When visiting South Africa, coral reefs are among the most significant attractions you can look for, especially in a country with hundreds of miles of coastlines spanning across two different oceans.
A few interesting sites stand out as some of the most amazing reef formations in the region and on the African continent, South Africa being considered by many as a thriving area when it comes to coral reef and marine life diversity.
Colorful sea fans, feather stars and yellow sponges complement the harmonious underwater landscapes in many of the most well-known coral reef regions around South Africa, while most reefs feature at least a few dozens of different species of coral.
Shallow depths, even temperatures and clear waters are typical for the areas around South Africa, and a wide range of coral species can be found here, depending on the specific area. Some of these include various types of sponges, green tea coral, whip coral, leather coral, branch coral, fern corals and many colorful soft corals that are particularly found in areas like the Seven Mile Reef and Pinnacle Reef.
South Africa also features a few of the most significant MPAs (marine protected areas) on the African continent – including a number of areas such as the iSimangaliso Wetland Park – that are home to a variety of rare and protected corals and marine creatures found only in a very small number of other marine environments in the entire world.
Rare shark species such as Pyjama sharks and Gully sharks, as well as inquisitive seals and hundreds of species of nudibranchs can be found in locations such as Castle Rock, while Playground and Lander’s Reef are two other remarkable coral reefs famous throughout the country. These reefs are famous for their diverse range of tropical reef fish, while barracudas, sharks, dolphins, snappers and even large whales have been spotted even quite near the shoreline.
The most beautiful South Africa coral reefs are generally easy to access, and they can provide marine life enthusiasts, divers and explorers with a truly unforgettable experience when it comes to the remarkable biodiversity that its clear waters hide.