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South Africa Scuba Destination Info:
      Overall summary of South Africa
      How to get to South Africa
      Top travel tips for South Africa
      What's the diving like in South Africa
South Africa has a huge variety of diving conditions, from temperate Cape Town to tropical Natal. Most of the Natal diving is drift diving, as the Mozambique current moves from north to south down the coast of SA. Cape Town is at the junction of the warm Agulhas current and the cold Benguela current and is very influenced by the wind as well. It also has the advantage of two coasts, so the vis is always decent somewhere!
      Best wreck dives in South Africa
Cape Town definitely has the best wreck diving that SA has to offer. One popular site is Smitswinkels Bay which has five wrecks to choose from - all between 28m and 40m, two Navy frigates, two fishing trawlers and a Diamond Dredging vessel. Also on the False Bay side of the peninsula is SAS Pietermaritburg, which lies in 21m of water on a sandy bottom. The Atlantic side has plenty of wrecks too - Aster, Maori, Katsu Maru, Boss 400, Oakburn to name a few of the popular ones.
      Chance of big fish in South Africa
Cape Town has plenty of big fish! We are one of the best locations in the world to view Great White Sharks, we also have a whale season, where Southern Right, Bryde, Humpback whales can be seen between July and November, Dusky Dolphin are common in summer months and Cape Fur Seals can be dived with year round.
      Coral quality in South Africa
Cape Town has some excellent cold water hard and soft corals and sponges. There is plenty of colour on the reefs and for the critter enthusiast lots of macro life like chrinoids, crustaceans, anemones and nudibranchs.
      Best time to dive in South Africa
South Africa, and Cape Town in particular, enjoy year round diving. In summer (Nov to Mar) we dive the Atlantic side of the Cape peninsula which is chilly but has excellent vis, particularly after a good SE wind. In the winter months, False Bay is the area of choice - its warmer and there is more life on the reefs. Kelp forests dominate and provide a protective environment for lots of smaller life. There are 80 species of nudibranchs to be found around the peninsula, many of them endemic to the area.
      What to take to South Africa
If you are doing a dedicated dive holiday bring everything! Most dive centres have decent rental gear, so if you are travelling light, then just throw in your dive computer, logbook and camera. For Cape Town, drysuits or semi-dry suits are preferable. The standard rental suit here is a 7mm two-piece suit. For Natal and further north, a 5mm one-piece will be sufficient.

Big Blue Planet knows about the following locations in South Africa:

Aliwal Shoal
Aliwal Shoal accessible from Umkomaas approx 40km south of Durban. This is an amazing area to dive with dives sites such as Cathedral with its impressive arches and the Wrecks of the Produce and the Nebo. Famous for the ragged-tooth shark which pop...
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Cape Town / False Bay
Dived in Cape Town in August 04 and Feb 05. Incredible diving. All diving from an inflatable boat. Huge reefs - shy sharks, pyjama sharks, seals, incredible gorgonians, anemones, corals. 7mm wetsuit required because water can get pretty cold. So...
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Famous for seahorses (which are impossible to find) and The Paquita Wreck which is very broken up, but a nice dive, with a variety of fish, cuttle fish, shy sharks, octopus and pansy shells. Not for the faint hearted, as the current is strong, and t...
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Protea Banks
Protea Banks is an absolute must for divers. With depths ranging from 30 to 37 metres, it is renowned for its abundance of sharks - Zambezi (Bull), Tiger, Hammerheads, Black Tip and Ragged-Tooth (to name a few)!. Divers can also get up close with a...
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Sodwana Bay
Sodwana Bay is a world-class dive site. Situated in the Natal Parks Board, divers are reminded to maintain the pristine dive sites. From the close 2 Mile which offers awe-inspiring sites such as Anton's, Arches and Coral Gardens to the deeper Nine-M...
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