About Snorkeling in East London

East London is a water sport mecca - every imaginable water sport is practised and catered for in the town. Here are some suggestions for the best snorkelling in East London:

Glen Eden Point


This is a shallow dive that can be done on a high tide or a low tide but must be with an incoming tide as the outgoing tide creates a strong backwash. Despite being a shallow dive the bay next to the rocks is usually teaming with both big and small fish. If you are a more experienced diver then head around the point and you will enter deeper water (approximately 9 metres). In these deeper waters it is possible to see Bartman, Kob, Black and Silver Steenbras and Natal Knife Jaw.

Gonubie Point


This dive is best done after a westerly wind and in calm conditions. You can enter the sea at the old slipway which is about halfway between the point and the hotel. It is recommend that you swim out to the outer edge of the reef and the sand near the point.

On the Orient side of the small pier


This dive is best done after a westerly wind and in a very calm sea. You can enter the sea from the beach and then swim along to the sea side of the pier (but do not swim in the harbour). On this dive you are likely to see lots of smaller fish and larger Knife Jaw and Silver Steenbras near the point.

Mermaids Pool


This a great dive for youngsters or beginners as the pool has a maximum depth of 1.5 metres but you will see lots of aquatic life. Close by is a reef, known as Boulders Reef, where the depth is 6 metres. There are lots of fish on this reef and even small ragged tooth sharks.

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WhereSee suggested snorkeling sites below.

WhenDuring daylight hours.

How muchFree

TelephoneNot applicable.

OvernightThe closest town is East London, in Eastern Cape

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