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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]].
 
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]].
  

Revision as of 16:14, 31 January 2010

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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Understand

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

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.

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.


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.



Get in

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.

See

Marine life

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


Photography

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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