BEST DIVING PLACES IN SOUTH AFRICA AND MOZAMBIQUE

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At WeScuba we only dive the best diving destinations in South Africa and Mozambique. We have something here for any type of diver. Whether you are a scuba junkie trying to get your fix, an underwater photographer looking for that perfect shot or just looking to explore. Included with each destination you will find details on the diving, marine life and other interesting information.

Aliwal Shoal

There is a lot on offer when diving Aliwal Shoal – Sharks, Wrecks and Reef.

Aliwal Shoal is famous for its sharks. The Ragged-tooth Sharks (Raggies) are usually seen all over the reef in the winter months (April to November). Interestingly, since about 2016 we have seen the Raggies all year round. Tiger Sharks prefer the warmer water and are usually seen in the summer months (November to March), but we do see them occasionally in the cooler months. Resident Whitetip Reef Sharks, Bull Sharks, Scalloped Hammerheads, Blacktips, Guitar Sharks and other sharks are often spotted on the reef.

Baited Shark Diving is also available at Aliwal Shoal. It is an experience not to be missed. On the Baited Shark Dives, it is common to see the Blacktip Sharks, sometimes up to thirty sharks or more at once. Tiger Sharks, Bull Sharks and Dusky Sharks are often seen. But anything can happen on a Baited Shark Dive. We have seen Raggies, Hammerheads and even a Great White Shark on a Baited Shark Dive.

There are two wrecks that you can dive at Aliwal Shoal. The Nebo and The Produce. The Nebo is an old wooden Ship that sank in 1884. It was carrying railway sleepers to Durban when it struck The Aliwal Shoal, tried to make it to safety but did not make it. The big brass propeller is still intact, and the boiler room is still in one piece. The Nebo Wreck is about 150 meters long and sits at 24 meters. The Produce is a metal cargo carrier that sank in 1974. It was carrying sugar molasses from Durban, hit The Aliwal Shoal, tried to turn around to safety but did not make it. Both the bow and the stern are still partially intact and offer some swim throughs. The Produce Wreck is about 150 meters long and sits at 32 meters. Both wrecks are teeming with life. The huge Brindle Bass are often seen and is home to the endemic Harlequin Goldie.

The Aliwal Shoal, a large rocky reef, is situated in a Marine Protected Area (MPA) which ensures the marine life really flourishes. The main reef is about 3 kilometres long and 800 metres at its widest, there are many diving sites on the reef and surrounding reefs. The Aliwal Shoal is known for its big stuff; Sharks, Whales, Dolphins, Turtles, Eels and Rays. But there is still plenty of small stuff; Frog Fish, Paper Fish, Pipe Fish, Shrimps, Pineapple Fish and Nudibranchs, to name but a few. This makes The Aliwal Shoal one of the best destinations for any underwater photographer, whether you are a novice or professional, using a macro or wide angle lens.

The Aliwal Shoal is suitable for all divers. Depths vary from 5 metres to over 30 meters. Making it suitable for open water and advanced divers. Dives are usually between 50 to 60 minutes.

The boats used are the 8 meter rubber ducks (zodiacs/RIBS). At high tide the boats are launched out of the river, no pushing involved. Unfortunately, at low tide the river is too low to launch the boats. So, a beach push in is necessary, some pushing may be needed.

The Aliwal Shoal is in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. It is accessible from a small town called Umkomaas. In Umkomaas there are some shops, restaurants and bars. In the neighbouring town, Scottburgh, there are a few more shops, restaurant and bars as well as a mall. And a popular beach. There is a new Craft Brewery that has opened that is definitely worth a visit. Umkomaas is also less than an hour away from Durban, South Africa’s third biggest city. And an hour away from King Shaka International Airport. The warm subtropical climate makes this an ideal holiday destination for any time of the year.

The accommodation at Aliwal Shoal is situated only five hundred meters from the dive centre. The guide will drive you to and from the dive centre. The accommodation has a swimming pool and is also walking distance to a popular bathing beach.

All rooms have:

  • En suite bathrooms with showers.
  • Fans (aircon is not necessary as the sea breeze keeps you cool)
  • TV with DStv (local satellite)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Sea Views
  • Room Service
  • Laundry Service (extra cost)

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The Ultimate Packages For Aliwal Shoal

All our packages include: Diving, Accomodation, Transfers and a Guide.

Protea Banks

Protea Banks is all about the sharks. The style of diving done at Protea Banks is what we call mid-water blue drift diving. It is deep diving, reaching depths of up to 30 to 35 meters. You do not spend too much time on the bottom (or on the reef), maybe about 5 to 10 minutes. After that you will slowly start a gentle ascent looking for the sharks in the mid water. Dives are usually between 50 to 60 minutes. Protea Bank’s claim to fame is their schooling Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks. Schools of over a hundred and into the thousands are often spotted at Protea Banks. Other sharks seen include Tiger Sharks, Bull Sharks, Ragged-tooth Sharks (Raggies), Giant Sand Sharks and Blacktips.

Protea Banks also offers Baited Shark Diving. There is a bait stem that is filled with fish and put into the water to attract the sharks into one area, and that is where we dive. It is a shallow dive, between 8 and 10 meters, and the dives are about 60 minutes long. Tiger Sharks, Bull Sharks and the Greater Hammerhead Shark can be seen on the Baited Shark Dive, but anything can happen.

The dive sites at Protea Banks are often deeper than 30 meters and there are strong currents. This makes Protea Banks more of a challenging destination and is recommended for advanced and experienced divers.

The boats used are the 8 meter rubber ducks (zodiacs/RIBS). The launch is at a registered launch site straight off the beach, no lagoon or river to launch out of. They do have tractors to launch the boats, so not too much pushing.

Protea Banks is in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. It is accessible from a small town called Shelly Beach. There are plenty of vibey restaurants and bars. The beaches are tranquil and there is an estuary, tidal pools and lagoons. There are plenty of shops and a mall.

When we dive Protea Banks we stay at the same accommodation from The Aliwal Shoal. The accommodation is 75 KM (45min) from Protea Banks. The guide will drive the customers to and from the dive centre. The accommodation has a swimming pool and is also walking distance to a popular bathing beach.

All rooms have:

  • En suite bathrooms with showers.
  • Fans (aircon is not necessary as the sea breeze keeps you cool)
  • TV with DStv (local satellite)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Sea Views
  • Room Service
  • Laundry Service (extra cost)

Visit our gallery for photos of accommodation.

The Ultimate Package for Protea Banks

All our packages include: Diving, Accommodation, Transfers and a Guide.

Sodwana Bay

When it comes to corals and coral fish, Sodwana Bay is the best that South Africa has to offer. There are many reefs to dive in Sodwana Bay. Deep and shallow. Generally the diving at Sodwana Bay is easy diving. The conditions at Sodwana Bay are normally quite good; warmer water, blue water and better viz with less wind and less current. A lot of South Africans think that Sodwana Bay is the best diving destination in South Africa. Sodwana Bay is great for schooling fish. Manta Rays and Whale Sharks are often seen. It is a hot spot for photographers.

Sodwana Bay is part of the isiMangaliso Wetland Park (South Africa’s first World Heritage Site and a Marine Protected Area.) This ensures an abundance of marine life. Its reef system is over 50km long; this provides a spectacular habitat for a wide diversity of resident and migratory species. Over 1200 species of fish will keep any underwater photographer busy for hours. Sodwana Bay is the ultimate location for macro photography as the warm Indian Ocean is home to many marine critters.

With the great variety of dive sites at Sodwana Bay with depths from 10 meters to over 30 meters, this makes Sodwana Bay the perfect spot for all divers.

The boats used are the 8 meter rubber ducks (zodiacs/RIBS). Launching is done off the beach in a small bay. There are tractors to assist with the push ins.

Sodwana Bay is a small popular diving town in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. There are not many shops but there are a few restaurants and bars that get quite vibey with all the visiting divers. Sodwana Bay is rustic and is located inside Zulu Land. Sodwana Bay is inside the iSimangaliso Park, there are many other activities like turtle tours, game reserves with safari drives, sundowners at Lake Sibaya with a great sunset. Its feels like you really are in Africa. Its beautiful beach and dunes make for an idyllic getaway. Located inside the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, the marine life and wildlife are protected, giving you an all-round natural experience.

The accommodation at Sodwana Bay is just across the road from the dive centre. The guide will drive the customers to and from the launch site and dive centre. The accommodation has a swimming pool and a TV with DStv (local satellite)

All rooms have:

  • En suite bathrooms with showers.
  • Aircon
  • Wi-Fi
  • Room Service
  • Laundry Service (extra cost)

Visit our gallery for photos of accommodation.

The Ultimate Packages For Sodwana Bay

All our packages include: Diving, Accommodation, Transfers and a Guide.

Ponta do Ouro

Arguably some of the best shark diving in the world is done at a site called The Pinnacles at Ponta do Ouro. The style of diving is what we call mid-water blue drift diving. It is deep diving, reaching depths of up to 30 to 35 meters. You do not spend too much time on the bottom (or on the reef), maybe about 5 to 10 minutes. After that you will slowly start a gentle ascent looking for the sharks in the mid water. Dives are usually between 50 to 60 minutes. Often five or six species of sharks are seen on a single dive. Some of the common sharks at The Pinnacles are Tiger Sharks, Bull Sharks, Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks, Silvertip Sharks, Grey Reef Sharks, Blacktip Sharks, Spinner Sharks, and Leopard Sharks. And a whole lot more can be seen.

But Shark Diving at The Pinnacles is not all that Ponta do Ouro has to offer. There are also many other great reefs and dives accessible from Ponta do Ouro. The shore at Ponta do Ouro is filled with patch reefs. These reefs vary from depths of 12 meters up to 40 meters. The reefs are great for schooling fish and coral fish. Some of the reefs have great coral. Big stuff and little stuff can be found on the reefs. One of the more popular reefs is called Doodles. You can dive Doodles repeatedly and see something new every dive. Many species of Rays are seen, sometimes Dolphins will swim by, the reef is littered with Nudibranchs, and there is always a lively Potato Bass who loves to have his photo taken.

At the over thirty (and counting) reefs found at Ponta do Ouro, the depths vary from 12 meters to 40 meters. Making Ponta do Ouro suitable for all divers from open water to advanced and beyond. The Pinnacles, reaching depths of 30 meters and more, is for advanced and experienced divers.

The boats used are the 8 meter rubber ducks (zodiacs/RIBS). Launching is done off the beach in a small bay. There are tractors to assist with the push ins.

Ponta do Ouro is a vibey tourist town, found only 130km (just over one hour) from Maputo, the biggest city and capital of Mozambique. It is also just 15km from the South African border. There are good restaurants and bars all in walking distance. There are bars on the beach and even a night club that is open on the weekend. You can always find a party or just relax on the long stretch of golden beaches. Other activities include surfing, fishing, wind surfing and quad biking, to name just a few.

The accommodation at Ponta do Ouro is walking distance to the dive centre. There are two swimming pools, Wi-Fi and a deck with a stunning sea view.

All rooms have:

  • En suite bathrooms with showers.
  • Aircon
  • Room Service
  • Laundry Service (extra cost)

Visit our gallery for photos of accommodation.

The Ultimate Packages For Ponta do Ouro

All our packages include: Diving, Accommodation, Transfers and a Guide.

Tofo Beach

If you are looking for Manta Rays and Whale Sharks, then Tofo Beach is the place to go. Tofo Beach offers some great reefs that are filled with corals, coral fish, schooling fish and game fish. The reefs vary in depths of between 5 meters and over 30 meters. Between dives the skippers take you on a mini ocean safari looking for Whale Sharks. If they find the Whale Sharks, you can snorkel with them.

Tofo Beach is suitable for open waters and advanced divers.

The boats used are the 8 meter rubber ducks (zodiacs/RIBS). Launching is done off the beach in a small bay. There are tractors to assist with the push ins.

Tofo Beach is an island style town deep into Mozambique with a great night life. There are live bands and always a party somewhere. Tofo Beach is 20km from Inhambane where there is an airport.

The accommodation at Tofo Beach is 1.5 KM from the dive centre. The guide will drive the customers to and from the dive centre. The accommodation is walking distance to the beach. Has a swimming pool. Wi-Fi. Deck with great sea view. And TV with DStv (local satellite).

All rooms have:

  • En suite bathrooms with showers.
  • Aircon
  • Room Service
  • Laundry Service (extra cost)

Visit our gallery for photos of accommodation.

The Ultimate Package For Tofo Beach

All our packages include: Diving, Accommodation, Transfers and a Guide.