Cape Town is perfectly set up for an incredible array of marine life—with two oceans meeting on the Cape of Good Hope, it’s the ideal conditions for a thriving array of underwater life.
And with these conditions comes one of the most unique and exciting scuba dives you can hope for!
Calling the huge marine reserve home are some of our personal favourites—sharks and seals—and divers from all around the globe head to Cape Town, South Africa, to spend some quality time with them underwater, so we’ve teamed up with a local dive centre to offer it as one of our day trip dive experiences.
The first dive of the day is spent alongside a colony of Cape fur seals and it’s sure to be one of the most fun dives you’ll ever do!
These inquisitive creatures will put on a display of underwater acrobatics—darting amongst the bubbles of divers—and really getting up close and personal with you. The young pups enjoy tugging on fins and hovering just beside you, so it pays to keep scanning the waters, as more often than not they’re closer than you think!
“One of the most unique and memorable dives of my life”
You can’t help but smile heaps as you play with these incredible creatures underwater, and for us they’re an all-time favourite!
Although the seals steal the show, there’s plenty of other marine life on offer during the dive too, with a vast array of colourful cold water corals, nudibranchs and macro life.
The second dive of this experience is with one of the oceans rarer inhabitants—the 7 gill cow shark.
These prehistoric looking creatures casually cruise amongst the kelp forests (which are an experience in themselves!) and like the seals they’re pretty curious, so you can expect some great encounters when you find them!
Unlike most sharks, they’re very active hunters, although during the day they meander around in a much more peaceful way, providing some great opportunities to dive alongside them.
Whether you’re a relatively new diver or a scuba pro, these 2 dives will be a welcome addition to your log book, and for underwater photographers it’s an incredible opportunity to capture some beautiful images.
PLEASE NOTE – This dive experience is for certified divers only (min open water)
- One of South Africa’s most popular dives
- Dive with two of Cape Town’s most unique marine animals
- 5* PADI Dive Centre
- Enjoy the incredible underwater acrobatics of the Cape fur seals
- Cruise alongside the rare, prehistoric 7 gill cow shark
- Explore the underwater kelp forests
- 2 boat dives
- Dive guide
- All equipment rental
- After dive snack and hot lunch
- Required permits for diving in the Marine Protected Area
PLEASE NOTE – You must be at least certified to open water to participate in this experience
Although there is around an 85% chance of seeing the seals and sharks they are wild animals and sightings are not guaranteed.
Diving is weather dependant, if your dive is cancelled due to weather conditions you will be offered an alternative date or receive a full refund