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Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay/Blouklip

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The dive site Blouklip, Bloukrans or Blousteen is an inshore rocky reef in the Rooi-els area on the east side of False Bay, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.


Understand[edit]

Aerial view of the dive site at Blouklip. (Photo CDS&M)

This site is more protected than most in this area from the south westerly swell, and is accessible from the shore.

Position[edit]

S34°16.439’ E018°50.163’ (Entry and exit area)


This site is not in a Marine Protected Area. A permit is not required.

Blouklip seen from the road to the north

Name[edit]

Variously named "Blouklip", "Blousteen" and "Bloukrans" for the dark rock ridge of the "Tygerberg" formation at the entry point. The mountain range behind the site is known as the Blousteenberge, and the peak directly above it is Rooielsberg.

Depth[edit]

Maximum depth about 17m


Topography[edit]

Inshore is moderate size boulders and outcrops. Further out they get lower until at 10m there are fairly flat gravel beds. Further out are more outcrops, some flat shale reef, more gravel beds and yet more outcrops.There are also some little patches of sand amongst the rocks and gravel.

Geology: The area is noted for the conspicuous surface deposits of manganese ore. The dark rocks near sea level are outcrops of the Tygerberg formation of the Pre–Cambrian Malmesbury series, similar to those at Gordon’s Bay. The unconformity between this formation and the sandstones of the Graafwater formation is fairly close to the water here, and visible in places, though usually covered by scree.

Conditions[edit]

Best during or after south easterly winds (summer). This area can be exposed to the south-easter at times when it blows parallel to the local shoreline from the Kogelbaai, and if strong this can push up a nasty chop. In these conditions the boulder beach to the south west of the outcrop will be sheltered from the wind and chop and will make a suitable alternative exit.



Facilities[edit]

There is a paved off-road parking area about 90m towards Kogelbaai (north east) from the top of the path.

Get in[edit]

View from the bottom of the path to Blouklip
The north side of the Blouklip ridge from the bottom of the path
The alternative exit area to the south west of the ridge

Usual access is from the shore, as there is a long boat ride from the nearest publicly accessible launch site. Park at the side of Faure Marine drive (R44) at the paved parking bay. The path starts at the first of the wire-bound gabion retaining walls about 90m to the south of the parking area and is rugged and fairly steep. Entry and exit at the large dark grey rock outcrop. Choose your own spot to suit the tide and sea state. There is a fairly sheltered spot on the north east side of the outcrop just inshore of the long ridge which extends to the right as a breakwater. The ledge in this angle is often a good entry and exit point if the tide is suitable. Alternative access by boat from Rooi-els slipway if you are a local resident, or from Gordon's Bay (about 15km)

See[edit][add listing]

Gas flame nudibranchs
This sponge is more common as an encrusting morph
Scribbled nudibranch
Cape fur seal

Marine life[edit]

Photography[edit]

Macro photography is most likely to produce good results

Routes[edit]

No particular routes recommended.

Stay safe[edit]

Hazards[edit]

Shore access requires a long walk down a steep path and a slightly tricky entry and exit.

Skills[edit]

No special skills required. The area is suitable for snorkelling.

Equipment[edit]

No special equipment recommended.

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