- 1 Fish Hoek Reef: S34°08.292’ E018°26.676’ — (at the shallowest known point).
This site is in the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area since 2004. A permit is required.
The name "Fish Hoek Reef " is a geographic discription. The Reef is in Fish Hoek Bay.
Maximum depth is about 16 m at the edge of the sand. Average depth is likely to be about 12 m.
The reef is not yet full mapped, The shallowest point found so far is about 7 m deep, and the 9 m contour runs NW-SE, approximately 40 m wide and 150 m long. Most of the reef is deeper, down to about 15 m on the east, and the reef is about 300 m long and 150 m wide. The reef is moderate profile sandstone, quite blocky and rugged, with lots of small ledges and undercuts, and criss-crossed by small cracks and gullies, providing habitat for a fairly good range of invertebrates and fish.
Geology: Sandstone reef probably of the Peninsula formation. Strike is roughly NW-SE.
There is sparse Split-fan kelp in the shallower areas. Typical fish and invertebrates of shallow reef in the region. Large numbers of Palmate sea fans (Leptogorgia palma) along the outer edge of the reef.
No particular routes recommended.
Anyone considering doing this as a shore dive should be aware that Great White sharks have been seen cruising this area.
No special skills required. The depth is suitable for entry level divers.
A compass is recommended if this is done as a shore dive.
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