From the pristine tropical reefs of Sodwana, to the cold waters of the Cape, the range and diversity of diving available from South Africa’s coast makes this one of the most rewarding dive destinations in the world.
Famous for its pelagic species and, in particular sharks, South Africa is a diverse and thrilling dive destination, offering a huge array of marine life and stunning migrations.
There is an incredible range of sharks around Aliwal Shoal in South Africa and Ponta Do Ouro in Mozambique. Tiger Sharks, Ragged Tooth Sharks, Oceanic Blacktip Sharks, Bull Sharks, Hammerhead Sharks, Whitetip Reef Sharks and Giant Guitar Sharks are just some of the encounters you will experience.
With access year round, the best way to take in the full breadth of South Africa’s East coast and Mozambique is to join a small group of like-minded qualified divers.
Regaldive offer 10 and 12 day itineraries, allowing you to experience the best marine life this area has to offer. The 12 day trip also gives you the opportunity to experience the Big 5, at a game reserve.
The Sardine Run is widely recognised as one of the largest movements of marine life on the planet. As huge shoals of Sardines move north up the South East African coast, feeding on phytoplankton and zooplankton, they in turn attract an incredible number of predators. Huge pods of Common Dolphin work in teams to force the Sardine shoals into ‘bait-balls’, as sardines react to threat by contracting to a defensive mass of swirling sardines often several thousand strong.
These ‘bait-balls’, once formed, act as a magnet for the sharks, other dolphins, game fish and Cape Gannets that follow the Sardines on their North bound journey. The three main predators that feed on the Sardines are the Copper Shark, the Common Dolphin and the Cape Gannet. The run is so important to these last two species that they have even married their breeding cycle in to the super abundance of food provided by the sardines.
This incredible marine event is not only unique in its magnitude but is also, undoubtedly, one of the most spectacular events any diver will witness in their diving career.
Regaldive, working in conjunction with an expert South African dive operator that specializes in the Sardine Run, offer trips in June and early July that maximise the chances of witnessing this natural phenomenon.
Tailormade Holidays and Twin Centres
We offer tailormade holidays for the majority of the destinations we feature. If you wish to amend the tours shown, please do not hesitate to contact the Regaldive team 01353 659999.
Please enquire about the possibilities for a given destination so you can enjoy more than one area during your holiday, experience contrasting diving as well as varying above water attractions.