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Spaniard Rock is a large rock named because the bright red and yellow colours reminded divers of Spain.

Name Dive Site:Spaniard Rock
Depth: 4-12m (13-39ft)
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Spaniard Rock is named because of its bright yellow and red coloured sponges that cover the rocky underwater landscape. Some of the marine life seen here are butterfish, red Romans and hottentots. Spaniard Rock can be reached six kilometer past Simon's Town driving south. You will have to climb down across a steep path and swim outwards for about fifty meters towards a large rock. Some say this is actually Oatlands Point and that the true Spaniard Rock is a short swim southwards. Whatever name the rock has, it is a great dive location with a lot of aquatic life and some excellent unspoiled reefs nearby.

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- Aire del Mar Guesthouse, 77 Van Dyk Street, Kleinbaai, Gansbaai, Gan...

Aire del Mar Guesthouse
+27 (0) 28 3842848
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 77 Van Dyk Street, Kleinbaai, ...

Aire del Mar is ideally situated for viewing of the Great White Sharks. Only 2 hours drive from Cape Town, Aire del Mar is in the quiet and small seaside resort of Kleinbaai, near Gansbaai. From your room you can see Dyer Island and the harbour from where the boats leave for shark cage diving and whale watching. The harbour is walking distance from Aire del Mar.

We offer you friendly personal service and quality accommodation in: Five Spacious Luxury Rooms (first floor of building), all with en suite bath rooms and balconies. From your room you have a spectacular unspoilt panoramic view over the bay of Dyer Island - world famous for its shark alley! All luxury rooms are equipped with satellite TV, wall heater, kettle (with coffee and tea) and a wall safe for your valuables. You start your day with a healthy breakfast and towards the end of the day you can enjoy sundowners from your own balcony or in our fully licensed bar. Three Self-Catering Studios (ground floor of building), with sea view and en suite bathrooms. They are equipped with a fridge and microwave and utensils to prepare a light meal.

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A short but quite steep climb is required down to the entry point of Spaniard Rock. It can be quite surgey when a swell is running in the bay, so dive here when the sea is calm. After entering the water, swim for about 80 metres in the direction of the large rock and descend. Be amazed by beautiful, brightly coloured orange and red sponges for which the site is named. Many fish including Red Roman, Janbruin, Galjoen and Hottentot. Feather stars, soft corals, sea fans, colorful sea anemones and nudibranchs, pyjama shark and puffadder shy sharks.

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