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Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay/Bordjiesrif

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


Aerial photo of the dive site at Bordjiesrif (Photo CDS&M)


S34°18.99’ E018°27.83’

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


Fairly shallow.


Sandstone reef.


Winter dive area, though also dived in summer when conditions allow as it is popular as a snorkelling site for Rock Lobster. Exposed to south easterly winds and waves, and access could be tricky through surf.


Adequate paved parking. Parks Board facilities are usually clean and well maintained.

Get in[edit]

Normally a shore dive, but there is a slipway at the site.

There is an entrance fee to enter the Cape Point area of the National Park.


Marine life[edit]

Extensive kelp forests and a popular Kreefing spot.



No particular route recommended.

Stay safe[edit]


No site specific hazards known.


Suitable for training and entry level divers, and popular as a snorkelling site


No special equipment recommended.

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