False Bay, South Africa
South Africa is famous for shark encounters, especially cage diving with great whites. But this nation, with shorelines on both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, offers plenty of less adrenaline-fueled diving opportunities.
The boundary of the Tsitsikamma National Park stretches three miles out to sea, protecting the near-shore and reef environments. Shore diving in the Storms River mouth, a bay ringed by rocky reefs, you're likely to see a variety of sharks including Raggedtooth and small hound, as well as fish, sponges, anemones, and sea urchins.
Shore dive at Castle Rock in False Bay, across the cape from Cape Town, among abundant marine life including more than 200 species of nudibranchs, sea fans, sponges, anemones, and soft corals. Fish species include roman, hottentot, dassie, and stumpnose, and lobster and octopus can be found among the rocks along with small, shy sharks such as pyjamas, cat, gully and seven gills. There are also shore dives in the kelp, and you may see Cape fur seals.