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Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay/MV Daeyang Family

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The dive site MV Daeyang Family is an offshore recent wreck on rocky reef in the Robben Island area on the Atlantic seaboard of the Cape Peninsula near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.


Get in

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Map (or aerial photo) of the site

Access

The site is only accessible by boat. It is about (distance)km from the Oceana Power Boat Club slipway

Position

This site is not in a Marine Protected Area (2009). A permit is not required.

Understand

Name

The MV Daeyang Family was a large Korean ore carrier which was wrecked on Whale Rock on 1st March 1986 when anchors dragged in heavy weather, with a cargo of 162000 tonnes of ore.

Depth

The wreck lies at a depth of about 15m


Topography

Geology: Pre-Cambrian sedimentary rock probably of the Tygerberg formation.

Conditions

The site is exposed to wind from all directions and swaells from the north west and southwest, so should be dived when the sea is almost flat, and particularly the south west swell component is short period. The site is usually at it's best in summer but there may also be occasional opportunities in autumn and early winter.

This is an area where a strong south easterly wind sometimes develops in a short time, however the forecasts are usually reliable.


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Marine life

Features

Wreckage of a large steel cargo vessel.

Photography

Suggested Routes

No specific routes recommended.

Stay safe

Hazards

Strong surge, sharp edged wreckage, cold water.

Skills

No special skills recommended.

Equipment

Good insulation recommended. 7mm wet suit or dry suit.

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