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Coastal Getaways
Scuba Dive

SSouth Africa is one of the world's most popular scuba diving destinations, with locations such as Sodwana Bay and the Aliwal Shoal attracting divers and underwater film crews from far and wide. 

If you're a beginner, a quick course will prepare you for an underwater adventure and, given the popularity of scuba diving in South Africa, there are a number of schools at major coastal towns where experienced professionals are on hand to teach you the basics. 

The Indian Ocean along South Africa's east coast offers warm, tropical conditions and plenty of sharks, turtles, dolphins, whales and rays, as well as spectacular coral reefs and a variety of colourful reef fish. 

The west coast waters of the Atlantic Ocean are a lot colder, but offer magnificent marine life and kelp forests that are a delight to explore. There are numerous tour operators in Cape Town, several of whom are based at the V&A Waterfront. 

False Bay is one of Cape Town's most famous diving spots and was the setting for the film Dark Tide, starring Halle Berry as a scuba diving instructor. 

As well as marine life you can also explore shipwrecks off the coast of Table Bay. 

If you'd rather go scuba diving inland, sites such as Wondergat in the North West province and Komati Springs in Mpumalanga province offer inland sites to explore. 

One of the deepest scuba dive records is held by South African, Nuno Gomes, who descended to a depth of 318m below the surface of the Red Sea. Gomes also holds the record for the world's deepest cave dive, which he set in 1996 in Boesmansgat in South Africa's Northern Cape province by diving to 282m. 

Did You Know?

Travel  tips  & planning  info 

Who to contact 

KwaZulu-Natal Tourism Authority  
Tel: +27 (0)31 366 7500 

Cape Town Tourism 

Tel: +27 (0)86 132 2223 

Mpumalanga Tourism 

Tel: +27 (0)13 759 5300 

Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism 

Tel: +27 (0)41 582 2575 

Best time to visit 

South Africa's famous sardine run takes place between May and June each year. This phenomenon offers divers and underwater photographers many unforgettable moments. 

What to pack 

If you have an underwater camera, bring it with you. 

Where to stay 

Most scuba diving sites have nearby accommodation, ranging from hotels to small B&Bs and backpacking lodges.  

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