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 Reef and adjoining reefs, about 9km (5.5 miles) south-west of Aliwal Shoal and approximately 5km (3 miles) off Park Rynie, and Protea Banks, a reef between Margate and Shelley Beach.

Dive Sites in the Region
Diver The dive sites closer inshore are best dived in winter as the summer rain causes high run off from the many rivers. The resulting low visibility is exacerbated from time to time by industrial effluent from the nearby SAICCOR pulp-processing plant. Divers have nicknamed this scourge the ‘purple death’. Protea Banks, about 8km (5 miles) offshore from Shelley Beach, offers year round diving with visibility ranging from 8m (25ft) to in excess of 40m (130ft), and frequent sightings of game fish and sharks.

The South Coast is an absolute pleasure for non-diving companions as it is a very well developed tourist area catering mainly for family holidays. Lovely long beaches, comfortable resorts, offering golf, tennis, bowls, horse-riding, and shopping malls and restaurants are major features of the area, and the Wild Coast Sun Casino is a short drive down the coast.