Scuba diving in Justin's Caves
Justin's Caves is located in the northern Oudekraal area on the Atlantic seaboard of the Cape Peninsula, near Cape Town. The site offers an exciting and colorful dive suitable for divers of all levels. It consists of a group of large granite outcrops and boulders with several swim throughs, overhangs, caves, deep narrow gaps between the rocks and a large anchor remaining from a historical wreck of the Dutch East Indiaman "Het Huis te Kraaiestein". Ceilings and walls of the caverns are covered with hard and soft corals, nudibranchs and anemones. Divers should take a torch with them to enjoy the full splendor of the caves' interiors. There is a fairly dense kelp forest on the way out and back, which can be a bit of an obstacle on the surface at low tide. In a calm day this is a relatively easy dive but with a change of tide and wind (strong south easterly offshore winds) the caves can get very surgy.
When to go
The average water temperature throughout the year is 13C/55F and on the coast of False Bay around 16C/60F.
What to see
Large granite outcrops and boulders with several swim throughs, overhangs, caves and a large anchor remaining from a historical wreck. Many large crayfish, hottentot and other small fish, as well as many harmless bottom-dwelling sharks can be seen in these waters.
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