10 Reasons you should go diving in South Africa
Honestly, few seasoned divers would need an excuse to go diving in South Africa. As one of the top diving destinations on the planet, South Africa’s coastline is teeming with life as well as exquisite underwater attractions that make our country an unbelievable place to go exploring. The country also happens to be an exceptional safari destination, and the best way to see it all is to book a combination dive.
If you haven’t yet journeyed to our continent to go diving yet, and if you’ve been waiting for an article like this to convince you, these are the short and sweet 10 reasons why you should go diving in South Africa.
From wetlands to bays, natural harbours, coral reefs and that bright blue open water, all kinds of habitats and marine life can be seen when diving here. Just one part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park features a coral reef extending 31 miles, which is home to 1 200 species of fish and all kinds of plants.
Shark diving in South Africa is one of the most popular types of diving, and everything from tiger sharks to bull sharks, and even Great Whites can be seen. The Protea Banks and Aliwal Shoal are both shark destinations.
The safest way to see these sharks is with a carefully planned cage dive. Gansbaai is the place to be for shark cage diving.
Spot the Whales
From June to December, being close to the coast could give you unforgettable views of the Southern Right Whales, who both mate and calve close to Hermanus during this time of the year. And while you are at Hermanus, you can take full advantage of your time here and explore the Garden Route and all the beaches.
Book a combination tour
With so many national conservation parks in which to enjoy a safari, it’s definitely worth it to book a dive along with a guided safari. Each coastal province has its own national park filled with indigenous animals.
It’s not all about diving. When coming to South Africa, make sure that you’ve set aside enough time to do a little exploring in other places, attractions and cultures. Exploring the Wine Route is a must!
Explore Rivers and Ocean
The Tsitsikamma National Park is one of the most famous destinations in the Eastern Cape and it too is home to marine life, mostly in the Storms River Mouth, which can be explored by boat.
Visit Table Mountain
When in the Cape Town area, a trip up Table Mountain is not to be missed, unless it is a rainy, misty day of course. Depending on the time of year you visit, there are times when the mist makes it too dangerous to venture up there and the cable car is closed.
Fresh Water Sightings
Not only is the ocean filled with life, but so is the many fresh water rivers letting out into the ocean. Hippos and Crocodiles can be spotted in certain rivers, especially if you are on safari.
If you want to see baby fish of all kinds, the Aliwal Shoal is a nursery of sorts and when diving here during the right season, you’ll come across a wide variety of ocean life.