Twinstripe fusiliers at Creche, Ponta do Ouro (southern Mozambique)

Unlike the large, distinctive schools of mostly yellow-coloured snappers that we saw on several of the reefs that we dived while in Ponta do Ouro, twinstripe fusiliers tended not to hang around as long, or...

Posted by on 28 July 2015 | 12:24 am

Queenfish at Doodles, Ponta do Ouro (southern Mozambique)

Doodles is one of our favourite reefs to dive when we visit Ponta do Ouro. It is different every time, and there is often so much happening in midwater that you don’t know where to...

Posted by on 26 July 2015 | 12:06 am

Newsletter: In the red

Hi divers Weekend dive plans No diving planned Last Saturday we visited Outer Photographer’s Reef and Fan Reef. The conditions were excellent, with almost top to bottom visibility at Fan Reef, but deteriorated on Sunday....

Posted by on 24 July 2015 | 1:02 am

Turtles at Drop Zone, Ponta do Ouro (southern Mozambique)

One morning while we were in Ponta do Ouro, skipper Mike asked us what we wanted to see that day. Laurine had an answer ready: “A turtle!” So we went to Drop Zone. We had...

Posted by on 23 July 2015 | 12:07 am

Octopus at Doodles, Ponta do Ouro (southern Mozambique)

Here’s a very large octopus that we encountered a few minutes into the first dive we did of our recent Mozambique trip, to the ever-surprising reef called Doodles. He was standing about a metre out...

Posted by on 21 July 2015 | 12:15 am

Dog on a boat in Mozambique

There’s something beautifully incongruous about surfacing after a dive to be greeted by a dog on the pontoon of the boat. We had this privilege after a dive to Creche, a dive site near Ponta Malongane....

Posted by on 19 July 2015 | 1:03 am

Newsletter: Purple and orange, and Minions

Hi divers Weekend dive plans Saturday: Meet at Simon’s Town jetty at 8.00 Fan Reef and 10.30 Atlantis or Outer Photographer’s Reef I photographed this (recently deceased) backspine cowfish after retrieving it from the surface just inshore...

Posted by on 17 July 2015 | 12:34 am

Ponta do Ouro (Mozambique) 2015 trip report

Earlier this month we returned from our second ever dive trip to Ponta do Ouro. (It was my third time there – on my first trip, in 2009, I wasn’t qualified to dive yet, and met...

Posted by on 15 July 2015 | 12:53 am

Long term test of the Mercury 60 hp engines

The 60 hp Mercury four stroke motors have been on the boat for nearly 18 months and had their 200 hour service yesterday. The decision to go from two 90 hp engines to the 60 hp was the right one...

Posted by on 14 July 2015 | 12:45 am

Shipspotting: Golar Penguin and passengers

On the way back from Big Bay at the end of the Lighthouse Swim, Tony and I stopped by the Seli 1 and then checked out the ships waiting outside Table Bay harbour. One of...

Posted by on 12 July 2015 | 12:20 am

Newsletter: Winter blue

Hi divers Weekend dive plans Saturday: Boat dives out of Simon’s Town, sites to be confirmed Mozambique dive trip We have just returned from a short dive trip to warmer waters. We had five days...

Posted by on 10 July 2015 | 1:09 am

Seli WHAT?

After our team of relay swimmers completed the Lighthouse Swim, Tony and I made our way back towards Granger Bay via a meandering route that included a search for the buoy marking the Seli 1,...

Posted by on 8 July 2015 | 12:42 am

A Day on the Bay: Lighthouse Swim 2015

The Lighthouse Swim is a 10.5 kilometre trip northwards up the Table Bay coastline, from Milnerton lighthouse to Big Bay. The swimmers plunge through the breakers at Milnerton, which is similar to the start of the...

Posted by on 6 July 2015 | 12:43 am

A Day on the Bay: Swim for Hope 2015

This year, on 13 April, we were once again involved as a support boat for the Swim for Hope around Cape Point. The swimmers had been on standby for a couple of weeks, dodging bad...

Posted by on 4 July 2015 | 12:30 am

A Day on the Bay: Freedom Swim 2015

This year we were once again a support boat for the annual Freedom Swim, from Robben Island to Big Bay. This is a 7.5 kilometre route, held every year in April, this year on the...

Posted by on 2 July 2015 | 12:36 am

Bookshelf: Shark

Shark: Fear and Beauty – Jean-Marie Ghislain Jean-Marie Ghislain is a Belgian photographer who has had the privilege to visit far flung places on earth, and to dive with charismatic megafauna of all descriptions. This book...

Posted by on 30 June 2015 | 12:34 am

Bookshelf: Whales and Dolphins in Question

Whales & Dolphins in Question: The Smithsonian Answer Book – James G. Mead & Joy P. Gold Bernita brought us this book as a gift from her travels in America early this year. It’s published...

Posted by on 28 June 2015 | 12:55 am

Newsletter: Warmer waters

Hi divers We had some really good diving last weekend and ended the weekend with a quick dive under Simon’s Town jetty to examine the pilings for STADCO. Thanks to Jerrel for the photo! We are off...

Posted by on 26 June 2015 | 12:39 am

Article: The New Yorker on sharing the sea with sharks

You have probably all read this article, and if you haven’t you should. South African-born social anthropologist Ceridwen Dovey does an excellent job of introducing and interrogating the various shark bite mitigation measures available in the New...

Posted by on 23 June 2015 | 12:50 am

Bookshelf: 52 Blue

52 Blue – Leslie Jamison This book turned out to be something entirely different than what I expected (I probably did not do enough research before committing to it). The subject matter sounds cool: a lone...

Posted by on 21 June 2015 | 12:29 am