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Wrecks always has a special magic about them. It allows you to connect with the past and for this reason divers love them. Not to mention the chance of actually penetrating them and having a look around.

Cape Recife:

These wrecks is located opposite Humewood golf course and it is a collection broken up wrecks close to shore. The most popular wrecks are The Fidela (1873), The Itzehoe (1911), The Sabina (1842), Lady Leith (1848) and Cuba (1853). It also has many small overhangs and caves.

Depth: 3-6m, drops to about 10 m when you are 200 m offshore.

North End Wrecks:

This is the site of the single largest maritime ship in South Africa’s history. In 1902 a gale force south-easter struck and 18 vessels were lost leaving the bay graveyard of ships. Many small craft were also lost and it is impossible to mane all the wrecks as they are scattered all ove the ocean floor. Visibility here is seldom good.

Haerlem:

This is a artificial reef and was formed in 1987 when a SA Navy frigate was scuttled here. It is 18 m long and completely intact. A torch is a must to look into the many portholes. No wreck penetration is allowed. Coral and sponges have started growing on the wreck. Looking into portholes you will see many pajama sharks. Fish life is varied and typical of most PE reefs. In good vis this is a brilliant dive. At times you can see the whole wreck on entering the water and from side to side when at the bottom. Generally the buoy line gets attached to the wreck and buddy pairs simply swim around. It can obviously be circled quite a few times during a dive depending on how slow the buddy pair goes. It is about ten minutes from the harbour and five minutes from Hobie beach by boat.

Depth: 18-21 m

The Patti:

The engine block of this Cypriot ship lies here after it struck the reef in 1976 on its way to the Persian Gulf from the Ivory Coast. Yellowtail and various other smaller fish can be found here.

The Kapodistrias:

In 1985 this 30 000 ton greek vessel struck the reef in calm weather and lost its cargo. It has started to break up and has a lot of exposed metal and jagged edges making it very dangerous with even a small swell running. One of the propellers is still attached to the prop shaft. This dive is recommended for experienced divers only.

Depth: 8-14 m

Doddington:

This is a historically valuable site as this vessel was wrecked here in 1755 with valuable treasure onboard. It is situeated near Bird island with its seal colony and consequently is visited by Great White sharks. LAnding on the island is prohibited and the wreck is usually surrounded by strong currents. Visibility is usually good due to the Agulhas current.

Depth: 4-6 m

To find out more about these and other exciting dives in the area call  Curt Coetzee on 0826592853, The Noordhoek Dive club or Pro Dive on +27 (0)41 362 7880 or e-mail them at dive@prodive.co.za or visit their website http://www.prodive.co.za

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