South Africa

A variety of SAR’s underwater world is defined by two oceans – Indian and Atlantic, large stretching of the coastal line, changes of climate from south to north and two strong currents: warm tropical equatorial at the east coast and cold south-Atlantic current at the west coast. All this makes the SAR’s diving program one of the most exciting in the world. All the dives start from the shore and there is no safari diving here. At the east coast divers perform dives along the coastal line of the whole shore starting with sub-tropical waters near the border with Mozambique till the modest landscapes of wild coast in the South. When moving from the North, there is Sodwana Bay that is located 150km/93mi from Mozambique (the most southern coral reef on Earth); Aliwal Shoal – a sandy shallow that is located 50km/31mi from Durban and a beach resort Margate located 140km/86mi from Durban. Atlantic coast offers diving in cold waters. Divers can admire various marine dwellers, spectacular landscapes, grottos, caves and wrecks at recreational depths. Gansbaai harbor should be mentioned separately as here it is possible to observe large white sharks from a cage all year round.

Location: the most southern country of Africa, washed by South Atlantic and Indian Oceans

What to see: large rays, mantas, whale, tiger and reggae sharks, turtles including loggerhead and large leather turtles, giant groupers, whales, hammerheads, brown fur seals, dolphins, common seals, forests of brown seaweed, lots of lobsters and starfish

Depth: 20-60m/65-196ft

Currents: 1-2knots

Visibility: 20m/66ft or better

Season for diving: Diving conditions depend on the season and dive spot. Summer is from December through February, winter is from June through August. The average water temperature in February is 21C/70F, in August - 16C/61F. Moreover, near the Atlantic coast water is colder, while near the Indian Ocean side water is warmer.

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