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The dive site Three Anchor Bay is a shoreline rocky reef in the Green Point area on the Atlantic seaboard of the Cape Peninsula, in Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.


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


1 Three Anchor Bay: S33°54.36’ E018°23.85’

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


The name "Three Anchor Bay" has been associated with this little bay for over a century, and it is marked on maps under this name.




Rocky shoreline reefs and sand bottom.

Geology: Sedimentary rocks, probably Tygerberg formation of the Pre-Cambrian Malmesbury series.


This spot picks up a fair amount of swell and except for the little beach and the slipway any other entries or exits require you to go through the surf zone. As this is a very rocky area this is not a good idea.


Off road paved parking lot to the north of the bay.

Get in[edit]

See also: Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay#Boat dives

Normally dived from shore entry: Park on the parking lot to the north east of the bay, close to the Putt-Putt course. Access down is via the slipway road or one of the few sets of stairs on either side of the bay. Entry is at the slipway or over the beach as the slipway can be very slippery at times.


Marine life[edit]

See also: Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay#The marine ecology



Dive along the reef edges, either to the north or the south of the sand. There will be more to see and less risk from boat traffic.

Stay safe[edit]

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


Boat traffic may be a problem during the day as there is a slipway at the entry area.


No special skills required.


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

No special equipment recommended.


Three Anchor Bay and nearby dive sites. The yellow lines are boundaries of the MPAs, and the orange lines are boundaries of restricted zones within the MPAs.

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