During this trip you’ll be doing three types of diving: Shark reef diving at the Aliwal Shoal, Tiger Shark baited diving at the Aliwal Shoal and Shark reef diving at Ponta Do Ouro. This gives you the best chance to have encounters with the Sharks of South Africa & Mozambique.
The dive sites in both locations are all reached on semi rigid inflatable boats which launch through the surf, which can be quite an adventure on its own especially when there is a bit of wind! The travel time to most of the sites is 20-40mins from the beach.
Each dive is led by guide who will be either an instructor or dive master. Before each dive a full briefing will be given which will include boat launching and full safety procedures. All dive sites are blue water drops and the dive guide will always have a reel with a surface marker for safety and so the surface boat staff can follow the divers.
Shark Reef Diving at the Aliwal Shoal
Our daily Shark Diving takes place on the wrecks & reefs of the Aliwal Shoal in South Africa. Depending on the season & conditions, we select the dives sites that are best for diving with sharks.
The Aliwal Shoal is situated about 5-kilometers from the small diving town of Umkomaas and is rated as one of the top shark diving sites in the world. The Aliwal Shoal got its name due to a 3-mast vessel called the 'Aliwal' that almost collided with the Aliwal Shoal. The 'Aliwal' was under the command of Captain James Anderson who reported the Shoal.
Our Aliwal Shoal scuba dives are aimed at introducing scuba divers to the many species of shark found on the reefs around the Aliwal Shoal. Before each scuba dive we will give a briefing to help you to understand the behaviour of the sharks, ensuring you have a safe and knowledgeable scuba dive with the sharks. Observe the sharks, learn how to identify the different species, understand the shark’s behaviour and find out how sharks interpret your behaviour in return.
While the main focus is to scuba dive with the many shark species found on the Aliwal Shoal including Tiger Sharks, Blacktip Sharks, Ragged Tooth Sharks, Dusky Sharks, Guitar Sharks, Bull Sharks, Hammerhead Sharks & more, the Aliwal Shoal is also home to a huge variety of other marine life including Whales, Dolphin, Turtles, Manta Rays, Devil Rays, Eagle Rays, Ribbontail Rays, Eels, Game Fish, Reef fish & more.
The wrecks of the MV Produce  & the Nebo  are great wreck dives at the Aliwal Shoal in South Africa with loads of marine life.
Between scuba dives you can also try to spot Whales & Dolphin during the surface interval.
Tiger Shark Baited Diving at the Aliwal Shoal
The aim of this dive is to have encounters with Tiger Sharks; however, as you know, wildlife doesn’t work on clockwork and despite success levels being good, encounters cannot be guaranteed. What can be guaranteed is that you will still see LOADS of sharks on this dive!
The baited Tiger Shark diving takes place on the southern end of the Aliwal Shoal in South Africa. We start the baiting either on the southern point of the Aliwal Shoal or on a reef called Castle depending on the direction of the current. The baiting can take up to an hour to create an odour corridor to attract the Tiger Sharks as well as other species of shark before entering the water to dive with the sharks.
Before the baited Tiger Shark Dive, we will give a full briefing to help you to understand their behaviour and how we behave in return. Tiger Sharks are very shy, they are also very inquisitive and intelligent animals which is why they are one of the ocean's apex predators and deserve the highest level of respect. As well as Tiger Sharks we also see Blacktip Sharks, Dusky Sharks and sometimes other species including Bull Sharks (known locally as Zambezi Sharks) and even the odd Hammerhead Shark.
Shark Reef Diving at Ponta Do Ouro
The scuba diving in Mozambique takes place on the reefs between Ponta Do Ouro, Ponta Malongane & Ponta Mamoli which offers some of the best shark diving and reef diving in Mozambique.
There are a number of Shark reefs between Ponta Do Ouro, Ponta Malongane & Ponta Mamoli and the more we dive here, the more dive sites we are finding. The shark diving in Mozambique offers a huge variety of shark species and in total we have seen 16-species of shark in Mozambique including the main sightings of Tiger Sharks, Bull Sharks, Hammerhead Sharks, Silvertip Sharks, Blacktip Sharks, Grey Reef Sharks, Leopard Sharks, Whitetip Reef Sharks and Whale Sharks.
Other species of shark can also be seen from time to time including Great White Sharks, Java Sharks, Spinner Sharks, Dusky Sharks, Nurse Sharks, Guitar Sharks and this year for the first time we even had a Ragged Tooth Shark which are normally only seen in South Africa.
The shark diving is mainly on our deeper dive sites. During your stay you will observe the sharks, learn how to identify the different species, understand the shark’s behaviour and how sharks interpret your behaviour.
The Dive Sites range between 10-meters and 35-meters and are home to a huge variety of other marine life including Dolphin, Turtles, Manta Rays, Devil Rays, Eagle Rays, Ribbontail Rays, Moray Eels, Game Fish, Reef fish & more. During the Humpback Whale migration, we often see these amazing animals breaching from the boat as well as from the main deck at our lodge which overlooks the ocean. We have also seen Humpback Whales on scuba dives!
At both locations the Dive Centres are on site, this means no daily transfers between your accommodation and dive centre. So, you can wake up, roll out of bed and go straight to do some world class shark diving!
Both dive centres have large kit up areas, rinse tanks, hot showers & gear storage.
Scuba Addicts do not offer any scuba diving courses, they only cater for qualified divers on all diving activities. This means you are not restricted on the dive sites you can visit, so you can experience the best diving the Aliwal Shoal and Ponta Do Ouro has to offer!
- April - September 20 – 24 ℃
- October - March 24 – 26 ℃
- April - September 19 – 26 ℃
- October - March 25 – 34 ℃
Please note, it is mandatory that you have a dive specific insurance. We strongly recommend that passengers have valid Divers Alert Network insurance (or equivalent) to provide coverage in the event of an accident. This location is a very remote area and the cost involved in evacuating a diver is very high. The D.A.N. policy is a vital protection to have. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need assistance with obtaining dive insurance (at least one week prior to the trip).