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Kelp Forest Dive

Dive with Sharks

Kelp Forest Diving at its Best

Option 1

The underwater enchanted Kelp Forests are truly beautiful and serene. where plants grow like tall trees. These forests are tall and 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 throughs. 

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.

Enjoy a relaxing snorkel.


QUICK info

  • Cage:

    No cage required.

  • Dive certification:

    Snorkel, Freedive or a minimum of Open Water One on scuba.

  • Dive Depth:

    6 to 12 metres (20 – 40 feet).

  • Water temperature:

    12 to 20 Degrees Celsius. 

  • Water visibility:

    3 to 10 metres.

  • Dive time:

    30 to 60 minutes.    

  • Dive gear:

    Included in cost  

  • Transfers:

    Door to door transfers available upon request.    

The Boat

The vessel you will be diving off is a zodiac rib boat, which is standard for South African diving operators. There are no facilities on board except for a small cubby hole for keys and sunglasses. We advise you to leave all your personal belongings behind.



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Option 2

Do your bit for scientific research by collecting data! Kelp forest fish identification snorkel! 

Record the presence of all fish species using the Roving Diver Technique (RDT) and ID reference slates (don’t worry, we will be there to help!). We also record the presence of the local shy shark species which we often encounter (these are small harmless shark species).
This is a beach or rocky shore entry, so no boat is required and the snorkelling is no more than 50 meters from the coast. This activity is great for families and people new to snorkelling.

For the more adventurous you can survey on SCUBA or free dive. It is a very rewarding activity, great fun and there is lots to be seen!

 What’s involved?

  • Each trip begins with an explanation of the unique ecosystem surrounding Cape Town and its role in creating an amazing biodiversity hot spot, we talk about the marine habitats, explain some basic fish ID skills and introduce you to a few local fish species.
  • All equipment is provided!
  • Approximately 60 minutes in the water on our snorkel/dive trips where participants will engage in data collection on the chosen project.
  • A debrief where we discuss what we saw, ID anything you are unsure of using our Fish ID books and a chance for you to ask any questions.
  • In total, the experience runs approximately 3.5 hours.

Note: We outsource to a preferred supplier as these dives are specialised. 


COVID-19 Protocol

Safety is our # 1 Priority

Apex Shark Expeditions is committed to protecting staff and guests to ensure safety for every person. As such, we are following all government regulations as outlined here


Book with Confidence Terms

If travel restrictions are implemented by your local government or the government of South Africa to due to COVID 19 (Coronavirus) which means you are unable to travel, then the following will apply:


  • Free cancellation: 14 days prior departure

Applies to all new bookings placed from 15 April 2020 for travel between 1 May 2020 until 31 December 2021. 


Please note:

Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

We will however, give you realistic expectations before making a booking

Bookings are essential as space is limited.

All payment is to be made in South African Rand. We require credit card details to secure a booking.


Kelp Forest Dive

Dive with Sharks

A trip overview

As these dives are specialised, we partner with a certified operator. Exact itinerary timings will be confirmed the day before the trip.


45 minutes from Cape Town. Here you will sign an indemnity form and collect your dive gear.

The launch site

Millers Point is a 15 minute boat ride from the Simon’s Town pier. The boat is a rubber duck with minimal facilities. 

The dive

The dive takes place in a channel approximately 12 metres deep. Divers descend to the sandy bottom before heading into the swim throughs and tall plants that make up the Kelp forest. 

All dives are weather permitting and subject to good sea conditions.

Kelp Forest Dive

Dive with Sharks

When to see what

All year round.The success of the dive is weather dependant.

It is magical to dive in the kelp forest and observe smaller species of sharks with a chance to observe cow sharks.


Kelp Forest Dive

Dive with Sharks


Kelp Forest and Seal dive

Maximise your vacation time with a back to back Kelp Forest  and Seal dive. This is an amazing experience for marine wildlife enthusiasts. You can also add a land based Cape Point tour to round off your trip. 

DISCOUNT - From R1500 per person for South African residents only. FREE cancellation 48 hours prior to trip.(T & C apply)

40% DISCOUNT for South African residents. Email us for YOUR special rate. Book with Confidence - Free cancellation 48 hours prior to trip date.(T & C apply) |