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Diving in Gansbaai
When to go to Gansbaai
The best time for diving is from June to September as the amount of sharks is the biggest and visibility is better – 5-10m/16-32ft. However, those months are the coolest with air temperatures of 16-18C/60-64F and water temperatures of 14-16C/57-60F. Other months are warmer – 18-20C/64-68F. The absence of currents makes diving calm and tranquil, if it possible to forget about dangerous species around.
What to see
Diving in Gansbaai is mostly marked by whale and shark watching. However, there are another marine creatures encountered while scuba-diving in the area: klipfish, catfish, toadfish, stingrays, butterfly rays, eagle rays, sawfish and skates.
Scuba diving in Gansbaai
Recently Gansbaai (Gans Bay) became one of the favorite tourist destinations in South Africa due to its unspoiled natural beauty. It used to be a fishing town, although the coastal line, which stretches for miles and is washed by crystal-clear waters, made this place a hot-spot for travelers. One should not miss guided botanical strolls to admire the pristine beauty of local fynbos. Another interesting place is the Walker Bay Nature Reserve, where visitors can explore numerous cliff caves and mountain paths all vacation long. The most popular sites, though, are Dyer Island, Geyser Rock and the channel between them, which is known as Shark Alley. The peculiarity of the destination is an immense concentration of whales and white sharks. Divers from all over the world come to this place to get a unique opportunity of white-shark cage diving. Diving in the area is an extremely popular activity as it involves all the adrenaline in divers’ veins. The observation of the underwater caves and rocks is overshadowed by a spectacular view of dozens of white-tip sharks. Divers need to take their cameras to shoot all the spectacular moments during scuba-diving around Gansbaai. Depth range is from 2m/6ft to 30m/98ft. Dive sites are accessible from boat and suitable for divers of different levels. The best sites for diving are Great White Shark Cage Dive Site/Shark Alley and Kopsteen Reef.