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Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay/Maidstone Rock

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The dive site Maidstone Rock is an offshore rocky reef in the Seaforth area on the False Bay coast of the Cape Peninsula, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.

Get in


Access to this site is by boat, It is about 4.4km from the Miller's Point slipway.


S34°11.581' E018°27.466'

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



The name "Maidstone Rock"is the name given the to the reef on the SA Navy charts.


Maximum depth is about 21m on the sand, and the top of the highest pinnacle is about 9m.


The reef includes a row of granite pinnacles of various heights on a flat fine sand bottom.

Geology: Late Pre-cambrian granite from the Peninsula pluton.


The site is exposed to wind and waves from the south east, so should be dived in weaterly winds or a calm. The site is reasonably protected from south westerly swells, but long period swells from the south west will cause strong surge.

The site should usually be at it's best in winter but there may also be occasional opportunities at other times of the year.


Reef scene at Maidstone Rock
The colonial ascidian "Blue Choirboys"
Small Abalone
Spider crab on Mauve sea cucumbers

Marine life


Suggested Routes

Stay safe


No site specific hazards are known.


No special skills required


No special equipment recommended.

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