Diving

Cage diving with Sharks

Cage diving with Sharks Shark cage diving started around 1990–1991 at Dyer Island, Gansbaai, situated close to the southernmost tip of Africa. Initially used for research observations, cage diving developed into a funding generating venture. Other individuals noticed a niche market and several started offering the same service to tourists. Commercial cage diving has since spread to other areas...

South Africa Dive Sites - East London Dive Sites

Image - East London Dive Sites East London, the only river harbour and the fourth largest harbour city in the country, retains a distinctly sleepy, small-town atmosphere and offers a friendly reception to the visitor. Scuba diving is very popular but there are still numerous unexplored reefs, as well as a number of interesting wrecks, and local dive operators are opening up new dive sites regularly....

South Africa Dive Sites - Cape of Good Hope Dive Sites

Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. The shore entries are a little rough but the area is very popular for the gathering of perlemoen (abalone) and crayfish. Ask at the gate when you enter the park where this is permitted. Two Ocean Divers Scuba Courses Internationally recognised course – Padi (Introduction up to Dive Master) . Guided Wreck and Reef Dives: Atlantic: Clifton...

South Africa Dive Sites - Durban Dive Sites

The Pinnacles The Pinnacles derives its name from the rising limestone formations on the reef, and is located at the northern end of the fault line. There is a lot of marine variety and it is a good dive for the more experienced diver. Take a torch. Location: On Blood Reef Access: By boat. Maximum depth: 18m (60ft). Reef or Outer Anchorage This unusual name derives from...

South Africa Dive Sites - KwaZulu-Natal Dive Sites

Most of this coast offers tropical or subtropical diving. Water temperature rarely drops below 20 C, and then only in the south, and the visibility is usually 10 m or more. There can be good diving all year but the conditions are most dependable in winter. The pleasant all-year-round temperatures, the warm water of the Indian Ocean, and KwaZulu-Natal’s proximity to the...

South Africa Dive Sites - Margate Dive Sites

Image - Margate Dive Sites This popular seaside resort offers some of the best diving on the south African coast with vast shoals of game fish and big groups of sharks congregating around Protea Banks. Arena A good chance of seeing game fish and sharks on this dive. Ragged-tooth sharks, hammerhead shars, Zambezi sharks, copper sharks or bronzo whalers, threshers and even the odd great white shark...

South Africa Dive Sites - Mossel Bay Dive Sites

The bay is one of the most sheltered on the South Africa coastline as it is protected from the open ocean by Cape St Blaize. The water inside is free from dangerous currents, calm and clear, ensuring good diving conditions for most of the year. From December to May are the best time to dive when the westerly winds clean and flatten the sea. Windvogel Reef This reef falls...

South Africa Dive Sites - North Coast Dive Sites

This densely populated, beautiful, subtropical stretch of coastline to the north of Durban is a favourite destination for holiday-makers. The summer rainfall is high, and the vegetation is tropical and luxuriant, while the winters are mild and pleasant. Best Dive Regions The best-known settlements along this coast are Ballito, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban, Stanger, Empangeni...

South Africa Dive Sites - Plettenberg Bay Dive Sites

Plettenberg Bay is one of the loveliest bays to be found along the southern African coastline. In spring, whales regularly swim into the protection of the bay to mate and calve, and dolphins often frolic in the waves close to shore. The best months to dive the area are September through to October, but fair conditions prevail all year round. Virgin Reef This is a big reef...

South Africa Dive Sites - Sodwana Bay Dive Sites

Image - Sodwana Bay Dive Sites Sodwana Bay is divided into a number of dive sites with names such as Seven Mile Reef and Five Mile Reef indicating the distance from the access point; the closer the reef is to the shore, the more popular it is with the dive operators. Over 35,000 divers visit the location every year, but the crowds tend to be localized and much of the remarkable coastline is virtually...

South Africa Dive Sites - South Coast Dive Sites

After Sodwana Bay, this is the best-known and most popular dive destination in the country. The diving is most dependable in the winter months, from May to September, when the visibility is usually good and the migratory spotted ragged-tooth sharks are in residence at Aliwal Shoal. There are three main diving areas: Aliwal Shoal, about 5km (3 miles) off Umkomaas,Landers...

South Africa Dive Sites - Southwestern Cape Dive Sites

Image - Southwestern Cape Dive Sites The Eastern Shore of False Bay This stretch of scenic and rugged coastline on the slopes of the Hottentots Holland mountains between Gordon’s Bay and Rooiels, is best dived in summer after a south-easterly wind. The water temperature usually ranges from 14-16ºC (57-62ºF) but can drop to 11 or 12ºC (52 or 54F). Visibility averages from 6-8m (20-25ft) but can be up to 20m (...

South Africa Dive Sites - Umkomaas Dive Sites

Image - Umkomaas Dive Sites South Sands Shark Like North Sands, this site is home to a great number of rays, skates, sand-sharks and guitar-fish. There are some excellent spots on the outer edge of south sands, particularly the two ledges at 18m and 22m which are seldom dived but are worth exploring. Location: On the south-eastern side of Aliwal Shoal. Conditions: As this is on the south side of the...

South Africa Dive Sites - Wild Coast Dive Sites

The Wild Coast is renowned for its rugged scenery, good spearfishing and delicious seafood. While this is still true for many of the more inaccessible areas, pollution and indiscriminate harvesting of marine life have taken their toll of what used to be unspoilt wilderness. Location Fresh Fish The Wild Coast lies in a summer-rainfall region and, as many rivers flow into...

South Africa Dive Sites

Image - South Africa Dive Sites Diving is a very popular pastime in South Africa but obviously not big in the landlocked countries. Namibia has a small diving community although most of the diving in this country is in deep sinkholes and caves, definitely not for beginners. Mozambique has also some excellent diving. Getting started Before taking the plunge, do a recognized dive course. Diving is really...