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Diving in Simon's Town

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When to go to Simon's Town

Simon's Town has a Mediterranean climate. The average air temperature in January ranges from 19C/66F to 26C/79F with average water temperature of around 18C/64F. The average air temperature in July ranges from 7C/45F to 17C/63F with average water temperature of 15C/59F. The average water visibility is 12m/39ft, but at some dive sites it can reach up to 25m/82ft.

 

What to see

There are lots to see from a variety of invertebrates to large fish that visit the area. Here divers can explore such marine species as pineapple fish, crown crab, Bluefin gurnard, shaggy sea hare, biscuit skate, sea squirts, octopus, stingrays, jellyfish and a lot of other fish.

Scuba diving in Simon's Town

Simon's Town is located near Cape Town, South Africa, which is located on the shores of False Bay, on the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula. Cape Town International Airport is located in 50km/31mi from it. Simon's Town is home to the South African Navy. For more than two centuries it has been an important naval base and harbour. Boulders Beach is located a few kilometres to the south of Simon's Town and is reputed to be amongst the very best beaches in the Cape. It is internationally renowned for being home to one of only three South African colonies of the African Penguins. One of the best scuba diving training areas is Long Beach, which is a shoreline sand bottomed site. The area is a part of the Marine Protected Area. It is known for its moderate conditions, easy access and excellent facilities. The best time of the year to dive there is in the winter when the South Easterly Winds tend not to blow. There are no major wrecks in the area with the exception of a couple of small fishing boats, a barge and some small yacht wrecks. Long Beach is home to a wide variety of marine life. Sharks are rarely found at Long Beach. It is a very popular training site, the depth varies from 5m/16ft to 18m/59ft. Other popular dive sites are SAS Pietermaritzburg, Pyramid Rocks, Castle Rocks, A-Frame and The Clan Stuart.

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