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Top Dive Sites (make sure you dive these!)
1 Whittle Rock - False Bay With 5 votes(s).
2 SAS Pietermaritzburg With 3 votes(s).
3 Pyramid Rock With 3 votes(s).
4 Photographers Reef With 2 votes(s).
5 Outer Partridge - Miller's Point With 2 votes(s).
6 Castle Rock With 2 votes(s).
7 The Rock Eater With 2 votes(s).
8 The Oratavo With 1 votes(s).
9 Omega Reef With 1 votes(s).
10 The A Frame With 1 votes(s).

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During November
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Reviews:

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Visited Comments
April 2007 Great white cage dive - absolutely amazing, much better than Gaatsbai as they don't chum the water... ...no need, the presence of seal island ensures plenty of great whites hang around... We were lucky enough to see a Great White breach in order to take a lone seal!
Date posted: 20-Dec-2009 00:07 by: dmakarem
February 2005 DOn't believe the air temps on this site...it was 35+ when I visited. The water temp can get down to single figures also! You WON'T be disapointed though
Date posted: 26-Oct-2009 11:31 by: Cathy
December 2007 What a very great experience, I will be back again and again!
Date posted: 01-Jan-2008 09:38 by: Dieter
August 2007 We loved that dive!!! We would do it again at a drop of a hat. It was amazing to see such placid creatures like the seven gilled cow sharks, there must of been 10-15 of them, all swimming around us. They didn't seem to be threatening, just curious of us. We saw a few nudibranches and a couple of Red roman. The nicest thing about the whole experience that we had with Pisces Divers, was that they gave you a sweetie on the boat after your dive which took away that salty taste out of your mouth and a really good cup of coffee when you got back to the shop. I will definitely dive with them again A HUGE thank you to Mike and his awesome staff. We'll be seeing them soon.
Date posted: 27-Aug-2007 22:11 by: Shyshark
August 2007 Cape Town is funtastic!!! Whittle Rock is a complex about 800 metres wide and 600 metres long in the middle of False Bay (Indian Ocean) and is about 10.5 Kms from the Miller's Point launch site near Simonstown. What a fantastic two dives we had on Whittle. Spotted Gully Sharks Smooth Skinned Scorpionfish, Pajama Sharks, Nudibranches absolutely everywhere!!! We saw Mola Mola (Sun Fish) on our return boat ride. A memorable experience with a great group of divers. Many thanks to Mike and the team at Pisces, your coffee is still the best!!!
Date posted: 18-Aug-2007 19:13 by: Scorpionfish
June 2007 Really wonderful dive in the middle of False Bay. Fantastic folk.
Date posted: 16-Jun-2007 21:51 by: Sharkcuddler
June 2007 Great friendly people, fantastic coffee, best dive outfit in Cape town
Date posted: 16-Jun-2007 21:47 by: Stinky
May 2007 This is a pristine pinnacle complex about 8.5Km from the launch site at Miller's Point Near Simonstown. What a dive! From around 4 metres below the surface down to 30+ it is very very special, don't tell just anybody.......
Date posted: 05-May-2007 16:26 by: Scorpionfish
April 2007 A great dive for wreck enthusiasts and wartime history buffs. This ship was originally named the HMS Pelorus and she led the British advance of the WW2 D-Day landings off Normandy, France in 1944. Eerie and in only 20 meters of water, a very short boat ride from Miller's Point slipway, a dive not to be missed. Pisces Divers were fantastic, enthusiasm, knowledge and dedication, everything a diver wants including the cleanest toilets and best coffee in town.
Date posted: 16-Apr-2007 07:58 by: Scorpionfish
April 2007 What a piece of history, originally this was the HMS Pelorus which led the 1944 D-Day landing at Normandy. A nvery eerie dive for wreck history buffs. Absolutely great and the crew from Pisces Divers in Glencairn are so enthusiastic and knowledgable, a big thank you to Mike!
Date posted: 16-Apr-2007 07:46 by: Scorpionfish


Wreck Dives:

Here are the wreck dives we know of for Cape Town / False Bay.
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Katsu Maru
The Katsu Maru lies in a protected position and is ideal for deeper dive training. This site, like most sites on the Atlantic, can be very cold - so be prepared. The Katsu Maru is an Oriental trawler that sank in the 1970s in Hout Bay. She is virually intact and lies on her starboard side with her bow pointing towards Chapmans Peak.
26m / 85ft
32m / 105ft
Accidental sinking: 01-Jan-1975 Wreck penetration not possible Technical or decompression diving. More info...

The Antipolis
The Antipolis was a Greek oil tanker of almost 25 000 tons built in 1959. She was wrecked on 29 July 1977 while being towed to the breakers yard together with the Romelia. You can see the engine parts, ladders & portholes of this wreck.
5m / 16ft
14m / 46ft
Accidental sinking: 29-Jul-1977 Wreck penetration not possible Technical or decompression diving.

The Maori
Ranked as Awesome by independant reviews Ranked as Awesome by independant reviews Ranked as Awesome by independant reviews
The Maori was a steam freighter built in 1893, with a registered tonnage of 5317 tons gross, and was owned by Shaw Savill Company. She was wrecked near Cape Town on 5 August 1909 while en route from London to Dunedin in New Zealand with a general cargo which included crockery, wine and champagne, explosives, and railway tracks. At 11.30pm on 4 August 1909 she left Table Bay after taking on coal at Cape Town. Little over an hour later - 12.40am on 5 August - the Maori went aground on the rocks at Duiker Point, near Llandudno.
15m / 49ft
25m / 82ft
Accidental sinking: 05-Aug-1909 Wreck penetration not possible Technical or decompression diving. More info...
Diver reviews for The Maori:
Pretty cold water, but a wonderful wreck dive for all levels, by boat from Hout Bay Harbour.
Date posted: 18-Aug-2007 18:53 by: Scorpionfish who thought that: Anyone can dive this wreck.
Ranked it as: Ranked as Awesome by ScorpionfishRanked as Awesome by ScorpionfishRanked as Awesome by Scorpionfish


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