What can I expect from diving in and around Cape Town?
Will I get cold?
At Ollava we always say there is nothing like cold water, only bad insulation. We will provide you with a thick wetsuit that is suitable for diving our waters. The temperature ranges from a minimum of around 9 degrees Celsius to a maximum of about 22 degrees Celsius, this all depends on where and what time of the year you dive. We are fortunate to have two bioregions which are separated at Cape Point, the colder and more exposed one being the Atlantic Seaboard which is often dived in summer. The warmer and more protected one in False Bay is dived all year round and can get to 22 degrees in summer.
What can I expect to see?
This is something that will need hours of explaining. The Cape waters are immensely diverse, with macro scenery such as nudibranches to massive predators such as sharks. Our waters are jam packed full of life. To have a better idea of what you can expect to see check out our media (link) section of the website where you will find various illustrations of marine life and maps!
Do I dive from a boat?
One of the biggest advantages of diving in and around Cape Town is that we are not completely dependent on boats. We have dozens of dive sites that can easily be accessed by simply just walking in to the ocean from the shore. With that said, we still have lots of dive sites that are only accessible through the usage of a boat, many of these are well worth visiting!
Can I use Nitrox?
If you are qualified you can certainly use Nitrox on your dives. We can provide you any mixture you require, as long as you hold a certification that allows you to use the gas mixture.
What equipment is available for hire?
We cater for most divers. Our rental department has the conventional single cylinder SCUBA diving equipment, and on top of that also has twin sets, Sidemount and stage cylinders available. Please visit the facilities (link) section of the website to see what exactly is available.
Can I do Technical dives?
Yes. We have a large technical diving background and love to get opportunities to take people out on technical dives or courses.
What season offers the best diving?
This is a very difficult question to answer, the main reason being everyone's different point of view on good conditions. For us however, winter is the best time for diving. The reason for this being that during this time south westerly winds and waves frequent the Cape area, this is great news for us because of the way the bay is positioned and the mountains, we have nice flat and calm waters. The only downside however is that there are many overcast days during winter, these do not have a large effect on the underwater conditions though.
This being said, summer is also a great time of the year to dive, the wind however changes directions during these months and our protected area gets exposed to the elements. This however does not stop us from crossing over the peninsula closer to Cape Town where we do many dives on the now protected Atlantic Seaboard. So all year is great for diving, just depends whether we will be diving the Atlantic Seaboard or False Bay.