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The dive site '''(primary site name)''' or '''(alternative site name/s)''' is a (inland, shoreline, inshore, offshore) (sandy, rocky reef, coral reef, recent wreck, historical wreck) in the (locality name) area on the (topographical feature), near (City) in the (Region) of (Country).
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The dive site '''MV Romelia''' or '''Sunset Rocks''' is an inshore rocky reef with recent wreck in the Llandudno area on the Atlantic seaboard of the Cape Peninsula, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.
  
 
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===Access===
 
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This site is dived from boats and from the shore.  
  
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'''Boat dive:''' The site is about 11.7km from Hout Bay harbour.
 
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[[Image:Entry gully for the Romelia.jpg|thumb|The entry point for the Romelia. The narrow gully is a reasonably convenient access route at most states of the tide, and is fairly easily accessible from the road. Sunset Rocks reef is to the left of the photo.]]
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'''Shore dive:''' Turn off Victoria drive [M6] into Llandudno road. The road makes a sharp bend to the right, but drive straight on into Fisherman’s Bend, and follow the signs for Sandy Bay. These will take you into Sunset Avenue, which goes down to the bottom of the mountainside. Park near to the vacant plot at the bottom of Sunset Avenue, just beyond the first house to the left on the bottom stretch of road. Entry and exit are at a gully directly opposite the vacant plot. There are alternative entries and exits but this one is said to be usable in most weather conditions you would be likely to dive.
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[[Image:Alternative entry for Romelia|thumb|An alternative access area at Sunset Rocks, to the south of the gully, may be more convenient if the tide is low. Sunset Rocks reef is off to the left of the photo ]]
 
===Position===
 
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S34°00.700’ E018°19.860’ (approximately)
  
 
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North side of Sunset Rocks, Llandudno.
  
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This site is in a Marine Protected Area (2009). A permit is required.
  
 
==Understand==
 
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[[Image:The MV Romelia aground at Sunset Rocks.jpg|thumb|The wreck of the Romelia shortly after it ran aground. (Photographer unknown)]]
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The tankers ""MV Romelia" and "MV Antipolis" were under tow by the tug Kiyo Maru no.2 from Greece to scrap merchants in the Far East. On July 28th 1977 during a north westerly gale the tow cable to the Antipolis snagged on the sea bed. In the ensuing confusion the cables broke and the two ships were driven aground by the wind. The Antipolis ran aground at Oudekraal, and the Romelia at Sunset Rocks, Llandudno, where its back was broken by the heavy surf and the ship split in two. Later the bow section sank, leaving the stern mostly above sea level on the rocks. Over the years the stern section has also broken up and is no longer visible.
  
 
===Depth===
 
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Maximum depth is about 24m, but mostly quite a bit shallower
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[[Image:Sunset Rocks.jpg|thumb|The line of Sunset Rocks reef seen from the shore. The Romelia lies just to the right of these rocks.]]
 
===Topography===
 
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Big granite corestone outcrops and boulders. The main line of big surface piercing rocks has lower reef to the north, much of it fairly flat, but with occasional high rocks. It slopes out gradually to about level with the end of the big rocks, then gets deeper fairly fast. Wreckage is concentrated along the line of the surface piercing rocks on the north side, in relatively shallow water (mostly 6 to 10m). The wreckage is mostly mangled plate, unrecognisable as to what part of the ship it originated from, with a few odd bits in the deeper area which can be recognised as pipe or catwalk fragments.
  
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Late Pre-Cambrian granite of the ''Peninsula'' pluton.
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Best in conditions of limited surge, as the wreck is shallow. Generally this means a low and short period south westerly component of swell.
  
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The site is exposed to wind and swell from the south west and north west, but is protected from south easterly wind and waves, so should be dived during or after a period of calm or south easterly wind.
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The site is usually at it's best in summer but there are also occasional opportunities in autumn and early winter.
  
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This is an area which sometimes has upwellings, caused by south easterly winds, resulting in clear cold water rich in nutrients, which after a few days may develop a plankton bloom resulting in poor visibility.
  
 
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===Facilities===
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Limited roadside parking is available.
  
 
==See==
 
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Shallow rocks have the usual red-bait zone, with lots of sandy anemones and striped anemones. There is a band of Black mussels in the intertidal zone round the rocks. The Kelp is largely Ecklonia in the shallower areas, with Laminaria deeper. The wreckage is heavily grown with algae on the top, Deeper flat rocks have large groups  of urchins and grey cucumbers. In deeper water there are walls and overhangs with more colourful sponge and coral growth, but not as much as some other sites on this coast.
  
 
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Swim out on the surface to north of the second big rock, Dive a few metres away from the rock and explore the wreckage as you see fit.
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Cold water, Strong surge in shallow areas. Ragged, sharp edged wreckage. Sea urchins. Strong offshore winds may develop over a short time.
  
 
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No special skills required.
  
 
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A light is useful for looking into the debris, and a compass  will help navigate back to shore at the end of the dive, once out of the influence of the huge mass of steel wreckage.
  
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Revision as of 21:46, 10 September 2009

The dive site MV Romelia or Sunset Rocks is an inshore rocky reef with recent wreck in the Llandudno area on the Atlantic seaboard of the Cape Peninsula, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.


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Get in

File:Map or aerial photo
Map (or aerial photo) of the site

Access

This site is dived from boats and from the shore.

Boat dive: The site is about 11.7km from Hout Bay harbour.

File:Entry gully for the Romelia.jpg
The entry point for the Romelia. The narrow gully is a reasonably convenient access route at most states of the tide, and is fairly easily accessible from the road. Sunset Rocks reef is to the left of the photo.

Shore dive: Turn off Victoria drive [M6] into Llandudno road. The road makes a sharp bend to the right, but drive straight on into Fisherman’s Bend, and follow the signs for Sandy Bay. These will take you into Sunset Avenue, which goes down to the bottom of the mountainside. Park near to the vacant plot at the bottom of Sunset Avenue, just beyond the first house to the left on the bottom stretch of road. Entry and exit are at a gully directly opposite the vacant plot. There are alternative entries and exits but this one is said to be usable in most weather conditions you would be likely to dive.

File:Alternative entry for Romelia
An alternative access area at Sunset Rocks, to the south of the gully, may be more convenient if the tide is low. Sunset Rocks reef is off to the left of the photo

Position

S34°00.700’ E018°19.860’ (approximately)


North side of Sunset Rocks, Llandudno.

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

Understand

File:The MV Romelia aground at Sunset Rocks.jpg
The wreck of the Romelia shortly after it ran aground. (Photographer unknown)

Name

The tankers ""MV Romelia" and "MV Antipolis" were under tow by the tug Kiyo Maru no.2 from Greece to scrap merchants in the Far East. On July 28th 1977 during a north westerly gale the tow cable to the Antipolis snagged on the sea bed. In the ensuing confusion the cables broke and the two ships were driven aground by the wind. The Antipolis ran aground at Oudekraal, and the Romelia at Sunset Rocks, Llandudno, where its back was broken by the heavy surf and the ship split in two. Later the bow section sank, leaving the stern mostly above sea level on the rocks. Over the years the stern section has also broken up and is no longer visible.

Depth

Maximum depth is about 24m, but mostly quite a bit shallower


File:Sunset Rocks.jpg
The line of Sunset Rocks reef seen from the shore. The Romelia lies just to the right of these rocks.

Topography

Big granite corestone outcrops and boulders. The main line of big surface piercing rocks has lower reef to the north, much of it fairly flat, but with occasional high rocks. It slopes out gradually to about level with the end of the big rocks, then gets deeper fairly fast. Wreckage is concentrated along the line of the surface piercing rocks on the north side, in relatively shallow water (mostly 6 to 10m). The wreckage is mostly mangled plate, unrecognisable as to what part of the ship it originated from, with a few odd bits in the deeper area which can be recognised as pipe or catwalk fragments.

Geology: Late Pre-Cambrian granite of the Peninsula pluton.

Conditions

Best in conditions of limited surge, as the wreck is shallow. Generally this means a low and short period south westerly component of swell.

The site is exposed to wind and swell from the south west and north west, but is protected from south easterly wind and waves, so should be dived during or after a period of calm or south easterly wind. The site is usually at it's best in summer but there are also occasional opportunities in autumn and early winter.

This is an area which sometimes has upwellings, caused by south easterly winds, resulting in clear cold water rich in nutrients, which after a few days may develop a plankton bloom resulting in poor visibility.


Facilities

Limited roadside parking is available.

See

Marine life

Shallow rocks have the usual red-bait zone, with lots of sandy anemones and striped anemones. There is a band of Black mussels in the intertidal zone round the rocks. The Kelp is largely Ecklonia in the shallower areas, with Laminaria deeper. The wreckage is heavily grown with algae on the top, Deeper flat rocks have large groups of urchins and grey cucumbers. In deeper water there are walls and overhangs with more colourful sponge and coral growth, but not as much as some other sites on this coast.


Photography

Suggested Routes

Swim out on the surface to north of the second big rock, Dive a few metres away from the rock and explore the wreckage as you see fit.

Stay safe

Hazards

Cold water, Strong surge in shallow areas. Ragged, sharp edged wreckage. Sea urchins. Strong offshore winds may develop over a short time.

Skills

No special skills required.

Equipment

A light is useful for looking into the debris, and a compass will help navigate back to shore at the end of the dive, once out of the influence of the huge mass of steel wreckage.

Back to Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay

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