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Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay/Batsata Rock

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The dive site Batsata Rock is an inshore rocky reef in the Batsata area on the False Bay coast of the Cape Peninsula, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.


Understand[edit]

View of Batsata Rock from the Paulsberg.

Position[edit]

S34°16.602’ E018°28.830’

The rock is visible above the water at all states of the tide.


This site is in a Marine Protected Area (2004). A permit is required. The site is mostly inside the Paulsberg Restricted Zone. The northern boundary of the restricted zone passes through the isolated northern exposed rock of the group.


Depth[edit]

Fairly shallow around the exposed rocks.

Maximum depth is about 25m.


Topography[edit]

Not very deep between the shore and the rocks, but deeper to seaward.


Geology: Pre-Cambrian granite of the of the Peninsula pluton.

Conditions[edit]

This site is moderately protected from south westerly swell, but quite exposed to south easterly weather. It would usually be a winter dive.



Get in[edit]

This site is only accessible by boat. It is about 6.3 km from Millers Point slipway.

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Marine life[edit]

Kelp beds in the shallower areas, and a fair variety of local invertebrates.


Photography[edit]

Routes[edit]

No particular route recommended.

Stay safe[edit]

Hazards[edit]

No site specific hazards known

Skills[edit]

No special skills required.

Equipment[edit]

No special equipment recommended

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