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The vast African continent includes some of the world’s most iconic scuba diving adventures. 38 of Africa’s countries have a coastline and the continent offers a huge diversity of diving due to it being bordered by the Indian Ocean in the East and Southeast, the Red Sea in the Northeast, the Mediterranean in the North and the Atlantic Ocean in the West and Southwest.
What better way to spend a holiday than discovering the incredible wildlife of Africa above and below the water? From stunning coral fringed islands to incredible shark encounters, Africa offers some of the finest dive travel adventures worldwide. Read on for a few of our favourites below…

Haliotis – São Vicente, Cape Verde

Tel: +238 522 7781
Email: saovicente@haliotis.pt
Web: www.haliotis.pt/en/centros/cabo-verde/

Cape Verde is an underestimated diving area on the eastern side of the Atlantic Ocean that will surprise you with such an incredible biodiversity and quantity of life that it seems as if you are in an aquarium!

From colorful fish shoals, huge stingrays, sea turtles, crazy camouflaged frogfishes to the frequently spotted sharks and even mantas rays, combined with warm waters, good visibility and a huge variety of dive spots, it makes the diving here indescribable!

Haliotis dive center is situated in Hotel Oasis Porto Grande – a 4 star Hotel in the center of Mindelo on São Vicente, the most cultural island of Cape Verde where music, art and a party atmosphere is present at every corner.

We offer daily diving and snorkeling trips, snorkeling with sea turtles, try dives and PADI courses all year around.

We offer an unbeatable combination of quality equipment for renting, nice facilities, modern rib boat with two engines to guarantee safety, and a professional and dynamic team of PADI Instructors and Divemasters that will do everything to provide the best experience ever.  Always with safety and fun as the main goal, which will make your stay in São Vicente unforgettable!

Facebook: @haliotissaovicente  |  Instagram: @haliotisdivecentercaboverde


Wining and Diving – South Africa

Image: Frogfish Photography

South Africa’s coastline is wild and rugged and has some of the best marine encounters and diving in the world! It is also home to some superb vineyards and so this is a top destination for Wining & Diving! If you have enough time, then try to fit in several destinations on a tour; take in the Sardine Run, go Great White Shark cage diving, snorkel with Blue and Mako Sharks, try to find Sevengill Sharks in the kelp forest, meet the raggies and oceanic shark species near Aliwal Shoal and make sure you dive with the Cape Fur Seals just down the road from Cape Town….. 

Read more HERE…


Ocean TribeDiani Beach, Kenya

Tel: +254 700 934 854
Email: info@oceantribe.co
Web: www.oceantribe.co

Ocean Tribe offers scuba diving trips and PADI diving courses in Diani Beach, Kenya. Local diving includes fantastic coral reefs and wrecks, all located within a 15 minute boat ride of the dive centre. In addition to standard reef life, Diani is famous for numerous green, hawksbill and leatherback turtles plus guitar rays, and between December and April, chances to see whale sharks and manta rays. Consistently ranked as one of the top beaches in the world, Diani is a must see for divers combined with an African safari trip.

For divers searching for the land and underwater adventure of a lifetime, Ocean Tribe offer bespoke dive and African land safari trips for the chance to see some of the World-famous wildlife. Including hotels and lodge accommodation, dives and a few days in the savannah viewing the spectacle of Kenya’s game followed by the underwater world we know and love, this is not to be missed!


Facebook: @DiveProAfrica  |  Instagram: @oceantribekenya


St Helena – The Secret is Out!

Image: Frogfish Photography

St Helena is one of the most remote islands in the world, often referred to as the Secret of the South Atlantic, where it lies 1,200 miles off Namibia and 2,500 miles off Brazil. How we got to visit this incredible island is a story in itself…..

Read more HERE…


Ocean Spirit Diving – Pereybere, Mauritius

Tel: +230 5905 2479
Email: info@osdiving.com
Web: www.osdiving.com

In the centre of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is on the largely unexplored Mascarene plateau, and only 9% of this paradise has been charted by divers. An independent state which was previously a British colony, Mauritius is an English, French and Creole-speaking Island renowned for its British efficiency, elegant French flair and Creole exuberance, tempered with gentle Hindu harmony.

Sharks circle year-round in the caverns under the Northern Islands and we dive in crystal clear clean water with 80m viz. In winter, seasonal up-wellings bring plankton and the viz can drop to 20m, and the ocean is full of shoaling fish, whales and dolphins. Endangered Hawksbill and Green Turtles are here year-round.

Ocean Spirit is a PADI 5 Star Diving Centre and the only Project Aware Conservation Green Star centre in Pereybere, Mauritius, offering Shark diving, Wreck diving, dramatic drop offs and drifts, exquisite corals, rare macro and abundant marine life in a pollution free pristine environment.

Diving is all about socializing and making new friends, and at Ocean Spirit we make sure you will do exactly that. Our dive masters and instructors love diving, they know their fish and they share their passion. Beach barbecues, lunches and de-briefs mean that you will make new friends from all over the world.


Facebook: @oceanspiritdiving  |  Instagram: @divingmauritius


Diving the Wrecks of Mauritius

Image: Ocean Spirit Diving, courtesy of Jill Holloway

Over 480 ships have been wrecked off the coast of Mauritius over the last 400 years. Most of these wrecks are within easy reach of the dive centres in the North, and a Safari trip to Coin de Mire makes a great day’s diving…..

Read more HERE…


Octopus Divers – Praslin Island, Seychelles

Tel: +248 423 2602
Email: octopus.seychelles@gmail.com

Diving center located in Praslin, Seychelles, we offer daily diving trips, intro dives and Padi courses (from Scuba Diver up to Instructor).

Mention ‘Scubaverse’ when booking to receive the following special offer: Single Dive EUR 50 per person and Twin Tank Dive EUR 100 per person.


Facebook: @octopus.seychelles |  Instagram: @octopusdivers.seychelles


Mantas and Whale Sharks gain protection in Mozambique

Image: Dr. Andrea Marshall

After 20 years of research and lobbying efforts, the Marine Megafauna Foundation (MMF) is thrilled to announce a major legislative victory for ocean life in Mozambique. A new commercial fishing law enacts sweeping protections for several threatened species, including whale sharks, manta rays, and all mobula species…..

Read more HERE…


Fun Divers Zanzibar – Nungwi, Zanzibar

Tel: +255 773 116 436
Email: info@fundiverszanzibar.com
Web: www.fundiverszanzibar.com



Fun Divers Zanzibar is the local expert for scuba diving and the only locally owned dive operation in Zanzibar. Our team of friendly Zanzibari grew up in the fishing village of Nungwi and previously experienced the reefs around northern Zanzibar as local fishermen for many years. As a PADI Dive Resort and a Divers Alert Network Industry Partner, we value our customers dive safety and are committed to professional dive training.

The marine reserves of Zanzibar Island (Unguja) offer a huge choice of sites to explore, and the variety of wall and reef dives suit every level of diver qualification. Common marine life sightings are dolphins, sea turtles, tropical reef fish, a large variety of macro marine life and extraordinary sea creatures. Learn why March to the end of May is the ultimate diving season around Zanzibar Island’s north coast.

Fun Divers Zanzibar arrange daily excursions to the best dive sites of Zanzibar Island, which can be reached in 5 to 45 minutes from the base at Nungwi Beach. Diving is guided only in small groups to allow an exclusive and personalised underwater experience. Quality branded dive gear from Scubapro and Mares is provided for hire for free.

Zanzibar Scuba Special

Local PADI Dive Resort Fun Divers Zanzibar is offering a 20% discount on pre-booking dive packages, try diving, scuba diving courses and snorkeling for February until the end of July 2022. Send your booking enquiry by email to info@fundiverszanzibar.com


Facebook: @fundiverszanzibar  |  Instagram: @fun.divers.zanzibar


All about Sharklife

Image: Sharklife, courtesy of PJ Prinsloo

There is nothing quite like seeing an apex predator in the wild and divers are very fortunate to have the privilege to get up close and personal with one of the world’s most striking predators. South Africa is home to a great number of shark species that attract thousands of tourists every year. Great Whites, Tigers and Bull sharks are just some examples of over 100 different shark species living in the oceans around the South African coastline…..

Read more HERE…


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Diving Tips… a new blog series from Duttons Divers

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Not a UK diver or wanting to learn more about the UK waters? We have you covered! Each month we will be writing tips for experiencing the beautiful waters off our coast and in-land. The year of COVID drove us to a few seasons in the UK – and hopefully this persuaded more of you to jump in the waters and see what the UK has to offer. For those of you that are yet to be struck by the UK dive bug, hopefully this will give you some incentive to do so. We are a little biased… admittedly!

So, what do we know about diving to give you the tips in the first place? Well… Duttons Divers have been around for the past 8 years, with 2 of these as a freelance instructor, the further 5 at Vivian Quarry and the previous year saw our expansion of our business, adding another centre into the mix at Hafan Marina Dive Centre too! We teach 365 days of the year… both of our dive schools are in the UK… we jump into quarries as well as the sea, and run all levels of courses from beginner to instructor. We have 15 divers within our staff team, and are headed up by Course Director, Clare Dutton…. There’s a fair bit of knowledge (hopefully) between us all!

Our tips and tricks will cover topics such as cold water diving, boat diving, navigating in low visibility, choosing the right equipment for the UK, taking your IDC in the UK… and a whole other load of varied topics. We are also open to anything that you would like covering too with a question and answer selected for each write up, so please send them into our email account or FB messenger and we will select one for each month to answer!

We will kick the topics off for you though.. our first will be… cold water diving! Check it out next month!


Find out more at www.duttonsdivers.com

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Gear Review: SurfEars 3.0

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Back in 2019 I was at a really low ebb. I had just been told that I could not dive anymore due to recurrent ear infections causing perforations that eventually would lead to permanent damage. I got home from the hospital, slumped on the sofa, and the phone rang. It was Steve Warren from INON UK and I told him my woes. Don’t give up yet, he told me, I think I have just the people to help – SurfEars.

I tried to argue that wearing ear plugs whilst diving was not safe. What about equalization? But he stopped me in my tracks and said that these would work, he had tried them already on several dives. Could this be the answer that would save my diving career and allow me to continue my passion? Well the short answer is yes!

I wrote a review back then which you can read here: https://www.scubaverse.com/gear-review-surfears/

However, I am not sure that I stressed enough at the time that these earplugs saved me. They allowed me to dive, swim and snorkel in the ocean, and I have not had an ear infection since.

Recently the team at SurfEars sent me the latest design – SurfEars 3.0 – to try out. The earplugs come in a really handy pod that I clip to my BCD so that I do not forget them. They come with a range of plug sizes so you can customise them for a perfect fit. The ‘wing’ tucks into your ear, holding the earplug securely, so you feel they will be secure even when rolling or striding off the boat into the water. You can even use them even when putting on a hood in cold water.

The SurfEars allow you to still be able to hear clearly, as they allow air and sound to travel through, and just prevent water ingress, so safety in hearing instructions from the boat or your buddy is not compromised.

I find that wearing them has not only completely stopped any ear infections, but also makes equalization easier too. They are so comfortable that I never really notice that they are in.

If you suffer from ear infections from diving, then do give these a try. They are the first thing on my packing list now!

For more information visit https://surfears.com/

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