Cape RADD
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Cape RADD (Research & Diver Development) is a marine research field station based in Simons Town, South Africa. The field station is run by a small team of dedicated scientists. Cape RADD offer Citizen Science experiences to the public which introduces a new way to experience the ocean environment. Join our scientists on a snorkel or scuba dive and help collect valuable data while enjoying the beautiful underwater ecosystem of Cape Town. Swim through lush kelp forests, with playful seals, or alongside the prehistoric sevengill cow shark. After the experience you can show off your sightings to your friends on our FishMap. Stop counting your dives and make your dives count!
Cape Town, South Africa
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Laura B
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Really appreciated the information at the beginning to help us understand the ecosystem that we will be seeing. Being able to help conservation research is always a good thing. I am very grateful for the wetsuit and hood! I am grateful they were speaking with the other tours to bring us to a spot where the visibility was better.
Written 2 November 2023
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Flint
Manchester, England, United Kingdom2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
I took part in a citizen science snorkel with the Cape Radd team in Simon’s Town and had a great time. Becky our Guide was very knowledgeable and was able to answer everyone’s questions- as a marine biologist she knew exactly where to find something interesting to show us throughout the snorkel and made the experience top fun- High Fives all round!!!
Written 1 March 2023
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Beckie G
Cape Town Central, South Africa3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
I had the most amazing citizen science scuba dive looking for a few species of Shysharks. The entire experience from top to bottom was outstanding! The hub is a buzz of vibey activity and full of cool information on Cape Radd and the Western Cape's incredible ocean systems. Great people, great information, great gear, great diving, great hot chocolate! :-) Wouldn't hesitate to do it all over again - in fact - I plan to!
Written 28 November 2022
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Christo Strauss
Somerset West, South Africa6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Me and my son went on the guided snorkeling experience and it was WONDERFUL! we had an amazing time! And it was also extremely informative - not just a snorkel trip. So cool to have a marine biologist with you to answer all the questions!! I can strongly recommend this!
Written 28 February 2022
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Phillip Kent
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Insightful, informative experience. Friendly, knowledgable and passionate guides. I was lucky enough to have a perfect day, on my own, with a huge variety of sightings: four types of shark and endless jellyfish. Absolutely breathtaking.
Written 29 May 2021
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Thank you very much for joining us and for your lovely review. It was the perfect day!
Written 31 May 2021
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Annemarie S
Johannesburg, South Africa1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
What an amazing experience!!! My son and I enjoyed it immensely! Visibility was awesome, we saw loads of little sharks, wish I had an underwater camera to capture the beautiful scenery. Our guide, Gaz, was wonderful and very knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend doing this, we can't wait to bring the rest of the family and DO IT AGAIN!!!
Written 17 May 2021
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Thank you very much for the review and for joining us and supporting our shark research initiative. We hope we do see you out with us one day soon again!
Written 31 May 2021
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Paul Bennett
Philadelphia, PA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Family
We did a Citizen Science SCUBA dive with Cape RADD off Simon's Town that was superb. Our focus was to spot, identify, and count benthic shysharks, of which there are four species: pyjama shark, puff adder shark, dark shyshark, and the leopard shy shark. There were four of us, including my two teenage daughters who are studying marine biology, guided by Cape RADD founder and marine scientist, Mike. We did two shore dives just south of Simon's Town on a beautiful late summer day. On the first dive we didn't see any sharks—just two wonderful octopuses. But, on the second we spotted all four species, which was epic, and added that to the database Mike keeps for scientists far and wide.

Mike is a great teacher. He kicked things off with a super informative presentation about the marine environment and various species we might see, which gave us a solid context for the dive. We are all advanced divers, but Mike still went through all the safety checks. And we never went any deeper than 10m (30ft)—so totally suitable for open water certified divers.

The best part of the day was swimming through the kelp forests in False Bay, which is otherworldly and one of the most stunning environments on the planet. We love the film My Octopus Teacher, which was made a short distance away. This experience was like diving into that film. Highly recommend for anyone who loves the sea.
Written 13 March 2021
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Wow, what a fantastic review. Thank you for your time in writing this and for joining us for our shark research initiative. We really do appreciate the support and spreading the word of our word. Until next time! Mike
Written 31 May 2021
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SLD
Cape Town22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Couples
Had a great time with Cape RADD. Being able to take part in marine research and learn more about what you’re actually seeing underwater makes all the difference when choosing an experience or dive operator. We loved the friendly and down to earth attitude of the guide and the group as a whole. First time seeing an octopus underwater too.
Written 8 March 2021
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André
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Couples
The citizen science snorkeling trip is a must do experience for residents and tourists of Cape Town alike. The Cape RADD team are extremely helpful, friendly and informative and the snorkeling is amazing. You will get a chance to experience the beautiful marine biodiversity of Simons Town whilst doing so in a safe and educational manner. After this trip you will definitely want to keep on going back and contribute in a positive way to the marine environment!
Written 22 February 2021
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Top banana, thank you for joining us and supporting our work.
Written 31 May 2021
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Ryan
Vertou, France17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Family
Absolutely brilliant experience that hits the sweetspot between education and sheer fun. Better than any big game safari in my books and the fact that my 12 year old gave it “20 out of 10” tells you all you need to know. If you are starting out then sea conditions can be tricky by the guys at CapeRadd always seem to have a plan that makes the most of what’s available. We look forward to coming back - often!
Written 27 November 2020
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