The naming of these various dive sites were historically done by Jacques Alberts and African Waters Scuba divers when they operated in the area. Since J-Bay Scuba started operating in the area, there were also several new spots that were added to the mix. We are always discovering new dive sites and will add and update them on this page from time to time.

Walls

Walls is a dive site we discovered during the 2019 / 2020 season. We were diving nearby Pope's nose, one of the other sites, and there was quite a surface current. The divers took a while to get together and sort their boyancy out after they dropped, and they ended up doing the dive at a completely different spot. When they surfaced, Jacques Alberts immediatly said we should mark the spot and come back again. We ended up going to visit Walls for many dives, and it has never dissapointed. The max depth on the bottom is 16m, and ther are several high walls that go as shallow as 7m.

 

Seal Point Reef

Seal Point is situated south east of the Seal Point light house at Cape St Francis. The reef is quite wide and runs for about 2 km into the ocean which offers a variety of dive sites on one reef. Depths from 28m deep on the Northern side of that progresses to 12m and then a plato on 16m. Huge red bait grows here and to appreciate their size one needs to dive this site. This is a very colorful reef with loads of fish and sea life.

Shark Point Pinnacle

Shark Point Pinnacle is close to the first rocky outcrop that you will encounter when turning right after heading out of Port St. Francis. The top of the pinnacle starts at a depth of 28 m and drops down to 47m. At a depth of 33m the pinnacle flattens out and forms a nice big reef which drops down again to 37m, with another drop to the bottom. Huge white brain corals, brittle stars, fans etc. on the top parts of this reef. In a southern direction. Once you leave the pinnacle section of the reef a wall awaits you that is approximately 12m high and very wide. Schools of Cape Salmon have been found on this reef. Heading closer to shore, there are also a couple of undocumented wrecks of smaller vessels.

We would like to dive these spots more, and hope to update photos soon.

Moonrock Reef

Our latest find is this unspoilt reef, Moonrock Reef. At an average depth of 25m the reef is rather flat with an abundance of micro life living between the rock and sandy patches. To the north east the reef forms a drop of about 2m. Fish life is amazing with big Jan Bruin, Red Roman and more. Octopus, sponges, corals, nudi's, squirts to name a few. A few pics of the reef...

Namakwa Reef

Our latest find. Laying in 20m water further east on the Long Mile Reef off JBay is this flower pot. The amount of colour on this reef makes you think of the flowers of Namaqa Land. Mostly covered in pink with blue and orange squirts, hard and soft corals, ferns, nudi's, anenomy and much more.

 

Flat Rock Reef

Flat Rock Reef:

Situated about 700m east of Rock Cod reef. Smaller sandy gullies, running from east to west at the bottom of 16 meters with rock walls of 4 to 5 m. The reef has wide flattish tops at a depth of about 12m which makes it a lovely reef to take photos on. Gullies are about 3m wide and the odd Raggie has been spotted. Lots of anenomy, corals, squirts etc.

Here's a video taken by Paul Roets

Pramberg Reef

A nice boat ride of about 8km to get to the reef. A deep drop of 35m going down to 37m with nice big patches of reef with white sandy patches between the rock formations where Geelbek and other fish wait for their prey to cross the reefs where they snatch them up as they cross the sandy spots. Huge brittle starts of about 50cm in size sitting on giant ferns.

Geelbek Rock

A popular geelbek fishing spot. Huge miss lucy and mussel cracker have been spotted on this flat piece of reef. On one occasion a great white was spotted during the descent to 30m. The reef drops down to 32m towards the south eastern side. Due to the depth surge doesn't really affect the diving but sand picked up can affect viz although top to bottom viz has been enjoyed. At about 8km from the launch site the boat ride can become quite interesting if the easterly wind picks up.

Pictus

Some years ago Pictus shell was dived by shell collectors off this reef at night. A fairly flattish reef with sections where the sand washed away, leaving holes for catfish and other reef fish to hide. The brittle stars on this reef are definately on some form of steriods as they measure about 30cm wide, sitting on big ferns in the surge. At a depth of 18 to 22m deep and only 4km from the launch site. Big swell can influence the viz as there is lots of sand in between the reef.

Jagged Edge

With up to 30m wide sandy gullies at an average depth of 16m this site is perfect for practicing navigation. To the west the gullies close up and become broken reef with teeth standing up 4m in height. The reef breaks up again and forms large round boulders with white sand in between. Large rays, raggies and loads of reef fish. The odd school of Half Beaks have also been spotted on this reef.

To the east the reef becomes a bit flatter before breaking up into big boulders. Lots of micro life on this reef. Nudi's, anemone, brittle stars, corals, ferns, sponges, shell fish and lots more.

Rock Cod

As the name indicates you will find lots of yellow belly rock cod on this strech of reef. Average depth of 16m with wide sandy bottom gullies and walls going up for 4m. As the reef flattens out deep crevises and broken rock starts where these shy fish hide. Big ferns with brittle starts picking up nutrients as the water passes down the gullies. A huge variety of anemone, nudi's, reef fish and the odd ray. A few raggies have also been spotted on this popular reef.

Little Chelsea

If you dived Chelsea reef at Wild Side just outside Port Elizabeth you would understand the name of this reef as it's almost a duplicate but only shallower at 14 - 16m deep. Nice wide gullies with flat reef and broken rock where octopus, pajama shark, anemone, ferns, corals, sponges, sea stars and brittle stars can be found. The odd yellow belly rock cod, red roman, cape knifejaw, jan bruin and other reef fish is in abundance. 

Raggies Rest

At only 14m deep a nice long dive. Only about 500m north east from Discovery Channel Reef but very different. Groups of 2 to 2,5m long raggies lay in the gullies. This was Paul van Jaarsveld's first time to see a Ragged Tooth Shark up close. Dive Log - Sunday 5 June 2011.

We ended up going back to this spot several times and Paul Roets captured some raggies for us on film. (Shared from his Youtube channel.)

Discovery Channel

The name says it all!! Discover something new or different on every dive on this shallow reef. At only 12m deep lots of light for nice photos of big red bait, anemone, nudi's, variety of corals and sponges. The odd ragged tooth, pajama sharks and puffer fish. Gullies running between rocky outcrops that rise up to 4m high. Strong surge influences viz due to white sandy bottoms when strong swell runs.

Liza's Raggie

At a shallow depth of 7 - 10m deep. Nice gullies with sea grass and red bait. Lots of nudi's, anemone, double sash butterfly fish and other reef fishes. Many juvenile ragged tooth sharks hide in the gullies but due to the reef being so shallow surge is often a problem if big swell is running.