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Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay/Fish Hoek Reef

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The dive site Fish Hoek Reef is an offshore rocky reef in the Fish Hoek area on the False Bay coast of the Cape Peninsula, in Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.


Understand[edit]

Map of the dive site at Fish Hoek Reef

Position[edit]

  • S34°08.292’ E018°26.676’ 1 Fish Hoek Reef (at the shallowest known point).

This site is in a Marine Protected Area (2004). A permit is required.

Name[edit]

The name "Fish Hoek Reef " is a geographic discription. The Reef is in Fish Hoek Bay.

Depth[edit]

Maximum depth is about 15 m at the edge of the sand. Average depth is likely to be about 12 m.


Topography[edit]

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 16 m on the east, and it is likely that the reef is more than 200 m long and more than 100 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.

Conditions[edit]

Get in[edit]

A long swim shore dive (about 550 m) or a boat dive from Simon’s Town or Miller’s Point

See[edit]

Marine life[edit]

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.

Photography[edit]

Routes[edit]

No particular routes recommended.

Stay safe[edit]

Hazards[edit]

Anyone considering doing this as a shore dive should be aware that Great White sharks have been seen cruising this area.

Skills[edit]

No special skills required. The depth is suitable for entry level divers.

Equipment[edit]

A compass is recommended if this is done as a shore dive.

Nearby[edit]

Back to Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay#Fish Hoek and Glencairn


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