Dive South Africa : Scuba Diving & Dive Sites

Dive South Africa: Dive sites & diving conditions.

South Africa offers the adventurous diver an almost unlimited choice of dive sites and diving opportunities.

Water Temperatures South Africa

Dive South Africa

The coastline of South Africa is swept by two great ocean currents. The mighty Agulhas, bringing warm water down the East coast and the Benguela, driving cold water up along the Westcoast. This powerful clash of currents allows the waters of South Africa to support a huge diversity of marine life.

Scuba Dive South Africa

Dive South Africa

The dive sites in South Africa range from temperate to tropical. The kelp forests and cold water corals of the West Coast and Cape Town gradually fade as you move East towards the beautiful soft coral reefs of the Garden Route, while the warm Agulhas current, kisses and caresses the coast near Sodwana Bay and supports the most southerly hard coral reef systems in the world. In between lies the Wild Coast, marking a fascinating transition from tropical to temperate waters.

South Africa has around 3000km of coastline boasting over 2000 species of fish, 37 species of whale and dolphin and a long history of shipwrecks and salvage. South Africa’s diversity of dive sites can accommodate almost all your scuba diving desires.

Diving boat South Africa

Boat dives in South Africa

Water temperatures vary considerably along the coastline. From an average of over 20 degrees Celsius in Sodwana Bay to as low as 10 degrees on the Atlantic side of Cape Town – adequate exposure protection is essential to enjoyably dive South Africa.

As a minimum for diving the Atlantic side of Cape Town, we recommend a multi-layer system with 10mm on the chest, 5mm on legs and arms, 5mm hood, boots and gloves. You can then lose the gloves along the Garden Route, the hood can go in KwaZulu Natal and you may get away with a shorty in Sodwana Bay.

Dive conditions: As with anywhere in the world, the diving in South Africa can be unpredictable. The tours offered by Oceans Africa are aimed to hit specific areas when conditions are at an optimum. If diving conditions are unfavorable or dives are cancelled due to bad weather, we will try to offer alternative activities. To help you decide on which tours and packages appeal most, please refer to the migration calendar and our dive tour pages.

Dive-South-Africa-Conditions

Boat Dives South Africa

Boat dives: The majority of our dive sites are accessed by boat – usually an inflatable ‘duck’ or ‘RIB’. Most dive sites East of Cape Town are accessed by launching through the surf and the launches can often be as exciting as the dives themselves.

Equipment: Most dive packages include tanks and weights (as stated per package). We recommend that you bring your own mask, fins and wetsuit as a minimum. Additional equipment can be hired along the way at approximately ZAR 50.00 per item per day.

Qualifications: Unless stated otherwise a minimum of open water certification, or equivalent, is required for all standard diving tours and diving packages. If requested further training can be provided on tour. Advanced Open Water credits and Enriched Air courses are offered on selected tours at the additional cost of materials and registration fees only – facilities permitting. Other courses can also be arranged on request.

Safety: Diver safety is our No. 1 priority. When diving offshore reefs all divers are personally issued with a delayed surface marker buoy (safety sausage). Oxygen is always on board and all staff and guides are medically trained. Oceans Africa are also agents for DAN dive travel insurance and can arrange additional dive insurance if required.

June 13, 2017
Dive Tour Sodwana Bay

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Bull Sharks South Africa

Dive with bull sharks

DIVE WITH BULL SHARKS SOUTH AFRICA & MOZAMBIQUE TOUR 2018 Tour starts: 26th April 2018 10 nights superior accommodation. 11 x standard dives and 3 x baited dives. From […]
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Sardine Run Tours

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Shark dive South Africa – 9 day diving tour.

SHARK DIVING TOUR SOUTH AFRICA – TIGER SHARKS, BULL SHARKS & GREAT WHITE SHARKS 8 x night shark diving tour of South Africa. From ZAR 21 650 […]
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Cape Town Dive Package

Dive Cape Town – 7 night Dive Package CAPE TOWN DIVE PACKAGE Includes cage dives & pelagic shark dive. Superior Accommodation & transfers. From ZAR 23 500 per person sharing. Cape Town Diving […]
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Protea Banks – Shark Diving

Protea Banks – Shark Diving Special PROTEA BANKS SHARK DIVING PACKAGE 2017 Accommodation 6 nights and 10 dives: Includes 3 x baited dives. From  ZAR 16 000 per person sharing. […]
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