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Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay/Pie Rock

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The dive site Pie Rock is an offshore rocky reef in the Castle Rocks restricted zone on the False Bay coast of the Cape Peninsula , near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.

Understand[edit]

Map of the dive site at Pie Rock reef

This is a spectacular dive in good visibility, and large numbers of fish may be seen.

Position[edit]

S34°14.385' E018°29.065'

About 760m from North Entry at Castle Rocks. Bearing 353° True (017° magnetic) to Bakoven Rock, approximately 278° True (302° magnetic) to North side of Castle Rocks.

About 150m south east of Outer Castle

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

Name[edit]

The site is called "Pie Rock" because one of the larger rocks in the area is said to look a bit like a giant wedge of pie.

Depth[edit]

Maximum depth is about 25m. Top of the pinnacle is at 5m. Average depth on a dive is about 15m.

Topography[edit]

Large granite corestone outcrops and boulders. The site is in two main sections, Pie Rock proper, and Pie Rock southern pinnacles. There is a pinnacle at the east side of the main site, which is also the deeper side. The southern pinnacles are part of a more extensive area of low reef.

Geology: Granite of the Pre-Cambrian Peninsula pluton.

Conditions[edit]

The site is moderately protected from south westerly swell. South east chop may make it unpleasant on the surface, but it may be quiet below the wave base, however a strong south easter or one that blows for a long time will push up a swell that will make it unpleasant all the way down. Generally considered a winter dive site but there are also occasional opportunities in autumn and spring.

Get in[edit]

The site is generally considered a boat dive. Launch at Miller’s point. It could be dived from shore entry at Castle Rocks, but would require a 750m swim each way. For a shore dive use a SMB as boat traffic in the area can be heavy on a good day. Bearing from Castle Rocks north entry approximately 120° magnetic. Dont try this in an offshore wind.

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Marine life[edit]

Large numbers of false corals, feather stars, colonial ascidians, red sea cucumbers and colonial hydroids. A reasonable variety of fish, sometimes in fairly large shoals.

Photography[edit]

(photographic equipment suggestions)

Routes[edit]

No particular route recommended.

Stay safe[edit]

Hazards[edit]

No site specific hazards are recorded.

Skills[edit]

Certification appropriate to the depth is expected, otherwise no special skills are required. Ability to deploy a DSMB may be useful if you surface away from the shotline.

Equipment[edit]

A DSMB may be convenient if you surface away from the shotline.

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