Chart.png|thumb|400px|Map of the wrecks at Smitswinkel Bay : The MV Orotava is second from the top]][[Image: Diver on starboard side of Orotava P8281051. JPG|thumb|Diving the Orotava]]
Like the other wrecks of Smitswinkel Bay, the MV Orotava is reasonably accessible and a popular dive site for both local and visiting divers. The dive is moderately deep, but within the comfort range for many recreational divers, and the area is fairly well protected from the prevailing swell. The depth also protects the wrecks from the worst of the storm surge which would otherwise have broken them up much sooner. The Orotava is one of the better preserved wrecks of the Cape Peninsula, and is small enough to be fairly comprehensively visited on a single dive.
The MFV Orotava is the second from northernmost of the 5 wrecks in Smitswinkel bay.
This site is in a Marine Protected Area (
2009). A permit is required.
Sand bottom is at about
34m, Gunwales 25 to 27m. Highest point on the wreck about 23m
The Orotava is the larger of the two trawlers and lies on the sand at about 34 metres. The highest part of the wreck is the top of the funnel at about 23 metres (2005). The vessel has an asymmetrical superstructure with the enclosed part offset to port and a covered walkway on the starboard side. The wreck lies heeled to port at an angle of about 20°. There is a large winch on the
foredeck. There are several holes in the sides and upper deck where plating has rusted away leaving only the frames, which are probably too tight for most divers to exit. There is an open hatch on the foredeck forward of the winch, giving access below.
[[Image:Diver at the propeller aperture on the Orotava P8281063.JPG|thumb|Diver framed by the propeller aperture]]
[[Image:Diver over the funnel on Orotava P8281106.JPG|thumb|Diver over the funnel]]
[[Image:Twotone_fingerfin_on_MV_Orotava_DSC04886.JPG|thumb|Two tone fingerfin]]
The wreck is too deep for much seaweed, but it is heavily encrusted with invertebrates, some of which are seldom seen anywhere else but the Smits wrecks. There are large numbers of multicolour and other sea fans, large clusters of sea cucumbers and areas covered with srawberry anemones. The Frilled nudibranch and the Gas flame nudibranch are common. Barred fingerfin are possibly the most common fish, but others, including scorpion fish and horsefish may be seen.
Fairly intact wreck of steel trawler. The low funnel
is the highest point on the forward part of the wreck, possibly on the whole wreck. There is a large and easily recognisble winch on the foredeck just forward of the superstructure. Much of the plating is wasted, and you can swim into the superstucture from the forward end above the winch. ===Photography===
There are plenty of macro subjects, but in good visibility a wide angle or fisheye lens wil give some interesting views