International Travel Guide
Miss Scuba Takes The Greatest South Africa Adventure You Can Imagine
Buckle Up! I am about to usher you through some
of the most exciting destinations in South Africa. If you are keen on taking
an adventure to a country that is cutting edge and offers an untamed
wilderness, then this is the place for you.
Growing up I read so many books on South Africa and was mesmerized by the stories and pictures that captured its wildlife and rugged terrain. The authors of these stories were living the life I yearned for.
Africa Tour is the leader in travel booking throughout this region. Their providers offer you everything from shark diving, to wine tasting, to safaris. They were kind enough to host us on an adventure of a lifetime.
Our journey began in Umkomaas, along Aliwal Shoal, a scuba mecca that draws not only the international traveler, but also the local weekend diver.
During our first dive with Blue
Vision Dive Center we hung out around the Cathedral, an offshore rocky reef
with coral, with approximately ten Ragged Tooth Sharks (also called Sand
Tigers). Although they look incredibly spooky, these sharks are very docile.
I spent several minutes searching the sand and collected a handful of fallen
teeth to create necklaces upon my return for memories and scuba diving
related shark jewelry.
The baited shark dive in the afternoon was off the hook! Tyler, our divemaster, bare handedly fed fish to Black Tip Oceanic and Dusky Sharks from an old washing machine tub that was suspended by a rope. He wore no gloves, no hood, not even boots! I was convinced that he was either crazy or he was a “Shark Whisperer”. He ended the one hour dive with not a scratch on his body. Tyler maneuvered between the sharks elegantly and directed them my way for perfect photo ops.
I have to tip my hat to South African scuba divers! I thought California and U.K. divers were hardcore, but diving in cold waters from big comfortable boats is nothing like riding the rubber duckies (zodiacs) through the crashing surf. It is not for the diver who demands luxurious boats offering hot chocolate. But it surely was a ton of fun! Every dive was a true laughter filled adventure. The locals proved to be not only great divers, but also super friendly and helpful.
By Szilvia Gogh
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