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Simonstown, Cape Town

All year round

Max Depths:
12 meters

Water temp:
12°c - 18°C

Visibility: 5m – 15m

Open Water (snorkelling possible)

location
SIMONS TOWN, CAPE TOWN

season
ALL YEAR ROUND

depth
MAX DEPTH: 12M – 35M

temperature
WATER TEMP: 12°C – 18°C

visibility
VISIBILITY: 5M – 15M

certification
OPEN WATER OR ABOVE
(SNORKELLING POSSIBLE)

  KELP FOREST DIVE

One of our more popular kelp forest sites is at Pyramid Rock where we have a good possibility of encountering the Sevengill shark, which is also called the Cow shark or Broadnose sevengill. The maximum depth is only 12 metres making it ideal for beginner and junior divers to join. The shallow depths and picturesque environment makes this is the ideal environment for photographers aiming to capture these sharks in their natural habitat.

The Cowsharks aggregate in the shallow channel between Pyramid Rock and the shore. If the sharks are present, there can be up to 30 sharks in the aggregation. Their curious and inquisitive nature means there is no baiting involved and we rely solely on a specific area where these animals are known to aggregate. Aside from the main attraction, the kelp forest is a beautiful environment to explore. There is an abundance of life in the kelp forest understorey.

We do have times when the sharks are not present in the area – please enquire about recent sightings when booking to have realistic expectations.

If the Cowsharks are not evident, then look out for the Spotted Gully sharks, which attain 1.7 metres in length. This is a timid shark more easily approached by freedivers than SCUBA divers. Then there are several species of catshark: the Pyjama catshark, Puffadder Shyshark, Leopard shyshark and Dark shyshark. These smaller sharks are between 50cm and 1.2 metres in length. The huge Short-tailed rays can occasionally be spotted. These rays grow up to 2 metres across the disk.

Please Note: Due to the recent rabies outbreak we will be suspending the seal dive and rather offering the reef dive.

CAPE FUR SEAL 

The Cape Fur Seal dive is a super fun and interactive dive and one of the signature dives that Cape Town has offered for more than two decades. The seals are very playful and love to show their acrobatic skills to divers.

These seals are used to divers and are not shy at all, they will often jump in the water in large numbers to come and investigate and play with divers.

We dive at Partridge Point, an exposed haul-out spot for seals. There are times when the water can be rough at the site due to waves or currents. We will make a careful assessment before entering the water and reserve the right to divert the divers to a more protected site if conditions warrant it.

A shallow section of the reef, known as the amphitheatre, is the best spot to interact with the Seals. The deeper sections of the reef offer beautiful marine life, swim-throughs and large sea fans.

INCLUDED

  • Two guided dives
  • Marine Protected Area permit for diving in protected waters.
  • Full equipment rental
  • Coffee / tea and lunch at Pisces Divers
  • Briefings
  • Water and chocolates on boat
  • Lockers for personal effects at dive centre

EXCLUDED

  • Transport to Pisces Divers (can be arranged)
  • Camera

ITINERARY

  • Meet at Pisces Divers at time agreed when booking made
  • Collect equipment, sign indemnities and load the boat
  • Briefing for first dive
  • Boat is launched and collects divers from beach opposite the dive centre
  • Proceed to first dive site (20 minute trip) and dive
  • Exit water and surface interval
  • Briefing for second dive site
  • Proceed to second dive site
  • Exit water and head back to Simonstown
  • Return to dive centre for hot shower, coffee,lunch and debrief

WHAT TO BRING

  • Dive Certification Card (Open Water or Advanced)
  • Towel
  • Warm Jacket
  • Bathing suit / Swimming costume
  • Sunblock
  • Camera
  • Own dive equipment if preferred

SEAL & KELP FOREST PACKAGE

R2,700.00

SINGLE DIVE OPTION

R1,700.00

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REVIEWS

  • star rating  I did 5 dives with Pisces Divers, and thoroughly enjoyed every moment. The staff are friendly, relaxed and efficient. Jacqui, who does the bookings, went out of her way to... read more

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    January 1, 2021
  • star rating  What a brilliant dive centre this place is. I did my Open Water Course with them and it was very well organised and I was given all the different options.... read more

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    July 25, 2019
  • star rating  Woke up this morning expecting 2 great dives and that’s exactly what we got! At the dive centre we were kitted out by Jack (I think was his name), he... read more

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    December 1, 2019
  • star rating  They are very helpful and friendly people. On top of that they are very organized. Doing excellent job. Also gave me great tips about finding place to stay, get... read more

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    January 25, 2019
  • star rating  What a brilliant dive center! I am so impressed by the course, the location, and the people. Throughout the course, the instructors were incredibly calm and patient, allowing me to... read more

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    June 14, 2019
  • star rating  Completed my diving certificates here and it was everything you could want in a dive school. They were friendly, professional, fun, accommodating and reasonably priced. Diving in Cape Town was... read more

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    March 6, 2019
  • star rating  Thanks to the Pisces Team we had an excellent dive day today. After a series of days of bad diving conditions, we were so lucky to join the boat... read more

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    November 24, 2018
  • star rating  Had a stunning 2 dives with them today. From arrival made to feel like family. Very friendly greeting from Jacky at reception and all staff explaining workings. Did a stunning... read more

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    December 1, 2018
  • star rating  Professionnel Team !!! I went on Ocean Safari with my family and from A to Z, you'll be welcome by professionals . the equipments, the boat, the Captain and... read more

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    March 4, 2019
  • star rating  What a blast ! We had 4 fantastic dives on rebreathers ! Pisces is a very well organized and very professional operation. The staff is so friendly, helpful and very... read more

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    September 1, 2021

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