On arrival in Cape Town, we’ll meet you at the airport to transfer you to your hotel. On check in, perhaps take this opportunity to discover Table Mountain or book a half day tour of the city (weather dependant: See optional activity list above).
Arrange dinner at your hotel or head out for a night on the town and discover any one of the top restaurants that the Mother City has on offer.
After an early breakfast you will be collected and taken to Pisces Divers in Simon’s Town. Dive time and departure will be arranged at the time of booking. After meeting at Pisces Dive shop, one and a half hours before launch, we will depart to the launch site which is only a 10 minute drive away.
Descend into the water and meet a curious and playful colony of seals which will come over to spin around you and blow bubbles in your face. Aside from the seals the reef is covered with marine life such as feather stars, sponges and nudibranch.
Dive time: 50 minutes
After the first dive, we return to the boat, have a quick surface interval and snack before proceeding to the second dive site.
This is a shallow, sandy bottomed dive, situated in a channel between reefs where we encounter an aggregation of prehistoric Sevengill Cow Sharks. Cow Sharks are completely relaxed in the presence of divers and often cruise at arms length making for ideal photographic opportunities. Take some time to explore the interesting marine environment of a kelp forest and keep your eyes peeled for Spotted Gully Shark, Pyjama Shark and the Leopard Shy Shark.
After a great day out you will be transferred back to your hotel where you can arrange transport to the very popular Waterfront for dinner at one of a variety of restaurants. We recommend the City Grill Steak house, Greek fisherman or Meloncino, and can make a reservation for you if you would like.
Cape Fur Seal:
The Cape Fur Seal makes the coastal waters of the South Africa and Namibia it’s home. rown fur seals prefer to haul out and breed on rocky islands, rock ledges and reefs, and pebble and boulder beaches. However, some large colonies can be found on sandy beaches. Fur seals spend most of the year at sea, but are never too far from land. They have been recorded 160 km from land, but this is not common. The fur seal’s diet is made of up to 70% fish, 20% squid and 2% crab. Also eaten are other crustaceans, cephalopods and sometimes birds In rare instances they have even been documented attacking and eating sharks.
The Seven Gill Cow Shark:
The Seven Gill Cowshark, or Spotted Cowshark, is a prehistoric apex predator which we have been fortunate enough to see regularly enough at one location to be able to confidently guide dives there with an 85% chance of success. The Cowshark is a social feeder and can be observed in large groups of up to 18 individuals. We have seen females attain three metres in length while males are slightly smaller. Distinctive features include their seven gill slits and the absence of the front dorsal fin.