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The dive site '''Sandy Cove''' is a shallow sheltered cove in the north Oudekraal area on the Cape Peninsula, 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 '''Sandy Cove''' is a shallow sheltered cove in the north Oudekraal area on the Cape Peninsula, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.  
  
 
The site is popular for open water training exercises, refresher courses and testing equipment when you don’t need depth. For some purposes it may be considered confined water. It is also the entry area for some really good dives. (see [[CT_Dive_site_Geldkis|Geldkis]], [[CT_Dive_site_Geldkis_Blinder|Geldkis Blinder]], [[CT_Dive_site_Strawberry_Rocks|Strawberry Rocks]], [[CT_Dive_site_Mushroom_Pinnacle|Mushroom Pinnacle]] and [[CT_Dive_site_Het_Huis_te_Kraaiestein|Het Huis te Kraaiestein]])
 
The site is popular for open water training exercises, refresher courses and testing equipment when you don’t need depth. For some purposes it may be considered confined water. It is also the entry area for some really good dives. (see [[CT_Dive_site_Geldkis|Geldkis]], [[CT_Dive_site_Geldkis_Blinder|Geldkis Blinder]], [[CT_Dive_site_Strawberry_Rocks|Strawberry Rocks]], [[CT_Dive_site_Mushroom_Pinnacle|Mushroom Pinnacle]] and [[CT_Dive_site_Het_Huis_te_Kraaiestein|Het Huis te Kraaiestein]])
 
[[Image:Sandy cove seen from the roadside|thumb]]
 
==Name "Sandy Cove"==
 
The site name is a simple description of the site. It is a small sand bottomed cove protected by large boulders on the seaward sides.
 
  
 
[[Image:Map_of_dive_site_Sandy_Cove.png|400px|thumb|Map showing location of the north Oudekraal dive site Sandy Cove]]
 
[[Image:Map_of_dive_site_Sandy_Cove.png|400px|thumb|Map showing location of the north Oudekraal dive site Sandy Cove]]
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==Get in==
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===Access===
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This site is a shore dive. Park at the side of the road on the outside of the bend on the north side of the Twelve Apostles Hotel. The path starts near the signpost and after a steep descent curves round to the north between some trees and a granite boulder. It continues north-eastwards and then splits in several directions. The first branch is to the left to the entry for Justin’s Caves, The second continues more or less straight down a slope to a shallow gully between big boulders. There is an old piece of rail and small boulders in this north west entry point for Sandy Cove and the other North Oudekraal dives. The third branch is to the right, uphill slightly and through between some bushes, then down over the rocks to a shallow sandy gully, with a small beach at low tide. This south-east (closer to the road) entry point has a sand bottom with large granite boulders on both sides. The boulder on the right is convenient resting place for fins, camera etc when making final preparations for entry. The access at both these points is very protected and safe in almost any conditions you might consider diving.
  
==Position==
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===Position===
 
S33°58.90’  E018°21.65’
 
S33°58.90’  E018°21.65’
 
   
 
   
 
On the north side of the point at north Oudekraal.
 
On the north side of the point at north Oudekraal.
  
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==
This site is a shore dive. Park at the side of the road on the outside of the bend on the north side of the Twelve Apostles Hotel. The path starts near the signpost and after a steep descent curves round to the north between some trees and a granite boulder. It continues north-eastwards and then splits in several directions. The first branch is to the left to the entry for Justin’s Caves, The second continues more or less straight down a slope to a shallow gully between big boulders. There is an old piece of rail and small boulders in this north west entry point for Sandy Cove and the other North Oudekraal dives. The third branch is to the right, uphill slightly and through between some bushes, then down over the rocks to a shallow sandy gully, with a small beach at low tide. This south-east (closer to the road) entry point has a sand bottom with large granite boulders on both sides. The boulder on the right is convenient resting place for fins, camera etc when making final preparations for entry. The access at both these points is very protected and safe in almost any conditions you might consider diving.
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[[Image:Sandy cove seen from the roadside|thumb]]
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===Name===
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The site name "Sandy Cove" is a simple description of the site. It is a small sand bottomed cove protected by large boulders on the seaward sides.
  
==Facilities==
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===Depth===
None. Security is no better than other raodside parking areas in the area.
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The bottom is generally shallow, with a maximum depth of about 4m on the sand.
  
==Conditions==
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<!--===Visibility===-->
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===Topography===
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The cove is almost surrounded by large number of granite corestones of various sizes, and has a flat sand bottom. The surrounding rocks provide protection from the seas and as the site is close inshore, it does not get the worst of the south easter. There are several small caves and swimthroughs under the group of large rocks directly opposite the sandy gully.
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'''Geology'''
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Sand bottom with surrounding boulders of late Pre-Cambrian granite of the ''Peninsula'' pluton
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===Conditions===
 
Often good during or after south easterly winds. The cove is exposed to north westerly swells, which could produce poor visibility and uncomfortable or hazardous conditions.
 
Often good during or after south easterly winds. The cove is exposed to north westerly swells, which could produce poor visibility and uncomfortable or hazardous conditions.
  
 
The site is usually at it's best in summer but there are also occasional opportunities during autumb and early winter.  
 
The site is usually at it's best in summer but there are also occasional opportunities during autumb and early winter.  
  
==Depth==
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The bottom is generally shallow, with a maximum depth of about 4m on the sand.
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==Geology==
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===Facilities===
Sand bottom with surrounding boulders of late Pre-Cambrian granite of the ''Peninsula'' pluton
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None. Security is no better than other raodside parking areas in the area.
  
==Topography==
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==Stay safe==
The cove is almost surrounded by large number of granite corestones of various sizes, and has a flat sand bottom. The surrounding rocks provide protection from the seas and as the site is close inshore, it does not get the worst of the south easter. There are several small caves and swimthroughs under the group of large rocks directly opposite the sandy gully.
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===Hazards===
 
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==Hazards==
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Cold water, hot sunshine.
 
Cold water, hot sunshine.
  
==Skill level==
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===Skills===
 
The site is very popular as an entry level training venue because it is so well protected, and getting lost takes some effort. It is suitable for checkout dives and would be considered confined water for training purposes by some agencies. It is also a suitable site for snorkelling and night dives.
 
The site is very popular as an entry level training venue because it is so well protected, and getting lost takes some effort. It is suitable for checkout dives and would be considered confined water for training purposes by some agencies. It is also a suitable site for snorkelling and night dives.
  
==Photography==
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===Equipment===
Not recommended as a photographic destination, but who knows, you may be lucky.
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==Equipment==
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No special equipment recommended, but a good site to test new equipment.
 
No special equipment recommended, but a good site to test new equipment.
  
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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===
 
Most of the marine life seen in this cove is on the rocks around it and in the rocky areas to the west. Shoals of small fish occasionally enter the cove, but are usually very shy. The small caves and swimthroughs under the rocks opposite the sandy gully shelter a colourful and fairly diverse range of invertebrates, and the rocks outside the lagoon area are covered by a profusion of red and brown seaweeds, with a few greens.
 
Most of the marine life seen in this cove is on the rocks around it and in the rocky areas to the west. Shoals of small fish occasionally enter the cove, but are usually very shy. The small caves and swimthroughs under the rocks opposite the sandy gully shelter a colourful and fairly diverse range of invertebrates, and the rocks outside the lagoon area are covered by a profusion of red and brown seaweeds, with a few greens.
  
==Suggested Routes==
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No particular routes recommended.
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===Photography===
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Not recommended as a photographic destination, but who knows, you may be lucky.
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===Suggested Routes===
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No particular routes recommended. There is usually more to see around the rocks than on the sand, but there may be occasional shoals of small fish over the sand.
  
==Gallery==
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===Gallery===
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[[Image:Scenic photo from site.jpg|thumb]] (description)
  
 
'''Views of the site from the shore.'''
 
'''Views of the site from the shore.'''
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Sandy Cove seen from the side of the road from the Camp’s Bay side, looking towards the west. The cove is in the middle of the photo and is obviously well protected from the south west swell.
 
Sandy Cove seen from the side of the road from the Camp’s Bay side, looking towards the west. The cove is in the middle of the photo and is obviously well protected from the south west swell.
  
Back to [[Dive_sites_of_the_Cape_Peninsula_and_False_Bay|Dive sites of the Cape Peninsula and False Bay]]
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Back to [[Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay]]
  
 
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Revision as of 06:25, 3 September 2009

The dive site Sandy Cove is a shallow sheltered cove in the north Oudekraal area on the Cape Peninsula, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.

The site is popular for open water training exercises, refresher courses and testing equipment when you don’t need depth. For some purposes it may be considered confined water. It is also the entry area for some really good dives. (see Geldkis, Geldkis Blinder, Strawberry Rocks, Mushroom Pinnacle and Het Huis te Kraaiestein)

Map showing location of the north Oudekraal dive site Sandy Cove

Contents

Get in

Access

This site is a shore dive. Park at the side of the road on the outside of the bend on the north side of the Twelve Apostles Hotel. The path starts near the signpost and after a steep descent curves round to the north between some trees and a granite boulder. It continues north-eastwards and then splits in several directions. The first branch is to the left to the entry for Justin’s Caves, The second continues more or less straight down a slope to a shallow gully between big boulders. There is an old piece of rail and small boulders in this north west entry point for Sandy Cove and the other North Oudekraal dives. The third branch is to the right, uphill slightly and through between some bushes, then down over the rocks to a shallow sandy gully, with a small beach at low tide. This south-east (closer to the road) entry point has a sand bottom with large granite boulders on both sides. The boulder on the right is convenient resting place for fins, camera etc when making final preparations for entry. The access at both these points is very protected and safe in almost any conditions you might consider diving.

Position

S33°58.90’ E018°21.65’

On the north side of the point at north Oudekraal.

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

Understand

Name

The site name "Sandy Cove" is a simple description of the site. It is a small sand bottomed cove protected by large boulders on the seaward sides.

Depth

The bottom is generally shallow, with a maximum depth of about 4m on the sand.


Topography

The cove is almost surrounded by large number of granite corestones of various sizes, and has a flat sand bottom. The surrounding rocks provide protection from the seas and as the site is close inshore, it does not get the worst of the south easter. There are several small caves and swimthroughs under the group of large rocks directly opposite the sandy gully.

Geology Sand bottom with surrounding boulders of late Pre-Cambrian granite of the Peninsula pluton

Conditions

Often good during or after south easterly winds. The cove is exposed to north westerly swells, which could produce poor visibility and uncomfortable or hazardous conditions.

The site is usually at it's best in summer but there are also occasional opportunities during autumb and early winter.


Facilities

None. Security is no better than other raodside parking areas in the area.

Stay safe

Hazards

Cold water, hot sunshine.

Skills

The site is very popular as an entry level training venue because it is so well protected, and getting lost takes some effort. It is suitable for checkout dives and would be considered confined water for training purposes by some agencies. It is also a suitable site for snorkelling and night dives.

Equipment

No special equipment recommended, but a good site to test new equipment.

See

Marine life

Most of the marine life seen in this cove is on the rocks around it and in the rocky areas to the west. Shoals of small fish occasionally enter the cove, but are usually very shy. The small caves and swimthroughs under the rocks opposite the sandy gully shelter a colourful and fairly diverse range of invertebrates, and the rocks outside the lagoon area are covered by a profusion of red and brown seaweeds, with a few greens.


Photography

Not recommended as a photographic destination, but who knows, you may be lucky.

Suggested Routes

No particular routes recommended. There is usually more to see around the rocks than on the sand, but there may be occasional shoals of small fish over the sand.

Gallery

(description)

Views of the site from the shore.

Sandy cove from near the parking area. In the background are the rocks of Geldkis and Strawberry Rocks. In the foreground is the entry gully.

The south east entry point at Sandy Cove at low tide.

Sandy Cove seen from the side of the road from the Camp’s Bay side, looking towards the west. The cove is in the middle of the photo and is obviously well protected from the south west swell.

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