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The dive site '''(primary site name)''' or '''(alternative site name/s)''' is a (inland, shoreline, inshore, offshore) (sandy, rocky reef, coral reef, recent wreck, historical wreck) in the (locality name) area on the (topographical feature), near (City) in the (Region) of (Country).
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The dive site '''Die Josie''' is an inshore rocky reef in the Hout Bay area on the Atlantic seaboard of the Cape Peninsula, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.
  
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A reef which is close to Hout Bay harbour and is suitable for night dives.
 
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This site is only accessible by boat, though in principle an entry could be made by base-jumping the cliffs from the Chapman's Peak drive.
  
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The site is about 3.4km from Hout Bay harbour slipway.
 
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S34° 04.497’ E018° 21.256’
  
 
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The reefs are at the base of the cliffs below Chapman's Peak
  
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This site is in a Marine Protected Area (2009). A permit is required.
  
 
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The name "Die Josie" is given to this area on the SAN charts.
  
 
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Maximum depth at the sand is about 17m, top of the reef at about 7m.
  
 
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[[Image:The cliffs at Chapman's Peak.jpg|thumb|The granite cliffs showing the unconformity with the overlying Graafwater formation. The dive site is below these cliffs]]
 
===Topography===
 
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Fairly flat fine sand bottom at about 17m. Above that, granite reef up to about 7m.
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One of the few areas where the granite is not extensively weathered, as can be seen from the cliffs above the site. There is considerable jointing more or less vertically, parallel to and perpendicular to the cliff face. this pattern is similar on the reef, the formations are more reminiscent of the sandstone reefs but with almost no overhangs, undercuts, caves etc. There are plenty of almost vertical faces and flattish tops, with fairly angular corners and edges.
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Late Pre-Cambrian granite of the ''Peninsula'' pluton. Probably a few loose boulders of Table Mountain Sandstones from the overlying strata, but recorded.
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Probably one of the best views available of the unconformity between Cape Granite and Graafwater sandstone is clearly visible from the water, but quite high up on the cliff.
  
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Best after south easterly winds (summer). Exposed to south westerly swells.
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Kelp on top of the reef, with a variety of invertebrates on the top and sides of the rocks.
  
 
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Cold water.
  
 
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No special skills required. This site is suitable for boat dives at night, and is conveniently close to Hout Bay harbour.
  
 
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Revision as of 10:22, 11 September 2009

The dive site Die Josie is an inshore rocky reef in the Hout Bay area on the Atlantic seaboard of the Cape Peninsula, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.

A reef which is close to Hout Bay harbour and is suitable for night dives.

Contents

Get in

File:Map or aerial photo
Map (or aerial photo) of the site

Access

This site is only accessible by boat, though in principle an entry could be made by base-jumping the cliffs from the Chapman's Peak drive.

The site is about 3.4km from Hout Bay harbour slipway.

Position

S34° 04.497’ E018° 21.256’


The reefs are at the base of the cliffs below Chapman's Peak

This site is in a Marine Protected Area (2009). A permit is required.

Understand

Name

The name "Die Josie" is given to this area on the SAN charts.

Depth

Maximum depth at the sand is about 17m, top of the reef at about 7m.


File:The cliffs at Chapman's Peak.jpg
The granite cliffs showing the unconformity with the overlying Graafwater formation. The dive site is below these cliffs

Topography

Fairly flat fine sand bottom at about 17m. Above that, granite reef up to about 7m. One of the few areas where the granite is not extensively weathered, as can be seen from the cliffs above the site. There is considerable jointing more or less vertically, parallel to and perpendicular to the cliff face. this pattern is similar on the reef, the formations are more reminiscent of the sandstone reefs but with almost no overhangs, undercuts, caves etc. There are plenty of almost vertical faces and flattish tops, with fairly angular corners and edges.

Geology: Late Pre-Cambrian granite of the Peninsula pluton. Probably a few loose boulders of Table Mountain Sandstones from the overlying strata, but recorded.

Probably one of the best views available of the unconformity between Cape Granite and Graafwater sandstone is clearly visible from the water, but quite high up on the cliff.


Conditions

Best after south easterly winds (summer). Exposed to south westerly swells.




See

Marine life

Kelp on top of the reef, with a variety of invertebrates on the top and sides of the rocks.


Photography

Suggested Routes

No special route recommended.

Stay safe

Hazards

Cold water.

Skills

No special skills required. This site is suitable for boat dives at night, and is conveniently close to Hout Bay harbour.

Equipment

No special equipment recommended .

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