Diving in South Africa

Coral gardens and shark alleys – SA’s best dive sites

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South Africa’s coastlines are a dream destination for international divers looking for a variety of underwater adventures. With the warm Agulhas current from the Indian Ocean flowing down the eastern side of the southern-most point of the continent, and the cold Benguela current of the Atlantic Ocean on flowing up from the Antarctic, South Africa has all manner of dive sites to be explored.

Here are some of the most popular places to dive in the country.

Sodwana Bay

Located close to St Lucia on the east coast of South Africa, Sodwana Bay has a 50km reef that attracts close to 40 000 divers a year. Famously, the reefs have been named for how far they are situated from Jesser Point, which is a launch site – they are referred to as 2 Mile, 5 Mile, 7 Mile and 9 Mile. Diving conditions are warm, with the minimum temperature being 20 degrees Celsius in August and September each year.

 

Shark cage diving in Gansbaai – up close with the Great White Shark

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Just off the fishing village of Gansbaai in the Western Cape of South Africa, lies what some call the Great White shark capital of the world: Dyer Island.

Thousands of African penguins live on Dyer Island, and the smaller island of Geyser Rock nearby is the home of a high concentration of Cape Fur seals. No wonder the channel between these two islands is called ‘Shark Alley’ – with seals being a particular favourite on the Great White sharks menu.

 

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