Aliwal Shoal Adventures

For the SCUBA diver and shark enthusiast, there is no better site to visit than the rocky Aliwal Shoal reef, which lies five kilometres off the KwaZulu-Natal coast. Soft corals, hard corals, sponges, starfish and numerous tropical and subtropical reef fish species are charming inhabitants. While, divers delight in seeing the resident ragged tooth and tiger sharks, many other large species, like whale sharks, manta rays and sunfish are treasured sightings. Two wrecked ships, located near…

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Adventures in Aliwal Shoal
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For the SCUBA diver and shark enthusiast, there is no better site to visit than the rocky Aliwal Shoal reef, which lies five kilometres off the KwaZulu-Natal coast. Soft corals, hard corals, sponges, starfish and numerous tropical and subtropical reef fish species are charming inhabitants. While, divers delight in seeing the resident ragged tooth and tiger sharks, many other large species, like whale sharks, manta rays and sunfish are treasured sightings. Two wrecked ships, located near the reef, are popular dive sites.

Trips to the reef launch from the town of Umkomaas, a 35-minute drive from Durban. Operators based in the town offer something for everyone, including those without SCUBA diving qualifications. Dive different sections of the reef or the wrecks at depths for beginner to advanced divers or experience life below the surface from the safety of a 'shark cage', which floats at the surface next to the boat. Stay on board the board to marvel at the life above the water, five kilometres from shore; from sightings of dolphins, sharks and whales to visits from curious marine birds.

Diving at Aliwal Shoal is year-round. Located in a subtropical zone, the reef is visited by a variety of tropical and sub-tropical fish throughout the year. Winters are very mild and over these months the shoal is visited by hundreds of black tip and ragged tooth sharks.

Plan your KwaZulu-Natal trip to include a stop at Umkomaas and set aside a few hours to experience the wonder of the Aliwal Shoal.

Aliwal Shoal Adventures

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’.”...

Shark Cage Diving

Shark-Cage diving gives everyone the chance to experience the thrill of the ocean and see some of its top predators and, even children, if accompanied by adults, can have a turn. Aliwal Shoal is located just off the coast from Umkomaas only a 35 minute drive from Durban making this a great family...

Tiger Shark Diving

These tigers of the ocean are as mesmerising as their land-based namesakes and as beautiful. For experienced divers, Tiger shark diving at Aliwal Shoal off the coast of Kwazulu-Natal should be at the top of the adventure itinerary. At shallow depth in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean you drift over...