5 Days
Duration
3/10
Physicality
12-65
Age recommendations

Spend 5 incredible days diving with a variety of shark species on the South Coast of Kwazulu Natal

A brief overveiw of our Shark Diving tour  South Africa

South Africa has fast become the shark diving capital of the world.There are 3 main sites that come to mind when looking to dive with these ancient creatures of the sea: Gansbaai, Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks. Traditionally, Gaansbaai (close to Cape Town) has been the ‘go to’ place if you want to dive with sharks. But things have changed in past 2 years. The Great Whites of Gaanbaai have dwindled significantly in numbers. The reason has been linked to the appearance of Killer Whales in the area. The Great Whites have either become prey to Orcas or have been forced to find alternative homes.

The dive sites?

This 5 day Shark Diving Tour will take you to two incredible dive sites.

Protea Banks

The dive site with the most sharks per square meter in the world. The reason for this is the fact tht it also one of the richest tuna grounds in the world. A fascinating dive spot situated 130km South of Durban. The reef is 6km long and 800m wide and lies 7km offshore. The launch site is from Shelly Beach. The dive can sometimes include challenging conditions from strong currents, big swells and murky vizibility. The diving depth is about 40m. Only divers with an advanced certification or higher are permitted on the dive. Shark species to be found include Oceanic Black Tips, Bull Sharks ( known as Zambezi Sharks in South Africa), Hammerheads, Tigersharks and Ragged Tooth Sharks. The best time to dive here is in the warm summer months from September to April. Protea Banks has been declared a Marine Protected Area.

Aliwal Shoal

The shoal is situated of the Umkomaas area about 40km South of Durban. The reef lies about 5km offshore. It is the remains of an ancient sand dune and is home to an abundance of marine life from hard and soft coral, tropical and subtropical fish and of course…sharks. The main attraction on Aliwal Shoal undoubtably known as ‘Raggies Cave’ or ‘Shark Alley’ It is a large cave that is home to hundreds of ragged tooth sharks. Experts are dumbfounded as to way there are so many of them. It must be our warm South African hospitality and wicked sense of humour. The avergae dive dpeth is between 15m and 18m. An Open Water certification is the minimum qulaification needed.

What is the duration of the shark diving tour?

5 days

Where does the tour start?

The shark diving tour starts and ends in Durban. Our SCUBA diving guide will pick you up from your hotel in Durban at 10am on Day 1.

 What SCUBA certification would you need?

The minimum level would be advanced. The depths on Protea Banks reach 40m.

What about equipment?

We understand that lugging your heavy diving equipment on a shark diving tour to South Africa can be a challenge. Not a problem. We have the facilities available for you to hire whatver you need. From Wetsuites, cameras, masks and boyancy compensators.

 

Additional information

Number of Tickets1 ticket @ R15,900 pp
CertificationAdvanced

Day 1

Our shark diving guide will meet you at your hotel at 10am. We can also pick you up from the Durban Airport. We will  take the 1.5 hour drive down the south coast to Shelly Beach. We will stop for lunch on route ( for your own account). We will check into the accomodation. In the afternoon, we will introduce you to the staff for the duration of the shark diving tour. If you need any equipment, we will take you to the gear room for fittings. At 6pm, we will take you through to a local restaurant for dinner ( your own account). We will have a dive briefing at dinner ( your own account) to discuss the plan for day 2.

Day 2:

Wake up at 5am. Meet in the reception area at 5:30am. We will then take the 5 minite drive through to the luanch site. The first dive is scheduled for 6:30am. The dives are scheduled for an earlier time as the sea conditions can get a bit rough as the day progresses. We then take a 40 minute boat ride out to the Protea Banks reef. The dive time will be determined in the planning section. We should be back on the beach again by 9:30am. We will then take you back to the lodge for a shower and breakfast ( included) In the afternoon, we plan to take you through to Oribi Gorge. We will agin, take you to a restaurant for dinner ( your account) at 6pm.

Day 3:

Same itinerary as day 2.  The afternoon will differ. at 2pm, we will take the 1 hour drive north towards Durban to the town of Umkomaas. We will overnight here. We will also meet the  team for the aliwal shoal part of the diving tour in south africa. We will have dinner in a local restaurant ( your own account)

Day 4:

Wake up at 5am. We have 2 dives scheduled for today. First launch at 6am. The boat ride out the Aliwal Shoal reef takes about 30 minutes. There is a great oppertunity on route to see dolphins and oceanic black tip sharks. There is about a 2 hour top time before the second dive. Try and squeeze in breakfast. The rest of the afternoon is all yours. Maybe relax on the beach or take in a beer or 2 by the pool. Dinner at 6pm ( your own account)

Day 5:

Wake up at 5am for an early morning dive. Launch time is 6am. Back at the lodge again by about 9:30am. Then its breakfast and a slow drive back to Durban. We will drop you back at your hotel or airport by about 1pm.

 

Day 4:

  • Dive with a variety of shark species from Bull Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Oceanic Black Tips, Hammerhead Sharks and Ragged Tooth Sharks
  • One of the best shark diving destinations in the world
  • Dive on 2 of South Africas iconic reefs: Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks
  • An authentic South African SCUBA diving experience
  • Experience the local culture and meet fellow divers to share stories
  • Great underwater photo oppertunities

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