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Diving in Cape Town

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When to go to Cape Town

Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate with dry warm summers and mild winters. The warm season lasts from December to March with the average air temperature of just above 26C/79F. The hottest month is February with the average air temperature of around 27C/81F. The cool season lasts from May to September with the average air temperature at or below 19C/66F. The coldest month is July with the average of 14C/57F. The water temperatures range greatly, from 10C/50F on the Atlantic Seaboard to 22C/72F in False Bay.

 

What to see

Red Roman fish, Hottentot and Stump Nose, colorful soft corals, octopus, cuttlefish, shy sharks and gully sharks, sea urchins, kelp forests, sea fans, nudibranchs, stripy brittle stars, feather stars, sponges, crayfish and red, blue, orange and yellow anemones, sometimes even a whale can be found here.

Scuba diving in Cape Town

Cape Town is the second largest city in South Africa. It is the capital of the Western Cape Province. Cape Town is located near two oceans, the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean. Cape Town International Airport is located there. The city has one of the highest levels of biodiversity of any equivalent area in the world. Also Cape Town has several well-known natural features that attract tourists, most notably Table Mountain, which forms a large part of the Table Mountain National Park and is the back end of the City Bowl. It also hosts the primary harbour and airport in the province. One of the pleasures of diving in Cape Town is a relatively rare privilege of being able to do excellent dives right from the shore. Boat diving gives divers access to the deeper sites. Cape Town features more than 100 local dive sites concentrated in two main diving areas: the Cape Peninsula and False Bay.

 

Most popular dive sites

The popular dive sites are A Frame, Pyramid Rocks, Clifton Rocks, Castle Rocks, wrecks like SAS Pietermaritzburg, Clan Stuart and some others. Castle Rocks is probably the best dive site in False Bay. This dive site is situated in a marine reserve. The dive starts in a bay-type area, which is formed by huge boulders. It is rich in both color and fish life. The maximum depth is 15m/49ft. This site is also fantastic for night dives and underwater photography.

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