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PHILIP'S REEF

Average Depth :   14 metres

Max. Depth :   18 metres

Features :   Invertebrates and fish life are plentiful and nudibranchs are often sighted.

ROMAN ROCK

Average Depth :   15 metres

Max. Depth :   18 metres

Features :   Soft corals and feather stars are prominent along with starfish, nudibranchs to name but a few.   The pinnacle is just below the surface and the fish are very tame.

SLIPWAY

Average Depth :   4 metres

Max. Depth :   7 metres

Features :   Mainly small fish, coral and an occasional octopus can be found hiding.  Pleasant and easy diving.

THE INCHCAPE ROCK

Average Depth :  7 metres    

Max. Depth :    10 metres

Features :   There remains a bit of uncertainty, but it is almost decided that this is the wreck of the Inchcape which sunk here in 1902.

THE HAERLEM

Average Depth :  18 metres

Max. Depth :   21 metres

Features :   The wreck of the SA army frigate, the Harlem, was sunk in this spot in 1987 to form an artificial reef.  It has flourished and boasts sea fans and sponges with many small fish.

DEVILS ROCK

Average Depth :  4 metres

Max. Depth :   7 metres

Features :   An easy shore entry with the two pinnacles giving a lovely show of corals, sponges and fish.

THE DODINGTON

Average Depth :  4 metres

Max. Depth :   6 metres

Features :   The wreck of the English East Indiaman, the Dodington, wrecked here in 1755 after colliding with Bird Island.  It never took long for the ship to break up, and 247 lives were lost to sea.  Only 23 survivors made it to land.  Be warned this is very near the island that is inhabited with seals, making this a playground for great whites!

BAY WORLD

Depth :  3 metres  

Features :   This dive is offered at the Port Elizabeth Oceanarium and apparently only offered on a Wednesday afternoon.  You get to dive with the turtles, cow shark, gulley sharks as well as ragged tooth sharks and game fish.  

THE ST CROIX ISLAND SCUBA TRAILS

Average Depth : 2 metres 

Max. Depth : 30 metres

Features :  Marine life is abundant and fish such as the grunter, musselcracker and Hottentot to name but a few are in abundance.  Tiger sharks, along with ragged tooth sharks and hammerheads are common and the reef glows with sponges, corals, sea fans and starfish.  There are plenty of caves to be explored as well as gullies.

RIY BANK REEFS

Max. Depth :  30 metres

Features :  Game fish, sharks and spectacular pinnacles covered with marine life

THE SS FIDELA

Average Depth :  4 metres

Max. Depth : 6 metres

Features :  The wreck of the steel screw steamer, a mail ship that ran between Australia and New Zealand, the Fidela rests here after colliding with the reef and sinking here in 1873.  Marine life plentiful.

THE MV KAPODISTRIAS

Average Depth :   7 metres

Max. Depth :   8 metres

Features : The Greek ship, the Kapodistrias, collided with Thunderbolt reef in 1985.  Surge is very strong and not a recommended dive spot.

THE MV PATI

Average Depth :  7 metres    

Max. Depth :   8 metres

Features :  The Cypriot cargo vessel, the Pati, struck the reef in foggy weather in 1976 .  Invertebrates and small fish are common.

THE PINNACLES

Average Depth :  20 metres

Max. Depth :   30 metres

Features :   Ragged tooth sharks and bronze whaler are occasionally sighted.  Sponges and invertebrates paint the walls and there is certainly not a shortage of fish!

 
 

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