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The Best Dive Spots in and around Knysna

21 Jan 2015

Knysna not only boasts some of the best guesthouses and accommodation in the country, but some of the best diving spots too.

A visit to Bamboo Guest House in Knysna is not complete without exploring the astounding underwater life.

Our comfortable and friendly Knysna accommodation is the perfect place for divers to stay, as we’re centrally located in town with easy access to the diving outlets and instructors.

Our two oceans have distinctly different underwater ecosystems, which give Knysna some of the most varied and beautiful suba diving locations in the world.

Scuba Diving in Knysna

Submerge yourself in a kelp forest, explore shipwrecks, swim through a rainbow of brightly coloured coral and marvel at nature’s tiniest seahorse and huge predators.

If you’re a diver, you’ll be pleased to know there are a few shallow shore dive sites inside the lagoon. However, if you’re looking for a real adventure, you can find the action a few kilometers outside the heads.

If you’ve visited Knysna before, you’ll understand that the weather is rather unpredictable and the visibility is constantly changing, so diving outside the heads is recommended only for the experienced and advanced diver.

The water temperatures are between 15 and 23 degrees Celsius and visibility is between 5 and 15 meters.

If you’re planning a trip to Knysna soon and keen to explore life under the ocean, a dive at one of the following destinations is a must!

  1. Bruce Se Bank
    This is one Knysna’s most famous dives and is classified as one of the most beautiful. There is plenty to be seen here including the soft cauliflower corals and bright invertebrate life. This dive is suitable for the more advanced diver only.
    Average depth: 20 to 30 meters
  2. The Paquita
    This dive site is home to the Paquita wreck, a German iron barque, which sunk after running ashore and filling with water on the east side of the famous heads in Knysna in 1903. The wreck is still in beautiful condition and is a treasure to explore with its anchors still clearly visible. There are also vibrant corals, especially on the iron plates and invertebrate life. Seahorses can also be seen here. If you’re feeling brave, night dives can be organised for this location.
    Average depth: 4 meters
    Maximum depth: 30 meters
  3. The Phantom Wreck
    This is said to be the wreck of the Piesang but is now commonly known as the Phantom Wreck. It was found on a drift dive but then divers struggled to find it again after its discovery. To prevent diving in circles, it’s recommended that this dive be done with a dive centre that knows where to find it.
  4. Thesen’s Jetty
    This dive’s main attraction is the absolutely beautiful and delicate sea horses. A must visit for every diver!
    Average depth: 6 meters
    Maximum depth: 10 meters
  5. Dagleish Bank
    27 metres below the surface is where you’ll find the largest pinnacle and it’s covered in beautiful corals. There’s also an endless abundance of game fish for you to feast your eyes on.
    Average Depth: 30 metres

Diving Instructors

    If you’re interested in diving in Knysna, visit Prodive Plettenberg Bay, as they do make trips to Dive Spots in Knysna.

      Scuba Diving in Knysna

      So what are you waiting for? Bamboo the Guest House Knysna looks forward to welcoming you for your underwater diving experience in Knysna!

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