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Underwater Photo Location: Castle Rocks,Cape peninsula

Underwater Photo Location: Castle Rocks,Cape peninsula

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Castle Rocks is situated just before the Cape Point Nature Reserve.Travelling from Cape town you will pass through Fishhoek and Simons town.The Coastal drive in itself is a tourist attraction.After the Millers Point turn off you will see a large outcrop of rocks.Not to hard to see why they are called Castle Rocks.Parking is on the side of the Road,about 15 meters above sea level,so you kit up here and walk down to the entry spot

False Bay cleans up with a North westerly and South Westerly wind,and on good days the viz is more than 20meters.The sheltered Bay varies in depth from 3-7meters and is ideal for snorkelling and Training dives.Once you leave the Bay and drop down the rocky reefs you can get about 18meters.The outside of the sheltered bay can become surgy so care should be taken with novice divers on the change of the tide.This area has been a marine reserve for years so all the Delights of False bay can all be seen in one dive.There are quite a few different fish species the obvious are the Red Roman,John Brown,the Cape Knife jaw,Zebra's,Streepies and of course the National fish the Galjoen.Three species of shy shark,Gully shark and Soupfin are regularly spotted the juvenile Dusky's put in a rare appearance.
Large orange wall sponges jut out along the walls and thousands of micro organisms create stunning colours along the dive.Gas flame Nudibranchs and the cape dorid are some of the numerous nudibranchs to be seen.
Castle rocks is one of the best shore dives on the Peninsula.
Facts about Castle Rocks,Cape peninsula
  • It is in South Africa
  • Castle Rocks,Cape peninsula is in the Indian Ocean.
  • The typical depth is 0-20 Metres 0-60 Feet.
  • The typical visibility is 3-10 Metres 10-30 Feet.
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by Peet J Van Eeden
Breaking waves over a carpet of colorful sandy anemones in the intertidal zone

by Peet J Van Eeden
Proud parent and off-springs. Sea anemones can reproduce normally but can also clone asexually
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