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Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay/Miller's Point slipway

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Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay : Miller's Point slipway
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Miller's Point slipway is the most popular launch site for boat dive charters on the west side of False Bay.


Aerial photo of the slipway and parking area at Miller's Point
The slipway at Miller's Point
Typical Cape Town winter diving scene at the Miller's Point slipway parking lot

The Miller's Point public slipway is mostly used by divers during winter when diving in False Bay is at its peak, due to the prevalence of heavy south westerly swell on the west facing coastlines and the absence of strong south easterly winds. The slipway is owned by the City of Cape Town, and is also used by recreational and commercial fishing boats, which leads to some conflicts of interests and occasional unpleasantness.


S34°13'58.58" E018°28'26.46" (Main gates)

About ?? km south of central Simon's Town, and ??km from central Cape Town by road.



Paved and unpaved parking area Toilets


A launching fee is charged for boats. A parking fee may or may not be charged for parking. It is a fairly small and arbitrary amount,and it is not predictable on which occasions the gate guard will charge the fee. If he or she does, pay it and get the receipt. The receipt may or may not have the correct amount marked on it. This is also not predictable.

Get in

Road map showing routes to get to Miller's Point

How to get there: Road map, routes, distances, turnoff.

Stay safe


Baboons, Fishermen, Security or lack therof.


Cellphone connectivity is poor from this area. There are some places where you may get a signal, and others where you will not, and they may change with the weather and for other less obvious reasons.

The grassy patch in front of the fishing club has a relatively good spot, right up close to the flagpole, and the road to the main slipway has a place at the top of the hill where reception is said to usually be workable. Most times the lower parking lot is not too bad, but the upper one is not good. Walk around a bit to find a workable place for the call.

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