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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.
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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.  
  
(reasons to dive at this site)
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The site has a large concentration of Gorgonian sea fans
 
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[[Image:(insert image file name)|thumb|A typical sea fan seen at Fan Reef.]]
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==Name "Fan Reef"==
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The reef is named for the large numbers of gorgonian sea fans found there.
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==Get in==
 
[[Image:Map_of_CT_dive_site_Fan_Reef.png|400px|thumb|Map of the dive site Fan Reef.]]
 
[[Image:Map_of_CT_dive_site_Fan_Reef.png|400px|thumb|Map of the dive site Fan Reef.]]
==Position==
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===Access===
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Access to this site is only by boat. The distance from Miller's Point slipway is about 1.8km.
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===Position===
 
S34°14.165 E18°29.260  
 
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. North Fan Reef is about 100m to the north of Fan Reef across the sand.
 
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. North Fan Reef is about 100m to the north of Fan Reef across the sand.
  
This site is in a Marine Protected Area (2009)
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This site is in a Marine Protected Area (2009). A permit is required.
  
==Access==
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==Understand==
Access to this site is only by boat. The distance from Miller's Point slipway is about 1.8km.
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[[Image:(insert image file name)|thumb|A typical sea fan at Fan Reef.]]
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===Name===
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The reef is named "Fan Reef" for the large numbers of gorgonian sea fans found there.
  
==Conditions==
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===Depth===
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.
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==Depth==
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The bottom is at about 30m on the sand to the east of the reef
 
The bottom is at about 30m on the sand to the east of the reef
  
==Geology==
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Granite of the late Pre-Cambrian ''Peninsula'' pluton
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==Topography==
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===Topography===
 
'''Fan Reef:''' Small isolated granite corestone reef, Large outcrops, some rocks quite high, some low. Reef area more or less contiguous.
 
'''Fan Reef:''' Small isolated granite corestone reef, Large outcrops, some rocks quite high, some low. Reef area more or less contiguous.
  
 
'''North Fan Reef:''' Granite reef of outcrops and boulders of about 10m maximum height, and up to about 20m long. Rugged terrain, with lots of gulleys and steep walls and quite a few overhangs. There is a small swimthrough probably on the west side just above the sand.  
 
'''North Fan Reef:''' Granite reef of outcrops and boulders of about 10m maximum height, and up to about 20m long. Rugged terrain, with lots of gulleys and steep walls and quite a few overhangs. There is a small swimthrough probably on the west side just above the sand.  
  
==Hazards==
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'''Geology:'''
No site specific hazards have been reported.
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Granite of the late Pre-Cambrian ''Peninsula'' pluton
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===Conditions===
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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.  
  
==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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<!--official SANBI reef type classification or equivalent if available -->
  
==Photography==
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===Facilities===
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==Equipment==
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No special equipment required. A DSMB and reel are recommended.
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==See==
 
[[Image:(photo of typical marine organism from site)|thumb|(caption)]]
 
[[Image:(photo of typical marine organism from site)|thumb|(caption)]]
==Marine life==
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===Marine life===
 
Notable for a variety of sea fans, Sunburst soft corals, striped and strawberry anemones, Basket stars, feather stars, and sea cucumbers, coralline algae,  encrusting sponges, urchins, colonial ascidians and a few species of nudibranch.
 
Notable for a variety of sea fans, Sunburst soft corals, striped and strawberry anemones, Basket stars, feather stars, and sea cucumbers, coralline algae,  encrusting sponges, urchins, colonial ascidians and a few species of nudibranch.
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==Suggested Routes==
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===Photography===
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===Suggested Routes===
 
No routes recommended, the reef is quite small and may be comprehensively visited on a dive.
 
No routes recommended, the reef is quite small and may be comprehensively visited on a dive.
  
==Gallery==
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==Stay safe==
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===Hazards===
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No site specific hazards have been reported.
  
'''Views at the site.'''
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===Skills===
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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.
  
[[Image:(scenic views at the site)|thumb]]
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===Equipment===
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No special equipment required. A DSMB and reel are recommended.
  
Back to [[Dive_sites_of_the_Cape_Peninsula_and_False_Bay|Dive sites of the Cape Peninsula and False Bay]]
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Back to [[Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay]]
  
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Revision as of 08:14, 7 September 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.

The site has a large concentration of Gorgonian sea fans

Contents

Get in

Map of the dive site Fan Reef.

Access

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

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. North Fan Reef is about 100m to the north of Fan Reef across the sand.

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

Understand

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

Name

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

Depth

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


Topography

Fan Reef: Small isolated granite corestone reef, Large outcrops, some rocks quite high, some low. Reef area more or less contiguous.

North Fan Reef: Granite reef of outcrops and boulders of about 10m maximum height, and up to about 20m long. Rugged terrain, with lots of gulleys and steep walls and quite a few overhangs. There is a small swimthrough probably on the west side just above the sand.

Geology: Granite of the late Pre-Cambrian Peninsula pluton

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.


Facilities

See

Marine life

Notable for a variety of sea fans, Sunburst soft corals, striped and strawberry anemones, Basket stars, feather stars, and sea cucumbers, coralline algae, encrusting sponges, urchins, colonial ascidians and a few species of nudibranch.


Photography

(photographic equipment suggestions)

Suggested Routes

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

Stay safe

Hazards

No site specific hazards have been reported.

Skills

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.

Equipment

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

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