Shark Diving Tour Aliwal Shoal & Protea Banks
Shark diving tour South Africa - 8 x nights from ZAR 24 650
This nine day shark diving tour may be linked to any tours, packages and charters offered by Oceans Africa. Elements from this tour can of course be used to create your own custom shark diving tour to South Africa. Depending on the season we can find tiger sharks, schooling hammerheads and bull ( Zambezi ) sharks. This eight night dive package is specifically designed for the shark diving enthusiast and is available throughout the year. From your arrival at Durban we take you to the magnificent offshore reef systems of KwaZulu Natal.
Day 1 : Arrival Durban and transfer – Umkomaas Your transfer from Durban airport it’s just a short hop to the town of Umkomaas and your first diving destination of Aliwal Shoal. A relaxing afternoon can be spent settling in to your accommodation and planning your dives for the following day.
Day 2 to 4 : Umkomaas – Dive Aliwal Shoal – 2 x dives per day The morning starts with two dives in sub-tropical waters of KwaZulu Natal. A wide variety of different dive sites are available to choose from. Aliwal Shoal lies approximately 6 km offshore and is a magnet to many pelagic species including sharks, manta rays, turtles and game fish. Sites such as Raggies Cave and Cathederals lie on the shoal itself while the wreck sites of The Produce (1974) and Nebo (1884) remain relatively well intact on the sand and offer excellent diving when the current allows.
Day 5 to 8 : Shelly Beach/Margate – Dive Protea Banks On days five to eight you’ll be diving two dives a day on Protea Banks. As with Aliwal Shoal, the winter months bring large numbers of ragged-tooth sharks as well as the occasional blacktip and Zambezi encounter. During the summer months Zambezi (bull) sharks are the highlight of most dives and sightings of tiger sharks are not infrequent. October and November sees the start of the hammerhead season and large schools can be sighted periodically until the following March. Whatever the season, Protea Banks seldom fails to impress.
Day 9: Tour end. Transfers out are arranged according to your flight schedule. Additional days may easily arranged with a wide variety of activities, accomodation and transport options to suit your individual requirements.
Baited Shark dives: If you want to significantly increase your chances of encountering tiger sharks in the open water then try the baited dive option. Sharks are attracted to the boat by use of a baited drum. As soon as there are sufficiently interested tiger sharks around the the drum is cut loose and the divers then drift freely with current the sharks and the drum. More on baited shark dives…
Game Reserves: From as little as ZAR 2 950 pp per day (inc. park fees) Game ReservesKwaZulu Natal once boasted some of the most productive hunting grounds in Africa. Today vast areas still remain in their natural state and the combined reserves of Hluhluwe and Umfolozi, with their varying habitats, are amongst the finest and most rewarding. As sanctuaries for both, black and white rhino, they also complete the big five with elephant, buffalo, lion and leopard amongst almost 90 other species of mammal.
Prices Exclude: All flights, all meals meals and refreshments except breakfast where B&B is stated. Personal expenses . All equipment hire . Medical and Travel insurance . Anything else we haven’t mentioned.
Prices Include: All transport and transfers as stated. Accommodation and breakfast. All park and entrance fees . All dives as stated (tanks and weights only) Terms and Conditions: Accommodation is based 2 persons sharing . Prices are correct at time of posting but may change at any time without notice . Discounted rates available for groups on application . Payment in full secures booking