Scuba diving in South Africa
If you are a scuba diving lover, South Africa is a great place to go for adventurous diving. South Africa has a 3000 kilometres/1865 miles long coastline and diving in South Africa is daring and sometime also challenging because of this long coastline that offers hundreds of dive sites. The Mozambique current warms the eastern shores and helps the growth of coral reefs, fish species and water mammals. On the other hand, the chillier western side and waters near Cape Town have beautiful forests of kelp. Underneath the kelp is a booming world of marine life where exotic life roams. South African coastline is perhaps better known for its large marine life such as Great White Sharks, Whales, Whale sharks, Bull Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Dolphins etc., but also have a wide range of small fish species and invertebrates.
Scuba diving and other tourist attractions
The long coastline with a range of diving sites in South Africa provides great dive opportunities, so it’s a bit tough to cover all available diving details. Nonetheless, below are some of the top diving areas/sites in South Africa…
Cape Town – Cape Town is filled on both sides with luxury resort hotels that offer complete diving experiences. In the southern area, divers can dive with Cape Fur Seals, and observe Broadnose Sevengill Sharks and lots of cold water species, reefs and wrecks.
Gansbaai – The main tourist attraction in this fishing town is cage diving with Great White sharks.
Mossel Bay, Plettenberg Bay and Port Elizabeth – further moving towards the east from Cape Town, this eastern shore offers boat dives on reefs along with dives on the mystifying, mysterious wreck at Gunner’s Rock.
Durban and Umkomaas – the area features coral reefs that are grown over fossilised limestone along with presence of huge sand dune. Here one can find wrecks, several reef fish, sand tigers (called Raggies by locals) and bull sharks.
Sodwana Bay – Situated in the Maputaland Marine Reserve, is the only scuba diving area along the Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park coastline. It is classified as one of the top dive sites in the world and features around 95 species of hard and soft coral, sponges, invertebrates and numerous fish species. It has about 1200 identified unique fish species and stands up well in competitive attractive dive destinations all over the world. Moreover the fish life, the branching blooms, table and various corals, attractive and beautiful overhang of mushroom rocks are also available. It also provides stunning and impressive night dive experiences.
Best Time Of Year to Go Scuba diving in South Africa
The best time zone to go for scuba diving in South Africa varies based upon where you are going and what you are going for, but as a rule is from March until April when temperature reach as high as 30 degree Celsius. If someone wants to dive with Great White Sharks in South Africa, select a time between May and October. The Humpback whales are most time visible between August and October. But whale sharks on the west coast in the Mozambique current are visible in the month of January.