Custom Scuba’s two boats aren’t typical leisure vessels—they’re inflatable boats, originally designed for Navy SEALS. And like Navy SEALS, the company’s captains use the boats to reach hidden channels and hard-to-access waterways. However, unlike Navy SEALS, their top priority is fun. With more than 10 years of experience each, the two captains helm snorkeling adventures, fishing trips, and sunset cruises that showcase the area’s natural beauty at sites often not visited by other companies. True to its company name, the team also offers scuba classes, teaching basic underwater skills and doling out dive certifications with a teaching motto of never rushing a student and always putting safety first and cannonball competitions last.
Create Studio gives kids, aspiring artists, and weekend Warhols the means to unleash their creative sides in a multitude of artistic media. A Ralph Waldo Emerson quote on each of their eco craft kits sums up their inclusive artistic approach: “Nothing in nature is exhausted in its first use.” With that spirit animating their work, the studio's staff furnishes paint, fabric, and paper, but also less-typical materials, such as plastic bottles, sunglasses, and pinecones. In addition to everyday activities, they host birthday parties, where celebrants can craft their own party hats or personalize their birthday cake by smearing frosting across the top à la a youthful Jackson Pollock.
Entice appetites with starters such as chicken livers in peri-peri sauce and tomato-onion gravy ($6.99), or more-conventional bite-sizers such as samosas ($7.99) or Hout Bay calamari served with homemade garlic mayonnaise ($7.99). Under the protection of divey décor (plastic fish, Christmas lights, and sports-tuned televisions), mine heaps of heartier fare such as Guinness stew, rich with the dark brew and chunks of filet mignon ladled over a pile of mashed potatoes ($14.99). The South African favorites on Springbok’s menu are “refined, with more attention to detail than the atmosphere would suggest,” according to the Los Angeles Times. Rudder hard to starboard and encircle Durban-style curry of the day with sambals and pappadum ($13.99), or a South African sausage sandwich ($8.99).