Scuba diving in Geldkis
This site gets its name from three treasure chests which disappeared when the Dutch East Indiaman Het Huis te Kraaiestein was wrecked on the rocks in Oudekraal Ba in 1698. The site features a group of huge granite boulders located about 400m offshore. Groups of boulders present divers with various diving activities creating gullies, overhangs, walls, swim-throughs, chimneys and caves. The site also has occasional sandy areas found between rocks in low places. The site is recommended for experienced divers only and should be accessed only in perfect weather conditions as the area is subject to heavy chop and sea surge.
When to go
Diving is better during the summer. The average annual sea temperature stays about 13C/55F.
What to see
A colorful sea life populates this site with most of overhangs, caves and other exposed areas encrusted with a wide range of hydroids, knob and lobed ascidians, red bait and black mussels, encrusting sponges, small sea fans, hard and soft corals. Generally, the most common species are anemones of varying pastel colors, many species of nudibranchs, lots of crayfish, sharks, fur seals and octopuses that can be seen here.
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