The ‘Big Blue’ beckons

THE South Coast boasts 120km of pristine beaches (including six Blue Flag beaches) and shorelines. With that comes the exquisite ‘big blue’ with some of the most abundant sea life that one could hope to feast their eyes on.

The temperate climate attracts visitors 365 days of the year and the fact that the South Coast is also home to two of the top ten diving sites in the world, is even more reason for people of all ages to visit.

When venturing beneath the waves,  the old adage ‘knowledge is power’ is  very applicable.  One must be armed with knowledge in order to have true respect for marine life and their surroundings. They are the bosses, the leaders and the CEOs down there. Ancient structures and pecking orders function in exquisite harmony.

This is why you need to get to know your surroundings. When entering this mystical world, it is imperative to remember that we are visitors in their home.

Shark Cage Diving2

John Miller of Shark Cage Diving KZN is offering highly valuable educationals – the experience he offers includes 30 minutes in the cage with the distinct honour of seeing anything up to 20 sharks and an additional two hours which includes a talk on sharks and marine life, conservation and shark nets and surface viewing of sharks from boats.

Roland Mauz from Africa Dive Adventures says “our team supports various organisations such as Shark Life and Shark Project. We organise Paddle out for Sharks, an internationally recognised annual event.

Proud ‘shark angel’ Beulah Mauz and dive instructor Karen Tredger also team up to present educational talks to the youth, highlighting the importance of protecting the ocean and its inhabitants, especially sharks.”

Ugu South Coast Tourism’s CEO Justin Mackrory says “these are exactly the kind of initiatives that we support. The oceans are our treasure chests and one must remember that whatever we do on land, will most likely ultimately  have an effect on the oceans.”

For more information on who to call,  visit  www.tourismsouthcoast.co.za or email [email protected]

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