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The dive site '''Fan Reef''' is a small offshore rocky reef in the Castle Rocks area on the Cape Peninsula side of False Bay, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Information is provided which may assist in planning Recreational and Research Scuba diving at this site, and links to photographs of marine organisms that have been found there.
The dive site '''Fan Reef''' is a small offshore rocky reef in the Castle Rocks area on the (insert sub region), near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Information is provided which may assist in planning Recreational and Research Scuba diving at this site, and links to photographs of marine organisms that have been found there.
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[[Image:(insert image file name)|thumb|A typical sea fan seen at Fan Reef.]]
 
==Name "Fan Reef"==
 
==Name "Fan Reef"==
 
The reef is named for the large numbers of gorgonian sea fans found there.
 
The reef is named for the large numbers of gorgonian sea fans found there.
  
[[Image:(insert image file name)|400px|thumb|Map of the dive site (Insert site name).]]
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[[Image:(insert image file name)|400px|thumb|Map of the dive site Fan Reef.]]
 
==Position==
 
==Position==
 
S34°14.165 E18°29.260  
 
S34°14.165 E18°29.260  
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==Depth==
 
==Depth==
The bottom is generally from (shallow to deep), (exceptions)
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The bottom at about 30m on the sand to the east of the reef
  
 
==Geology==
 
==Geology==
 
Granite of the late Pre-Cambrian ''Peninsula'' pluton  
 
Granite of the late Pre-Cambrian ''Peninsula'' pluton  
Ordovician sandstone of the Table Mountain group, probably ‘’Peninsula’’ formation, but possibly the underlying ‘’Graafwater’’ formation.
 
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==Topography==
 
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==Hazards==
 
==Hazards==
 
No site specific hazards have been reported.
 
No site specific hazards have been reported.
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==Skill level==
 
==Skill level==
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Appropriate certification for the depth is expected. No special skills are required, though bouyancy control and finning skills should be adequate to avoid damage to the sea fans and other sensitive organisms.
 
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No special equipment required. A DSMB and reel are recommended.
  
 
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==Suggested Routes==
 
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No routes recommended, the reef is quite small and may be comprehensively visited on a dive.
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==Gallery==
 
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'''Views of the site from the shore.'''
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'''Views at the site.'''
  
 
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Back to [[Dive_sites_of_the_Cape_Peninsula_and_False_Bay|Dive sites of the Cape Peninsula and False Bay]]
 
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Revision as of 10:36, 28 August 2009

The dive site Fan Reef is a small offshore rocky reef in the Castle Rocks area on the Cape Peninsula side of False Bay, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Information is provided which may assist in planning Recreational and Research Scuba diving at this site, and links to photographs of marine organisms that have been found there.

(reasons to dive at this site)

File:(insert image file name)
A typical sea fan seen at Fan Reef.

Contents

Name "Fan Reef"

The reef is named for the large numbers of gorgonian sea fans found there.

File:(insert image file name)
Map of the dive site Fan Reef.

Position

S34°14.165 E18°29.260

The site is about half way between Miller's Point and Castle Rocks and is on the 30m depth contour. It is about 1.1 km from the shore directly to the west.

This site is in a Marine Protected Area (2009)

Access

Access to this site is only by boat. The distance from Miller's Point slipway is about 1.8km.

Conditions

The site is moderately protected from south westerly swell. South east chop may make it unpleasant on the surface, but it may be quiet below the wave base. Generally considered a winter dive site but there are also occasional opportunities in autumn and spring.

Depth

The bottom at about 30m on the sand to the east of the reef

Geology

Granite of the late Pre-Cambrian Peninsula pluton

Topography

(general site topography)

Hazards

No site specific hazards have been reported.

Skill level

Appropriate certification for the depth is expected. No special skills are required, though bouyancy control and finning skills should be adequate to avoid damage to the sea fans and other sensitive organisms.

Photography

(photographic equipment suggestions)

Equipment

No special equipment required. A DSMB and reel are recommended.

Marine life (and features)

(general indication of biodiversity: Fish, Invertebrates, algae)

Suggested Routes

No routes recommended, the reef is quite small and may be comprehensively visited on a dive.

Gallery

Views at the site.

(description)

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