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This fully guided adventure offers diving enthusiasts plenty of memorable shark encounters as well as the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the must see topside wildlife in KwaZulu-Natal.

This diving adventure begins at Aliwal Shoal, famed for its shark encounters. Expect ragged tooth, oceanic black-tip, bull, hammerhead, guitar and tiger sharks, which all frequent the area (some seasonal). Continue north to Mozambique where diving is still relatively new to international visitors. Dive the reefs around Ponta do Ouro where you can expect encounters with tiger, bull and hammerhead sharks. 

There is an abundance of marine life along the coast and the focus is on sharks, however you can expect to see a huge variety of other species including humpback whales (seasonal), dolphin, turtles, manta rays, devil rays, eagle rays, eels, game fish and plenty of reef fish.

The adventre continues topside. Enjoy two full days of safari in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve; your chance to spot lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and the white rhino for which the reserve is famous for. In addition, before heading home, head out on a hippo and croc river cruise; a fantastic wildlife experience.

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 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 are arranged during your stay, such as a braai (bbq) and dinners to local restaurants.
  3. Days 3-4 : Shark diving at Aliwal Shoal

    Your package here includes 4 guided 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. Expect raggies, oceanic black-tip 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 a dive this afternoon. Evening at leisure.

    The next few days you will spend your mornings diving and your afternoons relaxing. Some evening activities are arranged during your stay, such as a braai (bbq) and dinners to local restaurants.

  5. Days 6-9 : Dive Ponta do Ouro

    Your package in Mozambique includes 10 guided 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.

    All diving is from a RIB and the sites are within 20 minutes of the shore. Keep an eye out for whale sharks that are spotted year round from this remote area.

  6. Day 10: Transfer to safari lodge

    Enjoy your last shark dive this morning. Later you will transfer to the next lodge in St Lucia, South Africa where you will spend the next three nights. Evening at leisure.

  7. Days 11-12 : Topside wildlife safari

    Your wildlife holiday experience continues topside. Enjoy two full days of safari by open top vehicle in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve. This is your chance to spot lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and the white rhino for which the reserve is famous for.

    Over night at the lodge in St Lucia.

  8. Day 13: River cruise & depart South Africa

    This morning enjoy a river cruise in search of more wildlife, namely hippo and crocodiles. Later today you will be transferred to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.

  9. Day 14: Arrive UK

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

Key info

  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 14 days from £2,175 pp
  • Single supplement: From £120
  • Departures: Please contact us for departure date details.
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Flights from the UK
    • 11 nights accommodation
    • Daily breakfast
    • 14 dive package
    • Tanks and weights
    • Dive permit and reef taxes
    • 2 full days wildlife safari (inc. lunch)
    • Hippo & croc river cruise
    • 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

Protea Banks

Often described as the best shark diving site in the world, Protea offers exciting encounters with eight species of shark including ragged-toothed, hammerheads and Zambezi (bull). A location suited to experienced divers only, this is adventure diving at its best.

  • Ideal for viewing: bull shark, tiger shark, pelagic thresher shark, scalloped hammerhead shark, common dolphin
  • Excellent for: Resort based 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.