Sharks in South Africa

Top 8 Sharks You can Encounter in South Africa

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Shark diving in South Africa South Africa hosts a wide array of species of sharks and propose some of the best shark diving experiences in the whole world. Different periods of the year consent to see different types of sharks. Let’s get to know them better: Blacktip sharks Overview: They are called “the Jack Russells of the Sea”, it’s definitely the most common and diffuse shark during the baited dives, they can reach up to 2.5 meters, are not shy at all and come very close to the divers. Best location: Umkomaas – Aliwal Shoal and Shelly Beach – Protea Banks Best period: All year round Dusky Sharks Overview: Are the more easily spotted sharks during the Sardine Run, along the Wild Coast, similar in size to the blacktip, they are shyer and rarely come close enough for a good camera shot. Best location: Kuala Zulu Natal Wild Coast, Port St. Johns Best period: June and July Sand Tiger Sharks (Raggies or Ragged Tooth Shark) Overview: Very quiet and sluggish during the daylight, you can spot these sharks on the reef during normal dives and, if you have good quick eye grasp, you might be lucky to find their teeth…

A great white shark

Cage Diving with the Great White Shark in South Africa

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South Africa is one of the few places in the world where cage diving with great white sharks has a high rate of success. The weather conditions and the abundance of food is just perfect for spotting this majestic creature. The Great White Shark The great white shark is the well known King of the ocean, a big shark that can reach up to 6 mt in length, 3,300 kg in weight and live up to 30 years. Prefers water temperature between 12 and 24. An amazing creature that you can watch from the safety of an underwater cage. Best places to cage diving Great white sharks have been spotted in United States (Atlantic Northeast and California), Japan, Oceania, Chile, and the Mediterranean, but by far the best location of all to cage diving with them is in South Africa and more precisely Seal Island in False Bay and Dyer Island in Gansbaai. The most active period to have better chances is between February and September. How does it work You rather go around the Seal Island in False Bay because is less touristy and in the right season you have very good chances to see the great white. The…

Manta Rays of the Maldives

Manta Rays – Marvellous Creatures in Maldives

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While diving, manta rays usually represent, in the diver’s mind, one of the most desirable fish to encounter. There are places all around the world where you can spot these marvellous creatures and one of these is, indeed, the Maldives. In fact, this archipelago is one of the best places to visit if you want to enjoy diving with mantas but you might like to know that there is a precise relation between the location you intend visiting and the period of the year you choose. The reason is that manta rays are filter feeders and eat huge amounts of plankton. Water in the open ocean is quite poor of plankton but by the time the flow goes through the whole atoll, from side to side, nourishment becomes enriched. During the winter season, December to April, the main current follows the monsoon and flows from East to West. During the summer season, May to November, the main current flows from West to East. While planning your trip, it becomes then clear to understand which is the right location where to meet mantas, depending on the time of the year: From December to April you’re more likely to find mantas in…