The site is not dived very often as there are more popular sites which are more accessible. As a result it is mostly unexplored and has not been mapped.
- S34°16.48’ E018°28.41’ 1 Smits Cliffs Below the cliffs visible above the water on the south side of Smitswinkel Bay,
This site is in a Marine Protected Area (2004). A permit is required.
The site name "Smits Cliffs" refers to the cliffs above the site and the contraction for Smitswinkel Bay commonly used by local divers. The cliffs at the south side of Smitswinkel Bay are marked on the charts as "Hell’s Gate". The mountain above them is called Judas Peak (919 m).
Maximum depth is probably about 16 m.
Not a particularly spectacular site, but interesting, Large and medium sandstone boulders and outcrops, with coarse shelly sand in low spots.
Geology: Ordovician sandstones, probably of the Graafwater formation.
This site is well protected from south westerly swell, but quite exposed to south easterly weather. It would usually be a winter dive.
Moderate variety of invertebrates.
No specific routes 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
- 8 Batsata Rock
Other regional dive sites:
- Dive sites of Table Bay and approaches,
- Dive sites of the Cape Peninsula west coast
- Dive sites of False Bay offshore and approaches
- Dive sites of False Bay east coast
- Fresh water dive sites of the Cape Town Metropolitan Area