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Some of the best shark diving experiences in the world are found along South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal coast and at Ponta do Ouro in Mozambique.

The diving 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 Aliwal Shoal. As well as observing the sharks, you'll learn how to identify different species, understand their behaviour and find out how sharks interpret your behaviour in return.

The trip includes time at Aliwal Shoal in South Africa and at Ponta do Ouro in Mozambique. There is an abundance of marine life in this area and, although the focus is on sharks, you can 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, this itinerary is suitable for experienced divers and very popular for groups of like-minded divers.

Typical itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart the UK for South Africa

  2. Day 2: Arrive and transfer to Umkomaas

    You will be met on arrival in Durban and transferred to your lodge in the small town of Umkomaas, where you will spend the next three nights. Spend your mornings diving and your afternoons relaxing. Some evening activities can be arranged, such as a braai (bbq) and dinners to local restaurants.

  3. Days 3-4 : Dive Aliwal Shoal

    Your package here includes 4 boat dives. The boats are launched on the river or from the beach each morning. During your time in Umkomaas you'll dive on Aliwal Shoal where sharks are a plenty. Depending on the time of year, expect oceanic black-tip, raggies and tiger sharks.
  4. Day 5: Transfer to Mozambique

    An early start this morning as you transfer up the coast to your next lodge in Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique where you will spend the next five nights. On arrival (by 4x4 vehicle) you will check-in and kit up for your first dive this afternoon. Evening at leisure.

    The next few days you will spend your mornings diving and your afternoons relaxing.

  5. Days 6-9 : Dive Ponta do Ouro

    Your package includes 10 boat dives. The boats are launched from the beach each morning. During your time here you'll dive on the reefs of Ponta do Ouro, Ponta Malongane and Ponta Mamoli. Expect bull and hammerhead sharks and plenty more marine life on these healthy reefs.
  6. Day 10: Final dive and transfer to St. Lucia

    Enjoy your final dive this morning before transferring south to St. Lucia in South Africa for an overnight stay. Rest of day at leisure.
  7. Day 11: Depart Durban

    Transfer back to Durban for your departure flight.
  8. Day 12: Arrive UK

You should note: Guaranteed sharks or your diving is FREE! Conditions apply, please ask for details. The itinerary is subject to change.

Key info

  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 12 days from £1,795 pp
  • Single supplement: From £150
  • Departures: Please contact us for departure date details.
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Flights from the UK
    • 9 nights accommodation
    • Breakfast daily
    • 14 dive package
    • Tanks and weights
    • Dive permits and reef tax
    • All local transfers
Featured locations:

Aliwal Shoal

A must for divers, Aliwal Shoal is home to over 1,200 species of fish and an abundance of corals, as well as turtles, rays and pelagics. From June through to November ragged tooth sharks congregate to mate, while huge tiger sharks and hammerheads are also seen.

  • Ideal for viewing: ragged tooth shark, tiger shark, scalloped hammerhead shark, humpback whale, oceanic black-tip shark
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Singles diving, Group diving, Shark diving

Ponta do Ouro

This small coastal town in southern Mozambique is popular amongst divers as an affordable destination with easy access to colourful reefs and amazing shark encounters. Expect manta rays, bull and hammerhead sharks, turtles and dolphin here.

  • Ideal for viewing: bull shark, scalloped hammerhead shark, reef manta ray, eagle ray, humpback whale
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Shark diving, Manta ray, Reef diving
Featured accommodation:

ScubaAddicts Dive Lodge

A dedicated diver’s lodge south of Durban, ScubaAddicts offers fantastic views of the Indian Ocean, and is the perfect base for experienced divers to enjoy world-class shark diving encounters at Aliwal Shoal.

ScubaAddicts Lodge & Dive Centre

Located in Ponta do Ouro, this dedicated divers' lodge offers fantastic views of the ocean and is perfectly situated for diving with sharks and on the reefs of Ponta Do Ouro, Ponta Molangane & Ponta Mamoli.