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 Western Cape

South Africa

English (Translate this text in English): The Western Cape is a province in the south west of South Africa. The capital is Cape Town.
Cape Town lies at the foot of the famous Table mountain which stretches out as a long peninsula with Cape Point Nature reserve at its most southerly point.This Peninsula divides the dive sites into Atlantic Seaboard and False bay-Indian Ocean.As the temperature can differ up to 10 Degrees from one side to the other,this obviously changes the natural environment and marine life.False Bay can similarly be divided into two halves The Simonstown Side And the Gordens Bay Side.Again i must mention the diving conditions on any given day will differ greatly viz,temperature,swell etc.As the temperature of the water differs obviouslly wetsuit thickness is an issue.

The Great white is a protected species in South Africa and with Shark cage diving readily available at specialist sites Your chance of seeing one ,on one of these organised dives is nearly 100%.
However the divers who have seen (confirmed) Great Whites on regular shore and boat dives are as rare as the creature itself.

English (Translate this text in English): The Western Cape is a province in the south west of South Africa. The capital is Cape Town.
Cape Town lies at the foot of the famous Table mountain which stretches out as a long peninsula with Cape Point Nature reserve at its most southerly point.This Peninsula divides the dive sites into Atlantic Seaboard and False bay-Indian Ocean.As the temperature can differ up to 10 Degrees from one side to the other,this obviously changes the natural environment and marine life.False Bay can similarly be divided into two halves The Simonstown Side And the Gordens Bay Side.Again i must mention the diving conditions on any given day will differ greatly viz,temperature,swell etc.As the temperature of the water differs obviouslly wetsuit thickness is an issue.

The Great white is a protected species in South Africa and with Shark cage diving readily available at specialist sites Your chance of seeing one ,on one of these organised dives is nearly 100%.
However the divers who have seen (confirmed) Great Whites on regular shore and boat dives are as rare as the creature itself.

The Western Cape is a province in the south west of South Africa. The capital is Cape Town.
Cape Town lies at the foot of the famous Table mountain which stretches out as a long peninsula with Cape Point Nature reserve at its most southerly point.This Peninsula divides the dive sites into Atlantic Seaboard and False bay-Indian Ocean.As the temperature can differ up to 10 Degrees from one side to the other,this obviously changes the natural environment and marine life.False Bay can similarly be divided into two halves The Simonstown Side And the Gordens Bay Side.Again i must mention the diving conditions on any given day will differ greatly viz,temperature,swell etc.As the temperature of the water differs obviouslly wetsuit thickness is an issue.

The Great white is a protected species in South Africa and with Shark cage diving readily available at specialist sites Your chance of seeing one ,on one of these organised dives is nearly 100%.
However the divers who have seen (confirmed) Great Whites on regular shore and boat dives are as rare as the creature itself.

English (Translate this text in English): The Western Cape is a province in the south west of South Africa. The capital is Cape Town.
Cape Town lies at the foot of the famous Table mountain which stretches out as a long peninsula with Cape Point Nature reserve at its most southerly point.This Peninsula divides the dive sites into Atlantic Seaboard and False bay-Indian Ocean.As the temperature can differ up to 10 Degrees from one side to the other,this obviously changes the natural environment and marine life.False Bay can similarly be divided into two halves The Simonstown Side And the Gordens Bay Side.Again i must mention the diving conditions on any given day will differ greatly viz,temperature,swell etc.As the temperature of the water differs obviouslly wetsuit thickness is an issue.

The Great white is a protected species in South Africa and with Shark cage diving readily available at specialist sites Your chance of seeing one ,on one of these organised dives is nearly 100%.
However the divers who have seen (confirmed) Great Whites on regular shore and boat dives are as rare as the creature itself.

English (Translate this text in English): The Western Cape is a province in the south west of South Africa. The capital is Cape Town.
Cape Town lies at the foot of the famous Table mountain which stretches out as a long peninsula with Cape Point Nature reserve at its most southerly point.This Peninsula divides the dive sites into Atlantic Seaboard and False bay-Indian Ocean.As the temperature can differ up to 10 Degrees from one side to the other,this obviously changes the natural environment and marine life.False Bay can similarly be divided into two halves The Simonstown Side And the Gordens Bay Side.Again i must mention the diving conditions on any given day will differ greatly viz,temperature,swell etc.As the temperature of the water differs obviouslly wetsuit thickness is an issue.

The Great white is a protected species in South Africa and with Shark cage diving readily available at specialist sites Your chance of seeing one ,on one of these organised dives is nearly 100%.
However the divers who have seen (confirmed) Great Whites on regular shore and boat dives are as rare as the creature itself.

English (Translate this text in English): The Western Cape is a province in the south west of South Africa. The capital is Cape Town.
Cape Town lies at the foot of the famous Table mountain which stretches out as a long peninsula with Cape Point Nature reserve at its most southerly point.This Peninsula divides the dive sites into Atlantic Seaboard and False bay-Indian Ocean.As the temperature can differ up to 10 Degrees from one side to the other,this obviously changes the natural environment and marine life.False Bay can similarly be divided into two halves The Simonstown Side And the Gordens Bay Side.Again i must mention the diving conditions on any given day will differ greatly viz,temperature,swell etc.As the temperature of the water differs obviouslly wetsuit thickness is an issue.

The Great white is a protected species in South Africa and with Shark cage diving readily available at specialist sites Your chance of seeing one ,on one of these organised dives is nearly 100%.
However the divers who have seen (confirmed) Great Whites on regular shore and boat dives are as rare as the creature itself.

English (Translate this text in English): The Western Cape is a province in the south west of South Africa. The capital is Cape Town.
Cape Town lies at the foot of the famous Table mountain which stretches out as a long peninsula with Cape Point Nature reserve at its most southerly point.This Peninsula divides the dive sites into Atlantic Seaboard and False bay-Indian Ocean.As the temperature can differ up to 10 Degrees from one side to the other,this obviously changes the natural environment and marine life.False Bay can similarly be divided into two halves The Simonstown Side And the Gordens Bay Side.Again i must mention the diving conditions on any given day will differ greatly viz,temperature,swell etc.As the temperature of the water differs obviouslly wetsuit thickness is an issue.

The Great white is a protected species in South Africa and with Shark cage diving readily available at specialist sites Your chance of seeing one ,on one of these organised dives is nearly 100%.
However the divers who have seen (confirmed) Great Whites on regular shore and boat dives are as rare as the creature itself.

English (Translate this text in English): The Western Cape is a province in the south west of South Africa. The capital is Cape Town.
Cape Town lies at the foot of the famous Table mountain which stretches out as a long peninsula with Cape Point Nature reserve at its most southerly point.This Peninsula divides the dive sites into Atlantic Seaboard and False bay-Indian Ocean.As the temperature can differ up to 10 Degrees from one side to the other,this obviously changes the natural environment and marine life.False Bay can similarly be divided into two halves The Simonstown Side And the Gordens Bay Side.Again i must mention the diving conditions on any given day will differ greatly viz,temperature,swell etc.As the temperature of the water differs obviouslly wetsuit thickness is an issue.

The Great white is a protected species in South Africa and with Shark cage diving readily available at specialist sites Your chance of seeing one ,on one of these organised dives is nearly 100%.
However the divers who have seen (confirmed) Great Whites on regular shore and boat dives are as rare as the creature itself.

English (Translate this text in English): The Western Cape is a province in the south west of South Africa. The capital is Cape Town.
Cape Town lies at the foot of the famous Table mountain which stretches out as a long peninsula with Cape Point Nature reserve at its most southerly point.This Peninsula divides the dive sites into Atlantic Seaboard and False bay-Indian Ocean.As the temperature can differ up to 10 Degrees from one side to the other,this obviously changes the natural environment and marine life.False Bay can similarly be divided into two halves The Simonstown Side And the Gordens Bay Side.Again i must mention the diving conditions on any given day will differ greatly viz,temperature,swell etc.As the temperature of the water differs obviouslly wetsuit thickness is an issue.

The Great white is a protected species in South Africa and with Shark cage diving readily available at specialist sites Your chance of seeing one ,on one of these organised dives is nearly 100%.
However the divers who have seen (confirmed) Great Whites on regular shore and boat dives are as rare as the creature itself.

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Seasons
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Climate
Air temp. 32°C
90°F
28-32°C
82°F
28-30°C
82°F
28-30°C
82°F
26-28°C
79°F
16-26°C
61°F
16-24°C
61°F
16-24°C
61°F
16-24°C
61°F
16-24°C
61°F
20-28°C
68°F
20-32°C
68°F
Water temp. -10°C
14°F
10-12°C
50°F
10-14°C
50°F
10-14°C
50°F
10-14°C
50°F
12-16°C
54°F
12-16°C
54°F
12-16°C
54°F
12-16°C
54°F
12-16°C
54°F
10-16°C
50°F
10-14°C
50°F
Equipment Muta umida 7mm Muta umida 7mm Muta umida 7mm Muta umida 7mm Muta umida 7mm Muta umida 5mm Muta umida 5mm Muta umida 5mm Muta umida 5mm Non so Muta umida 7mm Muta umida 7mm
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Zones

Zones (5) Dive sites Sub zones
Cape Town 22 0
Gansbaai 2 0
Knysna 2 0
Mossel Bay 2 0
Plettenberg Bay 1 0

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Dive sites

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Klein Tafelberg Reef - / -
28 m 35 m CMAS ** / AOW
Long Beach - / -
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Bandit avatar
Windvogel Reef
Di Bandit
Jun 24, 2012
Boat Dive - We set off at 9:10 this morning for Windvogel and arrived at the dive site 7 minutes later. After kitting up we were divided into 2 groups mine being the explorer group with certified divers. We encountered Pajama sharks, and a number of other spec
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Klein Tafelberg Reef
Di Klipvis
Sep 25, 2011
Tafelberg Reef - Great viz, baie koud en surgy.Hele paar nudibrachs en basket starsPaar interressante krappeSuckerfish op bamboes.
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Klipvis avatar
Justins Caves
Di Klipvis
Dec 12, 2010
- Duik na werk saam met Jaco Mooi skoon water tot mens deur die caves swem, verander na rooi murkey water. groot skool Hotties Sien vir Brad en Shaun na duik, van Mike Seleck se dae.
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Windmill Beach
Di NeilSlater
Dec 31, 2009
OW Dive - After getting our weight / boyency sorted out on two previous short dives we entered the left hand shore, swam around and exited on the right hand shore. I saw a lot of different fishes, alone and in schools. I saw a pyjama shark, seal, crabfi
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Steen avatar
Justins Caves
Di Steen
Nov 16, 2009
Justin's Cave -
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Viaggio: Cape Town I
Di Steen
Da Nov 14, 2009 a Nov 16, 2009

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By Steeler , 13-11-2007

Windmill Beach - I first dived at windmill over 30 years ago and i still dive there regularly,over the years the surprise sightings at this dive sight have thrilled divers,both new and old salts.Besides the resident fish,nudibranchs pipefish octopi,penguins and seals.I have seen Dusky and Gully shark.The temperature can range from 12-20 degrees depending on the season and the vis from 1-20meters

a standard record of dive sightings.

NUDIBRANCHS,Silver ,Gas flame,Orange clubbed Nudibranch.Black Dorid
FISH sighted Hottentots,streepies,juvenile Red Roman,Kelpfishes and blennies
SHARKS Light shyshark,Pyjama shark
SHELLS,Razor clam,Cape helmet shell,limpets,cone shells,plenty of Allikriks,pink ladies laying eggs ,Quite a few Abalone/Perlemoen
SEAJELLIES,Box jelly's,Moon jellies
SEASTARS,Cape knobbly seastar,and plenty Brittle stars.
VARIOUS,Pipe fish,cuttle fish and octopi

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