Shark Alley

This is the best site in Cape Town to see Cow sharks. (Seven Gill Sharks Notorhynchus cepedianus) Located Inshore from Pyramid Rock, the site is essentially a sandy alley between kelp beds and the higher reefs at Pyramid rock. The sharks tend to swim in a pattern and the same shark may pass you multiple times on a dive. It is also possible to be approached by multiple sharks at the same time some from the front and the back.

It is not easy to misidentify a seven gill cow shark; they have seven distinctive gill slits and only one dorsal fin far back on their body. They are not considered dangerous to scuba divers although never attempt to touch them and never corner these sharks. Their main prey species are seals so they are well able to kill a diver. If you witness any aggressive behaviour move away and end the dive.

In the event that no sharks are present or you want to focus on other marine life, this site also offers beautiful reefs towards Castle and Pyramid rocks where Nudibranch and many other macro viewing options abound. There are also a variety of other fish and sharks at this site including the shy spotted gulley shark.

Maximum depth: 12m,

Average Depth: 8m

Visibility: 4-10m depending on prevailing weather conditions

This site is within a Marine Protected Area and a permit is required to dive the site.