South Africa Dive Safari 2023

WHEN: February HIGHLIGHTS: blue shark, mako, cape fur seal, sunfish, great for photographers

This coming February 2023 we at CW Azores are organizing a specially tailored expedition for all ocean enthusiasts to Cape Town, South Africa!

On this trip, we will set out to explore the great African kelp forest of False Bay, venture offshore the notorious Cape of Good Hope in search of pelagic sharks, dive with the Cape fur seals on the Atlantic side of the peninsula and search for an array of other animals big and small, on land and underwater!

 OUR BASE

We will be based in the charismatic and historic Simon's Town, a safe little town situated 45 minutes from Cape Town international airport, well known for the Boulders beach penguin colony, rich navy history and picturesque architecture!

We will stay in the AHA Quayside Hotel, which boasts a panoramic view over Simon's Town harbour, where most of our trips will be launched. It is within walking distance to the Shark Explorers dive centre and nestled in between an array of great restaurants and bars.

 WHY CAPE TOWN?

Diving around Cape town is spectacular and diverse, on the diving days we will visit different dive sites in search of multiple shark species, rays and fish life. The cold water reefs are surprisingly colourful and exploring the kelp forest underwater is an experience that you will never forget!

On land, Cape Town is also rich in culture, wildlife and great cuisine, this is ideal for dry days and contributes to an already exciting trip!

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

This trip is open for both scuba divers and freedivers.
Strong watermanship is a great way to get the most out of this trip and scuba divers need to have at least their PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent certification.

 South Africa Dive Safari: what you get

  • 9-nights accommodation in AHA Quayside Hotel
    (shared double room or single room with private bathroom, breakfast included)
  • 2 Days The Deep
    Each day is a full-day trip offshore, in search of Blue sharks, Mako sharks, Tuna and Pelagic birds.
    (snacks, lunch and drinks included)
  • 2 Half-day Inshore Diving
    We will focus on finding smaller species of endemic sharks, seals, stingrays and other marine life.
    (snacks and drinks included)
  • 1 Half-day Ocean Safari
    A half-day trip where we will look for the Oceanic sunfish (Mola mola) on the Atlantic side of Cape Town, where it is abundant at this time of year. We will also keep our eyes open for other marine life, like dolphins and possibly even whales.
    We will end the trip with a single dive or snorkel at the Duiker Island seal colony.
    (snacks and drinks included)
  • 1 Full-day Game Safari
    On this guided 4x4 safari we will set out to find as many iconic big game animals as possible, including Elephants, Rhinos, Lions, Giraffes, Zebras and much more! The safari itself will be half a day but the journey there and back is long so it will be a full-day trip.
    (transfers to and from the reserve, breakfast and lunch included)
  • 2 Half-day Land Tours
    On one of the days, we will visit the Boulders beach Penguin colony and the Cape of good hope nature reserve. The other tour will be a wine tasting tour at one of the world-famous wine farms in the Cape Town region. Please note that meals and drinks are not included on these tours.
    (Entrance fees to the parks are included)
  • Final Evening
    A local Braai (BBQ) hosted by the dive centre to say farewell, hand out tips to the crew and recap a memorable trip before we head to the airport the next day.
  • Transfer to/from the airport
  • As we rely on weather conditions and trust in the local crew's experience in the Cape Town weather patterns, the activity dates will be set upon arrival in Cape Town.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  1. Flights to and from Cape Town International Airport.
  2. Most meals (whenever not indicated above as included).
  3. Rental of dive equipment.
  4. Alcoholic beverages.
  5. Crew tips.
  6. Additional activities outside of the package and itinerary.

 Inshore dives in False Bay

  • Beautiful kelp forests
  • Vibrant cold-water reefs
  • Endemic catshark species: Dark shyshark, Pyjama catshark, Leopard catshark, Puffadder catshark
  • Spotted gully sharks
  • Sevengill sharks
  • Cape fur seals
  • Short-tail stingrays
  • Several different species of reef fish, many endemic to southern Africa

 Offshore dives - The Deep

  • Blue sharks
  • Mako sharks
  • Yellowfin and Longfin tuna
  • Many species of seabirds, including Albatrosses

 Ocean Safari

  • Oceanic sunfish (Mola mola)
  • Dusky dolphins
  • Humpback whales
  • Cape fur seals
  • African penguins

 Land Safari

  • Rhinos
  • Lions
  • Elephants
  • Hippos
  • Giraffes
  • Different species of Bok
  • Zebras
  • Different species of birds
  • Wildebeest
  • Cape buffalo
  • Warthog

PRICES
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