Aliwal Shoal - Scuba Diving

In a 1953 review of Jacques Yves Cousteau's book 'The Silent World', Erik Linklater writes “Perhaps the most entrancing discovery of our time is the world under sea whose incommunicable beauty is now shared by an increasing number of skilful swimmers cunningly equipped with‘Aqualungs’.”

We now call it scuba diving and Mr. Linklater would probably not be surprised at how popular this activity has become.

Jacques Cousteau rated Aliwal Shoal, 5km off the coast of Kwazulu-Natal, one of…

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Scuba Diving in Aliwal Shoal
Scuba Diving in Aliwal Shoal, South Africa

In a 1953 review of Jacques Yves Cousteau's book 'The Silent World', Erik Linklater writes “Perhaps the most entrancing discovery of our time is the world under sea whose incommunicable beauty is now shared by an increasing number of skilful swimmers cunningly equipped with‘Aqualungs’.”

We now call it scuba diving and Mr. Linklater would probably not be surprised at how popular this activity has become.

Jacques Cousteau rated Aliwal Shoal, 5km off the coast of Kwazulu-Natal, one of the top 10 dive sites in the world. Although Aliwal Shoal is known for its abundance of sharks even out of season the richness of marine life will make for a memorable dive; vast quantities of reef fish, manta-rays, dolphins, turtles and even whales can be observed. Two old shipwreck sites add to the dive diversity.