many species of fish, seeing the myriad of bright colours on display from the large nudibranch colonies (soft-bodied marine mollusc), and not to mention the wide variety of stingrays, mussels, sponges and jellyfish.

The 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. It is 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 wildlife you can expect to see, varies from small shoals of Hottentots fish, to rocks covered in nudibranch colonies. There are even a couple of short-tail stingrays to spot if you are really lucky!

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 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 wildlife you can expect to see varies 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.

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 SCUBA DIVE SITE - A-FRAME CAPE TOWN

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

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 SCUBA DIVE SITE – WINDMILL BEACH CAPE TOWN

Windmill Beach is located in Simon's Town in False Bay, Cape Town. The site has a sandy sea bottom topography with large granite boulders hugging the coastline. There are a couple of pinnacles in the north east side of the site. Marine life to be seen consists of invertebrates such as nudibranch colonies and small shoals of fish.

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What have others said about Into the Blue Scuba Dive Center?

Globetrekker Oxford

“Top marks for safety and professionalism”....

The reason for giving five stars is not because my dive day was good - it was horrible, a complete washout, no viz, unpleasant swell, just all round yucky conditions.

However, that's nature, and dive operators can do nothing about it. What all dive operators should do is be as professional and customer-focused as the guys from ITB diving.

First thing to note is that ITB is considerably cheaper (by almost 1000.- Rand) than Simonstown operators, which is baffling considering that they also have the transport cost from Cape Town to budget for.

DMs, Instructors and Shopfloor staff are all super friendly and helpful; I even got picked up from my Cape Town digs and dropped off afterwards, free of charge.

On the boat, I saw all the emergency and redundancy gear I like to see: twin engines (VERY important!), Oxygen, comms gear, flares, the lot. Briefings were thorough, and buddy check was insisted on.

The trip to Seal Rock in the RIB was fun in the swell, but when we got there the captain did not let us dive because of the unsafe conditions. Disappointing as this was, he was totally right. Low tide and heavy swells are a dangerous combination this close to the rocks, and as for trying to get back into a RIB in seas like this....
We then tried the PMB wreck, where zero viz and nasty vertical swell separated the group and forced us out of the water after 25 minutes.

The captain did offer to try another spot but was honest enough to tell us that in his opinion it was going to be rubbish everywhere, and so we called it a day.

Back at the dive shop, we were all offered a re-schedule, but as I'm out of time I was given half my money back. I know from experience that this is not the norm in the industry, sadly.

Into the Blue is a top notch outfit that does things by the book, with a strong safety focus and very customer centered, on top of offering reasonable pricing and a fair refund policy. You'll have a hard time to find a better operator anywhere around. They'll definitely be my first choice when I pass through next, and for doing my IDC sometime this year.

Just hope mother nature will be in better mood then.

Visited April 2017

 

Jayson De Ath

Super and very professional setup. Glad I was able to dive...

with them and would not only recommend diving here, but look forward to the next trip to dive with again.

Kieran Biddulph

Aswome set up Relly nice friendly staff resonably priced