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Pisces Divers
Address: , 1 Main Rd, Goods shed, Simon's Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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Pisces Divers

Wreck Diving

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.

Reef Diving

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 recognised as a biodiversity hotspot due to the numbers of endemic animals living in these waters.

The shallower reefs are very colourful 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.

Details
Location: Simonstown, Cape Town – South Africa
Max Depths: 12m – 35m
Water temp: 12 degrees C -18 degrees C
Water Visibility: 5m – 15m
Qualification: Open Water or above advised but snorkeling is possible

Itinerary
Meet at Pisces Divers at 0900
Collect equipment, sign indemnities and load boat
Briefing for first dive, while boat is launched
Boat collects divers from the beach at 1000
Proceed to first dive site and dive
Exit water and surface interval
Briefing for second dive site
Proceed to second dive site
Exit water and head back to the beach opposite the dive centre
Return to dive centre 1400 for hot shower, coffee, lunch and debrief

What to bring
Dive Certification Card (Open Water or Advanced)
Towel
Warm jacket
Bathing suit / swimming costume
Sunblock
Camera
Own dive equipment if preferred

Included
Two guided dives
Marine Protected Area permit for diving in protected waters.
Full equipment rental
Coffee / tea and lunch at Pisces Divers
Briefings
Water and chocolates on boat

Excluded
Transport to Pisces Divers (can be arranged)
Camera
Pisces Divers




Wreck & Reef

Wreck Diving

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.

Reef Diving

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 recognised as a biodiversity hotspot due to the numbers of endemic animals living in these waters.

The shallower reefs are very colourful 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.

Details
Location: Simonstown, Cape Town – South Africa
Max Depths: 12m – 35m
Water temp: 12 degrees C -18 degrees C
Water Visibility: 5m – 15m
Qualification: Open Water or above advised but snorkeling is possible

Itinerary
Meet at Pisces Divers at 0900
Collect equipment, sign indemnities and load boat
Briefing for first dive, while boat is launched
Boat collects divers from the beach at 1000
Proceed to first dive site and dive
Exit water and surface interval
Briefing for second dive site
Proceed to second dive site
Exit water and head back to the beach opposite the dive centre
Return to dive centre 1400 for hot shower, coffee, lunch and debrief

What to bring
Dive Certification Card (Open Water or Advanced)
Towel
Warm jacket
Bathing suit / swimming costume
Sunblock
Camera
Own dive equipment if preferred

Included
Two guided dives
Marine Protected Area permit for diving in protected waters.
Full equipment rental
Coffee / tea and lunch at Pisces Divers
Briefings
Water and chocolates on boat

Excluded
Transport to Pisces Divers (can be arranged)
Camera
Consultant : Pisces Divers

, 1 Main Rd, Goods shed, Simon's Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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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 metres making it ideal for beginner and junior divers to join. The shallow depths and picturesque environment makes 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 enquire 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 metres 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 metres in length. The huge Short-tailed rays can occasionally be spotted. These rays grow up to 2 metres 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 amphitheatre, 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.

Details
Location: Simonstown, Cape Town – South Africa
Season: All year round
Max Depths: 12m
Water temp: 12 degrees C to 18 degrees C
Water Visibility: 5m – 15m
Qualification: Open Water or above advised but snorkeling is possible
Baiting: None

Itinerary
Meet at Pisces Divers at 09h00
Collect equipment, sign indemnities and load the boat
Briefing for first dive
Boat is launched and collects divers from beach opposite the dive centre
Proceed to first dive site (20 minute trip) and dive
Exit water and surface interval
Briefing for second dive site
Proceed to second dive site
Exit water and head back to Simonstown
Return to dive centre by 14h00 for hot shower, coffee,lunch and debrief

What to bring
Dive Certification Card (Open Water or Advanced)
Towel
Warm Jacket
Bathing suit / Swimming costume
Sunblock
Camera
Own dive equipment if preferred

Included
Two guided dives
Marine Protected Area permit for diving in protected waters.
Full equipment rental
Coffee / tea and lunch at Pisces Divers
Briefings
Water and chocolates on boat
Lockers for personal effects at dive centre

Excluded
Transport to Pisces Divers (can be arranged)
Camera
Pisces Divers




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 metres making it ideal for beginner and junior divers to join. The shallow depths and picturesque environment makes 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 enquire 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 metres 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 metres in length. The huge Short-tailed rays can occasionally be spotted. These rays grow up to 2 metres 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 amphitheatre, 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.

Details
Location: Simonstown, Cape Town – South Africa
Season: All year round
Max Depths: 12m
Water temp: 12 degrees C to 18 degrees C
Water Visibility: 5m – 15m
Qualification: Open Water or above advised but snorkeling is possible
Baiting: None

Itinerary
Meet at Pisces Divers at 09h00
Collect equipment, sign indemnities and load the boat
Briefing for first dive
Boat is launched and collects divers from beach opposite the dive centre
Proceed to first dive site (20 minute trip) and dive
Exit water and surface interval
Briefing for second dive site
Proceed to second dive site
Exit water and head back to Simonstown
Return to dive centre by 14h00 for hot shower, coffee,lunch and debrief

What to bring
Dive Certification Card (Open Water or Advanced)
Towel
Warm Jacket
Bathing suit / Swimming costume
Sunblock
Camera
Own dive equipment if preferred

Included
Two guided dives
Marine Protected Area permit for diving in protected waters.
Full equipment rental
Coffee / tea and lunch at Pisces Divers
Briefings
Water and chocolates on boat
Lockers for personal effects at dive centre

Excluded
Transport to Pisces Divers (can be arranged)
Camera
Consultant : Pisces Divers

, 1 Main Rd, Goods shed, Simon's Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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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 metres 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 metres and weigh roughly 700 kg. They are instantly recognisable 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

Details
Location: Simonstown, Cape Town – South Africa
Season: November – June
Max Depths: 10m
Water temp: 16c-25c
Water Visibility: 10m – 50m
Qualification: Open Water or above advised but snorkelling is possible
Baiting: Yes (sardines/pilchards)
Itinerary
Meet at Dive Centre at 06h00
Collect equipment, sign indemnities
Head down to Simonstown jetty at 0700
Board the boat assemble dive equipment
Proceed along the peninsula coast towards Cape Point
Short stop at Cape Point for sunrise photos
Briefing for the dive
Start the chumming process
Once the sharks arrive the dives start
Return to Pisces Divers at 1400 for hot shower, coffee and lunch

What to bring
Dive certification card
Towel
Warm Jacket
Bathing suit / swimming costume
Sunblock
Camera
Own dive equipment if preferred
Seasick medication (if you are prone to seasickness)

Included
Guided snorkelling or scuba dive
Full equipment rental
Coffee / tea and lunch at Pisces Divers
Drinks and Snacks provided on the boat
Briefings

Excluded
Transport to Pisces Divers (can be arranged)
Camera
Pisces Divers




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 metres 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 metres and weigh roughly 700 kg. They are instantly recognisable 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

Details
Location: Simonstown, Cape Town – South Africa
Season: November – June
Max Depths: 10m
Water temp: 16c-25c
Water Visibility: 10m – 50m
Qualification: Open Water or above advised but snorkelling is possible
Baiting: Yes (sardines/pilchards)
Itinerary
Meet at Dive Centre at 06h00
Collect equipment, sign indemnities
Head down to Simonstown jetty at 0700
Board the boat assemble dive equipment
Proceed along the peninsula coast towards Cape Point
Short stop at Cape Point for sunrise photos
Briefing for the dive
Start the chumming process
Once the sharks arrive the dives start
Return to Pisces Divers at 1400 for hot shower, coffee and lunch

What to bring
Dive certification card
Towel
Warm Jacket
Bathing suit / swimming costume
Sunblock
Camera
Own dive equipment if preferred
Seasick medication (if you are prone to seasickness)

Included
Guided snorkelling or scuba dive
Full equipment rental
Coffee / tea and lunch at Pisces Divers
Drinks and Snacks provided on the boat
Briefings

Excluded
Transport to Pisces Divers (can be arranged)
Camera
Consultant : Pisces Divers

, 1 Main Rd, Goods shed, Simon's Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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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.

Seal Snorkeling

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 metres to Scuba divers.

The Cape fur Seal activity is available all year and anybody is welcome to join in on this activity.

Details
Location: Simonstown, Cape Town – South Africa
Best Season: All year round
Water temp: 10c-18c
Water Visibility: 5m – 15m
Qualification: None

Itinerary
Meet at Pisces Divers at 09h00
Collect equipment, sign indemnities
Briefing for tour
Head down to Simons Town harbour @10h00
Board the boat at Simons Town Pier
Proceed to Cape Point, Partridge Point (seal snorkel or surface viewing) and Roman Rock Lighthouse
Return to Pisces Divers @14h00 for hot showers, coffee and lunch

What to bring
Towel
Warm Jacket
Bathing suit / Swimming costume
Sunblock
Camera
Own dive equipment if preferred

Included
Dive / Snorkel Equipment
Marine Protected Area permit for diving in protected waters.
Light Lunch
Drinks

Excluded

Transport to Pisces Divers (can be arranged)
Camera
Pisces Divers




Cape Point & Seal Snorkeling Ocean Safari

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.

Seal Snorkeling

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 metres to Scuba divers.

The Cape fur Seal activity is available all year and anybody is welcome to join in on this activity.

Details
Location: Simonstown, Cape Town – South Africa
Best Season: All year round
Water temp: 10c-18c
Water Visibility: 5m – 15m
Qualification: None

Itinerary
Meet at Pisces Divers at 09h00
Collect equipment, sign indemnities
Briefing for tour
Head down to Simons Town harbour @10h00
Board the boat at Simons Town Pier
Proceed to Cape Point, Partridge Point (seal snorkel or surface viewing) and Roman Rock Lighthouse
Return to Pisces Divers @14h00 for hot showers, coffee and lunch

What to bring
Towel
Warm Jacket
Bathing suit / Swimming costume
Sunblock
Camera
Own dive equipment if preferred

Included
Dive / Snorkel Equipment
Marine Protected Area permit for diving in protected waters.
Light Lunch
Drinks

Excluded

Transport to Pisces Divers (can be arranged)
Camera
Consultant : Pisces Divers

, 1 Main Rd, Goods shed, Simon's Town, Western Cape, South Africa

View Consultant Information

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