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Underwater Photo Location: Windmill beach-Simonstown-False bay

Underwater Photo Location: Windmill beach-Simonstown-False bay

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Windmill Beach,is along the False bay coast just outside Simons Town.This area is usually dived throughout the winter months and offers sheltered coves with Giant round shaped boulders sandwiching kelp and reef fish filled diving.This site because of it's sheltered location is very popular and offers safe diving to all level of divers and the only problem is the lack of parking.
The Parking area is the kit up point and its a short walk down to the beach which has entries on the left and right side of a large rock.The dive route can be done clockwise or anti-clockwise.
Out behind the rock are numerous below surface rocky outcrops which run out to sea and swimming a route around these can change the length of the dive.
There are quite a few different fish species the obvious are the Red Roman,John Brown, Hottentot,Zebra's,Streepies and Many species of klipvissies.Pajamas shark and puffadder shyshark are to be seen on most dives.Pipe fish can be seen on the sand aswell as octopus.
Seals will often join the divers briefly looking at them curiously,standing on your head or spinning in the water will often get a mimicked response.Remember regard all animals as potentially dangerous and don't touch.
The car park is fenced and the pedestrian gate is there to keep the jackass penguins from staying onto the golf course and into the neighbouring properties.
One of the only sites to have ablution facilities.
Remember as with all the sites around the Cape Peninsula A annual recreational scuba diving permit is required.
Facts about Windmill beach-Simonstown-False bay
  • It is in South Africa
  • Windmill beach-Simonstown-False bay is in the Indian Ocean.
  • The typical depth is 0-10 Metres 0-30 Feet.
  • The typical visibility is 3-10 Metres 10-30 Feet.
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by Kerri Keet
Schooling fish surrounding us on a dusk dive in Cape Town

by Kerri Keet
Sea Slug Day celebrated with a yellow gasflame nudibranch

by Kerri Keet
Klipvis all up in my face

by Kerri Keet
A common Cape Town fish found often in rock pools and shallow waters, affectionately known as a "klipvis", which is Afrikaans for "stonefish". They are extroverted fish that like to inspect you closely and their reflections in your port.
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