On the Dirty Boots ‘things to do before you die bucket list’ the Aliwal Shoal on Kwa Zulu Natal’s South Coast gets a definite tick. Diving here is an adventure of a lifetime!
During the winter months, nature puts on an annual extravaganza at the Sardine Run. This spectacle involves millions of sardines that migrate from their spawning grounds, up the Eastern Cape coastline towards Kwa Zulu Natal. They are followed by thousands of predators including frolicking dolphins, a host of seabirds, game fish, sharks and other spectacular marine life. Keen Scuba Divers naturally are right there in the thick of things!
For the rest of the year, Aliwal Shoal is known for one thing – sharks, sharks and more sharks!
The dive site of Aliwal Shoal lies 5 km off the shore of the tiny town of Umkomaas. It is a fossilised sand dune, home to sponges, corals and reef fish. Nearby Protea Banks also offers thrill seekers an opportunity to dive with sharks so many divers combine visits to the two dive sites.
During the winter months, divers can encounter the raggedtooth shark when it arrives on the reef to mate. In the summer, the Zambezi (or bull) shark calls Protea Banks home. Divers also frequently encounter hundreds of hammerheads overhead and if they are lucky, the elusive tiger shark.
Another firm favorite a dive with a nocturnal solitary hunter; the tiger shark!
Whatever underwater thrill you are seeking – Aliwal Shoal provides!