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About Western Cape

The Western Cape is a province of South Africa. It is situated in the south-western part of the country and it is the fourth largest of the nine provinces. The capital is Cape Town. It stretches about 400km/250mi northwards along the Atlantic coast and about 500km/300mi eastwards along the Indian Ocean coast. The main diving areas are Western Seaboard and Western False Bay with a lot of interesting dive sites which are suitable for novice as well as more advanced divers. The best dive sites in Western Seaboard are Justin's Caves, Vulcan Rock, Schuilenberg, RMS Athens, Coral Gardens and Clifton Rocks. Justin's Caves is one of the most rewarding and exciting shore dives the country has to offer. Divers can encountered large crayfish, small harmless bottom dwelling sharks, hottentot and other small fish. Cavern walls and ceilings are covered with hard and soft corals, nudibranchs and anemones. The maximum depth here is 18m/59ft. The best dive sites in Western False Bay are Batsata Rock, Sunny Cove, Castle Rocks, Windmill Beach, Quarry, the 'A' Frame, SAS Pietermaritzburg and Partridge Point. A great site for night dives is The 'A' Frame with maximum depth of 15m/49ft. There are many overhangs, nooks and crannies.

When to go to Western Cape

Best time to visit is in the fall (March and April). The climate of Western Cape is typically Mediterranean, with warm, dry summers and mild, moist winters. In the summer months air temperatures vary between 15C/59F and 27C/81F. In the winter months air temperatures stay between 5C/41F and 22C/72F. The water temperature in March fluctuates between 18-21C/64-70F and in September between 14-15C/57-59F.

 

What to see

A huge variety of colorful plant and sea life here includes soft corals, sponges, sea anemones, several types of nudibranchs including blue and orange gas flame nudibranchs, brittle stars, feather stars, lots of pyjama and shy sharks, pipe fish, soles, rays.