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Shallow Boat Dives

Plettenberg Bay

Activity Description

Plettenberg Bay has a variety of spectacular shallow reefs only a 5 minute boat ride from the beach. These shallow sites showcase the colour and beauty of Plett diving and the beauty of the Eastern Cape reefs. The Sea fans are draped in Basket Stars and groups of Shysharks rest in the rocky crevices. Large Red Roman, Zebras and Blacktail share space with numerous species of nudibranchs, orange wall sponge and purple soft coral making for a fireworks display of colour! Our most popular dive site is Jacob’s reef characterised by a large pinnacle and spectacular wall dive covered in soft corals.

The choice of shallow dive site will be decided on the day based on the weather and sea conditions.

THE DIVE SITES:

Jacobs Reef:
Depth: 10–16m
A 5 min boat ride from the Beacon Isle Hotel and characterised by a large pinnacle, Jacob’s is a spectacular wall dive covered in soft coral.  This shallower site showcases the colour and beauty of Plett diving and the beauty of the Eastern Cape reefs.  The Sea fans are draped in Basket Stars and groups of Shysharks rest in the rocky crevices.  Large Red Roman, Zebras and Blacktail share space with numerous species of nudibranchs, orange wall sponge and purple soft coral making for a fireworks display of colour!

Dolphins Column:
Depth: 14–16m
This reef is populated by multitudes of sea fans, sea stars and sponges with nudibranchs, reef fish and octopus being regularly viewed.

Deep Blinders:
Depth: 13–16m
This colourful reef is located on the seaward of the pinnacles where healthy coral growth supports the many fish species that reside on the reef and rays are often spotted on the sand beside the reef.

Reef Dive Facts:
• Min Temperature: 16 degrees Celsius (June/August)
• Max Temperature: 20/22 degrees Celsius (December/January)
• Depth (in meters): 10 – 18m
• Visibility (in meters): 4 – 20m+ 
• Recommended wetsuit: 5mm or 7mm and hoodie

Arrangements

ProviderPro Dive - Plettenberg Bay
DurationOpen Ended
WhenClosed on Christmas and New Years
WhereBeacon Isle Resort, Central Beach, Plettenberg Bay
WeatherAll trips are weather dependent and conditions will be checked on the morning of your activity, one our prior to arrival time. Please note that if the weather conditions are not suitable for diving the Charter can be cancelled on the morning of the dive.
What to WearSwimming Costume and Towel & Diving Gear (if you have your own)
Things to BringIt is essential to bring along your Dive certification card / logbook to verify your qualification If you are not carrying these items & are a PADI certified diver, to avoid disappointment please contact us ahead of time so that we can verify your certification on the PADI Website.
Guests or Spectators

Requirements

Minimum Age10 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelFit
QualificationsOpen Water Diver / Discover Scuba Diving Course Prior To Dive
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelAccomplished

Inclusions and Exclusions

InclusionsGuided by a PADI Divemaster
Exclusions

Soft Gear Hire Only (Wetsuit, Mask/Snorkel & Fins): R200
Scuba Gear Hire Only (BCD & Regulator): R200
Tanks & Weights: R150
Full Gear Hire: R490
Note: Gear Hire Rates are quoted per day & not per dive

Notes

ARRANGEMENTS:
WHERE TO MEET:
Conveniently located at the Beacon Isle Resort, Pro Dive Diving centre – situated on Central Beach in Plettenberg Bay

DURATION & WHAT TO EXPECT:
2 hours
The choice of shallow dive site will be decided on the day based on the weather and sea conditions.

You will be met on arrival by our experienced Dive Guide who will sign you in and assist with fitting your Scuba & Snorkel gear (changing rooms and lockers are available on site). Once every-one has geared up, the group will take a short stroll on the beach to the boat where you be given a briefing by the skipper and dive guide on boat procedures and the dive site, before embarking on a short boat ride to one of the shallow dive sites. You will then get to jump into the water with your guide for an exhilarating 45 minute dive. On arrival back at Pro Dive our facilities include changing rooms and shower facilities where can freshen up after completing your dive.

Customer Reviews

Jacobs reef.viz 3 - 5 meters. Marine life plentiful on reef. pleasant dive. worth wile diving site if weather permits. - Martin Schwellnus


Enjoyed the dive.Equipment in good condition Staff very helpfull. Jacobs reef average for Plettenberg Bay area. Vizability was fairly good for Plett. - Martin Schwellnus


A very unexpected fantastic dive. Thank you Dylan for the guidance. Buddy - Keith Brown - John Muller


The experience with the Pro-Dive team was excellent. Good service and professional service. Thank you! - Henriette Viljoen


The dive was awesome as this was first shallow boat dives. We saw different fish and scenery was also different from the off shore dives i have done. The crew were again ready to assist where needed, full of encouragement and made the experience more enjoyable. The boat dives are to be recommended and should be part of diver's experience whenever possible. I will certainly do this again when i next get the chance to come to Plett. Thank you for a wonderful diving experience in 2019. - Franco Prinsloo




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