Outer Photographers Reef

This is just one of the many smaller offshore reefs in the 20 to 30m depth range that can be found along the coast of False Bay south of the Roman Rock reef complex, where there are a moderate number of scattered granite outcrops of various sizes, many of which are virtually unknown.

The top of the reef is heavily covered with feather stars and grey sea cucumbers, but is too deep for kelp, and though there are some sea squirts, they are not the dominant species.

Level

Level

  • Advanced
Visibility

Visibility

  • 5 m
Current

Current

  • Light Current
  • No Current
  • Strong Current
  • Ripping Current

Temperature & Visibility

Dives

Wildlife Diversity

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Dive sites nearby

Froggy Pond

This little bay is actually called “Froggy Pond“ on the official maps and charts of the area. In spite of its name, this is a sea dive, and there will be no frogs! Shore dive site which is suitable for training exercises as it is sheltered and has a flat sandy bottom.

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Enter at the rocks on the left and swim toward the two pinnacle rocks out toward the ocean. The smaller rock on the left has a swim-through with three entry points. To the right is a larger rock with lots to see along the wall of the rock. This dive is more for advanced divers.

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This site has a very easy and protected beach entry and a small cove with a sandy bottom that is suitable for training exercises, while also having a varied topography, diverse ecology, and large area.

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Boulders Beach

Simonstown Boulders is an easily accessible shore dive. The average depth is 6 meters and the maximum depth is 9 meters, so it is a good training dive site for beginners.

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Roman Rock

Roman Rock can be found on the West Side of Falsebay, it is part of an MPA area, please have your permit available. Site has a flat coarse shelly sand bottom with large boulders and outcrops. The long axis of the reef runs roughly east to west and is about 400 m long and 110 m wide.

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Millers Point is also known as Shark Alley due to the high numbers of Seven-gill sharks that use to be found here in the kelp forest. This site is in a marine protected area. Make sure you get your diving permit and take nothing other than memories and photos.

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Shark Alley

This dive site is only accessible by boat and is approximately 8 km offshore. The average depth at Shark Alley is 3 metres and the maximum depth is 5 metres.

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Long Beach Simons Town

Due to the shape of the harbour, Long Beach is well protected from most winds and waves. This dive site has a maximum depth of about 18 meters. This dive site does not require a boat ride and is a great shore dive.

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Also known as Seal Rock. This site is at the southern edge of the Castle Rocks restricted zone, within the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area, where no fishing has been permitted for many years, and the result can be seen in the numbers of fish.

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SAS Transvaal (Wreck)

The wreck of the SAS Transvaal lies at an angle on a flat sand bottom. The bow is toward the NE. The wreck is mostly intact, the mast has fallen to port side, Hull structure is collapsing so beware of entering! Best to dive in winter and summer is the worst, current is quite strong.

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