Scuba Diving in Cape Town, South Africa: Wide Angle Photography
The cold water off Africa's southwestern tip near Cape Town is teeming with life. It is also teeming with wrecks of ships that didn't find the 'good hope' while navigating around the infamous Cape of Good Hope. There are dozens of colorful nudibranch species for the biological treasure hunter, and quite a few opportunities for some fabulous wide angle underwater photography.
You can dive both the east and west sides of the peninsula and there are several dive operators that work mainly out of Hout Bay on the west, or Simon's Town on the east side, depending on what the weather and swell are doing that day. Pisces Divers is a well known shop that comes up big in all the searches, but there is a hidden gem right in the middle of Simon's Town called Ollava Scuba. Rates are a little high here in Cape Town as a dive + rental will run you around $55. And it is a two tank dive trip that runs from 9 or 10am to 1 or 2pm depending on how far out you go. Be prepared for some cold water, we saw 54°F which cuts right through a 5.5mm wetsuit so don't be afraid to bust out your old drysuit for this kind of diving. There is so much to see that your excitement alone can stave off the cold if you are like me.
|1994 Wreck of the Bos 400 "floating" crane barge|
|Biggest Bony Fish in the World|
|Kelp and Diver|
|Kelp fish lit up by the strobe|
After our wreck dive we tried to warm up during our surface interval while making our way back to a spot where hundreds of sea lions, called Cape Fur Seal here, hauled out on the rocks and swam noisily among the kelp. This was to be our second dive spot, and one highly recommended for anyone going to this part of the world. You can snorkel with the fur seals here as well. Before we descended we already had dozens of fur seals around us and it got more intense the longer we stayed under.
|Cape Fur Seal and Sun Rays in South Africa|
|About to bite Heidi's air hose|
|A Curious Cape Fur Seal|