Simon's Town Backpackers

66 St Georges St, Simon's Town, Cape Town, South Africa
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Shark Diving Cape Town

by stuartkidd1

We're travelling to cape town 31 oct - 16 nov. spending a few nights in cape town then hiring a car and traveling the garden route. Very interested in doing some shark diving. What companies would you recommend? Do we need to book the trip before we arrive in cape town or is there alot of availability so able to book a day or 2 before?

Re: Shark Diving Cape Town

by lynnehamman

I am extremely opposed to sharkdiving. However- there are now so many companies cashing in on this that it should not be necessary to pre-book.

Re: Shark Diving Cape Town

by faurec

Some of the operators tell me that pre-booking is required. Most will be able to accommodate you on one or two days notice.

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Re: Shark Diving Cape Town

by slyons81

Did you ever get to go shark diving? I saw a special on TV and have been looking into it. If you went how was it? Did you see a lot of them? Were there any White SHarks?

Re: Shark Diving Cape Town

by lynnehamman

I think that shark-diving is a despicable sport- only for adrenalin-seeking idiots.
It is causing unatural behaviour in the shark population- the operators of these shark-dives pour masses of offal into the sea, and when it is not forthcoming, they are entering shallow waters and beach/swimming areas- looking for food. Is it any wonder that shark attacks are on the increase?
Dive by all means- there are plenty of other beautiful things to see underwater, and leave the sharks alone.

Re: Shark Diving Cape Town

by slyons81

Doesn't really answer my question, but glad your passionate. Also, I'm not really seeking an adrenaline rush, I find the animals beautiful and intriguing and would love to just see one. Are you against safaris as well? Please withhold judgement.

Travel Tips for Cape Town

Sea Point

by annieruel

The most densely populated suburb of Cape Town with hotels and apartments all along the high rise seafront. Joggers, roller-bladers and dog walkers take their sport along the wide promenade while one block back, the Main Road provides restaurants, take-aways and shops. Prior to the V&A Waterfront’s existence, this was the evening hot spot, now more commonly frequented by locals than visitors.

Sea Point has one or two small sandy coves but the coastline is mostly rocky with deep kelp seaweed beds. It has a couple of tidal pools. Closer to the Waterfront, is the famous square red and white lighthouse, one of the oldest lighthouses in the country.

Xhosa homesteads

by Jenniflower

Homesteads have always traditionally been circular in format, with screened off kitchen areas outside the circular sleeping area. The hut is made of a frame of poles and shrubbery and boughs from trees in the shape of a bee hive.

They built these huts in a semi circle, and in the middle was their prized cattle. They made their homesteads like this for safety. Their maize was also safely stored away, in shallow pits beneath the cattle enclosure!

Cape Point - the Lighthouse

by grets

As you can see, the climb up to the Lighthouse is fairly steep, but it is worth it for the spectacular view.

The first lighthouse was built from cast iron in Greenwich, London, in 1859. It has since been rebuilt at a differnt localtion for better visibility. Now the bean can be seen up to 63 km out to sea.

Garden with a view

by pmarshuk about Blue Peter Hotel

Right on the seafront at Big Bay in Blouberg is the Blue Peter Hotel. From here you get wonderful views across the bay to Cape Town and Table mountain. When we visited the hotel was very busy every night with loads of people just lazing around in the evenings on the terraces and lawns. However it could get a bit chilly later in the evenings if it was breezy. .


by myriam_c about Baia

Baia is a chic and contemporary restaurant and cocktail bar located in Victoria Wharf on the V&A Waterfront. It's on the first floor, with a view on the water. Prime location! Indoor and outdoor seating, outdoor is more expensive than indoor!

Open 7 days a week.

A very stylish place where the service was rather obsequious with our waiter ("Bonsoir madame et monsieur, my name is Oliver. I'll be your waiter tonight") always callling us "monsieur" and "madame". Which, by the way, is my only complaint.

They have oysters from Brittany on their menu as well as Norwegian salmon. A bit decadent, if you ask me ... We both chose the spinach/potato soup as a starter and baby kingklip as a main. The baby kingklip being much bigger than expected!
Wine: semi-sweet housewine
Dessert: no dessert, just a pot of rooibos tea.
Price: 290 ZAR (excl. tip)


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