Gordon's Bay Dive Sites

scuba diving in Gordons Bay

 

Gordon’s Bay dive sites are absolutely stunning and incredibly diverse! 

Come and explore our vibrant reefs covered with colourful soft corals and sea fans which are home to a multitude of macro critters, incredible nudibranchs, reef fish and schools of smaller fish. Have fun diving our kelp forests where fish, shy sharks, rays, seals and sevengill cowsharks as well as a huge variety of macro life and nudibranchs can be spotted. 

Explore Gordon’s Bay dive sites with us!

See below for details of a selection of our favourite Gordon’s Bay dive sites – you will be amazed!

At Indigo Scuba, you can expect organised, personalised service and as we are a family owned business, the owners to be on the boat with you – skippering the boat and diving with you!  We want you to enjoy your experience with us and will make sure your needs are catered for!

With our fully equipped 8 metre dive boats and experienced dive guides who have been exploring our local reefs since 1999, you can be assured that at Indigo Scuba you will have the best Cape Town scuba diving experience ever!

We are also photographer friendly and have our very own professional underwater photographer in-house who can accompany photographers looking for a dedicated spotter or underwater photography dive buddy.

Here is a list of our favourite dive sites, in order of distance from our launch site at Harbour Island.

Please contact us today to book your dives with us!

Cow & Calf

 

Average Depth: 8 m
Maximum Depth: 15 m
Entry Type: Boat Dive

Site description:

This is a nice, relaxing dive which gets its name from the two largest parts of this reef which, when viewed from the road, look like a mother (cow) whale and her calf. The site consists of a small-ish reef surrounded by boulders.

What to look out for: Orange sea fans, seals, cuttlefish, octopus, kolstert fish, red roman and hottentot. Loads of different types of nudibranchs, including the orange and white and blue and yellow gasflame nudibranch, chocolate chip nudibranchs, cape dorid, orange nudibranch, inkspot nudibranch. A beautiful and relaxing dive site.

Stone Dog

 

Average Depth: 10 m
Maximum Depth: 15 m
Entry Type: Boat Dive

Site description:

This dive site starts right at the cliff’s edge where beautiful sheer rock faces plunge beneath the waves. Covered with vibrant soft corals in purples, pinks and oranges, the reef is home to a multitude of nudibranchs, small fish, star fish, elegant stars, cuttlefish and schools of small fish.

What to look out for: This dive site is the home to the rare pink, Protea dorid. Orange and purple soft coral nudibranchs are plentiful and klipfish and rock suckers can be found on the rocks, watching the world go by.  Check out the sea fans for whip fan nudibranchs and under rocks for curious octopus.

Pinnacle

 

Average Depth: 10 m
Maximum Depth: 16 m
Entry Type: Boat Dive

Site description:

Due to its relative shallow-ness, it’s great for divers of all levels. This dive site is extremely colourful. Starting off at a pinnacle which is often exposed at low tide, we make our way along the coastline. Topography is rock outcroppings and boulders, gently sloping down to a sandy sea bed at about 16 metres.

What to look out for: Nudibranchs! This is a great dive site to spot a huge variety of nudibranchs – from crowned nudibranchs, gasflame, silvertip, cape dorid, inkspot, coral and soft coral nudibranchs. Beautiful sea fans, orange wall sponges and anemones. Cuttlefish, seals, huge octopus and puffadder shyshark.

 

Rocky Bay

 

Average Depth: 12 m
Maximum Depth: 18 m
Entry Type: Boat Dive

Site description:

Named after the resort on the cliffs above this dive site, this dive site comprises sandstone ridges and gullies running parallel to the shore. Further away from the shore, the bottom becomes flatter with coarse sand and large round boulders.

What to look out for: Lots of juvenile fish, klipfish, shyshark, rock suckers, red roman. Sea fans, soft corals and huge wall sponges. Lots of different types of nudibranchs, including red spotted dorids, candy nudibranchs, feather nudibranchs, carpet flatworms, seals and horned blennies. A colourful dive site with fascinating ridges and gullies to explore.

 

Noble Reef

 

Average Depth: 18 m
Maximum Depth: 26 m
Entry Type: Boat Dive

Site description:

This dive site is named after the large amount of noble coral found on this reef. The reef comprises reef and gullies, with sheer walls reaching to the sand at the edge of the seaward side of the reef. Closer to the shore at depths of 19m, the reef becomes flatter and the gives way to lower profile reef, large round boulders and gravel.

What to look out for: Noble coral on all the pinnacles, lots of sea fans, basket stars, white sea catfish, koester, red roman, doublesash butterfly fish, many different types of klipfish and gobies. Sea spiders have also been spotted here and there are many different types of nudibranchs, including gasflame, silverip, black, orange clubbed, orange and red-spotted dorids as well as candy, orange-eyed and purple ladies can be found in the plant life on the tops of the pinnacles. Lacy false coral is quite plentiful here, as are basket stars on the sea fans.

Steenbras River Mouth

 

Average Depth: 10 m
Maximum Depth: 18 m
Entry Type: Boat Dive

Site description:

A beautiful dive site consisting of rows of marine-encrusted reefs running parallel to the shoreline. Sandy gullies in between the reef. So much to see and plenty to keep you busy for the entire dive time (approx. 50 minutes).

What to look out for: Colourful soft corals, flagellar, palmate and sinuous sea fans. Orange and grey wall sponges. Tubular Hydroids, colourful sea urchins and sea anemones. Nudibranchs galore – including huge gasflame nudis, coral nudibranchs, medallian silvertip nudibranchs, black nudibranchs. Lots of puffadder shyshark, many playful seals, huge red roman, hottentot, twotone fingerfin, red fingers, cuttlefish, white sea catfish – a stunning dive site and one of our favourites.

Rooi Els - Blousteen

Average Depth: 12 m
Maximum Depth: 15 m
Entry Type: Boat Dive

Site description:

This dive site is reached by launching from Gordon’s Bay and following the beautiful coastline towards Rooi Els. This is one of our local kelp forest dives and you can dive here many times without diving the same spot twice.

What to look out for: Kelp forests are popular with sevengill cow sharks, seals and short tail stingrays and we sometimes spot them on our dives here.  Fish such as galjoen, red roman, janbruin, hottentot, fransmadam and twotone fingerfin are plentiful. Lots of nudibranchs and dorids – fiery, scribbled, orange clubbed, inkspot and blue spotted dorids can be found here, as well as many more! If you look carefully you can spot dwarf sea hares and lots of interesting macro life. A beautiful site with so much to see and really worth a visit!

Rooi Els - Percy's

 

Average Depth: 10 m
Maximum Depth: 18 m
Entry Type: Boat Dive

Site description:

A boat dive at the base the base of the rugged, sheer cliffs just before Rooi Els.

What to look out for: Huge boulders and rock walls covered with kelp, enormous orange wall sponges, black stink sponges and crumb of bread sponges. Here we find many different types of nudibranchs – the blue and orange gas flame nudibranchs, black nudibranchs and frilled nudibranchs, ghost nudibranchs and coral nudis to name but a few. The reefs are teeming with elegant feather stars and toothed feather hydroids. Fish life is plentiful and we are often joined by inquisitive playful seals and a resident short tail stingray at this site.

Rooi Els - Coral Gardens

 

Average Depth: 16 m
Maximum Depth: 27 m
Entry Type: Boat Dive

Site description:

A boat dive along the rugged coastline of the Rooi Els Village. The reef comprises rugged rock outcrops and nooks and crannies that follow the rocky shoreline that is fringed with kelp forests.

What to look out for: Always be on the look out for sevengill cow sharks and short tailed stingrays, as well as seals that love to zoom around the divers. The kelp forest is home to schools of small fish and reef fish such as bull klipfish, speckled klipfish, red roman and shyshark. Unusual nudibranch species can be found here, including purple ladies, white edged nudibranchs, candy nudibranchs and arminas.

Steenbras Deep

Average Depth: 22 m
Maximum Depth: 30 m
Entry Type: Boat Dive

Site description:

This is a fantastic year-round dive site, especially when the sea is flat. Due to its distance from Gordon’s Bay, it is not dived often and is a pristine reef. This is a huge reef system and we have two main drops, 1km apart. 

What to look out for: This is an extraordinary dive site with something new and exciting to see around every corner. Huge sea fans, soft corals, noble coral, enormous orange wall sponges, gas flame, black, frilled nudibranchs and rare nudibranchs such as Mandela and black gasflame not often seen; fish such as white sea catfish, horsefish, yellow belly rock cod, koester, pyjama, puffadder and leopard catshark are found here. So much to see, this is a must-do dive for everyone! 

Strand - Drop Zone

 

Average Depth: 16 m
Maximum Depth: 25 m
Entry Type: Boat Dive

Site description:

This dive site is reached by launching from Gordon’s Bay and heading out past Strand. It is a huge oval shaped reef that starts at 15m and slopes gently outwards to about 26m. Rather than having huge pinnacles, the reef has ridges, gullies and round craters that almost look as if bombs have been dropped there.

What to look out for: Lots of nudibranchs and dorids – scribbled, variable, purple ladies, gasflame, chocolate chip, spiky, blue dorids, inkspot – you name it, you are likely to find it here! Lots and lots of sea fans (forests of them!), schools of smaller fish such as hottentot, zebra and kolstert, shyshark, leopard catshark, pleated toad fish, bull rays, Chinese and bull klipfish, octopus, cuttlefish, hotlips spider crabs. 

Strand - Sterretjies Reef

 

Average Depth: 22 m
Maximum Depth: 30 m
Entry Type: Boat Dive

Site description:

A dive site we discovered in January 2018 and simply cannot get enough of.  A huge, gently sloping reef with fields of sea fans, ridges and gullies covered with marine life which play home to unique and colourful marine animals.

What to look out for: So many baby basket stars on the sea fans – sometimes up to three or four on one sea fan. Many shyshark patrol the reef and can be found snoozing on their favourite yellow soft sponges. Lots of interesting nudibranchs such as purple ladies, candelabra, orange eyed and elegant nudibranchs as well as huge gasflames and rock suckers.  Seals love to buzz around the divers here and octopus and cuttlefish love relaxing on the reef, watching the world go by.

Strand - Kate's Secret Reef

 

Average Depth: 16 m
Maximum Depth: 27 m
Entry Type: Boat Dive

Site description:

A small and very fragile reef almost completely covered with Byrozoans, multicoloured sea fans, and strawberry anemones. Fields of white choirboys cover the rocks that surround the reef like snow drifts.

What to look out for:  As we only discovered this reef in March 2020, we’ve not been able to explore much.  We’ll keep you updated!!