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Shallow Boat Dive

Port Elizabeth

Activity Description

The shallow boat dives are guided by a Pro Dive professional guide and the boat leaves from Hobie Beach to the various dive sites located not far from the beautiful beachfront (20 minute boat ride).

The Eastern Cape is unique in that there is an abundance of beautiful soft, colourful corals teeming with fish and small critters due to the temperate, nutrient rich waters. There is also a good chance of seeing Ragged Tooth Sharks on most of the shallow boat dives as they are resident in these waters.

Average Temperature: 17 – 18 degrees Celsius
Depth : 6m – 40 m
Visibility (in meters): 1 – 20m+
Recommended wetsuit: 5mm or 7mm & hoodie


Shark Alley Reef

Depth: 5-18m
Qualification: All Levels
This reef is also known as Roman Rock due to a large number of Red Roman fish that are found here. This pinnacle is situated close to Bell Buoy – a belled buoy to alert boat and ships of the shallow water. It is a short boat ride from Hobie Beach and is a favourite with most divers. The large reef is made up of gullies and pinnacles which are teeming with fish, soft corals, feather stars, starfish, sea fans and anemones. Many animals from the smallest nudibranch to the Ragged-tooth shark share a spot on this popular reef.

Phillips Reef

Depth: 8-16m
Qualification: All Levels
Phillips reef is often a forgotten dive site which offers some spectacular diving. The reef is in close proximity to Hobie beach with characteristic gully formation. The Ragged Tooth shark is often sighted here together with the pyjama and leopard cat sharks. The reef is densely populated with colourful sea fans, sponges and soft corals. Crustaceans, nudibranchs and a wide variety of fish also populate the reef.

Shy Shark Reef

Depth: 6-17m
Qualification: All Levels
Shyshark reef has one main pinnacle that reaches up to 6m from the surface. It is densely covered by hard and soft corals that displays an array of vibrant colours. As the name suggests, sightings of shysharks are common. A definite must for the adventurous diver!

Please see our website for further details on other shallow boat dives in the area.


Duration2 hours
WhenAll year round
WherePro Dive - Hobie Beach - Port Elizabeth
WeatherAll trips are weather dependent and conditions will be checked on the morning of your activity, one hour prior to arrival time. Please note that if the weather conditions are not suitable for diving the Charter can be cancelled on the morning of the dive. You would then have the option to re-schedule or obtain a full refund.
What to WearWetsuit on the boat (the boat is a wet environment)
Things to BringDiver must bring along scuba diving certification card and/or log book. Swimwear, towel, sunscreen, change of clothes Full Gear (Scuba and Soft Gear), Cylinder ( in the event that you are not renting from us)
Guests or SpectatorsPlease enquire to check on availability to join for the boat ride


Minimum Age10 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsEntry Level Scuba Diving Certification
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions


Dive guide
Use of facilities (showers, lockers, washing up facilities)


Gear Hire
Soft Gear (Wetsuit, Mask & Snorkel, Fins, Weightbelt)
Scuba Gear (BC, DV & Tank)
We do have limited availability of diving computers. Please contact us to confirm availability.


Diver must bring along scuba diving certification and/or logbook.

Conveniently located in the Red Windmill at Hobie Beach, Summerstrand (Shark Rock Pier)

2 hours
The choice of shallow dive site will be decided on the day based on the weather and sea conditions.

You will be met on arrival by our experienced Dive Guide who will sign you in and assist with fitting your Scuba & Snorkel gear (changing rooms and lockers are available on site). Once every-one has geared up, the group will take a short stroll on the beach to the boat where you be given a briefing by the skipper and dive guide on boat procedures and the dive site, before embarking on a short boat ride to one of the shallow dive sites. You will then get to jump into the water with your guide for an exhilarating 45 minute dive. On arrival back at Pro Dive our facilities include changing rooms, washing facilities and shower facilities where can freshen up after completing your dive.


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Customer Reviews

I had an amazing time diving with pro Dive in PE! The team was super friendly and professional. Felt like I was in safe hands straight away. The dive itself left me speechless too, I got to see a raggy, plenty of colorful corals and fish, and a bronze whaler shark !! I will be diving with them again asap and can't recommend it enough. - Daniel

EXCELLENT!!!! There are no other words, the team, the staff and management, just superb. They handled the whole experience brilliantly and i will most certainly be back. I can only thank each and every person involved and spoken too/met during this process. - Marc

We had two dives on the day and had perfect conditions. I've never seen so much sea life, it was unbelievable!! As far as the Prodive staff was concerned, everybody was their friendly and professional selves, as they always are. One wish though is that communication regarding upcomming dives the day before occurs sooner. I understand sea conditions play a role, but still. What a pleasure it is to dive with such a professional outfitter, doing the right things all the time. Staff are Always friendly, ever willing to go the extra mile, and yet professional about what is possible and what not under the conditions. Most importantly it is safety first. I will recommend Prodive to anyone, thank you! - Ricus

The Weather was kind to us for December making the diving conditions good for Port Elizabeth. The was some plankton down to about 5m which made the visibility a poorer but still a great dive in Shark Ally with 3 small Raggies and plenty of reef fish. The colourful soft corals are always wonderful to see and observe The water temperature was a bit cold at 13 Deg C but this can be expected at this time of year. - Brian

Thank you for special time and help from Matthew. - Anthonie

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