Sandy Cove: Het Huis de Kraaistein (1698)
LOCATION: Opposite the White House.ACCESS: Park a little closer to Camps Bay than you would for Justin's Caves. Follow the well-worn footpath and when it seems to disappear into a grassy clearing, step over a rock on your right and you will rediscover the path. It leads to a tiny sheltered beach which affords an easy entry and exit. An alternative is the gulley to the left, which can be recognized by the iron rails running out to sea. To find the wreck (which is not easy), swim out keeping to the left of the small cluster of rocks, approximately 50m out. Once past them, swim to a point about 30m behind them and find the small darkish rock with a cleft through the middle. Line yourself up so that you can see directly through the cleft. Once you have this line, facing the shore, look to your right. You will see a large egg-shaped rock about two-thirds of the way along the large cluster of rocked heading out to sea. Keep swimming out to sea until you can see the hole at the left edge of this rock. You will be directly above the wreck site.
CONDITIONS: The area is well sheltered and as a rule, is calm and clear in summer.
AVERAGE DEPTH: 6m
MAXIMUM DEPTH: 15m (outer side of the wreck)
The wreck has broken up completely and all that is left are a few iron canons, an anchor and some pieces of wood. All these remnants are entirely overgrown and you will only recognize them by looking for unusually straight lines. This is a favourite training dive in summer and could get a bit crowded. The marine life is interesting and prolific but not particularly colourful. The kelp cover is thick, many species of invertebrates cover the rocks and hordes of crayfish hide in deep holes. This is a crayfish sanctuary so leave those grand-daddies alone! It is said that a large basking shark, affectionately called Johnny, often visits the site but does not bother divers. This is a favourite night diving spot, especially in summer. Do not remove anything from the spot.
BUBBLE BLOWERS RATING: 3 Bubbles