Castle Rocks

LOCATION: Castle Rocks is past Miller's Point, on the road from Simon's Town to Cape Point.
ACCESS: As for Pyramid Rock but the entry and exit point is to the right of the cluster of rocks. You must clamber across the round boulders in the water behind the sandy patch (be careful not to slip). The dive site is 50-75m to the south-east. An alternative entry is from the flat dark rock on the right hand side of the cluster of rocks, further to the east than the gulley. This entry is more trickey but allows for a shorter swim. It is NOT suitable as an exit point as it involves a 1m jump.
CONDITIONS: Castle Rock is sheltered from north-westerly winds in winter and is usually clear. There can be a surge on the outside of the rock. Best dived between May and August.

The dive site is a big rock south-east of the entry point. As this is a marine sanctuary, fishing and harvesting of marine life is prohibited, fauna is prolific on these reefs. There are large numbers of fish: Roman, hottentot, butterfish, galjoen and Janbruin. There are also many small bottom sharks. Octopus and cuttlefish are also found. The rocks are a photographers dream: the rocks are covered with multi-coloured invertibrates, including nudibranches, starfish, urchins, anemones, big gorgonians and sea-fans, huge sponges, crayfish and basket stars. Castle Rock is a favourite training dive and also a great spot for night dives, although you must exercise caution on the slippery rocks, especially at night.

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