Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay/Maidstone Rock
The dive site Maidstone Rock is an offshore rocky reef in the Seaforth area on the False Bay coast of the Cape Peninsula, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.
Access to this site is by boat, It is about 4.4km from the Miller's Point slipway.
This reef is to the east of Noah's Ark
This site is in a Marine Protected Area (2009). A permit is required.
The name "Maidstone Rock"is the name given the to the reef on the SA Navy charts.
Maximum depth is about 21m on the sand, and the top of the highest pinnacle is about 9m.
The reef includes a row of granite pinnacles of various heights on a flat fine sand bottom.
Geology: Late Pre-cambrian granite from the Peninsula pluton.
The site is exposed to wind and waves from the south east, so should be dived in weaterly winds or a calm. The site is reasonably protected from south westerly swells, but long period swells from the south west will cause strong surge.
The site should usually be at it's best in winter but there may also be occasional opportunities at other times of the year.
Typical of the outer reefs in this area, but not many sea fans. Different rocks have different characters with different dominant invertebrates. Mauve sea cucumbers, striped anemones, strawberry anemones, black brittle stars and common feather stars are abundant. Large numbers of large whelks with egg masses have been seen. Fish may include Roman and small shoals of Hottentot.
Macro or wide angle lenses are most suited to the site and the visibility to be expected.
No particular routes are known. Work your way along the line of pinnacle as suits you best.
No site specific hazards are known.
No special skills required. Ability to deploy a DSMB recommended.
No special equipment required. A DSMB is recommended to inform the boat of where you will be surfacing.