The Antipolis is a great shore entry dive site where we take OW1 divers,
towards the end of their course, The wreck is shallow and accessible
with the surface visible at all times. You really get the feeling of
being inside the bowels of a shipwreck. There is also a sunken bull-dozer
to see, and many large crayfish lurking about.
The Maori, an English steamship weighed 5 317 tons, en route to to New
Zealand with a mixed cargo of explosives, water piping and crockery
and a crew of 55, sank on 4 th August 1909. She went ashore stern first
in the bay which lies between Oude Schip and Duiker Point. Presumerably
she had hit one of the many Oude Schip pinnacles. Three lifeboats got
away but they all suffered mishaps. The fourteen men that remained on
board were more fortunate - all except three were taken ashore by line.
In all, more than thirty lives were lost.A popular dive site with all
divers from novice to the more advanced this dive has much to offer.
The depth ranges from approx 14m - 23 m and is often diveable when others
aren't due to it's natural protection
In the background is the wreck of the floating crane, the Boss 400,
still waiting to sink properly, and on the sea-bed below it, the remains
of the Oakburn.
Oudekraal is where we do all our summer course first sea dives, as it
has protected coves, easy beach entries.The well known and colourful
Justin's Caves are here, as well as the oldest known wreck in SA (Het
Huis te Kraaienstein (1670). There is plenty of marine life to see.
An oriental trawler virtually still in tact and easily accessible. She
was sunk in the 1970s in Hout Bay harbour mouth and lies on a stark
sandy bottom on her star board side at a 45 degree angle, at a depth
of 27m on deck and 32m on the sand. A diversity of fish life can be
found and colourful sponges and other invertebrates grow on her - a
torch is needed, and because of her depth this is for the more experienced
diver. A new wreck is due to be sunk right next to her, see "Sinking
the Aster" for the latest details.
OUTER CASTLE & PARTRIGE POINT
Outer Castle rocks and Partridge point rocks form two extremes of a
rich reef, in a marine reserve. The opportunities for underwater photography
are endless. and the depths are suitable for divers at all levels. There
are many overhangs and swim-throughs. In winter raggies are sometimes
Algerine class ocean minesweeper sunk by the SA Navy on 19 November
1994 for recreational diving purpose supporting an incredible diversity
of growth already! Depth: On the deck 15m (max. 19m) A new and exiting
dive site for all types of divers. The wreck is very intact with most
equipment still intact.
A large and deep pinnacle rising to 5m below the surface with hard and
soft corals, nudibranchs, deep water cowries and crayfish - often with
playful seals and the 'awesome knock of the rock'! Often visited by
large fish, great whites sometimes sighted.
Five wrecks scuttled by the Navy in the early 1970s to form an artificial
reef ( The SAS Transvaal, SAS Good Hope, Rockeater, Princess Elizabeth
and Oratava. 2 Navy frigates, a diamond dredger and 2 fishing trawlers).
Depth: 24m - 42m. When the viz is good you can see all five of them!
FALSE BAY REEFS
In addition, there are many beautiful reefs in False Bay: Caravan Reef;
Roman Rock; Batsata Rock; Partridge Point; Whittle Rock; Outer Castle
and Boat Rock. These are not accessible as shore dives.