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Diving in Namibia

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Despite its long coastline of over 1 500 km, Namibia is more famous for activities such as adventure sports and game viewing in Etosha National park than it is for underwater activities.

Anglers will argue that this stretch of the Atlantic Ocean along the skeleton Coast is indeed a paradise for them with excellent catches recorded every year.

Ocean Diving

Only the most determined and experienced divers have ever attempted to venture beneath the surface of the tempestuous seas found here. Water temperatures average from 8 to 18C and there’s no telling what the currents will do.

These die-hards try their luck in the depths between Lüderitz and Spencer Bay. Even during the best diving months, December to May, visibility remains low at 3 to 10 meters, tops.

If you are set on getting your suit wet while visiting Namibia, chances are, you want to head inland to find your enjoyment in more accommodating water sources above sea level.

Caves and Lakes for Diving in Namibia

Here you can explore caves and sinkholes where it is much safer to strap on your goggles and oxygen mask for a few hours of subterranean exploration.

While these diving spots may be a lot safer than their offshore counterparts, it’s still a technical venture and not for beginners. Most of these Namibian inland dive sites are classified as Type III by the World Underwater Federation CMAS. This means that they are difficult and need to be undertaken with a qualified instructor in tow.

What’s more, many of these are located on private land, so you’ll have to get the owner’s permission first. It’s a good idea to get in touch with the Namibia Underwater Federation at least 3 months in advance to make the arrangements.

These are some of the best-known inland sites in Namibia:

  • Lake Otjikoto
  • Lake Guinas
  • Lake Harasib
  • Dragons Breath – the largest subterranean lake in the world.

In true Namibian style, diving here is not for the faint-hearted. For more adventure activities and to plan your tip to Namibia, check out the Namibia Travel Guide.

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