OCEANS OF AFRICA - UNDISCOVERED UNTOUCHED UNDIVED
Top Scuba Diving Destinations in the World
"It seems only fitting that just as terrestrial Africa with its lions and elephants, rhino and zebras – has come to hold an iconic allure, this underwater Africa should also be seen in a similar vein: the Serengeti of the Seas". (National Geographic Aug 2002)
Africa, until now has primarily been marketed as a land-based safari destination. Its oceans and marine environments have virtually been ignored and there is little awareness of Africa and its Indian Ocean Islands as a dive destination among the worlds general dive community.
But things are starting to change! The world is starting to realise that the African coast, from the coral reefs of the Indian Ocean to the kelp forests of the Atlantic is one of the richest, most biologically diverse marine environments on earth.
Infact in the most recent edition of the Dive Atlas of the World: An Illustrated Reference to the Worlds Best Sites written by Jack Jackson destinations that were included were Cape Town and diving with the Great White Sharks along with South Africa's Aliwal Shoal, Protea Banks and Sodwana Bay. In Mozambique Ponta do Ouro, Bazaruto Archipelago and Inhambane as well as Tanzania's Mafia, Zanzibar and Pemba Islands were included.
This effectively means, that the entire coast line from Cape Town north for 4000km to Tanzania is now recognised as offering some of the best diving in the world. In the previous edition, not one African destination was included, now the entire East African coastline is getting the recognition it deserves.
Diver Magazine, a respected and influential dive magazine in the UK recently reviewed the worlds Top Ten 'must see - must dive' sites. Three of the top ten dives that were chosen are in Africa.
The islands of the Zanzibar archipelago – Pemba Island in particular, is gaining a reputation as one of the top 5 dive sites in the world. South Africa’s - Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks are renowned as some of the best sites to dive safely with sharks, while Sodwana Bay is now seen as an extremely important and top 10 coral reef destination. The whole Mozambican coast is virtually an undiscovered pristine marine paradise and Cape Town is now the undisputed Mecca for Great White Shark encounters, not to mention that it is also a haven for wreck diving with over 450 wrecks dating from 1654 along the Cape Peninsula coast.
We have always known that Africa has diving that can rival anything in the world. We also have a dive infrastructure to match, with PADI or NAUI accredited and qualified dive operations and PADI 5 Star Gold Palm ICD resorts at all major centres from Cape Town to Zanzibar. Another very important point to consider is that South Africa is officially the fastest growing tourism destination in the world and offers, along with the rest of Africa, unbeatable value for money as well as a matured and first world tourism infrastructure.
Unique among all the worlds dive destinations is the chance to go on safari. Nowhere else on earth can you dive some of the top dive sites on the planet and on the same day experience an African safari, coming face to face with lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino and a whole lot more.
Our dive tour options cover all of the major dive regions in Africa.
FIT and Tailor Made Dive Tours and Safaris
If you require something different from that which you see listed here, simply contact us and we will tailor-make something that suits your every need. All you need to do is tell us what you want. The kind of experience you are looking for - from rustic beach camp to 5 star luxury resorts, your budget, length of trip, your dive experience and any other things you would like to see and do and we will design something to fit.
Continental Africa continues to receive international acclaim and recognition for its immense cultural diversity, the rarest of animals and areas of outstanding natural beauty. Its oceans however, have virtually been ignored.
But with extraordinary marine documentaries such as Sir David Attenborough’s critically acclaimed ‘The Blue Planet’ and Discovery Channel’s “Air Jaws” - the world is starting to realise that the African coast, from the coral reefs of the Indian Ocean to the kelp forests of the Atlantic is one of the richest, most biologically diverse marine environments on earth.
Africa - A Top Travel Destination
Africa is already one of the top travel destinations in the world. It boasts all necessary infrastructures to support this. From first world cities in South Africa like cosmopolitan Cape Town and Durban, to the awesome coastline of Mozambique, Tanzania and Kenya, the range of facilities are endless. You will find international hotels, safari lodges, luxury and eco-beach resorts dotting Africa’s vast coastline and coral islands. DiveWild offers divers from around the globe a very special and unique opportunity - the chance to experience some of the most pristine, untouched dive sites in the world!
Although Africa has many dive centres and resorts, its world class diving has remained almost secret, simply because Africa has primarily been seen as a ‘safari’ destination. This is great news, because it means you won’t be surrounded by hordes of other divers and boats. In Africa you have world class, reefs virtually to yourself.
The dive destinations and experiences that we cover have been divided into detailed and informative chapters. For further details about individual dive safaris, please review the links within each chapter or contact DiveWild directly.
"The South African coast, from the coral reefs of the Indian Ocean to the kelp forests of the Atlantic is one of the richest, most biologically diverse marine environments on earth" (National Geographic)