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Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay/Livingstone Reef

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Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay/Livingstone Reef

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The dive site Livingstone Reef is an offshore rocky reef in the Roman Rock area of Simon's Bay, in False Bay, near Cape Town in the Western Cape Province of South Africa.


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Map of the dive site at Livingstone Reef

Fairly high profile reef around the pinnacle, and another large outcrop some way to the east. Quite pretty. Typical medium depth invert cover, with lots of sea fans.



This site is in a Marine Protected Area (2004). A permit is required. The site is entirely within the Boulders Restricted Zone of the Table Mountain National Park MPA.


The name "Livingstone Reef" is derived from the name of the diver who found the pinnacle by accident when diving the north pinnacle of Castor Reef. The reef was known to exist, but had not been reported before as a dive site.


Maximum depth is about 23m on the sand and the top of the pinnacle is about 14m. There is another pinnacle to the east which comes up to about 15 or 16m.


North and south slopes down rapifly to sand, east and west more gradual, with quite an area of low reef. Further to the east it gets more rugged again, and to the north more reef is visible a few metres away across the sand.

Geology: Granite corestones of the Peninsula pluton, surrounded by fairly fine quartz sand.


The site is (usually) at it's best in winter but there are also occasional opportunities at other times.

Get in

Boat dive: The site is too far offshore to swim

The site is about (distance)km from Miller's Point slipway, (distance)km from False Bay Yacht Club, or ()km from Long Beach


Marine life


Suggested Routes

Stay safe




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