Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay/Klein Pannekoek
S33°58.91’ E018°21.09’ (approximately)
- About 570m at 212° magnetic to the north cove at the Table Mountain Natonal Park Oudekraal site.
This site is in a Marine Protected Area (2004). A permit is required. The site is within the Karbonkelberg restricted zone
The name "Klein Pannekoek" means Small Pancake, and refers to the flat shape of the rock and compares it to the nearby, slightly larger but also flat, rock known as Groot Pannekoek
No records available. Maximum depth probably about 15m
Very large granite corestone outcrops and boulders, Some overhangs, crevices and small caves.
Geology: Late Pre-Cambrian granite of the Peninsula pluton
Best after south-easterly winds (offshore). The swell should be low, though a bit of white water on the outer reefs is normal. There is usually some surge, and it can be quite strong.
Limited off street parking with fairly good security, Clean, neat toilet facilities, Fresh water showers and taps, picnic sites (no fires permitted), shade, seating, garbage cans, a nice little beach and pleasant and protected snorkelling areas for beginners.
Boat dive or shore dive with a long swim (570m). It is about 15km from Hout Bay or 13km from Oceana Power Boat Club at Granger Bay.
Shore dive: Parking as for Coral Gardens. Go down the stairs at the west end of the parking lot and across the grassy area then turn right to the small sand beach at the northern cove. The entry area is usually a placid spot as it is well sheltered from the south west swell The long climb down the stairs and the long swim to the site require a reasonable level of fitness, but there is fresh water on tap at the top of the stairs and a few litres on your head and suit before the descent will keep you cooler.
There are kelp forests and a good variety of invertebrates on the rocks.
No particular route recommended.
Cold water, Strong surge in gulleys and swim-throughs. Sea urchins. Strong offshore winds may develop over a short time.
The site requires fitness if dived from the shore. The ability to navigate back underwater on a shore entry dive is strongly recommended.
A compass is recommended to help navigate back from shore entry dives in case an offshore wind comes up during the dive.