Dive into Plett (and Knysna!)
Text by Janet Middleton
|Picture: Oceans Africa Diving|
Although the Garden Route is not widely known for scuba diving and snorkelling, one might be very surprised to know that the waters of the Southern Cape Coast are some of the most diverse and colourful in the world.
Every manner of soft coral, anemone and sponge adorn reefs teeming with marine life including rays, reef fish, elusive nudibranchs and the endemic shyshark species. Scuba diving in the area can be quite varied to include shallow shore dives on colourful reefs, ideal for macro photography to deeper sites offering spectacular topography, game fish and sharks.
|Gorgonian Fan Garden Plettenberg Bay Picture: Prodive|
|Ready to go. Plettenberg Bay|
|Inquisitive Cape Fur Seal off Robberg. Plettenberg Bay.|
Another must-see dive site is the Paquita Wreck, just inside the Knysna Heads. Legend tells that she ran ashore in 1903 under suspicious circumstances. Knysna diving is known for the elusive Knysna Seahorse and the Paquita is one site where divers may have an opportunity to spot them. The Knysna Heads are known for very strong currents and the wreck can only be dived on the turn of the tide, but this all adds to the adventure of diving here.
|Knysna Heads. Site of the Paquita wreck.|
|Hello! Plettenberg Bay. Photo: Prodive|
Route is a treasure trove of dive sites, varied
and appealing. Photographers will love the colourful invertebrate life,
adventure seekers can dive with seals, sharks and rays and the area has a rich
marine history of shipwrecks.
- Have you ever dived or snorkelled in the area?
- Do you have any favourite spots that you would like to share?
Contact: Prodive Dive Centre Beacon Isle Plettenberg Bay
More info: Dive South Africa
Forests of gorgonian fans are littered with basket stars and huge orange wall sponges flow across the contours. Anemone gardens abound and jewel anemones sparkle from the darker recesses. Cup corals and feather stars, brittle stars and nudibranch, sea hares and pipefish, horsefish, shy sharks and occasionally larger sharks complete the scene.
This text and photo: Oceans Africa Diving