Diving in Lake Malawi
Lake Malawi offers warm, clear and calm freshwater diving. This in itself is a good enough reason to dive the lake, but in addition to this the lake is blessed with the amazing Cichlid tropical fish.
Quoting from the book "Malawi Cichlids in their Natural Habitat" by AD Konings,
"No lake in the world contains such a diversified and distinct community of cichlid fishes as Lake Malawi".
These colourful fish coupled with the massive granite boulders that make up much of the underwater terrain, makes for a truly remarkable and unusual diving experience. Within the Lake Malawi National Park there are a number of accessible dive sites that demonstrate this.
Bakers Oven is a huge "swim-through" with multiple entry and exit points, with the deepest point being 15m. This dive gives the impression of a cavern dive, but with very few of the risks normally associated with cavern diving due to the multiple exit points and the ambient light. This dive really showcases one of the more exciting aspects of diving in the lake, namely diving through recesses between the massive granite boulders that constitute the underwater section of the islands.
As its name suggests this is the place to see the fish! Scientists researching the remarkable Cichlids of Lake Malawi have routinely used the Aquarium as a dumping site for live fish captured for research from this and other parts of Lake Malawi. This has resulted in an amazing density and variety of fish at this site. It is a shallow, safe dive suitable for even the most inexperienced divers.
The wreck is a 15m steel hull sunk specifically for diving. It rests in 30m of water. Penetration is possible and is safe due to the simple layout of the superstructure. There are resident catfish and the ever-present Cichlids.
This site runs from 18m to 48m in depth, offering large drop-offs, pinnacles, boulders and swim-throughs. You find yourself in an underwater canyon with huge granite boulders and slabs towering over you. A truly spectacular dive.
This pinnacle is found 9kms from Cape Maclear in the deep waters of the lake. It thrusts almost vertically up from the lake bed offering huge drop-offs and an endless supply of maze like swim-throughs. This is for the experienced diver and an advanced certification is the minimum requirement to participate.
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