Mouille Point lighthouse (decommissioned)

We aren’t done with lighthouses yet. One of the ones I haven’t told you about is the old Mouille Point lighthouse, which is located in Granger Bay. This is what I used to interchangeably call...

Posted by on 1 September 2015 | 12:30 am

Bookshelf: Mountains in the Sea

Mountains in the Sea: A Celebration of Table Mountain National Park – John Yeld & Martine Barker Mountains in the Sea is a beautiful coffee table book showcasing the beauty and history of Table Mountain...

Posted by on 30 August 2015 | 1:00 am

Newsletter: Roll on summer

Hi divers Weekend dive plans Saturday: Early double tank dive, weather permitting Spring is around the corner and we are still waiting for the weeks of crystal clean water we should have in False Bay....

Posted by on 28 August 2015 | 1:17 am

Bookshelf: Pirate Hunters

Pirate Hunters – Robert Kurson For the days that I spent listening to the Pirate Hunters audiobook on the way to and from work (I have a long commute), I was transported from wintry Cape Town...

Posted by on 27 August 2015 | 12:34 am

Visible shipwrecks: Nolloth

The second visible shipwreck along the Cape Point Shipwreck Trail, about three kilometres from the start in the Olifantsbos parking area, is the Nolloth. She was a Dutch coaster carrying a cargo of (mostly) liquor, and...

Posted by on 25 August 2015 | 12:01 am

Visible shipwrecks: Thomas T Tucker

If you’re a fan of visible shipwrecks, may I recommend the Shipwreck Trail in the Cape Point section of Table Mountain National Park? I’ll write a separate post just about the trail, but this post...

Posted by on 23 August 2015 | 12:01 am

Newsletter: Duelling seasons

Hi divers Weekend dives Sunday: Launching from Simon’s Town jetty at 9.00 am, weather permitting Finding enough dive related content for a newsletter is difficult when there has been little to no diving! The south...

Posted by on 21 August 2015 | 12:48 am

Documentary: Shark (BBC)

There is not much to say about this BBC Earth production, other than that it is excellent, contains shark and ray footage unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, and you must watch it. The DVD...

Posted by on 20 August 2015 | 1:00 am

Panorama of Checkers, Ponta do Ouro (southern Mozambique)

The dive site Checkers, that I visited for the first time on our most recent trip to Ponta do Ouro in southern Mozambique, is notable for the amount of plate coral that can be seen...

Posted by on 18 August 2015 | 12:05 am

Dive sites (Southern Mozambique): Checkers

There are a lot of reefs around Ponta do Ouro and Ponta Malongane, and it was great to dive two new ones (Checkers and Steve’s Ledge) on our visit there in June-July. I did this dive...

Posted by on 16 August 2015 | 12:05 am

Newsletter: Surf, then dive

Hi divers Weekend dive plans Sunday: Boat dives – if the weather forecast turns out to be wrong! We had a good dives last weekend, and our shore dive at Fisherman’s Beach was pretty pleasant....

Posted by on 14 August 2015 | 12:58 am

Potato bass at Doodles, Ponta do Ouro (southern Mozambique)

We had amazing experiences with potato bass last time we dived in Ponta do Ouro, encountering them most notably at reefs called Texas and Doodles. This time, Doodles did not disappoint us. There is a...

Posted by on 13 August 2015 | 12:11 am

Snappers at Steps, Ponta do Ouro (southern Mozambique)

I hope you don’t get tired of snappers, because I haven’t yet. Here’s a wonderful school of them at Steps, a dive site in southern Mozambique that we visited during our July trip to Ponta...

Posted by on 11 August 2015 | 12:07 am

Snappers at Creche, Ponta do Ouro (southern Mozambique)

Above the coral reef at Creche, a dive site in southern Mozambique, hang huge and colourful schools of fish. A quiet, calm diver may approach them quite closely. Here’s Tony filming some yellow snapper: I love...

Posted by on 9 August 2015 | 12:01 am

Newsletter: Whale of a time

Hi divers Weekend dive plans Saturday: Launching at Simon’s Town jetty at 9.00 am for SAS Pietermaritzburg / 11.30 am for Pie Rock Monday: Shore dive, conditions permitting False Bay is clean right now, we had 10-12...

Posted by on 7 August 2015 | 12:51 am

Swimming with the fish at Creche, Ponta do Ouro (southern Mozambique)

The reef called Creche, which we dived twice during our June-July trip to Ponta do Ouro in southern Mozambique, is full of fish life. The water above and around the reef is usually so dense...

Posted by on 5 August 2015 | 12:55 am

Suunto D6 in full panic mode (part II)

Yesterday I told you about a dive on Doodles, a reef in southern Mozambique, during our trip to Ponta do Ouro last month. Doodles has a maximum depth of about 14 metres. After forty five minutes’...

Posted by on 3 August 2015 | 12:48 am

Suunto D6 in full panic mode (part I)

On the second dive we did at Doodles during our trip to Ponta do Ouro, something happened that caused my dive profile to look like this (click on the image to embiggen): Fortunately that something...

Posted by on 2 August 2015 | 12:04 am

Newsletter: Shades of blue

Hi divers Weekend dive plans Saturday: launching from Simon’s Town jetty at 8.30 for Omega Reef / 11.00am for Atlantis Reef Sunday: shore diving at Long Beach or A Frame at 10.00am We had planned not to launch last weekend based on...

Posted by on 31 July 2015 | 12:46 am

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