10 Fab Reasons To Go Scuba Diving in Gordon’s Bay

Indigo Scuba is based in the beautiful seaside village of Gordon’s Bay, a 45 minute drive from the centre of Cape Town (straight down the N2).    Located on the eastern side of False Bay, the diving here is completely different to any other diving you will do in Cape Town.  Simply put, it is amazing!

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Here are 10 of the top reasons why you should come and dive with Indigo Scuba in Gordon’s Bay:

1.  Pristine Reefs:

Our reefs are pristine due to the lower amount of diver traffic in the area compared to the dive sites in Cape Town and Simon’s Town. Here you’ll find untouched reefs dived only by ourselves, and we’re discovering new, un-dived reefs all the time!

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2.  Huge Variety of Dive Sites:

We have a huge variety of dive sites to choose from – shallow reefs from 7m to 16m with pinnacles and boulders covered with sea fans; to deeper reefs from 17m to 30m with pinnacles, cracks, overhangs and crevices adorned with colourful marine life. Virtually every dive site is different and there is a huge variation between the topography and marine life on our reefs, depending on location and depth.  There is something for everyone here!   You can read about our favourite Gordon’s Bay dive sites by clicking here.

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3.  Relaxed Diving:

Our skippers, dive guides and instructors have been diving and working together since 1999 and have formed an efficient and professional team.  Everything runs like clockwork so that you can enjoy fun and relaxed dives, without feeling stressed or rushed either before, during or after a dive.

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4.  Diverse Marine Life:

Diving in Gordon’s Bay is best during summer when the south easterly wind has been blowing.  This causes upwelling, bringing us nutrient rich water which feeds a very prolific and diverse marine life – from sponges, soft corals, hard corals, moss animals, hydroids, sea fans and kelp forests to many different types of invertebrates and nudibranchs, hotlips spider crabs, cuttlefish and octopus to unusual fish such as white seacatfish, yellowbellied rock cod, koester, horsefish, pleated toadfish, combers, and larger marine life including rays, smaller sharks, dolphins and whales.

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5.  Kelp Forests:

We also have beautiful kelp forests to explore.  Here you will find a myriad of different marine creatures waiting to be discovered as they flit around the kelp and reefs in glittering filtered light.

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6.  Less Divers:

As we are the only scuba diving centre in Gordon’s Bay, you will not be surrounded by dive boats or hoards of other divers at the same dive site.  This has also helped our reefs remain pristine.

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7.  Seals:

We have a number of areas along the coastline where you will find seals – either sunning themselves on the rocks or chilling out together in the water.  Many baby seals can be spotted between December and April.  Most of them are quite inquisitive and you’ll often find yourself being joined during your dive by some of these playful creatures.

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8.  Nudibranchs:

Gordon’s Bay has to be THE place to find nudibranchs.  The variety and number of nudibranchs that you will see on any one dive is astounding.  From Gasflame, Silvertip, Irridescent, Giraffe-spot, Scribbled, Coral, Saddled, Candy, Whipfan, Soft Coral, Frilled, Black, Blue-speckled, Inkspot, Orange-eyed, Elegant, Purple Lady, White Lined, Fiery and Mandela Nudibranchs to Protea, Orange, Red-Spotted, Small-spotted, Variable, Chocolate-chip, Velvet and Cape Dorids.  For more photos of some of the nudibranchs you will find here, please click here to view our Nudibranch Gallery!

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9.  Warm Summer Diving:

Diving in Gordon’s Bay tends to be warmer than the Atlantic side (the other area in Cape Town most usually dived in summer).  Temperature ranges between 12C and 21C in summer, making longer dives for those without dry suits much more comfortable and enjoyable!

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10.  Unusual Critters:

Apart from the huge amount of nudibranchs (and variations of each type) in the area, there are also a number of unusual critters to be found.  Interesting sightings include horse fish, yellowbellied rock cod, koester, glass squid, bronze-whaler sharks, lots of juvenile fish (knifejaw, doublesash butterflies, koester; jutjaw), short tailed stingrays, big schools of white seacatfish, cute blennies and swimming flatworms.  We’ve even had sunfish on occasion… You never know what you’ll see on a dive in Gordon’s Bay!

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