False Bay and Cape Peninsula dive sites

Peter Southwood has a list of the dive sites in the Cape Peninsula and False Bay on his wikivoyage site for diving in the region. Here’s our list (which is just his, alphabetised, plus some other sites we’ve explored of our own accord) with links to the dive sites we’ve done specific posts on.

This post will be regularly updated as we dive new sites.

13th Apostle
A-Frame (Oatlands Point)
Albatross Rock
Alpha Reef (Outer Spaniard)
Ammunition Barges
Andre se gat
Ankers
Antipolis
Bakoven Rock
Balcony
Bantry Bay
Batsata Rock
Bikini Beach
Blouklip (Bloukrans)
Blousteen Ridge
Blue Rock Quarry
Boat Rock (Bakoven Rock)
Bordjiesrif
Brunswick
Buffels Bay
Caravan Reef
Castle Rocks and Parson’s Nose
Castor Rock
Cement Barge
Clifton Rocks
Container Bay (Mike’s Bay)
Coral Gardens (Oudekraal)
Coral Gardens (Rooiels)
Cow and Calf
Dale Brook
D-Frame (Oatlands Reef, Wave Rock)
Di’s Cracks
Die Josie
Die Perd
Dreadlocks Reef
Fan Reef
Finlay’s Point (Jenga Reef)
Finlay’s Deep
Fish Hoek Reef
Fisherman’s Beach
Froggy Pond
Geldkis
Geldkis Blinder
Hakka Reef (Middelmas)
Hangklip Ridge
Het Huis te Kraaiestein
Hout Bay Harbour
HNMS Bato
Insanity Reef
Justin’s Caves
Kalk Bay Harbour Wall
Kanobi’s Wall
Klein Pannekoek
Klein Tafelberg Reef (Salad bowl, Yacht wreck))
Kruis (Crosses)
Ledges
Logies Bay
Long Beach
Lorry Bay
Maidstone Rock
MFV Orotava
MFV Princess Elizabeth
Mike’s Point
Miller’s Point
Muizenberg Trawlers
Murray’s Bay Harbour (Robben Island)
Mushroom Pinnacle
MV Aster
MV BOS 400
MV Daeyang Family
MV Gemsbok
MV Katsu Maru
MV Rockeater
MV Romelia
MV Treasure
Noah’s Ark and the Ark Rock Wrecks

North Battery Pipeline
North Lion’s Paw
Outer Castle (Blindevals)
Outer Photographer’s Reef
P87
Partridge Point and Seal Rock
Penguin Point (Boulders)
Percy’s Hole
Phil’s Bay
Phoenix Shoal
Photographer’s Reef (JJM Reef)
Pie Rock
Pinnacle
Pringle Bay
Pringle Bay Point
Pyramid
Quarry
Rambler Rock
RMS Athens
Rocklands Blinder (Seal Colony)
Rocky Bank
Rocky Bay
Roman Rock
Roman’s Rest
Rooi-els Point
Sandy Cove
SAS Bloemfontein
SAS Fleur
SAS Gelderland
SAS Good Hope
SAS Pietermaritzburg
SAS Transvaal
SATS General Botha
Seal Island
Seal Island (Duiker island)
Sea Point Ridge Pinnacles
Sentinel
Shark Alley
Simon’s Town Harbour
Smits Cliff (Hell’s Gate)
Smits Reef (Birthday Reef, Horseshoe Reef, Batsata Maze)
Smits swim
South Lion’s Paw
South-west Reefs
Spaniard Rock
SS Bia
SS Cape Matapan
SS Clan Monroe
SS Clan Stuart
SS Hypatia
SS Lusitania
SS Maori
SS Oakburn
SS SA Seafarer
SS Star of Africa
SS Thomas T Tucker
SS Umhlali
Star Wall
Steenbras Deep Reef
Steps
Stern Reef
Stonehenge
Strawberry Rocks
Sunny Cove
Tafelberg Deep
Tafelberg Reef
Three Anchor Bay
Tivoli Pinnacles
Tony’s Reef
Torch Reef
Troglodyte’s Cove (Cave Gully)
Two Oceans Aquarium
Vogelsteen
Vulcan Rock
Whale Rock
Whirlpool cove
Whittle Rock
Windmill Beach
Wonder Reef

Bookshelf: Diving history

The early history of diving is filled with mavericks and adventurers, and continues with the development of ever-more sophisticated methods of exploring the deep. Find a good book here – you won’t be able to put it down.

Diving stories from the very early days of the aqualung:

Robert Ballard on the development of deep-water exploration by means of submersibles and ROVs:

Tim Ecott’s brilliant masterwork covering all of diving and then some:

Development of the dive tables:

Bookshelf: Novels and children’s books

It’s never too early to introduce kids to the ocean and its wonders. Find a novel, a fish identification book, or a gripping account of scientific research in this list of books suitable for young people.

Books about marine life suitable for children and young adults:

Willard Price’s Hal and Roger Hunt adventure series:

A rare children’s offering from Arthur C Clarke:

Ocean-related novels:

If you have children (or nieces and nephews, or grandchildren) you should read:

Bookshelf: Conservation books

It’s our duty to educate ourselves on the threats facing the world’s oceans and ocean inhabitants. This reading list contains classics, coffee table books, and more modern works on climate change, overfishing, and more.

Concerning overfishing and climate change:

The magnificent Sylvia Earle, and her imitators:

The inimitable Carl Safina:

The inspirational Rachel Carson:

Classic nature writing:

High-level overviews:

Region specific:

Being a good citizen:

Bookshelf: Diving science and physiology books

Sound boring? Doesn’t have to be. While your Divemaster instruction manual might make this stuff sound very dry, learning about what happens to the human body while breathing gas under pressure doesn’t have to be. Find some inspiration from this reading list when your theory gets too boring, or remind yourself of what you’re supposed to know already (if you’re a bit rusty).

For beginning divers:

Recommended reading for Divemaster candidates:

Scuba accidents and how to avoid them:

Bookshelf: (Dive) travel

Spread your wings, even if just to do some armchair travel, with this collection of dive travel books. Some are guides to particular regions of the world, and others will simply transport you to another place with prose and pictures. Your reading explorations start here.

Great Barrier Reef

Sri Lanka

Southern Africa

Red Sea

Europe

Global dive destinations

Bookshelf: Fish identification books

Your diving experiences will be immeasurably enhanced by the addition of one or two fish identification books to your library. Choose books that are appropriate to the region(s) you tend to dive in the most. There’s a lot to choose from here.

Cape Town

Southern Africa

Warm seas

Worldwide

Also check out Eye of the Shoal, not strictly about fish identification, but all about fish!

Bookshelf: Books about ships and shipwrecks

Who can resist a good shipwreck story? There’s a lot of choice in this selection of books about maritime catastrophes, discovery of lost wrecks, and efforts to prevent ships from coming to grief. Read on…

Shipping

South African shipwrecks

Shipwreck exploration

Ancient and pre-industrial shipwrecks

RMS Titanic

Modern shipwrecks

Those who prevent shipwrecks

Bookshelf: Books about sharks

Sharks! All about sharks! Get some actual, scientific facts here. You can dive as deep as you want into the subject – here’s a wide selection of shark books for you to choose from.

Living with sharks

Start here!

South African special interest

Shark biology

Shark research

Shark attacks

Shark photography

Bookshelf: Marine biology books

So many animals, so little time! Find a book about your special interest in this reading list.

Books on multiple species and ocean biodiversity

Books about cephalopods

Books about seabirds

Books dealing with specific species

Books about sharks (more shark books here):

Books about fish:

Books about turtles:

Books about whales and dolphins, captivity issues, and our attempts to study them:

Also check out the fish identification books!