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Aliwal Shoal, located on South Africa’s Indian Ocean coast, in Kwazulu-Natal, is a must for divers offering varied, spectacular and thrilling diving.

The shoal is home to over 1,200 species of fish, an abundance of corals and sponges as well as turtles, rays – including devil and manta, schools of pelagic fish and the occasional humpback whale and whale shark.

From June through to November, ragged tooth sharks congregate on the Shoal to mate, and it’s possible to see up to 150 of these ferocious looking, but docile, creatures on a single dive. Later in the year you have the chance of seeing huge tiger sharks and hammerheads. Should you tire of the sharks, you can always dive the area’s wrecks or go looking for the huge (and we mean huge) brindle bass!

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: ragged tooth shark, tiger shark, scalloped hammerhead shark, humpback whale, oceanic black-tip shark, bull shark

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itineraries:

Sardine Run Adventure

Witness the ‘Greatest Shoal on Earth’ as millions of sardines migrate along South Africa’s eastern coastline in June and July. Dive and snorkel with thousands of dolphins, seals, sharks, whales, and even birds.

  • When to go: Jun-Jul
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,545 pp
  • Trip type: Group trip

SharkWEEK Diving Adventure

Experience some of the best shark diving in the world! Operating year round, this trip includes dives on Aliwal Shoal and Ponta do Ouro for encounters with ragged tooth, oceanic black-tip, bull, hammerhead and tiger sharks.

  • When to go: Jan-May, Aug-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,975 pp
  • Trip type: Group trip

South Africa & Mozambique Dive Safari

This guided dive safari along the KwaZulu-Natal coast and up into Mozambique offers amazing wildlife experiences both underwater and topside. Expect plenty of shark encounters, whales, rhino and lions!

  • When to go: Jan-May, Aug-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,245 pp
  • Trip type: Group trip
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

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.