Scuba Diving in False Bay, Cape Town,
Western Cape South Africa
False Bay is a body of water characterized by Cape Hangklip and Cape Peninsula, located in the southwest of South Africa. The bay is 30 km/18.7 mi wide, offering a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and wet damp winters. The east and western shores of the bay are rocky and mountainous with visible peaks rising from the waters, while the northern side comprises a long, curving beach.
Scuba diving at False Bay is mainly recommended during winter, that is during the months of March through September. Water temperatures normally range between 12 and 18°C/53.6-64.4°F with visibility at 6 m/19 ft but after south-westerly winds, visibility can get to 15 m/49 ft.
Marine life includes invertebrates, typical reef fish and soft corals. Some of the normal encounters are the cuttle fish, shy-shark, string rays just to mention a few. Topography is amazing for amazing underwater photography.
Dive depths range between 5-30 m/16-98 ft. It is advisable to wear dry suits and carry a torch for exploring deeper reefs and wrecks.