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===General Topography===
 
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Port Elizabeth is within the warm temperate Agulhas bioregion, which extends from Cape Point to the Mbashe River. It is some 360km from Mbashe mouth and 660km from Cape Point, so is somewhat towards the warmer side of the region. Upwelling on the south coast of South Africa is largely driven by the Agulhas current and the continental shelf. This form of upwelling forces cold deep water up onto the continental shelf, but not necessarily above the thermocline. In the region east of the Agulhas bank, wind enhanced upwelling, occurring mainly in summer, augments the current driven upwelling bringing the colder deeper waters to the surface. This enhances biological productivity by supply of nutrients to the euphotic zone (where plants have sufficient light to flourish) which fuels phytoplankton production, and rocky shores that are supplied with the nutrient rich water support rich algal biomass. The annual chokka spawning takes place largely in this region.
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===The Marine Ecology===
 
===The Marine Ecology===
  

Revision as of 16:53, 25 June 2011

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This article is intended to provide the already qualified Scuba diver with information which will help to plan dives in the waters around Port Elizabeth, whether as a local resident or a visitor. Information is provided without prejudice, and is not guaranteed accurate or complete. Use it at your own risk.

Contents

Understand

General Topography

Climate, Weather and Sea conditions

Port Elizabeth is within the warm temperate Agulhas bioregion, which extends from Cape Point to the Mbashe River. It is some 360km from Mbashe mouth and 660km from Cape Point, so is somewhat towards the warmer side of the region. Upwelling on the south coast of South Africa is largely driven by the Agulhas current and the continental shelf. This form of upwelling forces cold deep water up onto the continental shelf, but not necessarily above the thermocline. In the region east of the Agulhas bank, wind enhanced upwelling, occurring mainly in summer, augments the current driven upwelling bringing the colder deeper waters to the surface. This enhances biological productivity by supply of nutrients to the euphotic zone (where plants have sufficient light to flourish) which fuels phytoplankton production, and rocky shores that are supplied with the nutrient rich water support rich algal biomass. The annual chokka spawning takes place largely in this region.

The Marine Ecology

Equipment

Respect

Get help

Emergency services

  • Police.
  • Ambulance service
  • National Sea Rescue Institute. Station ?. Sea rescue
  • Recompression chamber
  • DAN hotline

Get service

Learn

  • Ocean Divers International
  • Prodive

Buy

  • Ocean Divers International
  • Prodive
  • Mike's Dive Shop

Rent

  • Ocean Divers International
  • Prodive

Do

  • Ocean Divers International
  • Prodive
  • Wildside diving

Fix

  • Prodive — Cylinder service, inspection and testing.
  • Mike's Dive Shop — Cylinder service, inspection and testing. Importer and agent for some brands of Scuba equipment.

Service details

  • Mike's Dive Shop, 63 Western Road, Port Elizabeth, +27 (0)41 585 3367. Retail dive equipment, Importer and agent for several brands, Cylinder testing, Air fills.
  • Ocean Divers International (ODI), 10 Albert Road, Walmer 6065, Port Elizabeth, +27 (0)41 581 5121 (), [1]. Tu-F 9:00AM-5:00PM, Sa-Su 7:00AM-2:00PM. Dive charters, Equipment sales (rental?), Air fills, SSI diver training (Open Water Diver to Instructor)
  • Prodive, 189 Main Road, Walmer 6065, Port Elizabeth, +27 (0)41 581 1144 (, fax: +27 (0)41581 1144), [2]. M-F 8:00AM-5:30PM, Sa 9:00AM-3:00PM. Dive charters, Equipment rental and sale, Air and Nitrox 32% fills, Cylinder servicing, PADI diver training (Open Water to Instructor)
  • Wildside diving, Noordhoek Ski-boat Club, Marine Drive, Port Elizabeth, +27 (0)82 729 8062, [3]. Scuba diving club — They encourage visitors to join in their social events and invite visitors to dive with them. Wildside also hosts the annual PE Dive festival, which is supported by most of the local dive operators, and attended by visitors from all over the country.

Get around

Stay safe

Contact

Dive Sites

Map of the dive sites near Wildside slipway in the Noordhoek area
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Avalanche

Understand

Position:
Depth: — 17 to 26m
Topography: — A large area of rocky reef with a gorge and a sheer wall

Get in

Boat dive

See

Marine life: — Hard coral, sea fans and brittle stars, Red bait on top of the wall, and Pyjama catsharks

Stay safe

Hazards: — No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: — No special skills recommended. Suitable for advanced divers only due to the depth
Equipment: — No special equipment recommended

Bell Buoy

Understand

Position:
Depth: — 12 to 18m
Topography:

Get in

Boat dive

See

Marine life: — Colourful soft coral and a rocky bottom

Stay safe

Hazards: — No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: — No special skills recommended
Equipment: — No special equipment recommended

Chelsea North

Cracker

Crossroads

Devil's Reef

Understand

Position:
Depth: — 7m with pinnacles up to 1m
Topography:

Get in

Boat dive

See

Marine life:

Stay safe

Hazards: — No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: — No special skills recommended
Equipment: — No special equipment recommended

The Doddington

Evan's Peak

Understand

Position: — Close to St. Croix island
Depth: — 12 to 40m
Topography:

Get in

Boat dive

See

Marine life:

Stay safe

Hazards: — No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: — No special skills recommended
Equipment: — No special equipment recommended

The SS Fidela

Gasmic Gorge

A juvenile Koester resting in a sponge at Gasmic
A samll basket star and noble corals at Gasmic

Understand

Position: — Approximately S34°03.48' E025°38.79'. At the north side of a rocky reef shown on the SAN charts about 2.3km south of the Noordhoek/Wildside slipway.
Depth: — About 29m on the sand at the base of the reef, about 20m at the top of the reef.
Topography: — High profile reef of sedimentary rock, probably hard quartzitic sandstone of the Ordovician Peninsula formation. Steep sided and fairly narrow gulley referred to as the gorge. Coarse shelly white sand bottom in the gorge.
Conditions: — Surge can be strong in a large or long period swell, though the bottom of the gorge is to some extent protected. Visibility of more than 5m is considered good for this area.

Get in

Boat dive — Approximately 2.5km boat trip from Noordhoek slipway. Significantly further from other launch sites.

See

Marine life: — Prolific and very colourful invertebrate cover on the reef. High density of sponges and sea fans. Large numbers of basket stars. Also soft corals, noble corals, false corals, Elegant feather stars, colonial ascidians, nudibranchs, Striped anemones, arborescent bryozoans and hydroids. Fish include Fransmadam, shy sharks and Koester
Photography: — A good site for macro photography, and if conditons are good, also for wide angle work.
Suggested Routes: — The site is quite deep, and the dive can be extended by spending some time on the shallower parts of the reef. However the main attraction is the gorge, which is small but well worth a visit.

Stay safe

Hazards: — No site-specific hazards reported. Surge over the top of the reef can be strong.
Skills: — No special skills required. Good buoyancy control recommended, to avoid damaging the reef cover.
Equipment: — No special equipment recommended

The Haerlem

Understand

Navy vessel sunk in 1987

Position:
Depth: — 21m
Topography:

Get in

Boat dive

See

Marine life:

Stay safe

Hazards: — No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: — No special skills recommended
Equipment: — No special equipment recommended

The Inchcape Rock

MV Kapodistrias

Mark 4 Safepoint/Mark 4 Wall

Mark 4 Tables

Moonie

MV Pati

Understand

Position:
Depth:
Topography:

Get in

Boat dive

See

Marine life:

Stay safe

Hazards: — No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: — No special skills recommended
Equipment: — No special equipment recommended

Phillips Reef

Understand

Position:
Depth:
Topography:
Conditions: — Visibility up to 10m

Get in

Boat dive

See

Marine life:

Stay safe

Hazards: — No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: — No special skills recommended
Equipment: — No special equipment recommended

Pinnacles

Riy Banks

Understand

Position:
Depth: — 18 to 40m
Topography:

Get in

Boat dive

See

Marine life: — Coral and game fish

Stay safe

Hazards: — No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: — No special skills recommended
Equipment: — No special equipment recommended

Roman Rock

Slipway

Suicide Reef

Thunderbolt Reef

Understand

Position:
Depth: — 15 to 30m
Topography:

Get in

Boat dive

See

Marine life: — Orange and lilac hard coral

Stay safe

Hazards: — No site-specific hazards reported
Skills: — No special skills recommended
Equipment: — No special equipment recommended


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