Be sure not to miss the opportunity to experience some of the best shark diving experiences in the world along the KwaZulu-Natal coast of South Africa and at Ponta do Ouro in Mozambique.
The aim of this Shark Week adventure 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.
Special Offer Price on departure 23 November: from £1,695 based on 2 sharing (SAVING up to £300 pp), including return flights from the UK, transfers, 9 nights, BB accommodation, 14 dives, tanks and weights with Dive Worldwide.
For more information visit www.diveworldwide.com or call 01962 302087.
Photo Gallery: Dive Fest Barbados
In our Gallery feature, we let the photos tell the story… Each Gallery showcases a selection of outstanding images on a chosen theme, taken by our Underwater Photography Editor Nick and Deputy Editor Caroline of Frogfish Photography. This time they reflect on their visits to the Caribbean Island of Barbados for the annual Dive Fest celebrations.
Dive Fest Barbados is a week of celebrating the marine life, diving and snorkeling this idyllic island has to offer. There are activities organised each day for all those that attend that include wreck diving, marine conservation, learning to dive, snorkeling and one an unusual dive for us – riding a submarine to the bottom of the Caribbean Sea! Dive Fest Barbados allows divers to get the very best out of a trip here, with plenty of diving, but also to sample the unique atmosphere, mouth-watering food and drink, stunning scenery and beautiful beaches.
For more images from Barbados and around the world, visit the Frogfish Photography website by clicking here.
Video Series: The CCMI Reef Lectures – Part 4 (Watch Video)
Introduced by Jeff Goodman
Never before since human beings have had major influence over our earths climate and environments, have we come to so close to the brink of global disaster for our seas and marine life. We need to act now if we are not going to crash headlong into irreversible scenarios.
A good start to this is understanding how the marine environment works and what it means to our own continued survival. We can only do this by listening and talking to those with the experience and knowledge to guide us in the right direction.
CCMI (Central Caribbean Marine Institute) are hosting an annual Reef Lecture series that is open to the general public and Scubaverse will be sharing those lectures over the coming months.
Part 4: Stop Whining! Life as an Ocean Ambassador; Ellen Cuylaerts
Ellen Cuylaerts shares her insights on how to act, practice what you preach and use your voice to contribute to constructive change. Ellen is a wildlife and underwater photographer and chooses to take images of subjects that are hard to encounter like harp seal pups, polar bears, orcas, beluga whales and sharks, to name a few. By telling the stories about their environment and the challenges they face, she raises awareness about the effect of climate change on arctic species, the cruel act of shark finning and keeping marine mammals in captivity.
During this seminar, Ellen will take you on a virtual trip and show you the stories behind the shots: how to get there, how to prepare, how to create the most chances to come home with a shot, and how to never give up!
Ellen Cuylaerts is an ocean advocate, underwater & wildlife photographer, explorer, and public speaker.
For more information about the CCMI click here.
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