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The dive site '''Sandy Cove''' is a shallow sand bottomed sheltered cove surrounded by rocky reef in the north Oudekraal area on the [[Cape Peninsula]], near [[Cape Town]] in the [[Western Cape]] province of [[South Africa]].  
 
The dive site '''Sandy Cove''' is a shallow sand bottomed sheltered cove surrounded by rocky reef in the north Oudekraal area on the [[Cape Peninsula]], near [[Cape Town]] in the [[Western Cape]] province of [[South Africa]].  
  
==Understand==
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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]])
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==Get in==
 
[[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]]
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]])
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[[Image:The_south_east_entry_point_at_Sandy_Cove_DSC00757.JPG|thumb|The south east entry point at Sandy Cove at low tide.]]
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[[Image:Sandy_cove_from_near_the_parking_area_DSC06484.JPG|thumb|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.]]
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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.  
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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===
 
===Position===
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This site is in a Marine Protected Area (2004). A permit is required.
 
This site is in a Marine Protected Area (2004). A permit is required.
  
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==Understand==
 
[[Image:Sandy_cove_from_the_roadside_DSC00762.JPG|thumb|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.]]
 
[[Image:Sandy_cove_from_the_roadside_DSC00762.JPG|thumb|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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===Facilities===
 
===Facilities===
 
None. Security is no better than other roadside parking areas in the area.
 
None. Security is no better than other roadside parking areas in the area.
 
==Get in==
 
[[Image:The_south_east_entry_point_at_Sandy_Cove_DSC00757.JPG|thumb|The south east entry point at Sandy Cove at low tide.]]
 
[[Image:Sandy_cove_from_near_the_parking_area_DSC06484.JPG|thumb|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.]]
 
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.
 
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
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Not recommended as a photographic destination, but who knows, you may be lucky.
 
Not recommended as a photographic destination, but who knows, you may be lucky.
  
===Routes===
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===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.
 
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.
  

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