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Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay/Clifton Rocks

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The dive site '''Clifton Rocks''' is a shore dive an inshore rocky reef in the Clifton area on the Atlantic seaboard of 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 This site, and links to photographs of marine organisms that have been found thereincludes '''Cleeve's Tunnel'''.
==Name "Clifton Rocks"==
Named for the large group of large rocks at point at the southern end of Clifton fourth beach.
==Understand==[[Image:(insert image file name)Clifton_Rocks_150dpi.jpg|400px|thumb|Aerial view of the Clifton Rocks dive site. The site described is around the rocks slightly to the right of upper centre. The entry and exit point is middle right.]]==Position==S33°56.346’ E018°22.222’ (North west corner of rocks)<!--why dive here?-->
===Position===*S33°56.346’ E018°22.222’ (North west corner of rocks)*S33°56.448’ E018°22.371’ (Entry point)*S33°56.487’ E018°22.415’ (Parking area)
S33°56This site is in a Marine Protected Area (2004).487’ E018°22A permit is required.415’ (Parking area)
This ===Name===The site "Clifton Rocks" is in a Marine Protected Area (2009)named for the large group of large rocks at the point at the southern end of Clifton fourth beach.
==Access=Depth===This Maximum depth is normally a shore dive. Turn off Victoria Roadabout 14m, Clifton, south average about 7m  <!--===Visibility===--> ===Topography===Granite corestone boulders of Fourth beach into The Ridge. Drive down large size rising from about 10m depth to in some cases 5 or more metres above the furthest available parking areawater. Thr path to Many of the rocks is boulders are undercut at the sign for house #93. There is bottom and resting on granite outcrops, so there are deep crevices and overhangs, several smallish swim-throughs and a few fairly narrow paved path with steps which passes between gaps. Surge can be strong at times in the plots and comes out on top gaps. The jumble of rocks facing gets denser and shallower to the northsouth and surge and breaking waves can be quite impressive. Entry points are a few metres further along Sand bottom to the point on large gently sloping north-facing rock and inshore of the big rocks is mostly quite fine, with encrustation occasional areas of black mussels. Entry shells and exit are easy, and well sheltered from south westerly swellcoarse sand.
==Facilities=='''Geology:'''Parking may be a problem on weekends as Huge granite boulders of the beach is very popular in summer and it is sheltered from the south easter. Get there early.late Pre-Cambrian ''Peninsula'' pluton, with fine white quarz sand bottom
===Conditions===
The entry and exit area is exposed to north west swell, but protected from the south west. The dive site is exposed to both north and south west swell, which can be extremely turbulent in the narrow spaces between the rocks if large or long. There will almost always be some surge. The site will be best when the swell is low and short, which is often associated with south easterly winds.
The site is usually at it's best in summer, but there are also occasional opportunities in autumn and early winter.
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==Geology=Facilities===Huge granite boulders of Parking may be a problem on weekends as the beach is very popular in summer and it is sheltered from the Pre-Cambrian ''Peninsula'' pluton, with fine white quarz sand bottomsouth easter. Get there early.
==TopographyGet in==Granite corestone boulders of large size rising from about 10m depth to [[Image:Clifton Rocks and entry area DSC02085.JPG|thumb|Clifton rocks in some cases 5 or more metres above the water. Many of background, showing the boulders are undercut at high rocks to the bottom right and resting on granite outcrops, so there are deep crevices and overhangs, several smallish swim-throughs and a few fairly narrow gapsthe lower rocks to the left. Surge can be strong at times The entry area is in the gapsforeground where the divers are getting ready. The jumble ]][[Image:Start of rocks gets denser and shallower the path to the south and surge and breaking waves can be quite impressiveentry area DSC02086. Sand bottom JPG|thumb|The path from the parking area to the north and inshore of the big rocks is mostly quite fine, with occasional areas of shells and coarse sand.entry area starts at this point]]
==Hazards==Cold waterThis is normally a shore dive. Turn off Victoria Road, Strong surge Clifton, south of Fourth beach into The Ridge. Drive down to the furthest available parking area. The path to the rocks is at the sign for house #93. There is a narrow paved path with steps which passes between the plots and breaking waves over exposed and shallow comes out on top of rocksfacing to the north. Sea urchinsEntry points are a few metres further along the point on large gently sloping north-facing rock with encrustation of black mussels. Entry and exit are easy, and well sheltered from south westerly swell.
==Skill levelSee==No special skills required[[Image:Bobtail at Clifton Rocks DSC02220. There are areas JPG|thumb|Large numbers of sand bottom which would bobtails may be suited to basic skills exercises, though the main dive site is a bit far for entry level traineesseen here at times]][[Image:Pale striped anemones at Clifton Rocks DSC02169. This is a good area for snorkellingJPG|thumb|Pale striped anemones]][[Image:Sponges at Clifton Rocks DSC02093.A reasonable level of fitness is required for shore entriesJPG|thumb|Sponges on the reef]]
==Photography=Marine life===Fairly good site for photographyTypical of the general area. Heavy kelp on rocks in gaps and on top of submerged rocks of shallow depth. The sea bamboo ''Ecklonia'' near the surface and the Split-fan kelp ''Laminaria'' in deeper water. No specific equipment suggestionsThere may be large numbers of bobtails on the sand, where they bury themselves and lie with only eyes exposed, until startled, when they dart off leaving a little cloud of ink.
==Equipment=Features===A light is useful to look into crevicesNarrow gaps and swimthroughs, and a compass helps keep track little enclosed inlet at the north western corner of where you are, but is not essentialthe exposed rocks.
[[Image:(photo of bobtails)|thumb|Large numbers of bobtails may be seen here at times]]==Marine life=Photography===Typical of the general area. Heavy kelp on rocks in gaps and on top of submerged rocks of shallow depth. The sea bamboo ''Ecklonia'' near the surface and the Split-fan kelp ''Laminaria'' in deeper waterFairly good site for photography. There may be large numbers of bobtails on the sand, where they bury themselves and lie with only eyes exposed, until startled, when they dart off leaving a little cloud of inkNo specific equipment suggestions.
==Suggested =Routes===
Surface swim out to the inshore side of the big rocks. Dive and swim around the big rocks anti-clockwise to the offshore side and to the last big rock. Depending on conditions, retrace your path or if a quiet day, make your way back in between the rocks or continue further south and west. These areas are shallow and can get very rough. At the north west corner of the high rocks there is a little inlet amongst the rocks which is quite pleasant. Return to the entry rock by compass across the sand bottom will take about 20 minutes if you have enough air.
==GalleryStay safe=====Hazards===Cold water, Strong surge and breaking waves over exposed and shallow rocks. Sea urchins.
'''Views ===Skills===No special skills required. There are areas of sand bottom which would be suited to basic skills exercises, though the main dive site from the is a bit far for entry level trainees. This is a good area for snorkelling.A reasonable level of fitness is required for shore.'''entries
[[Image:(views of the site ===Equipment===A light is useful to look into crevices, and facilities)|thumb]](description) [[Image:(views a compass helps keep track of the entry point)|thumb]]Clifton rocks in the backgroundwhere you are, showing the high rocks to the right and the lower rocks to the left. The entry area but is in the foreground whre the divers are getting readynot essential.
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