Help Wikitravel grow by contributing to an article! Learn how.
New users, please see Help or go to the Pub to ask questions.

Difference between revisions of "Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay/Pie Rock"

From Wikitravel
Jump to: navigation, search
(add photos,)
(add links)
Line 9: Line 9:
 
</div>
 
</div>
  
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.  
+
The dive site '''Pie Rock''' is an offshore rocky reef in the Castle Rocks restricted zone on the False Bay coast of the [[Cape Peninsula]] , 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.

Revision as of 09:17, 22 October 2009

This is a CC-by-sa 3.0 compatible article.

Any edits must be licenced under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 in addition to the CC-by-sa 1.0 licence currently required by Wikitravel. By editing this article you acnowledge that you agree to additional licencing to CC-by-sa 3.0

The dive site Pie Rock is an offshore rocky reef in the Castle Rocks restricted zone on the False Bay coast of the Cape Peninsula , 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

Diver and seal at Pie Rock
Anemone
Bank steenbras
Blue chourboy ascidians
Klipfish
Orange clubbed nudibranch
Red chested sea cucumbers can reach a high population density
Scallop

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.

Back to Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay

This is a usable article. It touches on all the major areas of the topic. An adventurous person could use this article, but please plunge forward and help it grow!


Variants

Actions

Destination Docents

In other languages