9. Red Sea, Egypt
The Red Sea is one of the top diving sites in the world. Some of the most popular diving sites include Shark and Yolanda Reef, Thistlegorm, Ras Mohammed, and Eliphistone Reef. Diving conditions are some of the best in the world with extremely high visibility and very few waves. The warm water is an added bonus. The Red Sea is home to a wide variety of marine life like dolphins, pelagic fishes, and a very rare creature known as the dugong. The north Red Sea is more of a laid-back diving destination with places like Hurghada and Sharm eil Sheikh. There is also the ‘Ras Mohammed National Park’ which is home to beautiful coral formations.
8. Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is your best chance at facing off with a shark. But beware. Diving with sharks all around you is not meant for everybody. Shark cage diving is very popular at Cape Town. As you stay inside the cage with your diving gear, the sharks gather around you and start swimming. The best place to experience such shark encounters is the Dyer Island group, which is home to a colony of sharks. It also has African penguins and fur seals. This is also the place where you will get to see the maximum number of great white sharks.
7. Mnemba Island, Tanzania
Diving in Mnemba Island is all about peace and tranquility. The visibility is endless and the waters are a clear blue in color. There are ample opportunities for both snorkeling and diving.
Mnemba, when looked at from afar, looks like a pear. It is a very tiny island but a pretty one at that. Mnemba Island is a popular vacation destination in Tanzania and attracts a decent footfall of tourists every year. It is home to a wide variety of marine animals. You will find huge turtles as well as the tiniest of shrimp. Two of the rarest animals found here include the Djibouti Spanish Dancer and the Dragon Moray Eel.
6. Seychelles Islands
Seychelles is home to many diving sites. Some of the most popular ones are located on the Mahe Island. The diving conditions are excellent. The sea currents are mild at best and there is an astounding variety of marine life, including the whale shark. The diving sites at Seychelles range from 30 meters to 8 meters. They are ideal for both experienced and new divers. Seychelles is suitable as a diving spot throughout the year. However, the best time to visit the islands is from March to May and again from September to November. During these periods, the visibility can go up to as much as 30 meters.
5. Barra, Mozambique
Do you want to see exotic marine life like pepper fish or clownfish? Or how about spotting some angel fish or blue spotted rays? All of these and many more can be spotted at the Barra Island. It is considered one of the best diving sites because of the diverse marine life and because of the affordable stays. The water on the western side of the island is especially clear and calm. The northern side of the island is almost the same, making it an excellent dive spot. Other activities like swimming and snorkeling are also popular at Barra. There are many colorful coral reefs to explore as well.
4. Zanzibar, Tanzania
Zanzibar can be aptly described as an island of many cultures. It is also home to some centuries-old shipwrecks. At one time, the island was part of a spice route used by merchants sailing to Asia. Zanzibar is a great destination for scuba diving because it is surrounded on all sides by water. There are also opportunities for boat diving, shore diving, and liveaboard diving. In Zanzibar that you can also try lake diving! The best diving destination in Zanzibar is the island of Pemba. It offers walls choked with corals, mighty sea fans and bright colorful reefs. There is also the ‘North Horn’ diving site with its hammerhead turtles, potato cods and bumphead parrotfish.
3. Umbria Shipwreck, Sudan
The good thing about Sudan is that not many divers are aware of its richness as a diving site. This means that all the huge wrecks are in pristine condition. They are teeming with marine life and are all covered with corals. While diving in the waters of Sudan, you can totally expect to see a tiger shark or a whale shark. There is the ‘Umbria’ shipwreck of a cargo ship which is in great condition. It is great to dive in because of its large size. Many divers describe the wreck as ‘the best wreck in the world’.
2. Aliwal Shoal, South Africa
The Aliwal Shoal is one of the premier diving sites in South Africa. It is known to attract marine creatures like dolphins, manta rays, humpback whales, moray eels and even sharks. Aliwal Shoal was discovered only in the 1950’s and is a relatively untouched destination. As its popularity spread all across, renowned divers like Jacques Cousteau came to explore the area. Along with diving, you can also indulge in scuba diving and shark cage diving at Aliwal Shoal. Some popular diving sites include Nebo, Cathedral, Chunnel, Raggies Cave, North Sands, and Produce. There is also the ‘Inside Edge’, which is a huge coral wall running from north to south.
1. False Bay, Cape Peninsula
False Bay is an interesting name. The name was given by navigators who had confused the peninsula with an island. The False Bay is almost 30 kilometers in length and makes for a very pleasant diving site. It is also very good for swimming as well. The climate is usually warm in summers and cool during the winter months. False Bay offers a wide array of diving sites. There are many sites to choose from. The western side is covered with steep cliffs and the eastern side is covered with sandy beaches. Several areas of False Bay are covered with kelp forests which keep away dirty water. False Bay is as diverse as it can get. It is home to a number of exotic marine creatures like the puff adder shysharks, leopard catsharks, and pyjama sharks.
Originally posted 2017-05-12 13:05:17.