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Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay/Fan Reef

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Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay : Fan Reef
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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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Name "Fan Reef"

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

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Map of the dive site (Insert site name).


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


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.


The bottom is generally from (shallow to deep), (exceptions)


Granite of the late Pre-Cambrian Peninsula pluton Ordovician sandstone of the Table Mountain group, probably ‘’Peninsula’’ formation, but possibly the underlying ‘’Graafwater’’ formation. (period, formation, description) (Strike, dip) (special comments)


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No site specific hazards have been reported. (site specific hazard list: Access, sea conditions, weather conditions, other)

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Marine life (and features)

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Suggested Routes

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Views of the site from the shore.




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