Top 5 African Diving Sites for Scuba Travel

Whilst many associate Africa with traditional wildlife safaris, this continent also has incredible marine life and underwater worlds to explore. Discover another aspect of African beauty in the breathtaking waters that surround this wonderful continent.

1. South Africa

South Africa’s coastline is unique in that it meets the Indian Ocean on the East and the Atlantic on the West. Just like everything else in South Africa, the scuba diving is renowned for its diversity. The warm Mozambique current brings tropical water to Sodwana Bay, where there are the southernmost coral reefs in the world.

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Further south, visit the many sites of the world famous Aliwal Shoal. Travel to the cooler waters of Cape Town for beautiful kelp forests, including one spot that is the only place in the world where all 3 major types of kelp grow together. South Africa has everything to offer, from sharks, dolphins and whales to anemones and nudibranchs.

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2. Mozambique

The warm, clear waters of the Indian Ocean offer superb year round diving for all levels of divers. Explore beautiful coral reefs that teem with abundant marine life. Discover the diversity of the ocean with more than 6000 species of fish in the Mozambique waters.

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Visit between the months of December and April and you’ll stand a chance to see an incredible whale shark – the largest fish on the planet. August to October are the months to see humpback whales, and the lucky few catch sight of a dugong.

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3. Tanzania

Located in East Africa, Tanzania offers some of Africa’s best diving locations.

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There are three main diving islands: Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia. These three islands are surrounded by other smaller islands, often referred to collectively as the Spice Islands. In these beautiful waters you will see incredible coral reefs, turtles, whale sharks and perhaps even a dugong.

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4. Malawi

Lake Malawi is rated by UK Diver magazine as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world. Situated between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania, this is the eighth largest lake in the world – and one of the deepest on the planet.

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With over 1000 species of freshwater fish, this lake has incredible biodiversity. Diving Lake Malawi is often compared to diving in an aquarium with calm, crystal-clear waters and an abundance of life under the surface.

5. Egypt

A list of Africa’s premium dive sites would not be complete without mentioning the Red Sea. The clear, calm, warm waters are home to an array of marine life. Choose from some of the world’s best wreck dives, to coral reefs and underwater caves. The Red Sea has some of the best diving that the world has to offer.

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Emma Flemming

As well as being a contributing writer for LuxeInACity, Emma is a teacher, freelance writer and has her own blog. She has four university degrees and qualifications in English, Psychology and Education. Over the years Emma has enjoyed travelling to and experiencing luxury in several countries. Apart from travelling and writing, her interests lie in art, yoga and trying out new dining hotspots. Emma lives in South Africa and when she is not writing, can be found scuba-diving in the Indian Ocean.