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Cape Town - False Bay Shore Diving
10 Aug 2015
 
     

The good news is that the waters on the False Bay side of the Peninsula are warmer than those on the Atlantic side. The bad news is that they are still cold! The coastline between Fish Hoek and Smitswinkel Bay offers a good selection of interesting dive sites in kelp forests, in gullies and on boulders that are easily accessible from the shore. Although you can dive False Bay (particularly the sites of Simon’s Town that are sheltered from the southeast wind and swell) all year round, conditions are generally best in winter, when the sea is flat and visibility can be up to 10 metres...

(GPS coordinates: -34.239204, 18.476504)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/scuba-diving/cape-town-false-bay-shore-diving

Miracle Waters Diving
17 Jul 2015
 
     

Just outside Brits, and only an hour’s drive from Pretoria and Johannesburg, Miracle Waters is located on the site of a former open-cast chrome mine. An altitude dive site (about 1 500 metres above sea level) with clear, spring-fed warm water, it enjoys a beautiful setting surrounded by natural bush, so is popular with all levels of divers, from novices embarking on their first open water dives to technical divers, who come to perfect their advanced skills and develop the team skills needed for complex wreck or cave dives...

(GPS coordinates: -25.677057, 27.757967)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/scuba-diving/miracle-waters-diving

Hermanus Diving
27 Jun 2015
 
     

The pretty Overberg town of Hermanus promotes itself as the best land-based whale-watching location in the world but it’s not just the famous seasonal visitors that make marine experiences so enjoyable. The area between Kraal Rock in Walker Bay and Rietfontein in Hermanus is a protected reserve (closed to all boating traffic during the whale season) where removal of marine life is prohibited, so it boasts an impressive array of sponges, hard and soft corals and fish species, as well as large numbers of crayfish and perlemoen (abalone). The dive sites are easily accessible...

(GPS coordinates: -34.433306, 19.224765)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/scuba-diving/hermanus-diving

Eastern False Bay Diving
22 May 2015
 
     

The Eastern side of False Bay, between Gordon’s Bay and Hangklip, offers some varied and exciting diving and is usually best in summer, when the southeaster cleans up the water. Many of the sites are fairly close in so can be accessed by boat from Gordon’s Bay or from the shore. That said, the rocky coastline is steep and difficult to negotiate, so entry and exit can be tricky, particularly if there is a swell. Top spots include...

(GPS coordinates: -34.152216, 18.858199)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/scuba-diving/eastern-false-bay-diving

Two Oceans Aquarium Diving
13 May 2015
 
     

Cape Town waters are cold, and the ever-present fear of bumping into a great white shark puts many divers off taking the plunge in the open ocean. But the good news is that if you really want to get up and personal with sharks, turtles and big game fish, there’s nothing to beat a dive in the I&J Predator Exhibit in the Two Oceans Aquarium. After a short briefing, you drop into the two-million litre, glass-fronted tank as the big-eyed children and other visitors to the aquarium gawp at your bravery. This has to be the easiest dive in the Cape – where else can you brush shoulders with sharks with just a Discover Scuba qualification?...

(GPS coordinates: -33.90775, 18.417509)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/scuba-diving/two-oceans-aquarium-diving

Cape Town - False Bay Boat Diving
12 Apr 2015
 
     

The False Bay coast is best dived in winter after a northwest wind and offers a variety of dive sites that will satisfy everyone from wreck-seekers to macro-photographers. Although the water is warmer than on the Atlantic coast, a dry suit is recommended. Top sites include Partridge Point, Seal Rock and Batsata Maze. The best-known dives off this coast, however, are probably the Smits wrecks, which lie on the sand in about 35 metres of water…

(GPS coordinates: -34.233856, 18.473822)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/scuba-diving/cape-town-false-bay-boat-diving

Wondergat Diving
7 Apr 2015
 
     

Wondergat, a natural dolomite sinkhole that is some 100 metres by 75 metres across at the surface, is a magnificent cave diving venue near Mafikeng, the capital of North West province. It’s an altitude dive (about 1 460 metres above sea level) and because of the cave and its depth - which is about 70 metres but varies according to the season - it’s the preserve of advanced and technical divers only. But if you have the necessary experience and your own gear and want some deep diving in South Africa, this is the place to go...

(GPS coordinates: -25.869563, 25.889958)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/scuba-diving/wondergat-diving

Mossel Bay Diving
17 Mar 2015
 
     

Thanks to the variety of sheltered shore and boat entry sites both in the Bay and around the Point, Mossel Bay is diveable in most conditions. The major diving hub on the Garden Route, it offers wrecks, colourful reefs covered with beautiful fans and sponges and plenty of fish life, as well as baited shark dives and Great White Shark cage diving. Dolphins and, between June and November, whales are regularly seen along the coast and divers will occasionally see Ragged-Tooth Sharks, turtles and even manta rays...

(GPS coordinates: -34.1789, 22.1416)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/scuba-diving/mossel-bay-diving

Port Alfred Diving
26 Jan 2015
 
     

Port Alfred Diving

The presence of the nearby Kowie and Great Fish rivers means Port Alfred is often affected by dirty water but, on a good day, its best sites, which boast wonderful soft corals, numerous wrecks and abundant crayfish, are well worth diving. When conditions are right, Riet Point, a pinnacle off the Three Sisters headland that comes up to about six metres from the surface, is a truly magnificent dive. The colourful reef is about three kilometres offshore and is known for its spectacular corals and huge sponges on the deeper sections...

(GPS coordinates: -33.601882, 26.899933)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/scuba-diving/port-alfred-diving

Aliwal Shoal Diving
28 Dec 2014
 
     

Aliwal Shoal Diving

Aliwal Shoal offers some of the most varied and exciting diving in the world and is regularly showered with accolades by international dive magazines. A fossilised sand dune, the Shoal is about five kilometres long and about three to five kilometres offshore. It supports an incredible variety of marine life as well as dramatic topography. There are two wrecks – the Produce and the Nebo – vast Brindle Bass, magnificent rays, including manta rays, turtles, great shoals of pelagic fish and some rare sightings, such as Harlequin Goldies and Tiger Angelfish. These are often overlooked by divers, who come in the hope of seeing the stars of the show, Aliwal’s famous seasonal visitors, the Ragged-Tooth Sharks, which congregate on the Shoal to mate between June and November...

(GPS coordinates: -30.20063, 30.802717)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/scuba-diving/aliwal-shoal-diving

Sodwana Bay Diving
14 Dec 2014
 
     

Sodwana Bay Diving

On a good day, Sodwana Bay offers some of the best diving in the world. The mecca of South African divers, it is part of South Africa’s first Unesco World Heritage Site, the iSimangaliso (formerly Greater St Lucia) Wetland Park. The warm waters brought down by the Mozambique current favour coral development and extensive tropical reefs lie parallel to, and about 500 metres off, the shore. Whale sharks are regularly spotted between October and February and coelacanths are known to inhabit the depths off Sodwana. Technical divers have seen several at just over 100m in Jesser Canyon so if you’re qualified, this is one of your best chances of seeing Old Four Legs...

(GPS coordinates: -27.540202, 32.678533)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/scuba-diving/sodwana-bay-diving

Landers Diving
6 Oct 2014
 
     

Landers Diving

The little-dived sites of Landers Reef, about two to four kilometres offshore just south of Aliwal Shoal, are the best-kept secrets of South African diving. The sites are accessible, even if they involve a fairly long boat ride, from Umkomaas, and several operators launch out of the small controlled slipway at Rocky Bay about 20km to the south. The topography and marine life on these reefs, which includes fossilised sand dunes, are fairly similar to Aliwal Shoal but the reefs are deeper so there are exciting opportunities for experienced divers to explore the walls and deeper sites, while novices can dive the top of the reefs…

(GPS coordinates: -30.33547, 30.734535)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/scuba-diving/landers-diving

Bass Lake Diving
17 Aug 2014
 
     

Bass Lake Diving

If you fancy a fun day out with the family, want to try scuba diving for the first time, up your qualification level or simply feel the need to get weightless, then Bass Lake, in Henley-on-Klip just south of Johannesburg, is a good option. And while inland diving can’t compare with that of the open ocean, one big advantage of fresh water is that you avoid stinging eyes as you practise your mask-clearing and other skills. Unsurprisingly, it’s the most popular training venue in the Highveld, with courses from basic open water through to instructor training, as well as casual diving...

(GPS coordinates: -26.509098, 28.065991)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/scuba-diving/bass-lake-diving

uShaka Marine World Diving
10 Aug 2014
 
     

uShaka Marine World Diving

Although KwaZulu-Natal has the best diving in the country, you don’t have to brave the open ocean to enjoy the marine life - you can have one of the best underwater interactions of your life in the crystal clear, four-metre deep lagoon and open ocean tanks of uShaka Marine World. Dive virgins can sign up for a two-hour Discover Scuba Diving experience and mingle with the 1 500 or so curious reef fish in the lagoon, which include beautiful bannerfish, emperor angelfish and even harmless smooth houndsharks a metre long. Three times a day, at 10.30am, 1pm and 4pm, guides from uShaka offer the Xpanda Shark Experience, which allows you to get up close and personal with Zambezi and ragged-tooth sharks from the safety of an acrylic cage...

(GPS coordinates: -29.86799, 31.04498)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/scuba-diving/ushaka-marine-world-diving

Atlantic Seaboard Shore Diving
6 Aug 2014
 
     

Atlantic Seaboard Shore Diving

One of the attractions of Cape Town diving is the number of spectacular shore dives within the marine reserve. But be warned, getting to the water usually involves scrambling over boulders - no mean task in full cold-water dive gear - and once in the water you’re often faced with a longish swim through kelp forest. (Don’t be deterred, diving from a boat is always an option!) Some of the best and most accessible dives on the Atlantic Seaboard are at Oudekraal...

(GPS coordinates: -33.982442, 18.357024)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/scuba-diving/atlantic-seaboard-shore-diving

Knysna Diving
5 Aug 2014
 
     

Knysna Diving

Diving Knysna is a bit unpredictable and very weather-dependent but the lagoon is usually warm and sheltered even when the sea is rough – and of course there’s always the lure of spotting an elusive Knysna seahorse. One of the most popular shore dives in the lagoon is the wreck of the Paquita, a German vessel that sank in 1903 on her way to Barbados. Other top reefs include Christmas and New Year, a fairly protected site halfway between the Eastern Head and Brenton-on-Sea. Advanced divers will enjoy East Cape Wall, off East Cape Point…

(GPS coordinates: -34.039085, 23.040588)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/scuba-diving/knysna-diving

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