A-frame is a dive site nestled in the small town of Simon’s Town, in the False Bay area of Cape Town.
This is a shore dive, which can be quite difficult to find if you aren’t given directions.
I make my way down between the small holiday houses to a small rocky area where the entry is. You have to be careful here as it can be a little slippery.
Once in the water, I swim along the rock lining into thick Kelp forest. This area is a very sheltered, so large periwinkle and limpets are littered across the sea floor. This area is also full of the territorial Klipfish. I settle down and wait for them to come in close to check me out. These fish are fearless for such a small size, and there colouring differs based on where they have small their small home.
Once out of the kelp forest, I find a large sand patch where I swim through a swarm of South African Box Jelly Fish. It’s a cold water dive, so I’m basically covered head to toes in neoprene and therefore have no fear of stings. These jellies are also not as dangerous as its Australian Cousin.
Now, a tip from the locals! On the other side of the patch, there is a large orange sponge where I find the famous Swim through of this dive. The entrance is about 1.5 meters wide, but as I swim through the area opens up to the iconic A-frame shaped formation. The swim through opens up to a large overhang filled with soft coral and red seaweed. The world famous abalone mollusk is found here in large numbers, as well as a plethora of benthic critters. As I follow the walls of the dive something move in my peripherals. On closer inspection, I find the wall virtually covered with common octopuses darting between crevices and flashing bright warning signs as I draw near.
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The Author: Talya Davidoff is a marine biologist, freediving champion and dive instructor.