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Diving in Park Rynie

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When to go to Park Rynie

February is the warmest month with the average air temperature of 27C/81F. June is the coldest month with the average air temperature of 12C/54F at night. The water temperature ranges between 19–26C/66-79F. The average visibility varies from 10m/30ft to 20m/66ft.


What to see

Divers can admire different species of sharks while diving here, which include ragged tooth sharks, hammerhead sharks, blacktip sharks, tiger sharks, as well as spot game fish, kingfish, sardines, sea pike, and many other fish.


Scuba diving in Park Rynie

Park Rynie is a small resort town, tranquil and unique, offering excellent holiday getaways. It is located on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. King Shaka International Airport is located in 95km. Park Rynie was established in 1857 and named after Renetta (Rynie) Hoffman, wife of one of the two landlords who developed the area. A whaling station was built here during World War I. Rocky Bay is a beautiful swimming beach with shark nets for safe swimming as well as excellent tidal pools. There is also excellent deep-sea diving territory situated in these warm waters.

Most popular dive sites 

One of the best dive sites is Cowrie Reef, which has spectacular plant and coral life, mysterious caves, gullies and swim-throughs. The marine life is abundant and varies from small reef fish to Zambezi sharks, dolphins and game fish. The average depth is 18m/59ft and the maximum depth is 24m/79ft. Another popular dive site is Landers Reef with the average depth of 25m/82ft and maximum depth of 36m/118ft. This reef is home to kingfish, sea pike, hammerhead sharks and Zambezi sharks. Large shoals of game fish can be expected to be seen during this dive. Divers can explore a fossilized sand dune with many caves, gullies and pinnacles. It has excellent conditions for nitrox diving, advanced diving and deep diving specialties. Also it is a good site for underwater photography. The visibility varies from 5m/16ft to 10m/33ft and there is a low current. It is also worth diving in the Produce Wreck dive site and the Nebo Wreck.

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