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Discover the wild and breathtaking South Africa

With over 2,798 kilometers (1,739 miles) of coastline on two oceans, South Africa offers a dazzling variety of dive sites to discover. The warm waters of the East Coast, the exciting shipwrecks and astounding kelp forests of the west coast and the caves and quarries of the inland make this country a mecca for divers. All types of divers can find their favourite dive site here whether you are a trained pro or an absolute beginner. The most southern African nation is a hotspot for diving with large creatures like great white sharks and whales and it is also known for the world famous sardine run.

2 Mile Stringer

This site is like an oasis in the desert – 2 rocky outcroppings surrounded by sand. Game fish are regular visitors and is also known as a nursery area for juvenile fish. It is home to a variety of creatures . This dive site is only accessible by boat. The depth is between 10 and 13m and is situated beyond the backline. It is best dived in flat conditions, ensuring that the current is not too strong.

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Long Beach Simons Town

Due to the shape of the harbour, Long Beach is well protected from most winds and waves. This dive site has a maximum depth of about 18 meters. This dive site does not require a boat ride and is a great shore dive.

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This dive site is only accessible by boat. The bikini dive site has an average depth of 18m and a maximum of 22m and is known as a photographer’s playground. This area of the reef always delivers a surprise of some sort such as nudibranchs, pipefish, paper fish, or some other beauty.

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Millers Point is also known as Shark Alley due to the high numbers of Seven-gill sharks that use to be found here in the kelp forest. This site is in a marine protected area. Make sure you get your diving permit and take nothing other than memories and photos.

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Antons is one of the best dives in Sodwana. Anton’s Reef is so-named after one of the first dive operators in Sodwana Bay (1980’s) – Anton Buchel. On this reef you will find various gullies, a long swim-through, and boulders surrounded by sand patches. Numerous varieties of coral such as fleshy soft coral, table, and spiral coral, as well as colourful sponges cover the area. This dive site is only accessible via boat with an average depth of 12m and a maximum depth of 16m.

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Four Buoy, Sodwana Bay

Although popular for students and beginner divers, this site’s ledges and swim-throughs offer something for everyone. The topography is varied with large sand gullies to investigate and shoals of sweepers can be found hiding under the rocky outcrops and small caves. This dive site is only accessible via boat. The average depth is 9m with a maximum depth of 12 m - perfect for all beginner divers.

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Also known as Seal Rock. This site is at the southern edge of the Castle Rocks restricted zone, within the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area, where no fishing has been permitted for many years, and the result can be seen in the numbers of fish.

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Aliwal Shoal is a fossilized Sand Dune with interesting and unique mountain like reef structures that holds many swim throughs, gullies and crevices to explore. The reef is only accessible by boat, there is no shore entries. The surf launch is part of the adventure. Boats are 8.5m Rubber Ducks/Ribb

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This is a dive site for everyone, it has three main features – a pinnacle that spirals rapidly up towards the surface, an overhang that provides a sheltered hiding place for many of the shoal’s shier residents, and the famous Chunnel Cave.

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Enter at the rocks on the left and swim toward the two pinnacle rocks out toward the ocean. The smaller rock on the left has a swim-through with three entry points. To the right is a larger rock with lots to see along the wall of the rock. This dive is more for advanced divers.

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Discover the world’s most fascinating aquatic life

Aquatic life under our oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams is amazing! From microscopic zooplankton to the largest animal on earth, the blue whale, underwater life comes in all possible shapes and sizes. With 71% of the earth being covered with water, it is no wonder we are so fascinated with what lies beneath the surface. In fact, scientists estimate that there are nearly 1 million different species of aquatic animals. Freshwater ecosystems are home mainly to fish, invertebrates, and reptiles, whereas the ocean contains a wide array of marine life including fish, mollusks, crustaceans, reptiles, sharks, and marine mammals like whales, dolphins, seals, and manatees.

Humpback Whale

Humpback Whales are the greatest acrobats and singers among all the whales. They enjoy breeching, propelling their massive bodies out of the water and falling back in with a huge splash, slapping the water’s surface with their fins, and spyhopping. In addition to the sporty performances of these animals, their singing talent is second to none. One of the most magical moments that can be experienced by any scuba diver is to actually listen to the beautiful symphony of humpback whales while diving underwater. Their songs are very unique because they consist of complex, individual stanzas that repeat themselves. Humpback calves are even known to “whisper” to their mothers.

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The round, sweet eyes of a seal don’t only make these acrobatic mammals one of the cutest creatures in the sea but have a highly functional purpose as well. Seals have excellent underwater vision, especially in dark and murky waters. Being deep divers, sometimes reaching depths of up to 100 meters, having this increased ability to see in low light conditions is not only beneficial, but necessary to survive. Their bodies have also adapted to allow for these deeper, longer dives better than other marine mammals. Seal’s blood contains special properties allowing them to absorb more oxygen than other marine mammals, therefore allowing them to do these deep, long dives with ease.

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Great White Shark

With females able to grow up to 7 meters long, the great white shark is the largest predatory fish on earth. It owes its name to its light, almost white, belly color, making it almost invisible to prey looking up from the seafloor. It’s body is similar in construction to a torpedo, making them very good, fast swimmers. In fact, they can reach speeds of up to 25 km/h and, like whales, have the ability to launch their entire body out of the water. Not many species prey on great whites, but if it is attacked, it can rolls its eyes inward for protection. Their eyes can absorb weak light, allowing them to see better in twilight than a cat.

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Like manta rays, eagle rays are among the largest rays. The best known and most popular species is the spotted eagle ray, one of the most beautiful rays and among the most desired to be seen by divers. These animals have the unique ability to move both forward and backward using their pectoral fins. You will never forget observing these majestic movements while diving with eagle rays.

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Unfortunately, the fear of sharks is common, mainly sparked by sensationalized stories, stereotyping, and films depicting them as dangerous killers. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, most of these animals are extremely docile and non-aggressive. Out of the 440 different species, only three are responsible for most human attacks. The most well-known species are the Great White shark, Tiger shark, Hammerhead shark, Bull shark, and, of course, the Whale shark. You only have to dive with sharks once to see how fascinating these animals really are.

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Who has never been overjoyed to see a turtle while snorkeling or diving? These friendly-looking, ancient reptiles are found worldwide in tropical and subtropical areas. Sea turtles can live for up to 100 years and are believed to have been living here on earth for millions of years. Many facts about them are astonishing but probably the most is the fact that female turtles return to the exact beach where they were born, a journey sometimes covering thousands of kilometers, to lay their eggs in shallow nests they dig in the sand with their flippers. This is an incredible achievement and an awe-inspiring thing to watch. Most locations where you can dive with sea turtles are also where you can sneak a peek at this miraculous egg-laying practice that’s as old as time itself.

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Whales, the largest mammals on earth and record setters in breath-hold diving, can be found in all the world’s oceans. They are more scientifically known as cetaceans, which include all whale, dolphin, and porpoise species. There are approximately 90 cetacean species, the most well-known being the Blue Whale, Sperm Whale, Humpback Whale, Minke Whale, Orca (also known as the Killer Whale), and dolphins. Cetaceans are very social animals and often live together in groups called pods. It is an extraordinary adventure to dive with whales and dolphins and to experience their social behavior directly underwater.

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Who doesn’t dream of diving with dolphins? Not shy and very playful, they are as curious about us as we are about them. What would be better while diving than playing with dolphins? These toothed whales are highly intelligent animals with a personality all their own, often living together in large pods. They exhibit many human traits such as mourning the dead of their conspecifics, learning from one another, trying to impress their females with gifts, joy, playfulness, empathy, etc.

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