Rowing boat in Smitswinkel Bay

A Day on the Bay: Exploring Smitswinkel Bay

Date: 27 December 2013

The rocks at the southern end of Smitswinkel Bay
The rocks at the southern end of Smitswinkel Bay

Fighting with patchy visibility in False Bay during the days after Christmas last year, we found ourselves exploring the shallows at the southern end of Smitswinkel Bay, where the water was clean. The surface conditions were great, and it was a lovely day to be boating. A gentleman in his rowing boat seemed to agree with me.

Rowing boat in Smitswinkel Bay
Rowing boat in Smitswinkel Bay

Summer diving in Cape Town can be tricky (and has been particularly tricky this time around). If there’s not enough south easterly wind, the Atlantic doesn’t clean up, and a cold dive in two metre visibility is fun for no one except penguins. False Bay is dirty, regardless of what happens, but it can get a little bit cleaner now and then (five metre visibility makes us ecstatic) and is nice and warm. We had days when the surface temperature was 23 degrees in January, but underwater mostly looked like this.

View of Smits from the boat
View of Smits from the boat

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Tony

Scuba diver, teacher, gadget man, racing driver, boat skipper, photographer, and collector of stray animals

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