Durban is a beautiful city and the biggest one in the KwaZulu - Natal. lt has an amazing coastline, diverse landscape with the most spectacular mountain range in South Africa. Climate is sub-tropical with warm wet summers, mild frost-free winters and all year round sunshine. Its amazing sandy beaches stretch into the Indian Ocean with water temperatures at 19°C/66.2°F even during winter.
Scuba diving in Durban depends on prevailing winds and run off from the Umgeni River, the Harbour mouth and the Umkomaass cutting. This fact affects visibility during spring time which runs from September to December.
Prime diving destination in Durban is Aliwal Shoal. Water temperatures are normally warm due to the Aghulas current. Water temperatures range between 19-24°C/66.2-75.2°F. Visibility stands at 5-40 m/ 15-130 ft. The spot accommodates divers of all levels.
The amazing reef is characterized by many gullies, overhangs, caves and shelves with diverse marine life. Depths range from 5 m to 18 m / 15- 59 ft and up to 40 m / 130 ft for the more advanced diver. Marine life includes reef fish and in some cases shark encounters.