- S34°16.602’ E018°28.830’ 1 Batsata Rock The rock is visible above the water at all states of the tide.
- S34°16.553' E018°28.840' 2 Batsata Blinder the half-tide rock
This site is in a Marine Protected Area (2004). A permit is required. The site is mostly inside the Paulsberg Restricted Zone. The northern boundary of the restricted zone passes through the isolated northern exposed rock of the group.
The site is named for the exposed rock of the same name. Why it is called Batsata rock is not known.
Fairly shallow around the exposed rocks with an extensive area shallower than 9 m
Maximum depth is about 25 m to the north and east.
Visibility is likely to be similar to the other nearby reef, such as Smits Reef and Partridge Point, but Batsata is a bit shallower and more exposed.
Not very deep between the shore and the rocks, but deeper to seaward.
Geology: Pre-Cambrian granite of the Peninsula pluton.
This site is moderately protected from south westerly swell, but quite exposed to south easterly weather. It would usually be a winter dive.
Kelp beds in the shallower areas, and a fair variety of local invertebrates.
No particular route recommended.
No site specific hazards known
No special skills required.
No special equipment recommended
- 1 SAS Transvaal
- 2 MFV Orotava
- 3 Good Hope Reef
- 4 MFV Princess Elizabeth
- 5 SAS Good Hope
- 6 MV Rockeater
- 7 Smits Reef - Kreef Reef
- 8 Smits Reef - Horseshoe Reef
- 9 Smits Cliff
- 10 Smits Reef
- 11 Smits Reef - West Pinnacle
- 12 Smits Reef - Batsata Maze