Top 10 Scuba Diving Sites in South Africa

The South African coastline offers a multitude of diving experiences, ranging from tropical reefs and wreck dives to shark and cage diving. No matter where you choose to dive in South Africa, you are guaranteed a memorable experience. The country’s long coastline is home to a huge variety of sea life and stunning reefs that will leave you awestruck.

Here is First Car Rental's collection of top 10 scuba sites to go diving in South Africa:

  • Aliwal Shoal Scuba

    1. Aliwal Shoal, KwaZulu-Natal

    Aliwal Shoal has become internationally renowned as one of the best scuba diving sites in the world. The shoal, a rocky reef situated 5 kilometres off the KZN coast, is inhabited by many kinds of hard and soft corals and a variety of tropical and subtropical fish species.

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  • Sodwana Bay Scuba

    2. Sodwana Bay, KwaZulu-Natal

    Situated within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Sodwana Bay is the only tropical scuba diving site in South Africa. The reefs at Sodwana are the southern-most coral reefs in Africa and offer a wide diversity of attractions.

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  • Gansbaai Scuba

    3. Gansbaai, Western Cape

    Gansbaai is known for its dense population of whales and great white sharks. Divers from all over the world visit Gansbaai for a unique opportunity of diving with great white sharks.

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  • Storms River Scuba

    4. Storms River Mouth, Eastern Cape

    The beauty of the Storms River mouth extends further than picturesque scenery. Situated in the Tsitsikamma National Park, the dive site offers gorgeous reefs, big fish and some of the most attractive diving in South Africa.

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  • Protea Banks Scuba

    5. Protea Banks, KwaZulu-Natal

    Situated off the shore of Shelly Beach, Protea Banks is one of the world's top shark diving destinations. This unique reef system with exquisite topography along the KwaZulu-Natal coast offers diving experiences second to none.

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  • Port Elizabeth Scuba

    6. Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

    Known for its beautiful coastal scenery, Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape is one of South Africa's best cold-water dive locations; offering a wide variety of colourful reefs, it is regarded as one of the most magical places to visit for diving.

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  • Knysna Heads Scuba

    7. Knysna Heads, Western Cape

    Knysna is a small town situated along a lagoon which is connected to the ocean through the Knysna Heads. Diving along the Knysna coastline is a great experience, and the lagoon is home to the world’s only estuarine seahorse species.

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  • Rocktail Bay Scuba

    8. Rocktail Bay, KwaZulu-Natal

    Rocktail Bay is situated along Maputaland's coastline, within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Just offshore is the Maputaland Marine Reserve, which offers sanctuary to abundant marine life including coral reefs, fish, and various whale and dolphin species.

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  • Mossel Bay Scuba

    9. Mossel Bay, Garden Route

    The Garden Route, South Africa is one of the country's favourite getaways. Mossel Bay is a bay that is well sheltered and offers one of the mildest climates of the world. This dive location is perfect for adrenaline junkies as it is well known for its shark cage diving.

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  • Cape Peninsula Scuba

    10. Cape Peninsula, Western Cape

    The Cape Peninsula, celebrated for its great scenic beauty, provides access to two oceans, and thus offers some great diving spots in two very different ocean environments.

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