The Southern Tip of Africa: A Pelagic Paradise

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Scuba diving across the southern tip of the African continent is just not for the faint hearted. The waters listed here are teeming with fish, and though this implies the good hunters of the underwater world are omnipresent, the diving circumstances might be difficult with robust currents and visibility various extensively between 5 and 30 meters. However for knowledgeable divers and adventurers in search of unforgettable pelagic encounters, there’s little question that South Africa and Mozambique are must-dive locations.

Most scuba divers have heard of the sardine run – a pure annual spectacle the place tens of millions of sardines migrate alongside the African coast, pursued relentlessly by hungry hunters. Since solely a fortunate few get to witness this occasion, it’s value taking a wider view of southern Africa, which gives many extra fascinating dive websites and loads of massive fish that may be encountered regardless of the season.

Blue, mako and sevengill sharks round Cape City

The diving round Cape City presents year-round unbelievable dives with massive pelagics. From October to Might (the summer time months across the Cape) mako and blue sharks might be discovered cruising out within the open ocean, and from Might to September the Nice Whites might be seen searching seals round False Bay. As well as, divers can encounter sevengill sharks, seals and even a small penguin colony all year long within the area’s kelp forests.

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Diving with the mild giants of the ocean in Sodwana Bay

Just a little additional north, close to the place South Africa borders Mozambique, are the dive websites of Sodwana Bay. Divers visiting this vacation spot between November and April have a good chance of assembly whale sharks – and infrequently manta rays – on their dives. Visits between Might and November can convey sightings of spectacular humpback and proper whales as they make their migratory journey to the south by means of Sodwana Bay.

Up shut with bull and tiger sharks round Durban

The coastal metropolis of Durban is situated on the east coast of South Africa. Barely south of the town are two well-known dive websites: Protea Banks and Aliwal Shoals. Relying on the season, divers can discover tiger, bull, hammerhead and sand tiger sharks on the reefs and within the open water, and even whale sharks have been recognized to cross via the world. Many diving operations right here supply day by day dives to probably the most fascinating websites and these excursions (with surf launches and quick drifts) could be an journey by themselves!

Encounters with whale sharks and manta rays in Mozambique

Each diver in search of an expertise with a manta ray or whale shark on their dive will discover themselves in the proper place throughout a visit to Mozambique. Diving right here brings the closest factor to a assure you will get in terms of manta or whale shark sightings. Across the metropolis of Tofu there are quite a few diving operations, every providing journeys to probably the most well-known dive websites, together with Manta Reef, Giants Citadel and Mike’s Cabinet.

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Discover out extra about diving in South Africa and Mozambique – then contact a local PADI Dive Shop and e-book your subsequent journey!

christian-huboThis text is an tailored translation written by visitor blogger, Christian Hubo. A PADI diving teacher, Christian has loved over four,000 dives while travelling around the globe. Above the floor, he’s hiked hundreds of kilometers throughout the pure world. Christian is a contract net and media designer, underwater photographer, social media and advertising marketing consultant and freelance writer. His journal articles and weblog, Feel4Nature, encourage individuals to comply with an unbiased, particular person and eco-conscious way of life.