Get your nautical fix during your stay in Cape Town self-catering accommodation. Here’s a guide to the Mother’s city’s oceanic attractions on land and undersea.
Flanked by two oceans, the Mother City is a top destination for lovers of all things oceangoing.
Scuba divers, historians and adventure-seekers flock to Cape Town self-catering accommodation to take part in the abundance of sea-themed activities and here’s where they’re going:
Wreck Diving in Cape Town
There are plenty of ships that have met their fate along the coastlines of the Cape of Storms and scuba enthusiasts can dive in and enjoy the following during their stay:
- The Lusitania 1911 –
Bellows Rock, False Bay
The final resting place of this Portuguese twin-screw passenger liner is about 4km off Cape Point and is accessible from Miller’s Point.
- SS Maori 1909 –
Karbonkelberg, Hout Bay
This is one of the city’s oldest, most popular and best-preserved dive sites. You could see cuttlefish, nudibranchs, hottentots, crayfish and even a few items of porcelain from the heydays of the ship.
- Clan Stuart 1914 –
False Bay, Simonstown
Look for shy sharks, red roman, zebra’s, cuttlefish, octopus and pyjama sharks while exploring this 3 500-ton British turret steamship.
- Wrecks of Smitswinkel
This rocky shoreline is home to 5 wrecks, namely the MV Orotava, SAS Transvaal, the SAS Transvaal, MV Princess Elizabeth and the MV Rockeater.
- SAS Pietermaritzburg
1994 – Miller’s Point, False Bay
Once-known as the HMS Pelorus, the SAS Pietermaritzburg was at the forefront of the Normandy invasion on D-Day. Today it is home to nudibranchs, red Romans, sea urchins, soft corals and anemones.
You can experience all of these and more sites under the auspices of experienced dive masters on guided outings.
If you aren’t seaworthy or brave enough to don snorkel and goggles during your stay, there are a few other ways to enjoy the mysteries of the ocean in Cape Town. Try these ocean-themed activities.
2 Oceans Aquarium
While visiting the V&A Waterfront for shopping, dining, events or day tours pop in to the Two Oceans aquarium for a look at the underwater life of the Cape Coast.
Also at the V&A, the Maritime Museum features a treasure trove of nautical memorabilia as well as two floating exhibits – the Alwyn Vincent tug and the SAS Somerset.
Hout Bay Museum
The bell of the SS Maori is on display here along with artefacts from the town’s rich fishing history. While you’re in the area be sure to visit the Bay Harbour Market, Chapman’s Peak Drive, World of Birds and Mariner’s Wharf.
Dive straight in in Cape Town
If you’re planning to make a seafaring fiesta of your time in the Mother City, get in touch to book your Cape Town self-catering accommodation today.