The aim of this trip is to see as many different species of shark as possible – ragged tooth, oceanic black-tip, bull, hammerhead, guitar, white-tip and tiger sharks all frequent the waters around Aliwal Shoal. As well as observing the sharks, learn how to identify different species, understand their behaviour and find out how sharks interpret divers’ behaviour in return. There is an abundance of marine life in this area and, although the focus is on sharks, expect to see a huge variety of other species including whales, dolphin, turtles, mantas, devil rays, eagle rays, eels, game fish and plenty of reef fish. Conditions can be challenging and this itinerary is suitable for experienced divers.
Guests begin the trip with a stay at ScubaAddicts dive lodge, located south of Durban in the diving town of Umkomaas. This purpose built dive lodge overlooks the beach and Aliwal Shoal, and is the perfect base for shark diving.
The on-site dive centre caters for all guests at the lodge. Dive packages are designed to ensure guests experience the best diving South Africa has to offer and operate like a liveaboard, whereby all divers arrive on the same day. Fully guided by the dive team with many years of local experience, it is here that people come mainly to encounter sharks on the reefs between Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks. The dive sites are up to 30 minutes away and boats are launched through the surf either from the beach or the river mouth, depending on the tide. The area is notorious for shark encounters, and it is guaranteed that visitors will see a shark of some sort within ten metres on their diving days.
Transfer up the coast to the next lodge in Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique where guests can dive on the reefs of Ponta do Ouro, Ponta Malongane and Ponta Mamoli. Expect bull and hammerhead shark encounters and plenty more marine life on these healthy reefs.
Price: from £1,535 per person based on 2 sharing, including 9 nights’ B&B accommodation, flights, transfers and 14 dives per person with Dive Worldwide. Visit diveworldwide.com or call +44 (0)1962 302087 for more details.