Sea Urchins belong to the group known as “Echinoderms” and globally there are about 200 different species found in the oceans. Preferring warm water, Sea Urchins can be found on the rocky bottom of the sea or close to coral reefs. They have a general lifespan of up to 30 years in the wild, however, the Red Sea Urchin has the longest lifespan of all and can live up to 200 years!!
Kelp forests grow deep beneath the waves, on coastlines all across the world. They are one of the most dynamic ecosystems you will ever come across, and they are home to all sorts of marine life. These forests love both temperate and polar waters. And they happen to be one of the most exciting places to go diving in South Africa.
2018 blessed us divers with an exquisite sardine run. Well, exquisite is an overstatement, but this year’s turn out of sardines was one of the best we have seen in years. When those first few sardines came darting up the coast, we could hardly contain our excitement, and we were able to share some epic diving with our visitors.
As the year draws to a close, we know that many drivers are keenly planning their 2019 diving calendar and we certainly hope that you are including the Sardine Run on your itinerary!
Diving in South Africa doesn’t always offer the best of visibility. Depending on the time of the year and the location, sometimes seeing the magical underwater world beneath the waves is not as easy as you think. And when having to deal with a foggy diving mask, all of the excitement you’ve been feeling, all of the anticipation for the bright colours and open ocean you had expected to see, can be somewhat dampened.
Dive the Big 5 has been the premier diving company since 1996. Over the years we have always worked to create unique diving packages that suit our diving clients every need, from accommodation to the actual dive.