Scuba DivingWith The Creatures of The Ocean
Whether you are an experienced diver, or a novice wanting to discover the amazing Scuba Diving in Cape Town, you are always welcome at Scuba Shack Diving.
Our aim is to spend more time diving with you, making it nice and easy, than worrying about all the logistics!If you are planning a trip to Cape Town, contact us and we will gladly arrange your diving schedule, accommodation and transport. Dive packages are also available including accommodation.If you want to experience great white shark cage trips contact us today.Scuba shack diving, Cape Town can offer equipment rental with 5 mm two-piece wetsuits. We can arrange all your equipment purchases, where you can choose from brands like Scubapro, Aqua Lung, Tusa, Bright Weights, Seaquest, H20, Technisub and many more.
Vital Information: Bring: Towel, Sun Block, Swim Suit, Money
- From 950 to 2100
Dependant on which adventure you choose.
- All gear is given and gear servicing is done if you bring your own diving gear.
- All year round just Phone to and make a booking before going to see for space.
- In 2007 we saw the introduction of the dive permits as part of the establishment of the Marine Reserve . The Marine Reserve runs roughly from Muizenberg in False Bay to Green point on the Atlantic side. That means the whole of the Cape Peninsula is a protected zone. South Africa is way ahead of the rest of the world in declaring so much of its coastline a Marine Reserve. For us as Scuba Divers this means that you will need a dive permit to dive. You can buy annual permits from any local post office.
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Justin takes out groups of 1 to 6 people per dive; however if you wish to have a 1 on 1 dive or a “couple dive” that can be arranged as well. On the shore dives we visit the many fascinating diving locations all around the Cape Peninsula. You can choose from dives like diving through the enchanting Kelp Forests, Cow Sharks, Wreck Diving or any of our colourful reefs. Shore dive depths are shallower allowing longer dive times! In the summer in between the dives, cool drinks and refreshments are available.
At the dive site you will be briefed on the dive and what to expect. Most shore dives in False Bay are accessed by a short walk down the beach. Most shore dives on the Atlantic side (Western Seaboard) involve descending down a path to the water. Always make sure you proceed slowly and carefully.
Meeting point for most out shore dives is in Simons Town at the dive site. We sort out our equipment out here and jump into the water, from one of our beautiful sandy beaches in False Bay and then discover the amazing aquatic life that Cape Town has to offer.
7 days a week we do shore dives. The best starting time is 8.30 am with a lunchtime finish. Justin can be contacted evenings as well, to arrange any diving for the following day.
What to bring
· Sun Block
· Dive card
* Please note: All prices include your dive permit and is valid for 30 days.
Snorkelling with Seals
This is an amazing, not to be missed, experience, swim with the Cape Fur Seals and watch them dart around gracefully in the water below you. Interact with these curious animals and have an absolute unique experience. This takes place our summertime
No experience required!
After a thorough briefing on what to do you enter the water under supervision of an experienced PADI dive-master.
Then the action begins with many playful seals swimming and jumping around you.
We have 2 options either False Bay or the Atlantic Ocean, weather depending. When snorkeling at False Bay we meet at our shop in Kommetjie, when snorkeling in the Atlantic we meet usually in the Houtbay harbour.
Boat launch is required and they are scheduled for most days or any other day when we have a minimum of 5 paying clients.
What to bring
· Sun Block
· Fun boat ride,
· Weight belt
Kelp Forests and Reefs
The underwater enchanted Kelp Forests are where plants grow like tall trees. It is truly a beautiful and serene dive. These forests are home to a large variety of Marine Life, Gully Sharks, Shy sharks, Pajama sharks, Crabs and many species of fish. In between the Kelp Forests are stunning Reefs, with gullies and swim through to explore. This is a “must dive”.
These forests fulfil a similar function to their California counterparts, providing food and shelter for a wealth of marine life, ranging from commercial species like lobster, crayfish and abalone to top predators like the Cape fur seal. Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the cape kelp forests is the variety of shark species that call these pseudo-arboreal environments home. The kelp forests of False Bay are home to a number of rarely seen shark species, including the charismatic pyjama catshark and the shy spotted-gully shark.
By far the most famous inhabitant of False Bay’s kelp forests, however, is the sevengill cow shark, or broadnose sevengill shark as it is also sometimes known. This bizarre-looking animal is one of the most prehistoric of all shark species, and is the only extant member of its genus. It is notably recognizable by its gills, having seven gill slits instead of the conventional five possessed by other sharks. Sevengill cow sharks are social feeders; we take guided dives out daily. To see these prehistoric predators in action is a truly memorable experience that should be on every diver’s bucket list.
Shark Cage Diving
Great White Shark Cage Trips.
This is an amazing experience to see the Great White Sharks! A must add to your holiday trip.
There is a self drive option or we you can arrange transport so you can enjoy the beautiful 2 hr drive to Gansbay. Upon arrival you will receive a tasty light breakfast before boarding a vessel to transport you to “Shark Alley” which is between Dyer Island and Geyser rock.
Dyer Island is the breeding ground of Jackass Penguins, Cape Cormorants and Gannets, while Geyser Rock is a breeding Mecca for Cape Fur Seals and currently home to approx. 50 000 seals. At “Shark Alley” the boat will be anchored and the crew will begin with attracting the Great White sharks.
A big spacious cage will be attached to the boat and from there anybody can safely watch the shark with snorkelling gear. Upon request it is possible to us Scuba gear but because the Great Whites comes up to the surface this is not necessary to get a good view of the sharks. All equipment rentals like wetsuits, masks and weights are included.
In season, whales and dolphins may also be spotted. Febuaryto September Shark Cage Diving takes place in Simons Town, False Bay.
Upon return in the harbour you will receive a tasty lunch and also have the opportunity to purchase a personal DVD of your trip! After this lunch you are transported back to Cape Town.
All shark cage diving takes place in Gansbay which is about 2 hours driving from Cape Town. That is why we offer all our shark cage tours with transport. Transport is done with luxurious busses that are fully air-conditioned.
Daily departures from Cape Town are usually early in the morning (06.00am) and return around (17.00pm) but these times can change depending on weather, tide and season.
The ideal time to see sharks is in the South African winter.
What to bring
· Sun Block
Diving With Cow Sharks
Being ‘eyeballed’ by a three meter shark gliding silently past your face is not the kind of experience you forget in a hurry. However, depending on the time of year and with a little bit of luck, it is an experience that divers can commonly expect on our shark dives.
This isn’t a staged event with divers in a cage, this is a genuine scuba dive done in relatively shallow water (12m maximum making it a dive open to even novice divers) in a location bordered by kelp forest, with a sea bed of both rocky gullies and smooth sand patches. The sharks prevalent in this area are Seven Gill Cowsharks; up to 3M of slow swimming predator named for their seven gill slits and identifiable by the absence of the front dorsal fin (the classic ‘shark’ fin).
All sharks are prehistoric, but the Cowsharks are the last survivors of an otherwise extinct branch of very early sharks which makes them the grand-daddies of the more ‘modern’ sharks that can also be seen on these dives; In particular, the Spotted Gully shark, a smaller and more lively species which can be seen amongst the rocks. Whilst Cowsharks specialise in making slow passes within reach of divers, the Spotted Gully shark is more nervous and tends to swim off. It’s possible that this is because whilst we think of the Gully sharks as modern relatives of the Cowshark, the Cowshark is more likely to think of them as lunch. The general rule is that by the time you have finished mouthing the word ‘wow’ and you think to point out the Gully shark to your buddy, the Gully has gone.
With the Cow Sharks, Gully sharks, and two types of shy shark also to be found amongst the kelp it’s not uncommon to surface having seen no less than four species of shark in one dive.
The best spot to see the sharks are at Millers Point, False Bay this can be done as a shore dive.
7 Days a week
What to bring
· Sun Block
· Dive card
The broadnose sevengill shark (Notorynchus cepedianus) is the only common, coastal member of the cowshark family, Hexanchidae – most other members prefer deep-water. Thus, while the basic biology of the whole group remains somewhat mysterious, this large species has been studied more than most hexanchoids (along with the bluntnose sixgill shark). It is distributed widely in the world’s temperate coastal waters.
It has a short, blunt snout and one dorsal fin far back on the body. It can be distinguished from the only other sevengill shark (the sharpnose sevengill, Heptranchias perlo) by its broad head, larger body, smaller eye, large anal fin, and small black and white spots covering the back and fins. Also, the lower jaw has six rows of large teeth, versus five in H. perlo.
Among its many other common names are sevengill shark, broad snouted sevengill, ground shark.
This powerful shark can reach 3 m (almost 10 ft) in total length and up to 107 kg (236 lbs). Its name comes from the presence of seven paired gill openings, compared to the five gills of most other sharks. The lifespan is estimated to last up to 50 years.
The sevengill shark’s body colouring can be described as “counter-shaded”: the brownish-gray back blends in with deeper waters when viewed from above, while the lighter belly makes the shark blend in with surface waters when viewed from below. This adaptation for camouflage is common among predatory sharks.
Even this fierce hunter must be wary of enemies. Potential predators include larger sharks such as the great white, and even other members of its own species.
Experience an Adrenalin rush with the ragged-tooth sharks as they glide past. This close encounter will leave you with greater appreciation for these sleek, bronze predators. The two million-liter I&J Predator Exhibit is also home to an impressive collection of other large predatory fish from our coast.
Feed hundreds of fishes in one of the world’s best kelp forest displays. You will be overwhelmed as the expectant fishes swarm around you. This is as close as it gets! Containing 800,000 liters of water, this exhibit is typical of the Cape’s west coast.
An absolute must for every diver who visits Cape Town and absolutely not weather depending!
The Two Oceans Aquarium, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.
1 May to 31 August – 11.00am and 13.00pm daily
1 September to 30 April – 09.00am, 11.00am and 13.00pm daily
Dives last approximately 30min
What to bring
· Swim suit
· Dive card
For the kelp dive an advanced scuba qualification is required & Open Water One or Discover Scuba qualification is required for the predator tank.
With adequate notice we can arrange Fishing Charters, Sailing charters and whale watching charters. Prices on application. Also available are ‘fun run’ Adrenalin charters.
We also arrange dives to:
· Whittle rock
· Lusitania wreck
· The Fleur wreck
· Rocky banks
And other ‘different’ dive sites. Due to the nature of these dives, we might require that you do a few familiarizing “normal” dives, before you do any of these dives.
Contact our office for more information about the options available to you.
We have 2 Oceans on our door step so this means that there is basically every day diving going on, if one side is less suitable then there is always the other side to dive. This does mean that we can only confirm where we dive the evening before.
So with any booking it’s very important to have a confirmation contact number available.
In general we dive False Bay as much as possible, as the waters are warmer than the Atlantic.
All our dive charters are accompanied by a PADI instructor or a PADI dive-master, who is familiar with the locations and conditions that you will encountered. They are there to ensure maximum fun and safety on dives. Don’t be scared to ask for their help, that’s what they are there for!
We visit many fascinating diving locations all around the Cape Peninsula. You can choose from dives like kelp diving, wreck diving, seal diving or any of our colourful reefs.
All year round
Meeting point for all boat dives is normally Millers Point or pick up in Simons Town, depending on the time off the year and weather conditions it could be be Hout Bay, which is the Atlantic side.
Boat dives can be arranged Tuesday through to Sunday depending on the time of the season.
What to bring
· Sun Block
· Dive Card
* Please note: All prices exclude your dive permit (valid for 30 days.)