Saturday, 10 November 2007

Scuba Diving In False Bay - South Africa

False Bay is located just over the other side of Table Mountain from Cape Town, and it offers some of the best cool water diving in the Western Cape.

The majority of the diving in False Bay is over the western side of False Bay, towards the shores of the Simons Town and Boulders Beach areas. Predominantly a summer diving destination, False Bay offers a number of excellent dive sites, including the famous wrecks of Smitswinkel Bay where five wrecks were sunk to form an artificial reef in the 1970's.

The Smitswinkel wrecks are in fact the resting places for the former South African navy frigates the Transvaal and the Good Hope, the fishing trawlers the Oratava and the Princess Elizabeth and the Rock Eater. When you are diving on the Smitswinkel Wrecks, it is worth noting that all the wrecks are relatively deep, at around 40 metres, so plan your dives accordingly.

As well as the Smitswinkel Wrecks, there are a number of other good dive sites in the False bay area including Pyramid Rock, Castle Rocks and Partridge Point, all of which are worth a visit if you are scuba diving in False Bay.

If you are considering going scuba diving in South Africa, why not head over to the main Scubaworld site, where we have plenty of information on all aspects of diving in South Africa.