Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in South Africa

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in South Africa

Scuba diving information in South Africa

South Africa is known for its great diversity in diving spots along its 3000km coast, with five distinct diving spots. These vary between the tropical coral reefs north of KwaZulu-Natal, where fish are typically Indo-Pacific, and the rocky reefs of the west coast, where colorful invertebrates can be found. With an amazing natural beauty, between the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans is Cape Town, famous for its beautiful kelp forests filled with marine life , like the sand tiger shark and yellowtails, as well as several shipwrecks, like the Lusitania. Excellent diving spots can also be found in Gansbaai, Durban, and Umkomass, famous for Aliwal Shoal. This is considered to be one of the ten best diving spots in the world, due to the excellent fauna existent in that temperate climate. For a bigger adventure, between strong currents and deep-sea diving, several diving spots can be found in the Shelly Beach county and in the Maputaland province, where 20 species of sharks can be sighted in one single dive, including bull sharks, tiger sharks, hammerhead sharks, and dusky sharks, amongst many others. South Africa is a unique opportunity for diving and nature lovers.

Geography and climate

South Africa is Africa's meridional country. It occupies most of the southern extremity of the continent, from the Atlantic Ocean on the west to the Indian Ocean on the east. The western part is formed by a plateau that is partly desert, partly pasture and savannas, run through by the river Orange and its main tributary, river Vaal. To the south is the Karoo mountain range and to the east the Drakensberg mountain range, the biggest one in meridional Africa. To the north, the river Limpopo makes a natural border from Botswana and Zimbabwe. The climate in South Africa is generally polar, although it is subtropical in the oriental coast and Mediterranean in the extreme south.

Entry requirements

Visas are not required from citizens of Great Britain, Australia, Canada, United States of America, Brazil, Chile, Japan, Singapore and countries of the European Union for stays up to 90 days for commercial and tourism purposes. However, visitors need the proper documentation to prove the finality and length of the stay, two photos, proof of financial means to cover living expenses and a return ticket. After entering the country, the Internal Affairs Department may request additional documents, besides the ones mentioned.

Health and safety

There are no mandatory vaccinations for South Africa, although it is recommended that these vaccinations are up-to-date: hepatitis A, typhoid, yellow fever, hepatitis B, cholera, rabies, measles, malaria, rubella, diphtheria and tetanus.

Time zone

South Africa uses the SAST time zone, UTC +2, the same as with Central Africa.


As for communications, South Africa has a modern telecommunications network, with public phones, MTN, Cell C and Vodacom cellphone networks. It is possible to use your own cellphone through your country's roaming service, or by acquiring a prepaid card. You can also easily access the internet, available in coffee shops, bars, hotels and libraries.

Power and Electricity

Electricity in South Africa: 220 to 250 volts by 50 Hz. The plugs and sockets are the European standard , with two and three round pins.

Other Informations

South Africa has some of the highest violent crime rates in the world, but by being vigilant and using common sense, you should have a safe and pleasant trip as hundreds of thousands of other people have each year. The key is to know and stick to general safety precautions: never walk around in deserted areas, or at night, and do not display possession of money and expensive accessories. Theft and scams are very common here. In South Africa drive on the left.

Scuba Diving locations in South Africa

Which are the best scuba diving locations in South Africa? Below, you will find a list of all locations of South Africa, organized by regions, in which you can dive and snorkel.

South Africa

Scuba diving locations and photos from each location in South Africa

Which locations in South Africa have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from South Africa and for each location a list of underwater photos.

Marine Species and photos of each species in South Africa

Which marine species can I observe in South Africa? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.

Underwater Photographers and photos from each photographer with photos taken in South Africa

Which photographers have taken underwater photos in South Africa? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in South Africa.

Scuba Diving centers in South Africa

Which scuba diving centers can I dive with in South Africa? Below, you can see the list of scuba diving centers in South Africa. Click on “more info” to find out more about each scuba diving center.

Liveaboards in South Africa

Which liveaboard can I dive with in South Africa? Below, you can see the list of liveaboard in South Africa. Click on “more info” to find out more about each liveaboard.

There are no liveaboard available

Accommodation in South Africa

Which accommodation can I rest after my dive in South Africa? Below, you can see the list of accommodation in South Africa. Click on “more info” to find out more about each accommodation.

There are no accommodation available