SIMON’S TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
Accessible by boat or by shore, Miller’s Point is just a few minutes away from Simon’s Town, on the coast of False Bay. This dive site immerses you in a unique ecosystem of kelp forest. Kelps colonize each rocky substrate, where many marine invertebrates proliferate. The dense forest is one of the most productive and dynamic ecosystems on the planet — it is home to many shark species, such as the shy spotted gully shark, pyjama catshark, leopard catshark and more. But the main attraction here is the high concentration of broadnose sevengill sharks. This prehistoric-looking shark strolls lazily under the canopy, and it is possible to observe several specimens at the same time. There are only a few places in the world where it is possible to see this shark, and this shallow dive, 40 feet deep, is suitable for beginners. The resident sevengill sharks, which can grow up to 10 feet in length, may even swim up to you without reservation here. The water temperature can go down to 50 degrees Fahrenheit, so it’s necessary to have appropriate exposure protection and equipment. The visibility is very random, ranging from 10 to 60-plus feet. Between ambient and macro photography, it is an excellent playground for photographers.