Pisces Divers is a PADI Five Star Instructor Development dive center and Cape Town scuba diving operator, offering a full range of PADI dive training and daily dive excursions, as well as a retail shop, servicing center, dive gear rental service, coffee shop and air and nitrox filling station.
We offer regular guided shore dives, boat dives and night dives to a wide variety of wrecks and reefs around the Peninsula. Call us to experience the best diving the Cape has to offer!
PADI Five Star IDC dive center situated in Simonstown specializing in dive charters with Cape fur seals and sevengill cow sharks. Guided Shore Dives
Cape Town is quite unique in that there is a huge variety of shore entries available on both sides of the peninsula. False Bay has beautiful, thick kelp forests which creates an unusual environment for exploring, as well as a refuge for small animals and schools of reef fish. One will encounter numerous nudibranchs (over 80 species have been documented), crustaceans and lobsters, anemones, feather-stars, brittle-stars, sponges, sea-fans, octopuses, and cuttlefish, as well as many species of interesting fish, such as the Klipvis of which there are 34 known species in False Bay alone.
False Bay falls into a Marine Protected Area where no marine organisms may be removed or disturbed.
Shore diving lends itself to small groups, longer dives, exploration, and a more intimate diving experience. Photographers often prefer shallow shore dives due to better light available and shore diving also suits less experienced and confident divers.
Our shore diving package includes all diving equipment, transfers from the dive center to the dive site and back, lunch with hot or cold drink and a good debrief afterward. We have many marine ID books in the dive center to help you identify the critters you have seen.
Guided Boat Dives
Our guided boat dive package includes full equipment for your two dives, full Divemaster briefing and boat safety briefing, lunch and shower back at the dive center afterward, debrief and logbook entry with marine ID session if requested. We have several boat diving packages available depending on conditions and your preferences.
Sevengill Shark & Seal
Kelp Forest Dive
One of our more popular kelp forest sites is at Pyramid Rock where we have a good possibility of encountering the Sevengill shark, which is also called the Cow shark or Broadnose sevengill. The maximum depth is only 12 meters making it ideal for beginner and junior divers to join. The shallow depths and picturesque environment make this is the ideal environment for photographers aiming to capture these sharks in their natural habitat.
The Cowsharks aggregate in the shallow channel between Pyramid Rock and the shore. If the sharks are present, there can be up to 30 sharks in the aggregation. Their curious and inquisitive nature means there is no baiting involved and we rely solely on a specific area where these animals are known to aggregate. Aside from the main attraction, the kelp forest is a beautiful environment to explore. There is an abundance of life in the kelp forest understorey.
We do have times when the sharks are not present in the area – please inquire about recent sightings when booking to have realistic expectations.
If the Cowsharks are not evident, then look out for the Spotted Gully sharks, which attain 1.7 meters in length. This is a timid shark more easily approached by freedivers than SCUBA divers. Then there are several species of catshark: the Pyjama catshark, Puffadder Shyshark, Leopard shyshark and Dark shyshark. These smaller sharks are between 50cm and 1.2 meters in length. The huge Short-tailed rays can occasionally be spotted. These rays grow up to 2 meters across the disk.
Cape Fur Seal Dive
The Cape Fur Seal dive is a super fun and interactive dive and one of the signature dives that Cape Town has offered for more than two decades. The seals are very playful and love to show their acrobatic skills to divers.
These seals are used to divers and are not shy at all, they will often jump in the water in large numbers to come and investigate and play with divers.
We dive at Partridge Point, an exposed haul-out spot for seals. There are times when the water can be rough at the site due to waves or currents. We will make a careful assessment before entering the water and reserve the right to divert the divers to a more protected site if conditions warrant it.
A shallow section of the reef, known as the amphitheater, is the best spot to interact with the Seals. The deeper sections of the reef offer beautiful marine life, swim-throughs, and large sea fans.
Wreck and Reef
Wreck & Reef
The Cape waters are littered with thousands of shipwrecks, recent and ancient, on the shore and in deep water. Common wreck dives are the Maori, the Astor, the Katzu Maru, the Smitswinkel Bay wrecks (of which there are five) and the SAS Pietermaritzburg.
The commonly dived wrecks vary in depth and can range between 12m to 40m. We can take you to several wrecks and will pick them depending on your dive qualification.
Diving in and around Cape Town offers one a huge range of possibilities: from majestic kelp forests to cold-water coral gardens and deep reefs.
The Western Cape is the smallest complete floral kingdom in the world and this diversity is mirrored underwater with the unique positioning of the peninsula at the junction of two major ocean currents. False Bay has been recognized as a biodiversity hotspot due to the numbers of endemic animals living in these waters.
The shallower reefs are very colorful and are dominated by kelp forests with an understorey of delicate marine organisms. The deeper reefs host sea whips and fans, an abundance of reef fish, small sharks, octopuses, nudibranchs, crabs, sponges and cold water corals.
Many of our reefs allow you to do really good multi-level dives, with depths between 30m and 10m.
Pelagic Shark Dive
Blue Shark and Mako Shark Dives
Our pelagic trip is a long day out at sea where we travel up to 25 Nautical Miles off Cape Point. The Blue sharks are more commonly seen sharks on these trips, they are very calm and inquisitive and will approach divers and snorkelers in most cases. They normally feed on squid and a variety of fish. Blue sharks have very big eyes to help them hunt in deep waters and can grow up to 3.5m, although it is rare to see a mature animal of this size. Most are between one and two meters in length. They are incredibly graceful, with long pectoral fins. The Blue shark is actually the most abundant shark on the planet.
Shortfin Mako sharks are some of the fastest swimming animals in our waters, this helps them prey on tuna, gamefish and other shark species. Shortfin Mako sharks can grow over four meters and weigh roughly 700 kg. They are instantly recognizable from Blue sharks with a distinct swimming manner full of intent and a mouth bristling with teeth. An incredible shark to see eye to eye!
Scuba divers, freedivers, and snorkelers are all welcome to join on this tour.
Pelagic Birds and other species
We encounter several other special creatures on our trips out to “the deep” these are by no way guaranteed but always a bonus to see.
Some of these include:
Pelagic Fish: Yellowfin Tuna, Longfin Tuna, Yellowtail, Dorado, Bonita, Sunfish
Birds: Subantarctic Skua, Swift Tern, Common Tern, Cape Gannet, Cape Cormorant, Bank Cormorant, White Breasted Cormorant, Shy Albatross, Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross, Southern Giant Petrel, White-chinned Petrel, Cory’s Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater
Whales and Dolphins: Sperm Whale, Pilot whales, Humpback whales, Southern Right Whales, Orcas and Common Dolphins.
PADI Discover Scuba Diving (DSD)
The program is an experience and not a dive qualification. It is designed for people who want to give SCUBA diving a try before committing to the entire Open Water Diver Course.
However, if you decide to go ahead with the full course, we can give you credit for the beginning part of the Open Water Course which you will cover on the Discover Scuba Diving program.
During your DSD, you will have an introduction to the theory of diving with a theory session. You will then spend some time in our onsite pool where you will get familiar with your SCUBA gear and learn some of the vital skills while having fun in the pool at the same time.
Finally, we will take you on a sea dive at a suitable dive site around the peninsula. You will not be doing any skills on the sea dive, simply enjoying the marine life and touring around underwater.
Cape Point & Seal Snorkeling Ocean Safari
Cape Point Tour
See Cape Point from a different angle. Get that photo you always see in the National Geographic magazine. Make a pass through Smitswinkel bay and Buffels bay past the Dias crosses and close to the cliffs below the historic lighthouse that leads up to the point.
Visit the Roman Rock Lighthouse – the only lighthouse on our coast to have been erected on a single rock.
We often see penguins, whales and a whole range of seabirds on trips down to the tip of the peninsula.
Jump into the water with the Cape Fur Seals and have a blast with the clowns of the sea. On our way back from Cape Point we stop at Partridge Point that is home to a few hundred seals.
They are extremely curious and playful and will entertain divers and snorkelers alike. They mostly hang around the surface when they are in the water but will dive down to 25 meters to Scuba divers.
The Cape Fur Seal activity is available all year and anybody is welcome to join in on this activity.