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Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay/Friskies Pinnacle

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The dive site Friskies Pinnacle or North Eastern Pinnacle is an offshore rocky reef in the Roman Rock area of Simon's Bay in False Bay, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.

Understand

Map of the dive site at Friskies Pinnacle

Friskies is one of a large group of reefs scattered around the area marked by the Roman Rock lighthouse. It is a short ride from Long Beach or the False Bay Yacht Club slipway. This is a newly explored and surveyed pinnacle, which has not been dived much in the past, if at all.

Position

  • S34°10.778’ E018°27.822’

A short distance to the east of the Castor Rock reefs.

Bearings:

  • About 380m at 266° magnetic to Roman Rock lighthouse

This site is in a Marine Protected Area (2004). A permit is required. The site is entirely outside, but very close to the eastern border of the Boulders Restricted Zone.


Name

The name "Friskies" is was given to the site by some of the divers on the first recorded dive trip to the reef, in appreciation of a particularly frisky young seal which accompanied the divers for some time.

Depth

Maximum depth is about 22m. and the top of the pinnacle is about 12m. (Average depth is likely to be about (15)m.


Visibility

Visibility will usually be much the same as at Castor Rock reef

Topography

Geology: Pre-Cambrian granite of the Peninsula pluton, surrounded by sand.


Conditions

The site is exposed to winds from all directions, which, if strong, can whip the surface of the sea to a nasty chop, and can make the boat trip uncomfortable and wet. Also this makes it more difficult for the boat crew to keep track of the divers, though conditions a few metres below the waves may be quite pleasant. Windy conditions should be avoided, but are not a big problem if they develop during the dive. The site is reasonably protected from swells from the south west, but a stong south easterly wind will eventually produce a sea large enough to be a problem.

The site is usually at it's best in winter but there are also occasional opportunities during the rest of the year.


Get in

Boat access only. Usually from Miller's Point slipway, but occasionally launches may be arranged from False Bay Yacht Club or pick-ups from Long Beach.

The site is about 5.7km from Miller's Point, or 3.6km from False Bay Yacht Club, or 3.5km from Long Beach.

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Marine life

Photography

Suggested Routes

The reef is quite small, and centred on the pinnacle. The boat will usually put dowm a shotline near to the top of the pinnacle, and this is an appropriate place to start and end the dive. The main part of the dive can be spent exploring the reef down to the sand, then slowly making your way back to the pinnacle.

Stay safe

Hazards

No site specific hazards recorded.

Skills

No special skills required. The site is shallow enough for entry level divers.

Equipment

No special equipment required. A DSMB could be useful to indicate your position if you ascend away from the shot line.

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