Scuba Diving In Africa
In this section of the site you will find information about great diving destinations in Africa. The Red Sea and the South African coast are two of the most well known dive destinations in this area, but you can find amazing dive spots along the entire African coast. The African continent also offers some outstanding freshwater diving opportunities.
The Red Sea can not only be accessed from Africa, it is located between the African continent and the Arabian Peninsula. This 1200 mile long and 10,000 feet (3000 meters) deep sea is bordered by Egypt, Sudan, Djibouti and Eritrea on the African continent. In the Middle East, it borders to Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. A majority of the scuba divers choose to visit Egypt on the African continent, since Egypt has several resorts dedicated to scuba divers and other holiday makers. Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada, Marsa Alam, Dahab and Nuweiba/Taba are all examples of well known dive destinations in Egypt. Other African countries in this area, such as Sudan, are gradually turning into viable scuba diving destinations. Hopefully, scuba diving in Africa will not be limited to Egypt in the future and divers will be able to explore the waters off the Sudan, Djibouti and Eritrean coasts as well. Violence and political instability does however still limit the ability to develop a thriving tourist sector in many African countries.
If you want to go scuba diving in Africa, you can visit the Red Sea year round since the water temperature is pleasant even during the cold months. If you want really warm water, you should however visit the Red Sea during one of the summer months. Between July and September the average water temperature is 81° F (27°C). This can be compared to February, the coldest of the winter months, when the average water temperature drops to 68° F (20°C).
As mentioned earlier, South Africa is another popular destination for those interested in scuba diving in Africa. Since this country is located at the southern tip of the African continent, you can go scuba diving in the Indian Ocean as well as in the Atlantic. The region where two oceans merge with each other is naturally as place where the scuba diving conditions are unique.
A lot of the people who choose to go scuba diving in Africa do so because of the possibility to dive with Great White Sharks. Mosselbaai andGansbaai are two examples of South African dive destinations where you can encounter this fascinating animal. The best period for shark diving in South Africa is between April and September. Mosselbaai andGansbaai are also suitable destinations if you want to see Dolphins, Cape Fur Seals and Jackass penguins.
The South African coast line is over 2,500 km long and offers a wide range of different environments. You can visit sheltered coral reefs suitable for novice divers as well as rugged and less-frequented underwater environments in inaccessible regions. The Southern shores of South Africa are ideal for wreck diving, since Cape of Good Hope is a virtual ship graveyard. You should however keep in mind that the conditions that make Cape of Good Hope so dangerous to ship will affect the diving conditions as well. Cape of Good Hope is for instance exposed to a remarkably strong wind that blows constantly year round.
Scuba Diving in Africa Articles:
Scuba diving in Egypt - An introduction to scuba diving in Egypt.
Scuba diving in Sharm el Sheik - An introduction to scuba diving in Sharm el Sheik - Egypt.
Scuba Diving in South Africa - An introduction to scuba diving in South Africa.
Scuba diving in the Red Sea - An introduction to scuba diving in the Red Sea