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South Africa


Indian Ocean: Mauritius, Seychelles, Zanzibar








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The waters off the east coast of southern Africa are rich in marine life, from Whale sharks to the smallest cleaner shrimp there is something to interest everyone. The reefs in South Africa and the southern part of Mozambique are made up of fossilised sand dunes with a covering of hard and soft corals and algae, making a very colourful backdrop whilst the hard corals start making an appearance in the central Mozambique area, increasing in quantity and size the further north you go. Depths range from a few metres to 35 metres plus.

Brief Coastal tour of southern Africa:

Starting in the Cape, the seas are cool and will seem familiar to British divers, except here you may encounter the odd Great White shark! The area is better known for its Great white cage diving, although there is 'normal' diving in and around the kelp forests and seal colonies.

Off Durban the temperature increases and life changes to semi-tropical with a diverse range of reef life. This area is best dived for shark activity (Tigers, Blacktips, Zamzabis, Hammerheads, Ragged-tooth) although there are several reefs and a couple of wrecks adding variety. Humpback whales and dolphins also visit the area, particularly in winter during the Sardine Run.

Further north, the reefs of Sodwana Bay and southern Mozambique play host to great shoals of colourful fish and turtles visit the area to lay eggs on the vast sandy beaches. Humpback whales, Whale sharks and Mantas are seasonal visitors. 

Travelling to the central Mozambique regions of Inhambane and the Bazaruto Archipelago the first hard corals start making an appearance and marine life is prolific with a wide variety of reef life. This area is becoming known as the place to see Whale sharks and Mantas, and Humpback whales cruise past the coast in large numbers on their annual migration.

Moving on to northern Mozambique, the coastal town of Pemba is the gateway to the Quirimbas Archipelago where the warm waters encourage growth of huge fan corals, providing a classic backdrop to those underwater pictures.  This is truly tropical reef diving!

Off the coast of Africa, the islands of the Seychelles, Mauritius and Zanzibar are a tropical paradise with turquoise clear waters and fringing reefs. Diving is year-round with a variety of reef life and marine visitors including turtles, Whale sharks and dolphins.

Not sure where to go or how to choose? Contact Safari Diver for expert help on your next holiday!

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