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Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay/Castle Rocks

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Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay/Castle Rocks

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The dive sites Castle Rocks and Parson's Nose are agroup of rocky reef areas in the Castle Rocks area on the False Bay coast 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 site, and links to photographs of marine organisms that have been found there.

These sites are good for fish and invertebrates, and in many places have spectacular topography. All are accessible as shore dives, but the shore access is not easy.

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Extent of the Castle Rocks Marine Restricted Zone.

Names "Castle Rocks" and "Parson's Nose"

Castle Rocks applies to the point as a whole and the offshore rocks to the South East. The point is a small rocky peninsula that is nearly an island at high tide. The name also applies to the Marine Restricted Zone whic stretches from Rumbly Bay, just south of Miller's point, to Baboon Rock, just south of Partridge Point. Parson's Nose refers to a small rocky point inthe Castle Rocks South area.

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Views of the site from the shore.



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