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Scuba Travel

African Signature, one of the largest in-bound Scuba Travel operators offers you the unique opportunity to visit one of the most exciting destinations in the world. Combine your passion for scuba diving with some of the best tours and safaris Southern Africa has to offer.

The coastline of Southern Africa offers some of the best year round scuba diving in the world, with diversity that stretches from Cape Town providing some of the most spectacular wreck dives to the warm tropical waters of Kwa Zulu Natal and all the way through Mozambique and onto Zanzibar.

Join one of our scheduled departures, to experience the diverse scenery both on land and below the water, or lets us tailor make a Big 5 safari with some of the best diving sites in Southern Africa.

African Signature assures you of professional service before, during and after your tour or safari. You can rest assured that every detail of your tailor-made itinerary is meticulously planned, encompassing scenic grandeur, abundant wildlife, unsurpassed adventures, and varied cultural splendours - all these elements combining to give you a distinctive unforgettable journey.

Itineraries of Scuba Diving Tours

  • Sodwana Bay & Mozambique Scuba Diving (10 Days)

    Sodwana Bay & Mozambique Scuba Diving (10 Days)
    Duration10 days / 9 nights
    Starts/EndsStarts and ends in Durban.
    Rates starting from R14 900 per person sharing (depending on the category of accommodation chosen, special conditions may apply for certain bookings)
  • Sodwana Kruger Safari Scuba Diving (13 Days)

    Sodwana Kruger Safari Scuba Diving(13 Days)
    Duration10 days / 9 nights
    Starts/EndsStarts in Durban and ends in Johannesburg
    Rates starting from R18 500 Per person sharing (depending on the category of accommodation chosen, special conditions may apply for certain bookings)
  • Scuba diving Cape Town Sodwana Mozambique (14 Days)

    Scuba diving Cape Town Sodwana Mozambique (14 Days)
    Duration14 days / 13 nights
    Starts/EndsStarts in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg
    Rates starting from R23 000 Per person sharing (depending on the category of accommodation chosen, special conditions may apply for certain bookings)

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About Cape Town Diving

Cape Town's water is extremely cold but do not let that deter you. Cape Town oceans contain the most beautiful kelp forests.

What makes Cape Town diving unique?

There are three main types of kelp known to man and this part of the Western Cape coast is the only place in the world that they all grow together. Diving in kelp is like walking in a forest. You float beneath the canopy and admire the astonishingly colourful reef life. Just off Cape Town, divers regularly see anemones in colours ranging from electric blue or deep red to pale pink, as well as nudibranchs of all sorts of radiant colours and a whole assortment of small creatures in and around the bright orange and sulphur yellow sponges. Great white sharks & 7 Gill Cow sharks can also be seen on your Cape Town dive.

General Facts

Climate: Mediterranean climate - winter (June, July, August) is significantly colder than the summer (December, January, February)
Currency: ZAR (South African Rand)
Vaccinations: Yellow Fever is advisable
Language: English & Afrikaans
Best time to visit: Summer
Visa: Check with your local embassy if you need a Visa to visit South Africa
Transport: Transport will be provided

Where do I dive and what do I see?

The Southern side of the Cape Peninsula is called False Bay, and there divers will see such a variety that it is difficult to classify this coastline as any particular type of diving. Dive sites range vastly in bottom composition depending on where in False Bay you choose to dive. It fluctuates from rocky terrain characterized by the steep cliffs on the western side of False Bay through to sandy bottoms on the eastern side. You will dive in the western False bay and are likely to do a wreck dive, as well as diving with Cape Fur Seals, a Kelp Forest, Seven Gill Sharks, and all the wrecks in Smitswinkel Bay.
You will also do shark cage diving in the area of Gansbaai, to see the Great White Sharks.

Where do I stay?

Accommodation options vary from Luxury hotel's at the V&A Waterfront to comfortable bed & breakfast options for those on a tighter budget. Backpacker accommodation is also available for the young and adventurous.

What can I do except diving?

Cape Town has various day tours to offer to the non-diver. Take the cable car up to Table Mountain to enjoy spectacular scenery over the harbor and the city, and enjoy a city tour of Cape Town. Visit the historical Stellenbosch with its Cape Dutch architecture, which is the warm and wonderful heart of the Cape Winelands, and is surrounded by stunning wine estates. Enjoy wine tasting and visit a wine cellar.
On Walk to freedom tour, you will experience the energy of the Rainbow Nation, where you will visit the District 6 Museum, Langa which is the oldest apartheid housing scheme in the Cape. In the afternoon, take a ferry trip to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela stayed for so many years.

 

About Aliwal Shoal Diving

With it now being classed as a Marine Protected Area, permits are necessary to dive on the Aliwal Shoal. The Aliwal Shoal is a 1.5km wide fossilized sandbank and reef five kilometers off shore from Umkomaas and on the inner edge of the Mozambique current. The shoal runs in a north to south direction and due to the warm waters, visibility is usually excellent.

What makes Aliwal Shoal diving unique?

The shoal offers a variety of dives, including open water, advanced, shark, wreck, and off course the annual Sardine Run.

General Facts

Climate:Mostly subtropical - mild winters (June, July, August) and hot summers (December, January, February) Rain is frequent during the summer months
Currency: ZAR (South African Rand)
Vaccinations: Yellow Fever
Language: English & Afrikaans
Best time to visit: Summer (June /July for Sardine run)
Transport: Transport will be provided

Where do I dive and what do I see?

The shoal is best known for the Ragged-tooth sharks that are found there in the winter months at Raggies Cave and Cathedral. In summer you have every chance of seeing huge Tiger sharks and Hammerheads. Depending on the conditions, the best dives are Cathedral, Raggies cave, Shark Alley and a number of other spots. The sardine run also passes by this area annually and is well known for the tumbling swirls of sardines mixed with sharks, birds and dolphins.

Where do I stay?

You will stay in a small lodge in Umkomaas, that offers you unbeatable location for diving on Aliwal Shoal and ultimate creature comforts. From here, you are a short walk away from the beaches, as well as any shops, restaurants or activities you could want.

What can I do except diving?

With the city of Durban situated only about 50km away, the possibilities are endless. In Durban you can visit the Ushaka Marine world, enjoy a ride in a rikshaw (a mode of human-powered transport: a runner draws a two-wheeled cart which seats one or two persons) This is a great way to get around and feel like a real tourist while on the Durban beachfront. Today, rickshaws are only a landmark of the past, and are used entirely as a tourist attraction which is currently being run by the Zulu population. There are various great restaurants to visit. A mere 20 minute outside of the Durban City centre, you will find one of our natural wonderlands, known as the Valley of 1000 Hills, so named after the thousands of hills which tumble down to the mighty Umgeni River, flowing from the Drakensberg Mountains, to join the Indian Ocean in Durban. The main attractions on the 1000 Hills Experience are the dramatic landscape and Zulu culture.

 

About Sodwana Bay Diving

The dive centre is a PADI 5 star Gold Palm IDC Centre and a National Geographic Dive Centre situated in Sodwana Bay. They are proud to be able to provide all levels of PADI scuba instruction from Bubble Maker to Instructor Development Courses as well as accommodation and dive charters

What makes Sodwana Bay diving unique?

Sodwana Bay is situated in one of South Africa's Marine Protected areas approximately 450kms north of Durban. Diving provides a variety of soft and hard coral. A host of different sceneries can be expected here with gullies, swim-through's and pinnacles - this site is also noted for its technical diving.

General Facts

Climate: Mostly tropical - mild temperature in the winter (June, July, August) hot in the summer (December, January, February) Rain is frequent during the summer months.
Currency: ZAR (South African Rand)
Vaccinations: Yellow Fever
Language: English & Afrikaans
Best time to visit: Summer
Transport: Transport will be provided

Where do I dive and what do I see?

You will launch at Sodwana Bay. Marine life mainly consists of tropical reef fish and pelagic, but between October and February each year, the migrating whales and Whale sharks frequently visit the area. Between November and January, Ragged-tooth sharks come and rest at Quarter Mile Reef. Night dives can be arranged.

Where do I stay?

You will stay in comfortable wooden cabins situated in a natural forest with all amenities you might need. The dive centre offers you a very comfortable diving holiday experience while retaining the rustic appeal of an out-of-the-way bush camp.
The area is covered with dense coastal forest offering exquisite scenery, bird watching, and a number of small mammals including Bush Babies, Genets, Duiker and Striped Mongoose

What can I do except diving?

In Sodwana and the area, everything revolves around the sea, beach and diving. There are horse trails, dolphin and whale watching trips. You can visit Lake Sibaya and Musi Pans. Day trips to nearby game reserves to see the Big 5 is also possible.

 

About Mozambique Diving (Ponta do Ouro)

One of the most beautiful African countries with unspoiled beaches and its friendly people. One of the only protected areas where you stand a chance to see both Whale Shark & Elephant in one day. Situated on the Southern part of Mozambique just north of Kosi Bay. A truly unique part of Southern Africa.

What makes Ponta do Ouro, diving unique?

Just a short boat ride out from the protected bay of Ponta do Ouro, is the start of one of the most amazing reef systems imaginable. Because of this protected bay, unlike Ponta Malongane, or many of the other launch sites off the Mozambican coast where boats launch directly into the surf, one is normally assured of an easy, comfortable ride out to sea.

General Facts

Climate: Tropical - mild winters and hot summers
Currency: USD and Mozambique Metical (MZM)
Vaccinations: Yellow fever and advisable to take Malaria prophylaxis
Language: English
Best time to visit: Summer
Visa: A Visa is required for just about all nationalities to entre Mozambique.
Transport: Transport will be provided

Where do I dive and what do I see?

The dive sites already discovered cater for all dive certification levels and vary in depth from 10 meters to 40 meters. Some of these have already become well known to International and South African Divers. For example Bass City, with its family of large, tame, resident Potato Bass, and Pinnacles with it multitude of Game Fish, and regular sighting of Sharks.
The fish life is unbelievable and daily sightings of Dolphins and Whale Sharks are common. Sightings of Marlin and sailfish have also been recorded!

Where do I stay?

The Dive camp consists of typical traditional Mozambican reed huts, called "Baracas". There are various configurations to the Baracas, which include Family Rooms, Double Bed Rooms, Triple, and Twin bed rooms. A further choice of luxury self catering Hotel accommodation, Chalets and camping is also available.

What can I do except diving?

All activities in the area, are water related as this is why people come here for. Leatherback and Loggerhead turtle hatchings between October and February. Quad bike trails, hiking and 4x4 trails, curio shops, restaurants and fishing. Game Viewing can also be arranged.