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Adventure Beneath the Waves


Scuba diving Plett style

Plettenberg Bay, located along South Africa’s spectacular Garden Route, enjoys kilometer upon kilometer of pristine beaches fringing the warm Indian Ocean and boasting some of the most exceptional coral reefs in the world – a diver’s ocean paradise just waiting to be explored. By Jennifer Ponder

For the uninitiated, simply put, scuba diving is a mode of underwater diving in which a scuba diver uses a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (scuba) to breathe underwater.

In around 500BC, the equipment used to explore the depths, was noth-ing more than a hollow reed allowing for only quick and somewhat frenzied sojourns beneath the water - a far cry from the streamlined kits of today whereby we explore the riches of the ocean at our leisure.

With this in mind, I decided that the time had come for me, in this 21st century, to explore some of those ‘treasures’ hidden below the surface of the ocean.

I was directed to ProDive, a 5 Star National Geographic Dive Centre situated in the grounds of the Beacon Island Hotel. They were brilliant. Not only was I supplied with all the gear on the spot, but their patience with a first -timer who wasn’t exactly a ‘water baby’ was phenomenal – thank you guys.

Should you want to obtain full PADI qualifications, these can be obtained within 2-4 days.

I was amazed to find that Plettenberg Bay has not only one reef but many, suitable for both beginners and experienced scuba divers.

Ready to submerge below the waves, my imagination took over for a moment as I envisaged all I might see - forests of Gorgonian fans, scattered basket stars. Cup corals, feather stars, brittle stars and nudibranch, pipefish, sharks and more, all flashed through my thoughts as I descended into that silent and unique world beneath the waves.


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