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The Scuba Diving industry in South Africa is an important toursit attraction, by virtue of the fact that the country can offer the diver everything! There are an abundance of Reefs, Wrecks and caves, with sea temperatures ranging from the cold waters of the Atlantic Benguela Current on the West coast, to the warm tropical waters of the Indian Ocean on the east coast. With 3,500 km of coastline to explore, the country can satisfy the needs of most.

In addition to this superb environment, attractions nowhere else to be found are also available:

  • Cage Diving with the Great White Shark
  • Diving the reefs with the ragged tooth sharks
  • Sunfish, Basking Sharks and Whale Sharks
  • The awesome annual Sardine Run and diving experiences associated with it
  • Numerous shipwrecks, some famous, along a sometimes inhospitable coastline
  • Surf and beach entries, estuaries, deep water and boat launches are all possible

Diving operators usually incorporate snorkelling as well in suitable areas, and cater for professional Training and Instruction (PADI, NAUI, DAN etc.), with some centres now offereing deep dives, extreme dives, nitrox dives etc.

Adventure Diving Safaris

Country: South Africa - Province: Kwa-Zulu Natal - City: Umkomaas
Main Activity: Diving

Adventure Diving Safaris on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast, just 25 minutes from Durban, offers scuba diving at the reefs and wrecks of Aliwal Shoal, Protea Banks, Rocky Bay, Gansbaai, Mossel Bay, and in Mozambique. The diving includes Great White Shark cage diving, and diving for the gentle giant of the deep, the Whale Shark. The reefs and wrecks of Aliwal Shoal, Protea Banks and Rocky Bay offers diving with a variety of sharks, rays, turtles, eels, dolphins, nudibranchs as well as tropical and pelagic fish species. read more...

Africa Dive Expeditions

Country: South Africa - Province: Kwa-Zulu Natal - City: Umkomaas
Main Activity: Diving

African Dive Expeditions operates out of Umkomaas on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast. They are a dive operation, with a big focus and emphasis on ocean/shark research and conservation. Different trip packages are available to locations such as the nearby Aliwal Shoal, Sodwana Bay, Rocktail Bay, and southern Mozambique. read more...

African Dive Adventures

Country: South Africa - Province: Kwa-Zulu Natal - City: Shelly Beach
Main Activity: Diving

African Dive Adventures operates from the Shelley Beach Ski Boat Club and offers diving at Protea Banks, in Mozambique, and also during the famed Sardine run. It also focuses on diving with sharks, including the Ragged-Tooth Shark and the Zambezi Shark. read more...

African Odyssea

Country: South Africa - Province: Kwa-Zulu Natal - City: Shelly Beach
Main Activity: Diving

African Odyssea operating out of Shelley Beach, is the founder dive operator on Protea Banks, which pioneered safe cageless diving with Bull Sharks (Zambezis), Tigers and Great Whites. Trevor Krull offers a unique dive safari through southern Africa. Casual day divers are also welcome. African Odyssea is the only fully established dive centre on Protea Banks offering diving, accommodation, gear hire, Nitrox and speciality courses. read more...

African Watersports

Country: South Africa - Province: Kwa-Zulu Natal - City: Umkomaas
Main Activity: Diving

African Watersports is concerned with the exploration and preservation of the Aliwal Shoal. It also offers combination tours - on land and in the water. It is located in Umkomaas, close to the Shoal itself, where most of the diving is concentrated. African Watersports is the first well-established dive charter concerned with the exploration and preservation of Aliwal Shoal South Africa. Offering dives that no other charter can offer, African Watersports will give you a dive experience you will never forget. read more...

Aliwal Dive Centre

Country: South Africa - Province: Kwa-Zulu Natal - City: Umkomaas
Main Activity: Diving

Aliwal Dive Centre on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast offers diving with Ragged Tooth Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Manta Rays, Dolphins and Whale Sharks. The world famous Sardine Run is another possibility. Diving courses are also on offer, as well as gear for hire, and accommodation is available on site at the Aliwal Dive Lodge. read more...

Aliwal Shoal Adventures

Country: South Africa - Province: Kwa-Zulu Natal - City: Umkomaas
Main Activity: Diving

Scuba Diving. Aliwal Shoal diving on the KwaZulu Natal coast, baited shark diving, snorkelling, normal diving, Tec diving and rebreather friendly. We also conduct fishing trips and spearfishing, ocean safaris and other water sports read more...

Alpha Dive Centre

Country: South Africa - Province: Western Cape - City: Strand
Main Activity: Diving

The Alpha Dive Centre offers diving courses, equipment, sales, services, airfills, and dive trips in Gordons Bay and False Bay, as well as Rooi Els and Simonstown. There is wreck diving too, and seals and sharks abound. Enjoy an experience unique to Cape Town...dive in two oceans in one day. Accompany us to kelp forests of the Indian Ocean in False Bay and explore hidden shipwrecks of the Atlantic in Table Bay. read more...

Aqua Planet Dive Centre

Country: South Africa - Province: Kwa-Zulu Natal - City: Shelly Beach
Main Activity: Diving

Aqua Planet Dive centre is located in Shelly Beach on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast. Their offerings include baited shark diving and the Sardine Run. The sites they visit include Protea Banks, Aliwal Shoal, the Aquarium at Ushaka Marine World and, for advanced divers, a couple of wrecks. They present a large number of courses and have a well-stocked shop. read more...

Bubble Blowers

Country: South Africa - Province: Western Cape - City: West BeachCape Town
Main Activity: Diving

Bubble Blowers is a scuba dive centre, based in Cape Town. Instruction in both NAUI and PADI is done in an onsite training pool. Bubble Blowers also offers regular scuba charters around the Cape Peninsula, as well as to more distant locations around South Africa and Mozambique. read more...

Coral Divers

Country: South Africa - Province: Kwa-Zulu Natal - City: Sodwana Bay
Main Activity: Diving

Coral Divers operate a dive camp at Sodwana Bay in KwaZulu-Natal, offering dive packages, equipment hire and accommodation, as well as various PADI dive courses. Coral Divers is a PADI 5 star Gold Palm IDC Centre and a National Geographic Dive Centre situated in Sodwana Bay, South Africa. We are proud to be able to provide all levels of PADI scuba instruction from Bubble Maker to Instructor Development Courses as well as accommodation and dive charters. Lying within the boundaries of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park, Sodwana Bay provides the travelling diver with a vast array of unspoilt coral reefs populated with a huge diversity of Indo-Pacific fish & invertebrates. Apart from the great diving & beautiful coral reefs, the area offers fun and excitement for the non-diver too. From quad bike riding, horse riding, kiteboarding and paintballing to day trips to Makhasa Game Reserve for Rhino or Buffalo tracking on foot, you're sure to find something that appeals to you, your friends and/or family. read more...

Dive Action

Country: South Africa - Province: Western Cape - City: Paarden IslandCape Town
Main Activity: Diving

Dive Action Cape Town is a one-stop shop for PADI, NAUI and IANTD training, scuba gear purchasing and servicing and recreational scuba diving. Wreck and reef dives are available in both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, with a total of 32 sites on offer. read more...

Diving with Sharks

Country: South Africa - Province: Kwa-Zulu Natal - City: Scottburgh
Main Activity: Diving

Diving With Sharks operates out of Scottburgh and is led by Debbie Smith, the first woman from Africa to be elected into the international Women Divers Hall of Fame. It is an eco-tourism company specialising in shark conservation and research diving, shark conservation courses and shark diving, ocean awareness courses for divers and non-divers, PADI dive courses, dive expeditions, casual diving, and diving at the Aliwal Shoal and during the Sardine Run. read more...

Electrodive

Country: South Africa - Province: Western Cape - City: Mossel Bay
Main Activity: Diving

Electrodive is located in Mossel Bay and offers: - diving courses - first aid courses - boat charters and rides - scuba and spearfishing - equipment sales, rental, and servicing - air fills and cylinder testing - playing and coaching of underwater hockey. read more...

Expert Tours

Country: South Africa - Province: Eastern Cape - City: Port Elizabeth
Main Activity: Diving

At Expert Tours we specialize in dive tours and dive adventures within South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, and Botswana. Land-based expeditions are also on offer. read more...

Gypsea Centre

Country: South Africa - Province: Kwa-Zulu Natal - City: Sodwana Bay
Main Activity: Diving

Gypsea Centre operates out of the prime diving spot of Sodwana Bay. It specialises in Open Ocean excursions, interactive marine experiences, and scuba diving, with a strong focus on photography and videography. read more...

Hippo Dive Campus

Country: South Africa - Province: Western Cape - City: Knysna
Main Activity: Diving

The name Hippo Dive Campus comes from the scientific name for the famous Knysna seahorse, Hippocampus Capensis. Hippo Dive Campus is located at the Knysna Heads in Knysna, the heart of the garden route. It offers shore entry dives to the wreck of the Paquita and Tapas Jetty, where the famous Knysna Seahorse may be found. Boat dives in and out of the Knysna Heads go to some of the most awesome dive sites along the garden route. Hippo Dive Centre is a PADI dive centre, with courses ranging from Discover Scuba Diving up to Instructor level and Emergency First Response. It features a shop that carries a full range of diving equipment, and servicing. read more...

Keryn's Dive School

Country: South Africa - Province: Eastern Cape - City: Port Alfred
Main Activity: Diving

Keryn’s Dive School is a NAUI affiliated organization that is geared at professional tuition and ensuring that your dive holiday is a success. A warm and friendly atmosphere allows you to relax and thoroughly appreciate the picturesque sites. read more...

Learn to Dive Today

Country: South Africa - Province: Western Cape - City: Cape Town
Main Activity: Diving

Whatever your level; of scuba diving experience, Learn to Dive Today will assist you to experience the rich and diverse oceans that surround the Cape Peninsula. We offer PADI Scuba DIving courses from Discover Scuba and Open Water (for the complete novice) to Divemaster, the first step to a professional diving career. We also arrange guided dives to the multitude of shore-entry locations around the Cape Town coastline, as well as regular boat dives with our preferred boat charters. Kit rental and air fill are available to visitors who come diving with us. As DAN business members we hold to the highest safety standards. read more...

Ocean Divers International

Country: South Africa - Province: Eastern Cape - City: Port Elizabeth
Main Activity: Diving

Ocean Divers International is one of the oldest and most respected Scuba Diving Schools in Southern Africa and has been in business for over 25 years and boasts a flawless safety record. The retail shop is a one-stop dive shop, offering equipment, rentals, and the "We drive You dive" concept in which customers are taken to different launch sites. We stock the most reputable brands of dive gear. Our modern Clean Air Station and fully stocked Equipment room will ensure that air fills and gear rentals are an absolute pleasure. To remain up to date with the latest developments in safety and technology, we replace our school equipment every six months. read more...

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