Below the waves, South Africa is as diverse as it is above the waves. Not only can we boast two Oceans, but also a temperate waters to tropical waters. Just south of Durban on the eastern seaboard of SA, the sub temperate and sub tropical waters meet making the diving unique.
Our team at Underwater World regularly dive ALIWAL SHOAL where the warm and cold currents meet. So unique is the area, that marine creatures found only in the cold temperate waters further south live side-by-side and swim amongst tropical creatures from the northern waters.
Winter diving (May - October) brings calmer seas, clearer water, and migrating species. First it's the Ragged-tooth Sharks that use this area during their gestation period. Then we have the Humpback Whales who are regularly seen breeching the clear waters and often provide background music to our underwater experiences. And then the sardines move up from the Wild Coast and cause a frenzy along our beaches. An experience not to be missed. Average daytime air temperatures: 20 - 25 degrees celcius. Water temperature: 18 - 22 degrees.
Summer months (November - March) can be sweltering, with fantastic thunderstorms lighting up the afternoon skies and cooling down the visitor to our shores. Torrents of afternoon rain may effect diving visibility, but the bloom of plankton brings with it chance encounters with mantas, whalesharks, and a myriad of other little surprises. This is the best time pull up your sleeves and eyeball a big shark on a Baited Shark Dive, or just enjoy the warm water.
The occasional trip a little further south takes us to ROCKY BAY, with its deeper dives covered in beautiful purple soft corals.
Every few months, we plan trips to SODWANA BAY in the iSimangaliso Park just a 4 hour drive north of Durban. Fantastic coral reefs teeming with an abundance of tropical marine life. Another dive destination along our coast that should not be missed.