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The dive site Sunny Cove is a rocky shoreline reef in the Fish Hoek area on the False Bay coast of the Cape Peninsula, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.


Aerial view of the dive site at Sunny Cove. (Photo CDS&M)
See also: Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay#Understand

The access is relatively easy and the site is fairly sheltered from south west swell.


  • 1 Sunny Cove reef: S34°08.68’ E018°26.30’ — Just east of the pedestrian bridge at Sunny Cove railway station.

This site is in the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area since 2004. A permit is required.

The sign on the station platform at Sunny Cove seen from the roadside.


Named after the "Sunny Cove" railway station at the site, which was probably named after the general location, though it is not clear what cove is referred to.


Maximum depth is approximately 11 m over the sand.


The grassy area in the foreground where the shadow of the pole falls over the rock is the route to the entry point which is off the photo to the left. The little cove in the middle of the photo is an alternative entry/exit if there is no swell from the South West

Moderate relief sandstone rocks, ridges and gullies shelving down to sand at about 10 m.

Geology: Ordivician sandstone of the Table Mountain group. Probably Peninsula formation, or the underlying Graafwater formation. Strike is north-west/south east, and the dip is shallow (about 7°)and to the south west.


Often at its best during or after westerly winds. The site is fairly well sheltered from south west swell. Usually considered a winter dive site, but also may be dived in summer if the south-easter has not blown for a few days.


None. The public toilets at the railway siding have been locked up and are not accessible.

Get in[edit]

View of Sunny Cove from the road. The bridge on the left is where you cross the railway line. The entry and exit area is to the right of the photo on the flat rocks.

This dive is generally dived from the shore, though the site appears to be less frequently dived than in the past. There is parking at the side of the main road near the station. Walk over the pedestrian bridge and to the south east about 50 m to a grassy patch at the side of the path. Entry area is at the north side of the low rocky promontory visible in the middle of the aerial photo. This is also usually suitable for exit, but occasionally the inlet at the south of the promontory may be more suitable or convenient. The water is quite shallow in these areas, and there is kelp which both moderates the surge and gets in the way.


Marine life[edit]

Not particularly colourful, but quite a variety of invertebrate and seaweed species. Great white sharks have been seen from the shore cruising past the site.


Close-up photography is most appropriate at this site.

Suggested Routes[edit]

No particular routes recommended. It is often worth spending some time over the sand, but most of the dive would normally be on the inshore reefs.

Stay safe[edit]

See also: Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay#Stay safe


Sea urchins. A swimmer was taken by a great white shark near this site in 2004.


No special skills are required. The site is suitable for snorkelling and has been used for training entry level divers.

Moderate fitness and agility are required for the shore access.


See also: Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay#Equipment

No special equipment required. A compass can be useful if you swim out over the sand.


Sunny Cove reefs and other sites in the vicinity

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