We’ve hit all the best places to dive in South Africa. We’ve sourced the best locations, the best operators and we’re arranged the best diving itineraries. Leaving no stone unturned, we make sure that our divers leave the dive site with a wide smile…even when the sharks and other fish don’t follow the plan we’ve laid out.
Most divers would agree that there is only so much diving you can do before you get a little tired of being in the water. It’s not really realistic to spend days on end diving, especially when there are quiet periods when you might see nothing, and as a result, get quite bored.
The last reef we’ll be featuring is The Pinnacle. If you are already diving the Aliwal Shoal, you simply have to spend some of your time diving the Pinnacle Reef. It is one of the best-known reefs in South Africa and along with being the place to experience the Sardine Run and Shark Diving in South Africa, you can also do Reef and Wreck diving here!
Umkomaas is the perfect town for divers. It is home to the Aliwal Shoal, a destination that is incredibly popular amongst divers for its shark diving opportunities. It is also an incredible wreck diving location, leaving divers with plenty of underwater activities to keep them busy.
Every diver will plan his or her diving destination with extra care. They make sure the logistics are in place, they know the location they will be visiting, and they plan their equipment. Divers will even be aware of the water temperatures and the best times to dive.
Shark diving and the sardine run are two of the most popular underwater activities offered to divers coming to South Africa. But South Africa has not earned its reputation for being the number one place to go diving by only offering these two dives!
Shark diving in South Africa might be the reason you head to our beautiful country. But did you know that there are so many other types of diving, and so many other underwater adventures to enjoy, that if you should limit yourself to shark diving, you might be missing out?
Knysna’s most popular dive site is undoubtedly the wreck of the Paquita (1903). One reason is its accessibility from the parking area at The Heads. Another good reason is that no diver worth his salt snubs the chance to dive a wreck. But the most important one is undoubtedly that it is a very enjoyable dive.
There is just something hauntingly beautiful about wreck diving in South Africa. So many ships have met an untimely, watery demise at the bottom of our oceans. Wrecked during a notoriously violent South African storm, or perhaps sent to the floor because of old age, South Africa’s coastline is dotted with numerous wrecks that have been adopted by the ocean.
Established in 1996, Dive the Big 5 has more than 20 years of experience when it comes to showing off our beautifully wild country. We also remain one of the few, perhaps the only, companies which offer wildlife safaris as well as memorable diving adventures in South Africa. From the oceans surrounding more than half of our land to the African bushveld that covers the interior, we love every part of our country.