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About Scuba Diving Cape Town

Any plans to go scuba diving Cape Town? The scuba opportunities are abundant in Cape Town, thanks to its perfect location with access to both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

Along the Cape Peninsula, you will find a variety of dive sites boasting shipwrecks and incredible coral reefs. And, as you would expect, there is an abundance of wildlife to be encountered, including dolphins, sharks, and even penguins.

Whether you are just a beginner or a seasoned expert, diving in the Atlantic or in False Bay, Cape Town is an unforgettable scuba dive location that will make you want to come back for more.

Areal view of Cape Town

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You can expect to dive and see wrecks, seals, and coral reefs on False Bay. These scuba dive sites boast some of the most colorful and abundant coral life, from sea fans to sponges and anemones. On the Atlantic side, you can expect kelp forests, seals, corals, and dolphins.

When is the best time go Scuba diving Cape Town?

You can expect dry,warm summers and mild, moderately wet winters in Cape Town. The winter season lasts from June through August, with temperatures averaging between 8.5-18 degrees Celsius, or 47-64 degrees Fahrenheit.

Summer runs from early December through March, with temperatures averaging 16-26 degrees Celsius, or 61-79 degrees Fahrenheit, making it very comfortable. Heat waves can hit in February or early March, while winds can be harsh in late spring and early summer.

Scuba diving in False Bay is great all year. But due to winds in the summer, you may sacrifice visibility. Visibility is greater in winter, up to 25m with an average of about 12m. Water temperatures are also comfortable, ranging from 13 degrees Celsius, or 55 degrees Fahrenheit, to 21 degrees Celsius, or 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Atlantic Ocean also offers incredible scuba dive sites, with great visibility, but you will want to dive here in the summer to avoid the rough weather conditions that can occur during other seasons.

Also, this dive site is a bit colder, ranging from 10 degrees Celsius, or 50 degrees Fahrenheit, to 14 degrees Celsius, or 57 degrees Fahrenheit.

Must see scuba dive sites around Cape Town

Some of the best dive sites in Cape Town include, but are not limited to:

  • Duiker (Seal) Island – This site, in the Atlantic, is ideal for beginners who want to swim amidst the local seal population.
  • Katzu Maru and Aster – In the Atlantic, this dive site features two wrecks that are wonderful dive sites, but you should be a more advanced diver.
  • The Steps – This is one of the sites in the Atlantic that is filled with colourful marine life and rock formations, as well as dolphins and seals.
  • A-Frame – One of the more popular dive sites on False Bay, featuring two swim throughs, a cave, and kelp forest.
  • SAS Pietermaritzburg – Located on False Bay, this wreck has become home to an array of marine life, and it is fully intact.

Marine Life Found in Cape Town

Marine life in Cape Town is abundant and varied. You can swim with dolphins, myriad fish species, seals, and rays, as well as encounter coral, sea fans, anemones, and other reef life. There are a variety of shark species that call the waters off Cape Town home.

If you are feeling really adventurous, you can see Great White Sharks in False Bay thanks to special tours that take you to the proper sites. The Spotted Cowshark, a prehistoric creature, as well as the Gully Shark, can also be encountered in Cape Town on certain dives.

About Cape Town

Cape Town, in South Africa, is a location that is perfect for tourists seeking culture, adventure, natural beauty, and exploration. You cannot get bored in Cape Town, as there is so much to do and see, and you can easily spend a week or more here.

Whether you decide to go into the centre of town and meet the locals while taking in the shopping, dining, culture, and art, or if you would rather lounge on one of its pristine beaches, dive into one of the amazing dive sites off the coast, or hike the trails into the diverse terrain that includes mountains and forests.

How to Get to Cape Town?

International flights to and from Cape Town International Airport are available from Europe, the United States, and Asia, as well as other major cities around the world, including Buenos Aires, Amsterdam, and Singapore. You can also find a cruise line that offers Cape Town as a destination.

Article written by Rutger Thole who is an avid scuba diver and loves to travel, dive and write about scuba diving. Based in Amsterdam he runs and at least twice a year he plans a dive trip of the beaten track.

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