Raggie Close Encounter

Overall Rating:

Rating – High Season

July to November

The best and most famous places to observe these creatures during the above period are Raggies Cave and Cathedral. These dives definitely score an excellent 10/10

Rating – Low Season

December to June

In December and January you might be lucky and see one or two of the lazy ones that have decided to stay a little longer after that your chances are Zero. And they only come back after the Sardine Run in June.

Raggies Cave and Cathedral still score a respectable 8/10 out of season.

Rating – As A Dive

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During the high season mentioned above the Raggies that have followed the annual migration of the Sardines, move onto the shoal in there hundreds.

It is speculated that they move in there to escape the fierce currents that are found off the Kwa Zulu Natal coast and the abundance of food.

Although they have gouged themselves on sardines all the way to our relatively warmer waters as opposed to the Cape waters. They come here essentially to copulate.

There is evidence that feeding habits slow down as hydroid growth has been documented on their teeth during this period. It is these teeth that fall out and eventually end up as a memento of an excellent dive around many divers necks.

Although one of the fiercest looking sharks they are unusually calm and accommodating posing for the photographer at every opportunity. The dives are spectacular, imagine sitting in Cathedral or Raggies cave and have 30 sharks swimming around you!

They come right up to you with their menacing mouths gaping. However once you have experienced the sharks, witnessed their quiet and calm disposition, one quickly relaxes and bathes in the splendour of these magnificent creatures.


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