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Dive Type: Shore Dive Depth: 16m Diver Qualification: Open Water Diver

Gunrock : (East Londen)

On the orient beachfront in the Quigney area.Years ago they had a gun on the rock to protect the harbour

Shore entry
Gunrock and it is one of the most popular shore entries in East London..some instructors use Gunrock for new students but it can be tricky at times due to big swells.
Best times to dive Gunrock is when swells are small and if not it can catch inexperienced divers out.Timing of the last big wave is essential as you then walk to he left side of the rock and put on your fins and jump in and then you fin to theback of the wave zone
At times waves are calm and you simply walk right to the point of Gunrock and dive in.(then there are just swells and no waves)
Best tide to diving Gunrock is at high tide.At low tide the gully entry is shallow and you have to jump off the rock.(little bit of a drop)
Entry can also be made from Orient beach itself depending on wave size.

The reef is 1m-11m deep.At entry its shallow for about 10m out.Once you pass the point of Gunrock its about 4-5 m deep and then gets progressively deeper untill you get to the outer reef where it ends at 11m.
You know as it ends with sand.and past the reef is just sand.(It is about 100m-120m out from Gunrock point)
Once you get to the sand you turn right keeping the sand on your left shoulder.You spend most of your time on the outer reef.
You then turn back to shore but your compass works only for a while as you get to the Quanza Wreck.It is a old wreck and only the metal ribs and boiler is left You spend some time on the wreck that is abour 3m deep.
When you want to exit you have to surface and find the proppellar shaft that is in the centre of the big gully.
From the wreck you line up on the the biggest flat rock on the left and the prop shaft and swim between those 2 markers.
You need to stay underwater as the swells push you quite quickly through the gully.Then you exit when the swells are the weakest as the gully turns left a bit and waves has little strength
On a calm day you just exit on the big flat rock on the left when at wreck site.and on a bad day you simply exit at Orient beach further left.

It is also a popular fishing spot and is to be noted that when you enter and you do not turn right immediately you can swim into broken-off line.Best to have a dive knife.

Boat entry
If you launch a boat from Oreint beach itself and its then about 30 second ride .Very easy to dive then.You can also launch your boat from the harbour at the Border ski boat club/
The Border undersea club launches from the Orient beach but then will dive Three sisters as Gunrock is so close and a shore entry makes more sense.

Big rocks like Gunrock's size itself can be found underwater.Gully's are deep with some sand in between.The height of these rocks can be from 1m-3m tall.
Sharks are scarce at Gunrock  although you find lots of sand sharks and rays though as they like the sand.on many dives you see them.
opular  is black tails and streipies that is in abundance.Puffer fish are plentifull as well as zebra,bluefish.Few tropicals are seen and if you do it will be a butterflyfish and occasional anthias..
Crayfish are very common between the rocks and most will be found at the Quanza wreck itself.Octopus are mostly at the wreck also.
Most of the sponges,gorgnians and sea fans is a bit smaller than on (Three Sisters) but these are aslo plentifull.Basket stars,nudibranches and
the common anenome are in abundance.

 Riaan Rossouw


 
Specie List for Dive site: (EL)-Gunrock
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Specie
Anthostella stepensoni (Violet spotted anemone)
Arothron immaculatus-1 (Camo blackedged puffer)
Bonisa nakaza-1 (Gas flame nudibranch)
Rhinobatos annulatus (Lesser sandshark)
 
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