Top 5 Shark Dives in South Africa

South Africa is without a doubt one of the best places to go shark diving. We’re not talking shark cage diving, but diving with sharks in the depths of South Africa’s stunning oceans. Raggie Shark Diving, Tiger Shark Diving and Hammerhead Shark Diving are all possible when you book your dive at any one of these incredible locations.

At the moment, actually, for many years now, South Africa has been rated as one of the best shark dive destinations. Enticing ocean explorers from all across the world, divers who are looking for an underwater adventure should have a look at these 5 “shark focused” diving destinations in South Africa.

  • The Aliwal Shoal

While there are few places in the world where you can safely go shark diving without a cage, the Aliwal Shoal is the one place where you can. This is one of the best places in the world to spot black tip sharks as well as Sand Tiger sharks. As a shark diving destination, baiting is a fairly standard approach, and generally, it is quite successful. But the Aliwal Shoal is so much more than just a shark diving destination. Here you can also indulge in reef diving and wreck diving.

  • The Protea Banks

Another great place to enjoy a spot of diving is the Protea Banks and Bull Sharks are some of the most popular sharks you will see here. The Bull Sharks, also known as Zambezi Sharks, are seen without the safety of a cage. Diving here can be tough, and as a result, this is not a dive for the novice diver. Zambezi sharks prefer to swim along the ocean floor, and are very rarely seen swimming near to the surface. The Protea Banks is one of the best places in the world to see these sharks while it is also the perfect destination for reef diving.

  • False Bay

South Africa’s coastline is abundantly blessed with numerous different kinds of sharks. At False Bay you could dive with Blue and Mako Sharks. The Blue and Mako Sharks have quite a fearsome appearance but there is nothing to fear, they are rather calm creatures. The best times of the year to see these sharks is between November and June.

Scalloped Hammerhead
  • Cape Town

So this is not quite a diving but more of a viewing experience. Great White Sharks are not just seen below the surface. They have a reputation for breaching the surface and it is one sight that is unforgettable! From the safety of a boat, you can watch these massive sharks launch themselves out of the water and literally catch prey by surprise. The best places to see this is in the Cape Town area, as well as in the False Bay region. Sometimes referred to as flying sharks, the best time of the year to watch the Great White leap out of the water is from mid-April to about the end of August. Luckily, with this type of “diving”, you won’t need permits or a single bit of diving experience.

  • Mossel Bay

The Great White Shark cage dive is one of the most exhilarating experiences in the world. And you can experience it here in Mossel Bay. If you are looking for that memorable “Jaws” type thrill, shark cage diving not only brings you face to face with the incredible Great White Shark, but it will get you as close as you will hopefully ever be to a Great White. South Africa is a top shark caging diving destination, and much like watching the Great White breach the surface, you need no experience.

Bonus Diving Destination

Mozambique is right next door to our country, and this is country is another African diving paradise. Should you want a different kind of dive, you need to check out the Manta Ray dive in Zavora. The Manta Ray is quite a close relative to the shark and there are only a few places where you can see them. Zavora offers a shallow dive, in a place called the Witches Hat. This location just about guarantees spotting Manta Rays!

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