Scuba diving in South Paw
This dive site is located right alongside the North Lion paw and considered to be one of the paws of the lion of Lion's Head. It is an extensive reef of granite core stones marked by the large outcrop and numerous boulders, a small group of which break the surface and have walls dropping almost vertically to about 15m/49ft. They are surrounded by smaller boulders, lower outcrops, with some holes and overhangs under some of the boulders. The area is full of marine growth, though there is not much bamboo kelp. Even tough the site is quite well protected from south east winds, it is not recommended for novice divers, especially if there is much swell running.
When to go
The average air temperature during the summer ranges from 15C/59F to 27C/80F with the average sea temperature staying around 17C/62F, while during the winter the temperature ranges from 8C/46F to 20C/68F, with the average sea temperature of around 10C/50F.
What to see
The shallower rock surfaces have heavy encrustation of red bait, while deeper steep and overhanging surfaces are covered by colonial ascidians, sponges and sea fans. Less steep deep surfaces have urchins and grey sea cucumbers, even nippled nudibranchs have been spotted here.
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