Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay/Troglodyte’s Cove
This site is not in a Marine Protected Area. A permit is not required.
The site is named "Troglodyte's Cove" or "Cave Gully" for the cave at the head of the inlet which shows signs of recent habitation in the form of garbage and discarded utensils.
Maximum about 14m at the edge of the sand.
The gully below the cave mouth has steep rock sides and pebble/boulder bottom. Reef ridges roughly parallel to shore formations, and gets to 9m depth very close to the outer edge of the shoreline, then shelves down gradually to 14m, at which depth it reaches the fine sand. The ripples on the sand are approximately perpendicular to shoreline as wave crests are also usually perpendicular to the shoreline. There are some fairly big outcrops and boulders up to about 3m high above the bottom, and some overhangs near the shoreline, especially in the inlet. Towards Lorry Bay (West of the gully) the reef is more rugged and spectacular.
Geology: Sandstone with some quartzite veins. Probably of the Peninsula formation.
South westerly swell should be short and low.
Off road paved parking.
The site can be accessed by boat or from the shore.
Shore dive with a moderate climb. There is off-road paved parking on the seaward side of Faure Marine Drive (R44) at S34°10.887’ E018°49.464’. The path is to the right facing the sea. Walk along the path until it starts to descend steeply then turn shorewards to the deep gully and walk along the sloping ledge on the rock face that leads down to the cave mouth. From there climb down the boulder slope to the water’s edge at the large rusty steel roller.
There is a convenient rock to stand on to do final kit-up, and the water will usually be deep enough to jump in. About 250m total walking distance with a descent of about 25m, most of which is in the last 50m. Entry and Exit are very sheltered from south west swell and the climb is not difficult. Access altogether reasonable for a fit diver.
Alternatively a boat dive about 4km from Gordon’s Bay or 4.4km from Harbour Island. Anchor off shore where you want to dive. The inlet is not a suitable anchorage.
There is a rock to the north east of the gully which is frequented by a small group of seals.
Shore access requires a walk down steep rock and boulders and a slightly tricky entry and exit.
No special skills required. Reasonable fitness and agility are required for shore entry.
No special equipment recommended.