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Deep Boat Dive

Port Elizabeth

Activity Description

Boat Dives take place from Hobie Beach and are guided by Pro Dive professional dive guides. Most of the deep dives are situated outside the Bay and are approximately a 45 minute boat ride from the beach.

The Eastern Cape is unique in that there is an abundance of beautiful soft, colourful corals on all our reefs due to the temperate, nutrient rich waters. The reef structures are also characterised by steep walls, gullies and drop offs making for exciting diving. You are bound to be amazed by the colourful soft coral, a variety of fish including, nudibranchs, shysharks, rays and the well known local resident Ragged Tooth Shark.

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

A dive computer is a requirement for the advanced dives.


Riy Banks

Depth: 15-30m+
Qualification: Advanced
An extensive reef system situated 20km from Hobie Beach, the boat trip is often rewarded by penguin, dolphin and whale sightings. Spectacular drop-offs and walls characterise this popular deep site. Due to its location, one is never sure of the conditions and what one might see, however, we often experience excellent visibility making for a magnificent dive. Schools of game fish and a vibrant reef await the adventurous diver.

Gasmic Reef

Depth: 16-28m
Qualification: Advanced
Gasmic Reef is situated on the wild side and is characterised by a narrow gorge made up of dramatic walls covered in cream tipped Noble corals, soft corals and teeming with fish life. The elusive horse fish is often spotter on this reef. A breath-taking dive!


Depth: 15-30m
Qualification: Advanced
Thunderbolt reef (also on the wildside) has dramatic topography with huge boulders, deep gullies and drop-offs. Hard and soft corals are abundant and large black & white basket stars are found draped on sea fans, arms outstretched.


Duration3 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) Swimwear
Things to BringDiver must bring along scuba diving certification card and/or log book . A diving computer is mandatory for Deep Dives (rental options available) Full Gear (Scuba and Soft Gear), Cylinder ( in the event that you are not renting from us) Swimwear, towel, sunscreen, change of clothes
Guests or SpectatorsN/A


Minimum Age15 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsAdvanced Or Equivalent & Qualified To Dive To 30m
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.


A dive computer is a requirement for the advanced dives & can be rented (on request) .
Diver must bring along scuba diving certification card and/or log book .

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

2,5 hours
The choice of deep boat 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 Dive Gear (changing rooms and lockers are available on site). Once every-one has geared up, the group will take a short stroll to the beach where you be given a briefing by the dive guide on the dive site. Thereafter we launch from the beach to our dive site (approx 30-45 minute boat ride) for a 45 minute relaxing dive. On arrival back at Pro Dive our facilities include changing rooms and shower facilities where can freshen up after completing your dive.


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Customer Reviews

This was one of the BEST dives I have experienced in Port Elizabeth. The weather was very kind to us for a December dive and we managed to get across the bay for this special dive near St Cruse Island. It is a long boat ride but well worth it. The reef and the environment is fantastic to see. Water was a bit cold as is normal this time of year about 13 deg C. We were especially rewarded with been able to witness a Dolphin Bait Ball with Birds dive bombing, dolphins circling and some Southern Right Wales joining the fun. - Brian

Had a great time. Staff was very professional and accommodating. The dives were a little limited on visibility, but normal for this time of year. Saw lots of great fishes and coral. Will do these dives when I am next in Port Elizabeth. - Matthew

The Sardine Run with ProDive was one of the best events in my live, but the very best at water. First, we saw Orcas and then about 100 hunting Dolphins and followed them for hours. We tried to see the Dolphins in the water, but that was not so easy because of the low visibility. Thank you very much Louis it was great Martin - Martin

Awesome Dive! - Celeste

Awesome - Andrew

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