Scuba Diving Vacations In South Africa

Are you ready for a scuba diving adventure? Does the sound of adrenaline pumping approaches to remote dive sites sound like fun? How about cage diving with the Great White Sharks? Or does the tale of seeing the great Sardine Run intrigue you, in which billions of sardines spawn in the cool waters of the Agulhas Bank (considered to be one of the greatest animal spectacles on earth) and create a fantastic chance to see the oceanic cycle of life at work? Then take a look at the scuba diving vacations South Africa has to offer.

Scuba diving in South Africa is a vacation that will leave you feeling amazed with the Mother Nature. Take for example the beautiful Protea Banks where the Northern and Southern Pinnacles offer some of the best reef diving in the world. Located off of the Kwa-Zulu Natal coast, this specific region is globally known for its spectacular viewings of Yellow Tail, Kingfish, Tuna, Barracuda, and large Zambezi (Bull Shark) populations.

South Africa also offers the incredible opportunity to dive up-close-and-personal with Great Whites, Tiger Sharks, Bull Sharks, Hammerhead Sharks, Oceanic Blacktip Sharks, Ragged Tooth Sharks, Dusky Sharks, Guitar Sharks, Grey Reef Sharks, White-tip Reef Sharks and Whale Sharks as well as Dolphins. If you want to take it a step further, the cage diving South Africa offers is like no other. One of the best-known locations is Mosselbaai, located in the Indian Ocean. Here you can look the Great White Shark in the eye while staying within safety’s arms.

Breathtakingly diverse in landscape and visitor experiences, South Africa holidays are unforgettable. An inland safari, the Cape, the Garden Route or Kruger National Park for example, create a vacation worth remembering. Combine that with South Africa scuba diving and you have a masterpiece for a trip. Let us help you create a unique, personalized diving vacation that will exceed your expectations. We have so many scuba diving vacations South Africa options from which to choose. Our valuable experience will guarantee a successful South Africa diving adventure.

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Citizens traveling to South Africa must have 30 days valid on their passport from the date of return and have two consecutive blank pages; a left and right page. Passengers traveling with passports that do not comply with these requirements will be refused entry. Visas are not required by most Western countries citizens for travel in South Africa. 90 days tourist entry is granted on arrival. Check with your embassy or consulate.
The official languages are Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga.
GMT +2
The official currency is the South African Rand (ZAR), denoted by the symbol R. Euros, GBP and US$ are readily exchanged at local banks and Bureaux de Changes. Take your money in a combination of cash and travelers cheques and take an ATM card. Most major international credit cards such as MasterCard and Visa are accepted in large shops and restaurants.
South Africa enjoys a pleasant climate, with warm sunny days most of the year. The seasons of the southern hemisphere are opposite to those in the northern hemisphere so South African summers run from November to February. South Africa enjoys one of the world's highest average daily hours of sunshine. June & July are during the 'dry' season.
No vaccines are essential. Vaccinations against tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes recommended. Check with your embassy or consulate, as well as with a knowledgeable doctor, for detailed information on current health issues. Medical facilities are good in urban areas but can be limited elsewhere. Doctors and hospitals often require immediate cash payment. Private medical insurance is recommended.
220-230 volts AC, 50Hz. South African three-pin plugs are generally used.
There is no airport departure tax.

Where Is South Africa?

Water temperature
15 – 24 °C / 59 – 75 °F

2 – 20 meters / 6 – 60ft

5mm - 7mm semi-dry

Best time to travel
Year round - May to July for Sardine Run

Recommended dive sites
Protea Banks, Sodwana Bay, Aliwal Shoal, Mosselbaai

Above water activities
Land safaris