Why Dive Port Elizabeth
Explore the beautiful and colourful reefs of the Eastern Cape. Come face to face with Ragged Tooth Sharks in their natural environment, and experience the exhilarating annual Sardine Run, getting up close to dolphins, whales, seals, penguins, sharks and birds.
Algoa Bay embraces a Marine Reserve that includes two island groups. It also has a Wildside, on South of Port Elizabeth’s coastline, and together there are an enormous variety of reef and wreck dive sites.
The beautiful and colourful reefs, drop-offs, pinnacles, deep gullies and an exceptional diversity of soft corals and marine life makes Algoa Bay a rewarding and exciting scuba diving destination.
Evans Peak needs a special mention and is situated close to St. Croix Island and showcases some of the best diving in the area.
Algoa Bay is also on the migration route of many large mammals, sightings of Humpback and Southern Right Whales, dolphins, seals and jackass penguins are common.
During April & May you can experience the start of the exhilarating Sardine Run when dolphins, whales, seals, penguins, sharks and birds chase the Biggest Shoal On Earth up the South East Coast of South Africa.
The Spotted Ragged Tooth commonly referred to by the locals as “Raggie’s” are often found swimming through the network of gully formations at various dive sites. Get up close to these large fearsome looking (yet docile) sharks in their natural environment without bait or cages. Our best location is merely a 5-minute boat ride from Hobie Beach at a maximum depth of 18m making this an ideal dive for beginner divers.
The accessibility of shore diving and the ease of boat diving, the close proximity of reefs to the launch site and the professional and personal care ensures that diving is a pleasure, an adventure and thrilling every time.
- April to May – Sardine Run
- November to April – Best Raggie dives
- Boat dives and shore dives
- Min temperature: 14 °C (July/August)
- Max temperature: 20-22°C (December/January)
- Depth: 6m – 40m
- Visibility: 1m – 20m+
- Recommended wetsuit: 5mm, 2 piece and hoodie
- Equipment rental and airfills available on site
- Hot showers & washing up facilities available
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