Africa offers scuba divers a host of different settings, from the warm waters of Egypt and the western Mediterranean through to the chilly waters surrounding South Africa. Under half of the African continent is south of the equator, so remember when booking that some countries experience their summers in December and January.
Scuba diving in South Africa is gaining in popularity especially for White shark diving with the best times being May through till September – for the timid of us out there we can view the enormousness of the great white up close and personal through the security of a metal cage.
Egypt’s Red sea diving is world renowned for its visibility its stunning corals – wrecks and heaps of fish to gaze upon in the sheltered reefs and coral gardens for them to hide in on shore. Water temperature ranges from 21 to 30C all year round; the currents are mainly calm and weather-wise 21 to a hot 40C. There is a wide choice of boat diving, shore diving and the exciting adventures of the ultimate diving experience from a live-a-board.
Mozambique, Tanzania & East Africa Islands are unprecedented experiences and it can be an adventure in itself in just getting.
I’m sure you’ve heard of Zanzibar! A beautiful island located just off the coast of Tanzania in the Indian Ocean. Here the marine parks offer underwater cliffs caves wrecks with visibility of more than twenty metres. The marine life here is abundant with lobsters, lion fish, large groupers, dolphins, moray eels, manta rays, ribbon eels and sting rays galore.
Mauritius is another gem of the Indian Ocean located just east of Madagascar. Mauritius is protected by a truly magnificent lagoon where Parrot fish, sweetlips, clown fish, moray eels and many more exotic fish live alongside an excellent display of corals for you feast your eyes upon. It is part of the Mascareigness lslands similar to Reunion, Rodrigues and St Brandon Islands.
Warm tropical waters await you in Kenya along with huge fish, turtles and vibrant colours throughout the kaleidoscopic coral reefs and not forgetting the sharks.
In conclusion quite a lot of diving in Africa involves being adventurous, patient and happy to dive from a boat but the treasures that wait you can be both exhilarating and enthralling and the wonderful blue waters and sandy shores are a bonus for down times.