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Scuba Diving
@ Benguerra Lodge

Benguerra is a paradise for both experienced and novice snorkellers and scuba divers. To encourage visitors to enjoy the pristine reefs, a fully equipped dive centre with dive instructor has been set up. There are numerous dive venues available, including the superb Two-Mile Reef.

The most striking aspects of scuba diving the reefs around the island is the sheer unspoiled beauty combined with the variety and abundance of marine life. Many exotic reef fish abound such as schooling banner fish, moorish idols, butterfly fish, blue striped snappers, barred sweetlips, goldies, trigger fish and hosts of others.

After snorkelling the reef, go to the deserted Pansy Island, a unique breeding ground for the legendary pansy shell.

Benguerra Lodge Diving

One of the most striking aspects of diving the reefs off Benguerra Island is the sheer unspoilt beauty and the variety and abundance of marine life. While kitting up on the boat, before you even begin your dive, you could see batfish surfacing, a turtle rising to take a breath before diving again, a curious whale shark turning towards the boat (inspiring you to momentarily abandon your dive gear to snorkel with the biggest fish in the ocean).

Once under water exotic reef fish abound – schooling bannerfish, moorish idols, butterfly fish, blue striped snappers, oriental and barred sweetlips, boxfish, goldies, trigger fish and numerous others provide movement among the diverse beautifully coloured corals and sponges. Your dive buddy could be obscured for a few moments by hundreds of fusiliers shoaling through the coral crevices. Or it might take a while for you to recognise a giant moray, due to sheer size.

Ribbontail rays try to hide on the sandy bottom; Devil rays glide effortlessly along, swooping down occasionally to rub their undersides on the sand. Schools of kingfish are attracted to the reef's food supply and circle divers bubbles before moving off on their hunt. Turtles can be seen sleeping under a ledge or feeding on a sponge, ignoring divers in favour of indulging in a tasty meal. White-tip, black-tip, gray reef or giant sleeping sharks may be seen in a cave or patrolling the perimeter of the reef. Hearing a whip like crack indicates that a grouper has seen the divers and has made a hasty retreat through the wall of slender sweepers surrounding its hideout. At the safety stop, you may have a batfish keeping you company.

On the surface, a pod of common or humpback dolphins may be seen hunting mullet. The sight of a humpback whale breaching in deeper waters is a sight never forgotten. After the dive a trip to Pansy Island to collect a few rarely seen pansy shells and a discussion of the day’s dive rounds off an unforgettable experience.
 

Dive Facts:

Visibility:

10m to 40m

Water Temperature:
Summer approx. 28-32° C,
Winter Lowest 20° C

Best Diving Time:
All year round

Boats:

Dedicated twin hull dive boat

Compressor:
On site

Scuba Hire:
Included in price

Dive Centre:
Part of the resort – only guests may use facilities

Instructor:
PADI Qualified Instructor  

Oxygen:
Available on the Island
Medical use only – NO Nitrox

Dolphin/Whale Encounters:

Dolphin seen regularly on dive/snorkel trips. Migrating Humpback whales seen mainly September to November.

Dive Equipment:

12 B.C; 12 Tanks; 12 Regulators; wetsuits; masks; fins; torches; etc.

Dive sites:

Approx 25 minutes by boat from the lodge – depth is maximum 30 meters..

To Be Seen:

Abundant reef fish, Turtle (Green, Hawksbill, Olive Ridley), Moray, Reef shark (White tip, Black tip, Grey Reef) Devil ray, Sting Rays (Ribbon tail, Blue spotted) Bass (Potato, Brindle)

rates
7 nights / 8 days from
$6625 - per person sharing
11 January 2019 to 10 January 2020




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key features
  • Thatched beach chalets
  • 5 star luxury
  • Lounge
  • Bar
  • Swimming Pool
  • Watersport & Activities Centre
  • Restaurant
  • Fly fishing
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Padi Dive Centre
  • Daily Laundry service
  • Medical Rescue Insurance
  • Acacia forest
  • Silver beaches
  • Coral reefs and turquoise seas
  • Harpers & Queen Travel Awards 2002

contact details

Telephone 00 27 82 780 3931
Email info@oisafrica.com

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