Famous for its stunning landscapes and game viewing, South Africa also makes for a top diving destination. With over 3000 km of coastline, diving in South Africa is varied, to say the least. From the tropical reefs in Sodwana Bay, diving with sharks in Gansbaai, to the rugged coastline and wrecks ofCape Town, South Africa diving offers plenty of opportunities to discover the underwater beauty of the country for any level diver.
一个是世界上最南部的珊瑚礁结构与鱼类和无脊椎动物已知的印度洋 - 太平洋的巨大的生物多样性，跳水Sodwana湾是世界一流的。新金沙线上几乎令人兴奋，因为跳水本身，是通过潜水后，冲浪和背面的发射强大的橡胶充气艇（肋骨）。新金沙线上水温介于20摄氏度九月至28日在四月。Sodwana很容易被从轿厢德班（4个小时），约翰内斯堡（7小时），或者使用巴兹总线赫卢赫卢韦-Bushlands停止，并进一步通过转移到达。
Shark diving in South Africa offers an amazing variety of opportunities. The Aliwal Shoal, a reef system of about 3 by 1 kilometer that offers several different dive sites and is a concentration site for the ragged-tooth shark. Other frequently sighted marine life include sea turtles, dolphins, manta rays, and several other shark species like the bull shark or hammer head. Gansbaai is the area best known for viewing the great white shark from a cage. Cage diving with the great white is a thrilling experience that will leave you with a new sense of awe and respect for this magnificent predator. Another spectacular option of South Africa shark diving is diving the sardine run. This natural yearly phenomenon happens in June and July. Dive boats go out every morning, locating the sardines, which form a bait ball, literally surrounded by predators like sharks, seals, dolphins, game fish, and birds.
Cape town is located in an area of abundant natural beauty, which extends underwater. Wrecks, kelp forests, temperate reefs and rare shark species are amongst Cape Town diving highlight. Both the Atlantic coast and the bay east of the Cape offer several excellent dive sites. There are year round diving opportunities inCape Town, but dives are weather dependent and water temperatures are relatively cold, ranging from 10 degrees Celsius in winter (August) to 18 degrees in summer (January).
Most dive sites in Sodwana Bay can be found on 2 Mile Reef. With a length of 1.8km and width of over 900 meters, this is the largest reef structure of Sodwana, boasting over 20 excellent dive sites. Simons Cave is a varied dive site with plenty of crevices and overhangs to explore and a swim through, where white-tip reef sharks are known to hang out. A good selection of anemones, hard, and soft coral makes this site an interesting and colorful site. Bikini, a site located just off 2 Mile Reef, is a macro photographer’s paradise. An important cleaning station with plenty of species of cleaning shrimp, ghost-pipefish, moray eels and juvenile fish; this site is for advanced divers only.
A reef structure off the east coast of South Africa, Aliwal Shoal is well known for attracting a high number of ragged tooth sharks between June and November. One of the most famous dive sites of the Aliwal Shoal is the Cathedral. Here divers find an arch at 27 meters deep that enters into a chimney-like sinkhole that reaches all the way to 17 meters. In shark season, up to 60 sharks can be seen swimming in the cathedral. But also outside of shark season this makes for a great dive, with sightings of the rare frogfish, potato bass, and sea turtles.
Castle Rock is a beautiful unspoiled dive site, situated in a marine reserve on the east coast of the Cape Point Peninsula near Cape Town, with quite an abundance of marine life. The site is covered in sponges, sea fans, kelp forest, sea urgins and anemones with plenty of fish life that call this place home. Search between the rocks and corals for octopus, nudibranchs, brittle stars and look out in the blue for the occasional shy shark. Dive site Pyramid rock, close to Castle Rock, is a popular kelp forest dive site. The main attraction here is the chance to see the spotted sevengill cow shark, gully shark, and shy shark. But even without a shark sighting, this is an excellent Cape Town dive site, with lots of rocks to explore, swim throughs and tons of soft corals.
Oceanworkx Dive charters is a dive center in Umkomaas, ideally located to organize daily trips to the Aliwal Shoal and local ship wrecks. They share premises with Sea Fever Dive Lodge and Hidden Reef Restaurant, making it a great location for all your needs in diving South Africa’s east coast. They organize an array of trips from snorkeling to full-on dive packages with highlights as the Aliwal Shoal, shark bait diving and the sardine run. Umkomaas is closest to Durban airport and can also be reached by Baz Bus or rental car.
For shark cage diving in South Africa, head over to Gansbaai, the capital of diving, with the great white shark. Marine Dynamics Shark Tours is an award winning eco-tourism and conservation enterprise that organizes daily shark cage diving trips, with high standards of boat, equipment and staff. They run several conservation efforts to support populations of penguins, whales, and sharks and to discourage littering. From Cape Town daily trips leave to Gansbaai as well, organized by Apex Shark Expeditions. Transportation will take a bit longer, but this offers a good option if you’re limited on time or just staying in the city. Apex also organizes other shark diving trips in South Africa, including the sardine run.
Pisces Diving is located in Simon’s Town, on the east coast of the Cape Peninsula, with easy access to some splendid dive sites like Castle Rock, or diving with the pre-historic looking cow sharks. They offer a full palette of services, including PADI dive courses, boat charters, tank fills, equipment repair and maintenance.
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My only regret about diving with Prodive is not being able to stay long enough to dive with them more! The boat crew was fantastic and really went out of their way to help us have the best experience possible, which included staying out on the water much longer than we were suppose to because there were whales, dolphins, and orcas!
第七天堂是一个五星级PADI的新金沙线上潜水潜水中心新金沙线上training and technical facility, conveniently located to serve the diving community in the West Rand of Gauteng. Setting it apart, is the passion, pride and professionalism of the dive centre staff, standard of instruction and quality of technical service support and dive shop. Making the transition as land mammal into the aquatic world, was more of an emotional and spiritual experience rather than just a grasping of skills for me. The patience ...