small boat harbour PORT ALFRED,

Harbour & water sports.

Port Alfred.  Eastern Cape. South Africa.
A destination that till now, was a secret. NO MORE!

The small boat harbour, which is next to the Royal Alfred Marina,  wherein the Halyards Hotel nestles like an ocean liner, is the home to private boats of all descriptions.   There are millionaires yachts. Commercial fishing boats. Canoes and rafts. We have, on occasion, had the most unusual craft float in here.  Once, a wonderful boat, made entirely of skins.  (pic coming).

Situated on this 'compound' are amongst other attractions, an indoor swimming pool, which is heated.   A diving school, KERYNS DIVING SCHOOL and fishing facilities for all.   Across the river, at the mouth of the harbour, is the SKI BOAT CLUB, which is host to the NSRI. Our national sea rescue organization. (see index page) fishing off the rocks at West beach.

Once a year, this harbour and all the surrounding areas, hosts the annual power boat races.  BOOKMARK THIS EVENT!    It takes place in May of each year, and stretches for a period of one week! In 2001, this event will be for an entire week!  There will be events all week, ending with the most spectacular power boat race ever!!

oh dam, those noisy boats again! A girl can't even get across the river when they are running.

We also host, the most wonderful fishing competitions, which will in future be national competitions.  Tuna that run for 10 days! 2001, will see prizes offered in the thousands & anglers from all over coming here to participate.

DIVING:The shores of Port Alfred are host to the most unique diving in the Eastern Cape. We are famous for our 'soft coral' the numerous wrecks that dot our shores & unbeknown to many, the incredible 'lunar landing' which is where Crayfish in their hundreds live and breed.  This sport, which is so special, has not been discovered by most here in Port Alfred. Keryns diving school, has facilities for overnight stays, lessons for the unschooled and for those wanting complete packages, please telephone tourism. soft coral.

Although days, or sometimes-even weeks, of poor diving conditions may persist,particularly during the summer rainy season, this relatively unexplored part of coast offers superb diving when conditions are good. The westerly winds clean the water, as does a light easterly wind, while a strong easterly dirties it. Warm Berg winds  flatten the water but bring in cold water because of upwelling, and fog often presents problems. The western ocean currents clean the water and the opposite holds true for the eastern currents.                                                                                      

              The best season for diving here is during the winter months (late March to late August), with the two best months      being June and July. The average visibility (in diveable conditions) is around 6-10m (20-33ft), but it can be up to 20m (66ft) on
              exceptional days. The water temperature ranges from 12-18’C (54-65’F) but can reach 25’C (77’F)
              occasionally in January, in which case it is usually very clean as well.

              Fountain Rocks is an extensive reef to the southeast of the Kowie River mouth. Most
              launches are through the Kowie River mouth, which can be very dangerous in big
              seas, so it is sometimes not possible to dive because you cannot launch a boat. It is
              possible to launch an inflatable off Kleinmond Beach, though, about an hour’s drive
              up the coast. Fish Life is varied and big fish are particularly plentiful with many
              spotted ragged-tooth sharks and rays occurring in certain areas..

              Riet Point
              Location: In the east of the Kowie River mouth, about 3km offshore.
              Access: By boat from Port Alfred. It is best to take two tanks and perhaps combine
              a shallow dive here with a deeper one on the Kilbrennan.
              Conditions: Because the pinnacle comes up to about 6m (20ft), care must be taken
              when anchoring as the sea can pick up and tip a shallowly anchored boat.
              Average depth: 10m (33ft)
              Maximum depth: 22m (70ft)
              This is an exceptionally colorful and prolific reef. Soft corals in many colours are
              abundant and, at greater depths, huge sponges dominate the reef. Because of the
              tricky anchoring, local fishermen avoid this spot and consequently, big reef fish

           Janssens Rock
              Location: Northeast of Fountain Rocks.
              Average depth: 8m (25ft)
              Maximum depth: 18m (60ft)
              This site consists of a broken reef with four distinct pinnacles rising to a few metres
              below the surface, gulleys and a flat reef. The potholes are colorful with abundant
              sponges and soft coral growth. There is a tunnel approximately 8m (25ft) long
              running through the rock at a depth of about 5m (30ft) and raggies are often found in
              here. The tunnel is wide enough for four divers to swim through side by side with
              ease, a practice which is not recommended when the raggies are in residence.

Interesting links.  diving. 

Mrs Pryces Pets


East Beach. Port Alfred.

river mouth

A day at the beach.

my favourite, the pier, on a windy day.


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