Scuba diving in Castle Rocks

Access
From Shore
Diver level
Novice
Depth
Average: 32.8 ft
Maximum: 59.04 ft
Current
Currents are low
Visibility
Average: 32.8 ft
Maximum: 98.4 ft
Castle Rocks is situated in a marine reserve near Cape Town in the Western Cape province. It is one of False Bay's most popular sites which offers protected diving and easy beach access with occasional rock entries. The dive site features large rocks, situated within 50m/64ft to 75m/246ft south-east of the entry point. Cold-water corals and a wide variety of marine life turn this dive into an amazing experience. The rocks are covered with colorful sea fans, big basket stars, feather stars, sea squirts, big gorgonians, huge orange wall sponges, anemones (red, blue, orange and yellow) and sunburst corals. The site also features over 200 species of nudibranchs, which is the largest collection in the area. There are large numbers of fish, divers can observe on a regular basis, including red Roman fish, stump, janbruins, butterfish, hottentots, permit, lobster, butterfish, galjoen, octopus, cuttle fish and a few smaller size sharks.

When to go

The annual water temperature varies between 12-18C/53-64F. Diving is the best from the end of May through September.

What to see

Large rocks, colorful sea fans, big basket stars, feather stars, sea squirts, big gorgonians, huge orange wall sponges, anemones (red, blue, orange and yellow) and sunburst corals. A wide variety of marine life, including nudibranchs, red Roman fish, stump, janbruins, butterfish, hottentots, permit, lobster, butterfish, galjoen, octopus, cuttle fish and a few smaller size sharks.

Reachable from

Simon's Town, Cape Town

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