Longbeach has been, and probably always will be the go to place to introduce new divers to Cape Town waters.
What makes Longbeach such a special dive site is where it lays and the prefect sloping topography that makes shore dives an absolute breeze. By having its position in one of the most protected bays in the area, it has protection from the elements almost all ‘round. On days where diving cannot be done in any sites around False Bay and the Cape Peninsula, trusty old Longbeach will be there to offer some okay diving conditions.
As for marine life and other things to see, Longbeach may initially seem like a boring dive site. Very often divers completely disregard it as a dive site for fun dives. However if you spend some time exploring the site and learning how to properly navigate it, Longbeach may just become one of your favourite dive sites.
The diversity of life on this site is very surprising. Every now and then species are found here that shouldn’t even be in False Bay! There are also plenty of juvenile fishes in the area, thus making Longbeach a breeding ground for plenty of the local species.
This dive site is also a perfect site for if new equipment needs to be tested. It offers a perfect balance of confined and open water conditions.
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Coordinates: S34°11.239’ E018°25.574’
Longbeach is located behind the Simon’s Town train station. When driving in to Simon’s Town keep an eye out for the train station. Drive past the train and taxi stations and take the first left. Once you drive down the narrow road you will come to a large parking area. Pick a parking as close as possible to the water, you can from there prepare your shore entry.
The maximum depth of this site is about 9m, however most of the dive site attractions lay between 4 and 6 meters.
There are many ways of diving this site, all depending on what you plan to go out and see, for what reason you plan to dive the site and how long you intend on spending on the site.
Because all the attractions of this site are scattered around the area, with large amounts of sandy spots between them, a compass is a very useful tool for navigating here.
For more information on what route we recommend, please visit this link created by Peter Southwood. This open source site offers great information on how to navigate this site as well as other factors to keep in mind.