Consider the sheer length of the southern African coastline with more than 4000 miles between South Africa, Namibia, and Mozambique it is home to a huge array of diving destinations. Nestled amongst the exquisite beaches and daring sea cliffs are numerous access points and gateways to an intriguing world beneath the waves. There is an abundance of choice for Scuba-divers, from the Atlantic’s colder waters on the west coast to the warmer and alluring temperatures of the Indian Ocean on the east coast.
With tempestuous waters and temperatures dropping to 46 degree it is nearly impossible to explore the open waters of Namibia’s coastline. If you want to suit up in Namibia, you will need to head inland. Here you will find subterranean wonders, where experienced divers can discover numerous caves and sinkholes.
Dragon’s Breath is the largest underground non-sub-glacial lake in the world and is located 46km from Grootfontein. Named by the explorers who discovered the site, it is believed that the humid air rising from the cave’s opening reminded them of warm breath from a serpent. Other dives sites in Namibia include Lake Otjikoto, Lake Guinas, and Lake Harasib (same area as Dragon’s Breath).
Mozambique’s expansive coastline stretches 1616 miles and has plenty of opportunities to explore untouched reefs and protected bays. With visibility of 30 metres and 72°F water temperature, it is simply a diver dream. Starting in the south just a few miles from the South African border at Ponta do Oura and Ponta Malongane, you will see dolphins, game fish, and a variety of tropical fish.
If Mozambique does not offer enough on the mainland, the islands off the coast take paradise to a whole new level. A dive in the Bazaruto Archipelago will leave you in awe even if you do not spot the resident dugong. Pemba Island is yet another underwater playground with various dive opportunities for all levels of experience.