Visibility – Can vary quite a bit but is generally good at major dive destinations, beyond 20 metres/66 feet.
Water Temperature – Averages range from 27°C/80°F at Sodwana, down to 14°C/57°F at False Bay.
Weather – With a varied topography, South Africa has several climate zones that range from desert to subtropical. The Cape Town area has a Mediterranean-like climate with wet winters and hot, dry summers. Winter temperatures can get down near zero and summers can reach 30ºC/100ºF.
Featured Creatures – Sharks, sharks and more sharks. You'll see sardines in season, the usual Indo-Pacific tropical reef fish in the northeast and temperate critters in the southwest.
Recommended Training – Take the AWARE – Fish Identification course to help identify local marine life. The PADI Enriched Air Diver and PADI Digital Underwater Photographer courses will help you prepare to capture great images and get the most out of your dives.
Note - Travel to any destination may be adversely affected by conditions including (but not limited) to security, entry and exit requirements, health conditions, local laws and culture, natural disasters and climate. Regardless of your destination, check your local travel advisory board or department for travel advice about that location when planning your trip and again shortly before you leave.
Language – There are 11 official spoken languages in South Africa, including Afrikaans and Zulu, but 60 percent of the country’s population understands English.
Currency – South African Rand. Credit cards are widely accepted.
Major Airports – Most divers enter the country via Cape Town International Airport, but Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg is also a major international hub.
Electricity and Internet – 220-230 volts, 50 Hz. Internet is widely available.
Topside Attractions – Hike the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape region. Take a luxury safari. Raft down the Orange River from the Drakensberg Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean.