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The dive site '''Pie Rock''' is a rocky reef in the Castle Rocks area on the Cape Peninsula side of False Bay, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Information is provided which may assist in planning Recreational and Research Scuba diving at this site, and links to photographs of marine organisms that have been found there.
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The dive site '''Pie Rock''' is an offshore rocky reef in the Castle Rocks restricted zone on the Cape Peninsula side of False Bay, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.  
  
 
It is a spectacular dive in good visibility, and large numbers of fish may be seen.
 
It is a spectacular dive in good visibility, and large numbers of fish may be seen.
  
==Name "Pie Rock"==
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==Get in==
The site is called Pie Rock because one of the larger rocks in the area is said to look a bit like a giant wedge of pie.
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[[Image:(insert image file name)|400px|thumb|Map of the dive site Pie Rock.]]
 
[[Image:(insert image file name)|400px|thumb|Map of the dive site Pie Rock.]]
==Position==
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===Access===
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The site is generally considered a boat dive. Launch at Miller’s point. It could be dived from shore entry at Castle Rocks, but would require a 750m swim each way. For a shore dive use a SMB as boat traffic in the area can be heavy on a good day. Bearing from Castle Rocks north entry approximately 120° magnetic.
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===Position===
 
S34°14.385' E018°29.065'
 
S34°14.385' E018°29.065'
  
 
About 760m from North Entry at Castle Rocks. Bearing 353° True (017° magnetic) to Bakoven Rock, approximately 278° True (302° magnetic) to North side of Castle Rocks.
 
About 760m from North Entry at Castle Rocks. Bearing 353° True (017° magnetic) to Bakoven Rock, approximately 278° True (302° magnetic) to North side of Castle Rocks.
  
This site is in a Marine Protected Area (2009)
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This site is in a Marine Protected Area (2009). A permit is required.
  
==Access==
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==Understand==
The site is generally considered a boat dive. Launch at Miller’s point. It could be dived from shore entry at Castle Rocks, but would require a 750m swim each way. For a shore dive use a SMB as boat traffic in the area can be heavy on a good day. Bearing from Castle Rocks north entry approximately 120° magnetic.
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===Name===
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The site is called "Pie Rock" because one of the larger rocks in the area is said to look a bit like a giant wedge of pie.
  
==Conditions==
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===Depth===
The site is moderately protected from south westerly swell. South east chop may make it unpleasant on the surface, but it may be quiet below the wave base, however a strong south easter or one that blows for a long time will push up a swell that will make it unpleasant all the way down. Generally considered a winter dive site but there are also occasional opportunities in autumn and spring.
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==Depth==
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Maximum depth is about 25m. Top of the pinnacle is at 5m. Average depth on a dive is about 15m.
 
Maximum depth is about 25m. Top of the pinnacle is at 5m. Average depth on a dive is about 15m.
  
==Geology==
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Granite of the Pre-Cambrian ''Peninsula'' pluton.
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==Topography==
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===Topography===
 
Large granite corestone outcrops and boulders. There is a pinnacle  at the east side of the site, which is also the deeper side.
 
Large granite corestone outcrops and boulders. There is a pinnacle  at the east side of the site, which is also the deeper side.
  
==Hazards==
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'''Geology:'''
No site specific hazards are recorded.
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Granite of the Pre-Cambrian ''Peninsula'' pluton.
  
==Skill level==
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===Conditions===
Certification appropriate to the depth is expected, otherwise no special skills are required. Ability to deploy a DSMB may be useful if you surface away from the shotline.
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The site is moderately protected from south westerly swell. South east chop may make it unpleasant on the surface, but it may be quiet below the wave base, however a strong south easter or one that blows for a long time will push up a swell that will make it unpleasant all the way down. Generally considered a winter dive site but there are also occasional opportunities in autumn and spring.  
  
==Photography==
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(photographic equipment suggestions)
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==Equipment==
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===Facilities===
A DSMB may be convenient if you surface away from the shotline.
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==See==
 
[[Image:(photo of typical marine organism from site)|thumb|(caption)]]
 
[[Image:(photo of typical marine organism from site)|thumb|(caption)]]
==Marine life==
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===Marine life===
 
Large numbers of false corals, feather stars, colonial ascidians, red sea cucumbers and colonial hydroids. A reasonable variety of fish, sometimes in fairly large shoals.
 
Large numbers of false corals, feather stars, colonial ascidians, red sea cucumbers and colonial hydroids. A reasonable variety of fish, sometimes in fairly large shoals.
  
==Suggested Routes==
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===Photography===
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===Suggested Routes===
 
No particular route recommended.
 
No particular route recommended.
  
==Gallery==
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==Stay safe==
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===Hazards===
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No site specific hazards are recorded.
  
[[Image:(Scenic views at the site)|thumb]]
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===Skills===
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Certification appropriate to the depth is expected, otherwise no special skills are required. Ability to deploy a DSMB may be useful if you surface away from the shotline.
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===Equipment===
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A DSMB may be convenient if you surface away from the shotline.
  
[[Image:(views of the entry point)|thumb]]
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Back to [[Dive_sites_of_the_Cape_Peninsula_and_False_Bay|Dive sites of the Cape Peninsula and False Bay]]
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Revision as of 12:05, 7 September 2009

The dive site Pie Rock is an offshore rocky reef in the Castle Rocks restricted zone on the Cape Peninsula side of False Bay, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.

It is a spectacular dive in good visibility, and large numbers of fish may be seen.

Contents

Get in

File:(insert image file name)
Map of the dive site Pie Rock.

Access

The site is generally considered a boat dive. Launch at Miller’s point. It could be dived from shore entry at Castle Rocks, but would require a 750m swim each way. For a shore dive use a SMB as boat traffic in the area can be heavy on a good day. Bearing from Castle Rocks north entry approximately 120° magnetic.

Position

S34°14.385' E018°29.065'

About 760m from North Entry at Castle Rocks. Bearing 353° True (017° magnetic) to Bakoven Rock, approximately 278° True (302° magnetic) to North side of Castle Rocks.

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

Understand

Name

The site is called "Pie Rock" because one of the larger rocks in the area is said to look a bit like a giant wedge of pie.

Depth

Maximum depth is about 25m. Top of the pinnacle is at 5m. Average depth on a dive is about 15m.


Topography

Large granite corestone outcrops and boulders. There is a pinnacle at the east side of the site, which is also the deeper side.

Geology: Granite of the Pre-Cambrian Peninsula pluton.

Conditions

The site is moderately protected from south westerly swell. South east chop may make it unpleasant on the surface, but it may be quiet below the wave base, however a strong south easter or one that blows for a long time will push up a swell that will make it unpleasant all the way down. Generally considered a winter dive site but there are also occasional opportunities in autumn and spring.


Facilities

See

Marine life

Large numbers of false corals, feather stars, colonial ascidians, red sea cucumbers and colonial hydroids. A reasonable variety of fish, sometimes in fairly large shoals.


Photography

(photographic equipment suggestions)

Suggested Routes

No particular route recommended.

Stay safe

Hazards

No site specific hazards are recorded.

Skills

Certification appropriate to the depth is expected, otherwise no special skills are required. Ability to deploy a DSMB may be useful if you surface away from the shotline.

Equipment

A DSMB may be convenient if you surface away from the shotline.

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