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Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay/Fisherman’s Beach

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The dive site Fisherman's Beach is a shoreline rocky reef in the Oatlands area of Simon's Town on the False Bay coast of the Cape Peninsula, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.

Understand[edit]

Aerial photo showing location of the dive sites at Froggy Pond (top) and Fisherman's Beach (bottom). (photo CDS&M)

Position[edit]

S34°12.357’ E018°27.497’

The next cove south of Froggy Pond. It has a much longer beach.


This site is in a Marine Protected Area (2004). A permit is required. The site is entirely inside the Boulders Restricted Zone.

Name[edit]

No record has been found for the origin of the name "Fisherman's Beach". It is not even popular as a fishing spot.

Depth[edit]

Shallow. The 10m contour is over a hundred metres from the shore.

Visibility[edit]

Visibility is not very good as it is shallow and the surge lifts the fine sand, but it is usually well illuminated.

These rocks half way along Fisherman’s Beach are a bit shallow, but are encrusted with marine organisms.

Topography[edit]

Granite boulders of various sizes on mostly sand bottom with some reef. None reaching surface at fairly low tide.

Geology: Late Pre-Cambrial granite of the Peninsula pluton.

Conditions[edit]

Very sheltered area, usually only dived if other local sites too rough. It is a relatively safe entry end exit even when too rough to be worth diving, as it is very shallow and wave action will make the surge unpleasant. The site is exposed to wind and waves from the south east, and may be good in North westerly or south westerly winds. The site is reasonably protected from South west swell.

Facilities[edit]

Roadside parking bays on far side of road

Get in[edit]

View of the northern end of Fisherman’s Beach. The rocky point is between Froggy Pond and Fisherman’s beach

This site is normally a shore entry dive.

Parking on inshore side of main road. Easy entry anywhere along the beach.

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Marine life[edit]

Kelp and invertebrates on boulders.

Photography[edit]

Routes[edit]

Swim out to kelp forest on boulders to south of main beach. Area repays careful examination of encrusted rocks.

Stay safe[edit]

Hazards[edit]

No site specific hazards recorded.

Skills[edit]

No special skills required. Suitable for novice snorkelers.

Equipment[edit]

No special equipment recommended.

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