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Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay/Lorry Bay

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The dive site Lorry Bay is a shoreline rocky reef in the Gordon's Bay area on the east side of False Bay, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.

Understand[edit]

Aerial view of the dive site at Lorry Bay. (Photo CDS&M)

The site is partly enclosed and often used for training and night dives. There is quite diverse life on the reefs just outside the cove.

Position[edit]

S34°10.955’ E018°49.312’

This site is NOT in a Marine Protected Area. A permit is not required.

Name[edit]

The site name "Lorry Bay" is a reference to a truck that fell into the bay some years ago. Several vehicles have gone off the road above the bay over the years and ended in the water. There are bits still to be found in the cove.

Depth[edit]

Depth at the edge of the sand bottom is about 10m.

Topography[edit]

There is a flattish bottom covered with smallish rounded boulders and occasional bits of metal in the cove, sloping down to sand at about 10m some distance outside. The sides of the bay are bedrock with with moderate size outcrops and are quite rugged and steep. The reef has a relatively low profile in the deeper parts. The bottom boulders inshore are clean and probably roll around a lot in bad weather.

Geology: Light grey to yellow-brown quartzitic Ordovician sandstones, possibly of the Graafwater formation of the Table Mounain group. Strike is roughly parallel to the shore, and dip is steep, in the order of 70° to the south east

Conditions[edit]

The site is partly exposed to south westerly swell, but well protected from South easterly winds. The site is usually at it's best in summer but there are also occasional opportunities in autumn and early winter.

This is an area which sometimes has red tides (summer), and poor visibility due to rain run-off (winter).

Keep a lookout for times when the south westerly component of the swell is low, and short period (10 seconds or less), and the wind is calm or from the south east, for a high probability of good conditions.

A long period swell from the south west will produce strong surge and usually poor visibility.

Get in[edit]

Boat dive from Gordon’s Bay or Harbour Island. The site can probably be dived from shore access from the sloping rocks at the south point, but it would be a long walk from the nearest parking area and a fairly long climb down from the road. In an emergency a shore exit could be made at this point.

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Marine life[edit]

There is more reef life outside the cove to the north than in it, and the bottom is relatively bare as the boulders move around in bad weather.

Features[edit]

Odd bits of motor vehicle may be scattered around among the boulders.

Photography[edit]

(photographic equipment suggestions)

Suggested Routes[edit]

If anchoring, check the anchor first, as some parts of the bottom are not good holding ground. The sand is more reliable than the rock at the south point. After that, make a tour of the cove and if time allows explore the area to the north of the bay.

Stay safe[edit]

Hazards[edit]

No site specific hazards have been reported.

Skills[edit]

Suitable for night dives and for novice divers and trainees.

Equipment[edit]

No special equipment required.

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