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Smitswinkel Bay is on the The Cape Point Route and the experience begins in Hout Bay, Continue along the 9km world famous Chapman's Peak Drive and along Kommetjie road. The road winds past the tiny hamlets of Misty Cliffs (a popular surf spot) and Scarborough. When you past the gates of Table Mountain National Park, you will find that Smitswinkel Bay is quite sheltered and cannot be seen from the road.You must stop to look down to the bay. There is no electricity, refuse removal or road access for the cottages.

Five wrecks were scuttled by the navy in the early 1970s to form an arificial reef. This has proved to be a success and now teems with a large variety of fish and other marine life.since the wrecks are quite deep the effect of large swell is dampened.

The wrecks are the SAS Transvaal, the SAS Good Hope (both former navy frigates), the Rockeater (a diamond dredger), the Princess Elizabeth and the Oratava (two fishing trawlers). The two frigates and the dredger lie upright and this makes for a very spectacular and ghostly site. Remember to take some artificial light with because this really is a very deep dive.

Average depth: 35m Maximum depth:40m

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  • Copyright: Tillie Coetzee (Mathilda) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 26] (80)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2006-05-28
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposition: f/2.9, 1/500 secondes
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  • Date Submitted: 2007-02-08 7:10
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