Mokarran Dive Charters at Rocktail Dive Centre








South Africa's most exclusive diving!

Diving Seasons

Diving takes place all year round as most of the resident fish life tend to remain on the reefs throughout summer and winter seasons. The main difference between diving in summer and winter is water temperature and visibility but the special migratory sightings are also seasonal.During summer months there is a noticeable increase in shark sightings, including grey reef sharks, leopard sharks, blacktip sharks, hammerhead sharks (scalloped and great), tiger sharks, white tip sharks; as well as ray sightings such as guitar fish, round ribbontail rays, honeycomb rays, sharpnose stingrays, blue spotted rays and occasional butterfly rays.

Spring / summer - late September to May                                                                                        Water temperatures start to slowly creap up from the colder winter temperatures to between 21-23 degrees celcius in spring and up to 25-28 in summer. Visibility averages around 18-25m and can be as good as 35+m.

During summer months we are spoilt by pregnant ragged tooth shark sightings (December - March). These sharks move northwards from the Eastern Cape area up to Durban, where they mate. The females then continue northwards up to our warmer waters and rest for approximately 3 months during their gestation period, before heading back to the colder Eastern Cape waters to give birth to their pups. Diving and snorkeling with these magnificent snarks is a real privilage.

The other magical summer sighting is that of female loggerhead and leatherback turtles coming ashore at night to lay their eggs during nesting season (October - March).

Autumn / Winter - June to early September                                                                                      Water temperatures drop to an average of 20-23 in winter, with 19 being the coldest recorded winter temperature. Visibility drops to an average of 12-18m but can occasionally get up to 20-25m. August and September are traditionally the windiest months of the year, diving is still good but the wind may cause the top conditions to become very choppy at this time of year. Diving continues unless the swell becomes too big.

The highlight during winter is the arrival of the humpback whales on their annual migration northwards to Madagascar. We see them heading northwards between June to late August and then returning southwards to the Antartic between September to November. The whales tend to travel further out to sea on their migration up to Madagascar as these are mainly adults and adolescents, on thier homeward journey we get to see them much closer to shore as they travel with their babies. Very special to be able to listen to the whalesong while scuba diving! We also occasionally see southern right whales.

There is a very good chance of seing bottlenose dolphins, manta rays and whalesharks year round.

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 MONTH AVE H20 TEMP AVE AIR TEMP RAGGIES WHALES TURTLES WHALESHARKSDOLPHINS & MANTA'S
 JAN 26-28 21-28---------------------------------------------------------------------
 FEB 24-26 21-28------------- --------------------------------------------------------
 MARCH 25-27 20-27------------- --------------------------------------------------------
 APRIL 24-26 17-26  -------------------------------------------
 MAY 23-25 13-24   -------------------------------------------
 JUNE 21-22 10-23 ------------- -------------------------------------------
 JULY 21-22 10-22 ------------- -------------------------------------------
 AUG 20-21 12-22 ------------- -------------------------------------------
 SEPT 20-21 15-23 ------------- -------------------------------------------
 OCT 20-22 16-24 ---------------------------------------------------------------------
 NOV 21-23 18-25---------------------------------------------------------------------
 DEC 23-26 20-26------------ --------------------------------------------------------

 

 

 

 

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