Kelp Forests and Reefs

Scuba Diving in Cape Town Scuba diving in Cape Town is beautiful. The underwater enchanted Kelp Forests in Cape Town, are where plants grow like tall trees. It is truly a beautiful and serene dive. These forests are home to a large variety of Marine Life, Gully Sharks, Shy sharks, Pajama sharks, Crabs and many…

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Marine Plants

The plant kingdom is made up of multi-cellular, photosynthetic Eukaryotas. These multi-cellular organisms contain specialized cells that perform different tasks. Algae are some of the simplest aquatic plants, often referred to as seaweed in the marine environment. Marine algae are abundant throughout the ocean and can either float freely or cling to substrate such as…

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Invertebrates

Animals that lack backbones are known as invertebrates. Over 98% of species on earth are invertebrates that rely on other strategies for support such as hydrostatic pressure, exoskeletons, and in some, even glass spicules. Some invertebrate phylum’s have only one species while others like Arthropoda include more than 800,000 species. The most common marine invertebrates…

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Vertebrates

Vertebrates Vertebrata are among the most structurally complex organisms. Marine vertebrates, classified under the phylum Chordate and class vertebrata, are among the most structurally complex organisms. The seven main classes in Vertebrata are: Agnatha, Chondrichthyes (“Chondree-ICK-thees”), Osteichtheyes (“Ostee-ICK-thees”), Amphibian, Reptilian, Aves, and Mammalia. The first three classes in Vertebrata are all a form of fish. In class Agnatha…

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Vulcan Rock

Located south-west of Hout Bay off the Karbonkelberg, where the blinder can be seen from the see. The site consists of a large pinnacle that rises to about 5m below the surface, and is covered in colourful marine growth. There is also a large tunnel running through the bottom of the rock. The site is…

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The Steps

A great multi level dive on a reef true to it’s name. On top of the reef the depth is only about 8m and is covered with dense marine life . As you swim away from the middle of the reef you encounter a couple of drops (steps). The marine life is extremely colourful and the rock…

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The Oakburn (1906)

On 21 May 1906, the Oakburn, a 3865 ton British Steamer, hit the rocks of Maori Bay during thick fog. She was on a voyage from New York to Sydney carrying a cargo of railway equipment, sewing machines, musical instruments, glassware, oil and paper. The wreck is partly broken up, but there are still sections…

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The Maori (1909)

This 5317 ton steamship sank on 5 August 1909, with a cargo of crockery and water piping. It was on it’s way from London to New Zealand, when it sank after striking a rock in thick fog. When Jacques Cousteau visited the site, he declared it the most preserved wreck of it’s time. Unfortunately, over the…

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The Boss 400

The Boss 400 is a very popular wreck dive and is known to be South Africa’s largest Wreck, hence the name. This Boat Dive takes you to what was once the largest floating cranes in Africa. As it was being towed during a storm, the tow line broke and she helplessly drifted onto the rocks.…

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The Antipolis (1977)

Located on the rocks off Victoria Road near Oudekraal with various entry and exit points from the rocks near the White House. The Antipolis was a large 25000 ton Greek oil tanker wrecked in July 1977 (The Romelia incident). She was on her way to be scrapped and is now lying largely broken up on the…

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