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The dive site '''Pie Rock''' is a rocky reef in the Cas;e 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 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.
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==Understand==
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[[Image:Pie Rock Reef Map.png|thumb|400px|Map of the dive site at Pie Rock reef]]
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This is a spectacular dive in good visibility, and large numbers of fish may be seen.
  
==Name "(insert site name here)"==
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===Position===
The site is called Pie Rock because one of the larger rocks in the area looks a bit like a giant wedge of pie.
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[[Image:(insert image file name)|400px|thumb|Map of the dive site (Insert site name).]]
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==Position==
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S34°14.385' E018°29.065'
 
S34°14.385' E018°29.065'
  
(Description of location)
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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 (NOT) in a Marine Protected Area (2009)
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About 150m south east of Outer Castle
  
==Access==
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This site is in a Marine Protected Area (2004). A permit is required.
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. 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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The site is entirely inside the Castle Rocks Restricted Zone.
  
==Conditions==
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===Name===
The site is exposed to (weather/sea conditions). (conditions which will result in poor diving and/or difficult access). The site is usually at it's best (conditions/season) but there are also occasional opportunities (conditions /season).  
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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.
  
This is an area which sometimes has (special circumstances, caused by, resulting in).
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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.
  
Keep a lookout for times when (weather conditions which indicate good diving)
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<!--===Visibility===-->
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<!--comment on visibility to be expected-->
  
(weather conditions which indicate poor diving conditions)
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===Topography===
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Large granite corestone outcrops and boulders. The site is in two main sections, Pie Rock proper, and Pie Rock southern pinnacles. There is a pinnacle  at the east side of the main site, which is also the deeper side.
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The southern pinnacles are part of a more extensive area of low reef.
  
(weather conditions which may make access difficult, and how to deal with them)
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'''Geology:'''
==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.
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==Geology==
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Granite of the Pre-Cambrian ''Peninsula'' pluton.
 
Granite of the Pre-Cambrian ''Peninsula'' pluton.
  
==Topography==
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===Conditions===
(general site topography)
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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.
===(sector 1 if applicable)===
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(sector topography)
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[[Image:(sector image if applicable)|thumb|(image caption)]]
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==Hazards==
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<!--===Classification==-->
(site specific hazard list: Access, sea conditions, weather conditions, other)
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<!--official SANBI reef type classification or equivalent if available -->
  
==Skill level==
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==Get in==
(any special skills required, suitability for novices. snorkelling)
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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. Dont try this in an offshore wind.
  
(fitness level for shore entry)
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==See==
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===Marine life===
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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.
  
(suitability for night dives, other special dives)
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<gallery widths="180px" heights="120px" perrow="3">
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Image:Diver_and_seal_at_Pie_Rock_DSC09722.JPG|Diver and seal at Pie Rock
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Image:Anemone_at_Pie_Rock_DSC04911.JPG|Anemone
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Image:Bank_steenbras_at_Pie_Rock_DSC05042.JPG|Bank steenbras
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Image:Blue_choirboys_at_Pie_Rock_DSC04909.JPG|Blue choirboy ascidians
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Image:Klipfish_at_Pie_Rock_DSC06575.JPG|Klipfish
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Image:Orange_clubbed_nudibranch_at_Pie_Rock_DSC06570.JPG|Orange clubbed nudibranch
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Image:Red_chested_sea_cucumbers_at_Pie_Rock_DSC04940.JPG|Red chested sea cucumbers can reach a high population density
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Image:Scallop_at_Pie_Rock_DSC05087.JPG|Scallops can occasionall be seen on the sand
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</gallery>
  
==Photography==
 
(photographic equipment suggestions)
 
  
==Equipment==
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<!--===Features===-->
(equipment recommendations)
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[[Image:(photo of typical marine organism from site)|thumb|(caption)]]
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===Photography===
==Marine life (and features)==
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(photographic equipment suggestions)
(general indication of biodiversity: Fish, Invertebrates, algae)
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==Suggested Routes==
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===Routes===
# (most recommended route) (route directions) (expected duration)
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No particular route recommended.
# (secondary routes) (route directions) (expected duration if applicable)
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# (special features) (route directions) (expected duration if applicable)
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==Gallery==
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==Stay safe==
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===Hazards===
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No site specific hazards are recorded.
  
'''Views of the site from the shore.'''
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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.
  
[[Image:(views of the site and facilities)|thumb]]
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===Equipment===
(description)
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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 [[Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay#Castle Rocks]]
(description)
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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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Latest revision as of 08:06, 28 May 2011

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.

Understand[edit]

Map of the dive site at Pie Rock reef

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

Position[edit]

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 150m south east of Outer Castle

This site is in a Marine Protected Area (2004). A permit is required. The site is entirely inside the Castle Rocks Restricted Zone.

Name[edit]

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[edit]

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


Topography[edit]

Large granite corestone outcrops and boulders. The site is in two main sections, Pie Rock proper, and Pie Rock southern pinnacles. There is a pinnacle at the east side of the main site, which is also the deeper side. The southern pinnacles are part of a more extensive area of low reef.

Geology: Granite of the Pre-Cambrian Peninsula pluton.

Conditions[edit]

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.


Get in[edit]

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. Dont try this in an offshore wind.

See[edit][add listing]

Marine life[edit]

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[edit]

(photographic equipment suggestions)

Routes[edit]

No particular route recommended.

Stay safe[edit]

Hazards[edit]

No site specific hazards are recorded.

Skills[edit]

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[edit]

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

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