Scuba diving in North Paw

Access
From Boat
Diver level
Advanced
Depth
Average: 49.2 ft
Maximum: 82 ft
Visibility
Average: 32.8 ft
Maximum: 98.4 ft
North Paw is named the Lion's paw mainly due to its resemblance of the paw of the famous Lion's Head. This dive site is characterized by a rocky pinnacle which is a part of a large base that goes until a small island just above the surface. Though there are occasional sand patches in the bottom of gullies and other local low points, most of the bottom is rock. Also this site includes the North Paw Main Reef, the North Paw Cave, Monty's Pinnacles, Northern Pinnacle, Barry's Pinnacle and Eastern Pinnacle. A popular part of the site is a rocky cave, a large arched granite boulder. The site is protected from south east winds, but it is more suitable for experienced divers.

When to go

The water temperature ranges from cold to mild with the average annual temperature of about 13C/55F. The area is best dived during the summer, December through February, when the water reaches more comfortable temperatures.

What to see

There is an abundance of crayfish and varied marine vegetation: on the lower sides and underside of the rocks divers can spot noble coral, soft corals, colonial ascidians, sea fans and sponges, with large red-bait pods seen on the upper areas.

Reachable from

Cape Town

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