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Some of the best shark diving experiences in the world are found along South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal coast, specifically at Aliwal Shoal.

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.

Spend a week diving the sites at Aliwal Shoal experiencing close up encounters with several species of shark as well as a huge variety of marine life including rays, turtles, dolphin, whales and much more. In addition there are two wrecks to explore. 

Conditions can be challenging, this itinerary is suitable for experienced divers and very popular for groups of like-minded divers. 

Contact us about extending your stay to include a top side safari.

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 six 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 3-7 : Dive Aliwal Shoal

    Your package here includes 10 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.

    Dive sites along the reef and wrecks offer an amazing variety of marine life. In addition to the shark encounters expect to see turtles, rays, colourful reef fish, dolphin and plenty more.

  4. Day 8: Depart Durban

    Transfer back to Durban for your departure flight.
  5. Day 9: 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: 9 days from £1,645 pp
  • Single supplement: From £80
  • Departures: Please contact us for departure date details.
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Flights from the UK
    • 6 nights accommodation
    • Breakfast daily
    • 10 dive package
    • Tanks and weights
    • Dive permits and reef tax
    • All local transfers
Featured location:

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
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.