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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 sites '''Miller's Point''' and '''Rumbly Bay''' are shoreline rocky reef areas in the Miller's Point area on the False Bay coast of the Cape Peninsula, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.
  
 
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==Get in==
 
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[[Image:Map or aerial photo|400px|thumb|Miller’s Point from the air: The public slipway is to the north, at the top left of the photo, and has a small breakwater and jetty. Boat and trailer parking to the west, cars to the east. The tidal pool and lagoon can be seen in the centre of the photo. Rumbly Bay is to the lower left of the photograph. (Photo CDS&M)]]
 
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Usually a shore dive.
  
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[[Image:Millers Point lagoon.jpg|thumb|The cove at the tip of Miller's point]]
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There is a small beach and a small protected inlet at the tip of the point at S34°13.934’ E018°28.577’. Access to open water is through gaps between the big boulders around it, which may be a strenuous swim in rough conditions. There are extensive kelp beds beyond the enclosure.
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[[Image:South side of Miller's point.jpg|thumb|South side entry area]]
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This small beach is on the South side of Miller’s Point, facing Rumbly Bay, and with Castle Rocks in the background. This can be used as access to the kelp beds shown here and to the rocks off the point.
  
 
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===Position===
 
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S34°13.822’ E018°28.411’ (Slipway)
  
 
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The name "Miller's Point" is shown on maps of the area and refers to the point as a whole. "Rumbly Bay" is the little cove to the south of the point, where the original slipways were built.
  
 
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Shallow in the vicinity of the point.
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[[Image:Millers Point from the parking area.jpg|thumb|Miller’s Point seen from the municipal parking area. Boat Rock can be seen in the background to the right of the photo.]]
 
===Topography===
 
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Fairly shallow rocky reef with granite corestone outcrops and boulders. some smallish swim-throughs and quite a few overhangs and holes under boulders.
  
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Late Pre-Cambrian granite of the ''Peninsula'' pluton.
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There are examples of contact between coarse porphyritic granite and medium to fine grained aplogranite.
  
 
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The slipway is well protected and usable in any conditions where diving would be possible.
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Diving round the point is best on an offshore wind or calm. Avoid south easterly winds.
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Large paved off-road parking areas open to the public. S34°13.920’ E018°28.441’. Parking fees may be charged on an apparently random schedule. Ensure that you get a receipt from the gate attendant.
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Public toilets are at the turning bay above the slipway behind a fence, but can be accessed via a gap at the end of the fence nearest the sea.
  
 
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Dense kelp forests surround the point wherever there is a rocky substrate. There is a reasonable variety of invertebrates, but mostly those which flourish in relatively shallow water.
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You can dive almost anywhere around the point, but be aware that there is a lot of boat traffic and keep clear of the affected areas.
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#Entry at little sandy inlet at end of Miller's point south of the tidal pool. Swim out through the kelp forest in a gap between boulders to the east. Dive and swim out along the bottom to south of the big rocks beyond the end of the point, then come back on the reciprocal route.
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#Entry at the Rumbly Bay slipway, Dive among the inshore rocks to the right of the slip and in front of the clubhouse. This area has a lot of seaweeds.
  
 
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Boat traffic to the north and east of the point may be heavy. Great White sharks have been seen in this area and there is a recorded case of an attack on a spear-fisherman.
  
 
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No special skills required. The protected cove at the end of the point is suitable for training entry level divers, but is seldom used for this purpose because of the long walk to get there from the parking lot. The area is suitable for night dives and for snorkelling.
  
 
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Revision as of 09:47, 12 September 2009




The dive sites Miller's Point and Rumbly Bay are shoreline rocky reef areas in the Miller's Point area on the False Bay coast 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
Miller’s Point from the air: The public slipway is to the north, at the top left of the photo, and has a small breakwater and jetty. Boat and trailer parking to the west, cars to the east. The tidal pool and lagoon can be seen in the centre of the photo. Rumbly Bay is to the lower left of the photograph. (Photo CDS&M)

Access

Usually a shore dive.

File:Millers Point lagoon.jpg
The cove at the tip of Miller's point

There is a small beach and a small protected inlet at the tip of the point at S34°13.934’ E018°28.577’. Access to open water is through gaps between the big boulders around it, which may be a strenuous swim in rough conditions. There are extensive kelp beds beyond the enclosure.

This small beach is on the South side of Miller’s Point, facing Rumbly Bay, and with Castle Rocks in the background. This can be used as access to the kelp beds shown here and to the rocks off the point.



Position

S34°13.822’ E018°28.411’ (Slipway)



Understand

File:Millers Point from the parking area.jpg
Miller’s Point seen from the municipal parking area. Boat Rock can be seen in the background to the right of the photo.

Topography

Fairly shallow rocky reef with granite corestone outcrops and boulders. some smallish swim-throughs and quite a few overhangs and holes under boulders.

Geology: Late Pre-Cambrian granite of the Peninsula pluton. There are examples of contact between coarse porphyritic granite and medium to fine grained aplogranite.

Conditions

The slipway is well protected and usable in any conditions where diving would be possible.

Diving round the point is best on an offshore wind or calm. Avoid south easterly winds.



Facilities

Large paved off-road parking areas open to the public. S34°13.920’ E018°28.441’. Parking fees may be charged on an apparently random schedule. Ensure that you get a receipt from the gate attendant. Public toilets are at the turning bay above the slipway behind a fence, but can be accessed via a gap at the end of the fence nearest the sea.

See

Marine life

Dense kelp forests surround the point wherever there is a rocky substrate. There is a reasonable variety of invertebrates, but mostly those which flourish in relatively shallow water.


Photography

Suggested Routes

You can dive almost anywhere around the point, but be aware that there is a lot of boat traffic and keep clear of the affected areas.

  1. Entry at little sandy inlet at end of Miller's point south of the tidal pool. Swim out through the kelp forest in a gap between boulders to the east. Dive and swim out along the bottom to south of the big rocks beyond the end of the point, then come back on the reciprocal route.
  2. Entry in the sandy inlet, swim out through the gaps to the North, and dive around the edge of rocks and sand
  3. Entry at the Rumbly Bay slipway, Dive among the inshore rocks to the right of the slip and in front of the clubhouse. This area has a lot of seaweeds.

Stay safe

Hazards

Boat traffic to the north and east of the point may be heavy. Great White sharks have been seen in this area and there is a recorded case of an attack on a spear-fisherman.

Skills

No special skills required. The protected cove at the end of the point is suitable for training entry level divers, but is seldom used for this purpose because of the long walk to get there from the parking lot. The area is suitable for night dives and for snorkelling.

Equipment

No special equipment recommended.

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