"It seems only fitting that just as terrestrial Africa with its lions and elephants, rhino and zebras has come to hold an iconic allure, this underwater Africa should also be seen in a similar vein: the Serengeti of the Seas" (National Geographic)
Africa, until now has primarily been marketed as a land-based safari destination. Its oceans and marine environments have virtually been ignored and there is little awareness of Africa and its Indian Ocean Islands as a dive destination among the worlds general dive community.
But things are starting to change! The world is starting to realise that the African coast, from the coral reefs of the Indian Ocean to the kelp forests of the Atlantic is one of the richest, most biologically diverse marine environments on earth.
Infact in the most recent edition of the Dive Atlas of the World: An Illustrated Reference to the Worlds Best Sites written by Jack Jackson destinations that were included were Cape Town and diving with the Great White Sharks along with South Africa's Aliwal Shoal, Protea Banks and Sodwana Bay. In Mozambique Ponta do Ouro, Bazaruto Archipelago and Inhambane as well as Tanzania's Mafia, Zanzibar and Pemba Islands were included.
This effectively means, that the entire coast line from Cape Town north for 4000km to Tanzania is now recognised as offering some of the best diving in the world. In the previous edition, not one African destination was included, now the entire East African coastline is getting the recognition it deserves.
Diver Magazine, a respected and influential dive magazine in the UK recently reviewed the worlds Top Ten 'must see - must dive' sites. Three of the top ten dives that were chosen are in Africa!
AFRICA - A UNIQUE DIVE & TOP TRAVEL DESTINATION
Although Africa has many dive centres and resorts, its world class diving has remained almost secret, simply because Africa has primarily been seen as a 'safari' destination and its best dive destinations are not that easy to get to. This is great news, because it means you won't be surrounded by hordes of other divers and boats.
In Africa you have world class reefs virtually to yourself.
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