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Dive Type: Boat Dive Depth: 12-17m Diver Qualification: Openwater Diver

Out past Suicide Reef to the West down the coast to Schoenmakerskop, just before Willows, about 300m offshore we come across a delightful “shallow” water dive of 12m down to 16/17m. Cracker centralises around a clump of rises dropping into holes and crevices. The centre circle is surrounded by a mixture of white sand and scattered rock, which on a sunny day and clearwater, looks a little bit like Mauritius.

The entire reef is covered with ferns and soft coral, alive with Starfish and juvenile fish. Jan Bruin and brown Parrot fish seem to congregate at Cracker with the odd Rock Cod which guards the red bait peaks.

The name Cracker was derived from the first dive when schools of good sized pure white Mussel Cracker were sited and which can still be seen when about. This is one of the longer boat rides to get to the dive site but it is certainly well worth the trip. A short way back towards Chelsea point lies the wreck of the Queenmoor (very little of the wreck is still visible) and one wonders if she struck Cracker?

A delightful all round dive with a lot to entertain the diver.
Noordhoek ski-boat club
Specie List for Dive site: (PE-WS)-Cracker
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Gymnocrotaphus curvidens (Janbruin)
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eastern cape scuba diving