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 outside the protection of the bay and can only be dived when the sea is calm with no white water breaking on the blinders. There are strong currents in the area.
Location: Located to the east of Cape St Blaize.
Access: A 25km (125 miles) boat ride from the slipway in the harbour.
Average depth: 12m (40ft) on Shallow Blinders
Maximum depth: 27m (90ft) on Deep Blinders The reef is topped by two pinnacles that rise to within 3m (l0ft) of the surface and the rock formations form impressive drop-offs, with some caves and swim-throughs.

Alternatively
Alternatively opt for the more adventurous side of life, enjoy a trip around the bay while learning about our thriving seal colony, hike the St Blaize trail, see South African wildlife at its best, visit Mossel Bay’s Big 7, Elephant, Lion, Giraffe, Rhino. Buffalo, Great White Shark and Whales.

Our bay is a hive of activity, fishing boats and luxury yachts alike, all enjoying the rich sea life that Mossel Bay has to offer.

Shark Africa offers a unique way of experiencing these creatures of the deep. You can relax aboard our luxury 40-foot yacht, while enjoying the scenery and sipping an ice cold drink. We operate 10 month of the year but only go to sea when the weather is suitable and the visibility is satisfactory.

Accommodation
The accommodation facilities in Mossel Bay are of a high standard. The choice of accommodation will suit any travelers’ needs. A variety of backpackers offer friendly service to weary travelers. Our guesthouses are suitable for family and group tours with many offering conference centers. Our hotels are situated with fantastic sea views and staff that are trained to inform you about our beautiful surroundings.

TYPICAL DAY

We meet at the White Shark Info Center, you will be informed of current sightings, the indemnity forms are signed, wetsuits fitted, payment made and then we proceed down to the harbor and go across to the boat by dinghy and leave port, and depending on various factors put anchor down at Seal Island which is some 30 minutes from port and approximately 1 kilometer from shore. We then proceed to establish a scent corridor using freshly minced fishy material and have a line some 25 meters long with some hard fish bait attached to the float, which serves to focus the shark. The cagers are fully briefed on all procedures and then we wait. This can take several minutes or several hours for the first shark to appear. Once the shark has settled down, they can be extremely wary at first, the cage is put down and the first 2 cagers come to the platform to get prepared to going into the cage. The rest of the party comes to the back of the boat to watch. The bait line is drawn in slowly towards the cage, followed of course by the Great White shark. An emotional and heart stopping experience.

Once the first 2 cagers have clearly seen the Great White they come out and the next 2 cagers go down. And so the whole process is repeated. In a typical session we will work with various individuals with 14 different White Shark in 3 hours been the record, and the maximum so far around the cage at one time being 7 individuals. Which way to look? Please understand that these days are exceptional, and there are indeed days we do not see shark at all ( average 8 trips a year ) We have a very proud record with the Great White shark of some 95% seeing this apex predator of the sea and 84% in successful caging. Topside viewing is very exciting for the non-diver and as the shark works very close to the surface you will have plenty of opportunity to take some action shots.


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