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The east coast of South Africa enjoys year round tropical conditions and a network of marine protected areas and reefs along this rich coastline. Pristine coral reefs voted in the top 10 in the world, thousands of fish species, big blue shark encounters, dolphins, whales, turtles, shipwrecks, cities, game parks, golden beaches, cultural and adrenaline-packed adventures and warm hospitality all add up to a scuba diving holiday unrivalled anywhere in the world. Highly experienced operators and dive locations to suit all experience levels ….what are you waiting for?
This is a basic recommended itinerary to get the best of our culture, wildlife and diving experiences. This itinerary can be customised to accommodate non-divers, shorter five day options or longer options with add on trips to destinations such as Cape Town or Kruger National Park. Local add ons include open water shark diving, wreck diving to explore Durban’s “Ghost Fleet” and a range of options to enjoy a variety of additional wildlife and cultural tours.
Contact our travel office to discuss your various options and activities to suit your time and budget needs.
Day 1: Arrive King Shaka International Airport, Meet & greet at Underwater World where you will be fitted with your dive gear (if required) from there, a short drive to Blue Ocean Dive Centre in Umkomaas for your 2 nights.
Day 2: Two morning dives on northern reefs of Aliwal Shoal. Expect to see abundant game and reef fish, dolphins and turtles. You can expect to see Tiger Sharks in Summer months and Whales and Raggies in winter months. Afternoon transfer to Mnini Dam for a unique Zulu Cultural Tour. Overnight Blue Ocean Dive Centre.
Day 3: Two morning dives on the northern reefs of Aliwal Shoal, Drive to Scottburg. This area was rated by Jacques Costeau as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world. Expect to see raggies and humpback whales from May to October and tiger and hammerhead sharks in summer. Overnight Cutty Sark Hotel.
Day 4 & 5: Two morning dives on the northern reefs of Aliwal Shoal with Scuba Xcursions. You thereafter drive to Shelley Beach, where the weather is warm for most of the year. The next morning you enjoy 2 Dives Protea Banks - African Dive Centre. Afternoon spent at Oribi Gorge For your own account. Overnight at Shelley Beach Lodge for two nights.
Day 6: Enjoy your last dive at Protea Banks before departing To Durban where you will meet a cultural guide at the GreenHub. The afternoon will be spent exploring some of Durban’s local attractions including Ghandi’s Settlement and the Ohlange Institute where Nelson Mandela cast his first vote in democratic South Africa. Overnight at Ezwini Lodge on the scenic shores of eNanda Dam.
Day 7: After breakfast you will depart to St.Lucia. You will enjoy the Eastern Shores Sundowner This area was declared a World Heritage Site based on it’s superlative natural beauty and wide range of wetlands, grasslands and dune forests. Overnight at St Lucia Eco-Lodge.
Day 8 & 9 & 10: Early morning game drive Hluhluwe iMfolzi Game Reserve with the chance to see the BIG FIVE. Late morning departure to Sodwana Bay on the northern section of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park for a 3-night 5 dive package exploring Sodwana Bay’s many Reefs with Amoray Diving. This area supports over 1 200 fish species, compared to the Great Barrier Reef’s 1 800, but in only one tenth of the area. Excellent year-round conditions and world class operators, this is one of Africa’s most sought-after dive locations. Enjoy a Late afternoon trip to Lake Sibaya for Sundowners (Alcohol-own account. Other Afternoons are spent at leisure on the beach with options for activities ranging from horse riding, or simply enjoy a good book on the beach. Overnight at Coral Divers for 3 nights.
Day 11: After a last early morning dive off Sodwana Bay and breakfast, you will depart for Ubizane Game Reserve, where you will enjoy a brilliant Late afternoon Game drive. Overnight at uBizane Safari Lodge.
Day 12: Enjoy an early morning Game Drive in Hluhluwe Game Reserve. This is one of Africa’s oldest protected areas and the traditional hunting grounds of the legendary King Shaka. Late morning departure for King Shaka International Airport for afternoon departure flight.
Tailor make your itinerary to suit your interests and time.
Want to spend more time exploring our coastline? Or add an extension to include Cape Town or Kruger National Park? Our friendly travel desk can help you create your perfect dive package.
Extensions and add on’s include:
- SSI Dive Training Packages from Open Water to Dive Guide
- Shorter 5-6 day options or longer 11 Day + Options
- Specialist packages for Shark Diving and Wreck Diving (Durban’s Ghost Fleet)
- Cape Town, Johannesburg, Garden Route and Kruger National Park extensions.
- Fully inclusive or self catering options as well as self guided or fully escorted.
- Wide range of non-diver activities