General

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Best bits:

  • Some of the best shark diving in the world!
  • Encounter many different shark species
  • Multi destination on Africa’s breath-taking east coast

The Adventure

Sharks everywhere! If you love sharks, this trip is a must! You could dive with up to 9 different shark species over two of Africa’s best diving locations; the Aliwal Shoal in South Africa & Ponta Do Ouro in Mozambique. Over 10 days (9 nights) and 14 dives you will experience some of the best diving the east coast of Africa has to offer with Scuba Addicts.

The main aim during this trip is to dive with the many species of shark found in South Africa & Mozambique this includes: Tiger Sharks, Bull Sharks, Hammerhead Sharks, Ragged Tooth Sharks, Silvertip Sharks, Grey Reef Sharks, Dusky Sharks, Blacktip Sharks, Whitetip Reef Sharks and on occasion other shark species.

South Africa & Mozambique also has a huge diversity of other marine-life including Whales, Dolphin, Turtles, Mantas, Mobular Rays, Eagle Rays, Moray Eels, Game Fish, many species of reef fish & much more.

This adventure includes:

  • All transfers (see itinerary for description)
  • 9 nights accommodation & Breakfast daily
  • Onsite dive centre
  • 14 dives spread over two locations the Aliwal Shoal & Ponta Do Ouro (including guide, tanks & weights)
  • Transport to and from local restaurants
  • All taxes & diving permits

Availability

This Dive & Stay adventure is available from the end of September through to the end of March each year. Please contact us with your preferred dates and we will be more than happy to help!

Requirements:

  • PADI Advanced Open Water qualification or equivalent
  • There is no minimum number of dives required; however we recommend 30+ dives logged
  • Diving insurance such as DAN or equivalent

Non-Divers:

This adventure can be enjoyed by non-divers too! Both the areas around the Aliwal Shoal and Ponta Do Ouro have a lot to offer non-divers. The lodges are also excellent places to relax and unwind with swimming pools and sun loungers while the divers are out diving!

Non divers also benefit from a reduced rate on this adventure, ask us for details!

Traveling by yourself? No problem!

Divers are generally a really friendly bunch and usually love a chat, so traveling by yourself shouldn’t put you off going on an epic adventure! If you are traveling alone on this adventure there will be a small single supplement to pay, please ask us for more details.

South Africa

South AfricaSouth Africa In South Africa we offer adventures to the amazing Aliwal Shoal, this is reached by RIB from a small town called Umkomaas. Umkomaas & the Aliwal Shoal Umkomaas, a small coastal town on the subtropical south coast of KwaZulu-Natal. The town is located 48 km south of central Durban and is accessible by Read more

Mozambique

MozambiqueIn Mozabique we offer adventures in two locations, they are Ponta Do Ouro and Tofo. Each of these destinations has much to offer divers, from big things to little awesome diving is guaranteed! Ponta Do Ouro The quaint little town of Ponta do Ouro is situated in Southern Mozambique just 10 km from the South Read more

Bottlenose Dolphin

Bottlenose DolphinThe most common species of dolphin found almost worldwide, these mammals have been known to man probably before ancient Greek and roman times. Bottlenose dolphins give birth about once every three years, sometimes longer. The gestation period lasts about one year. Calves, as the young are referred to, are not fully weaned until about 18-20 Read more

Bull Shark

Bull SharkThe Bull Shark is a very bulky, massively built shark with a blunt round snout, small eyes and no real conspicuous fin or body markings. They have an extremely large girth, not at all sleek looking like many other sharks. Bull sharks live in tropical coastal seas around the planet but they can also move Read more

Oceanic Blacktip Shark

Oceanic Blacktip SharkNot to be confused with the smaller Blacktip Reef Shark, this species is a larger more confident predator. Oceanic Blacktip Sharks can be seen in both South Africa & Mozambique, they are very inquisitive and they often approach divers offering some great encounters & photo opportunities. Why not take a look at our ‘Dive & Read more

Ragged Tooth Shark

Ragged Tooth SharkThe Ragged Tooth Shark is also known as the Sand Tiger Shark or the Grey Nurse Shark. The Raggie has a stocky body and reaches a length of just over two metres, with the female being slightly larger than the male. They weigh between 90 and 160 kilograms when mature. The top of the body Read more

Scalloped Hammerhead Shark

Scalloped Hammerhead SharkNamed after their iconic hammer-shaped upper body, hammerhead sharks are one of the most famous shark species in the world. Hammerheads can grow to reach the impressive length of four metres. The eyes are found on either side of the shark’s head, giving it an impressive view of its surroundings, which is useful for spotting Read more

Tiger Shark

Tiger SharkThis shark obviously gets its common name from the stripes on its side. The spots and lines they have when they are young, turn into stripes when they get older. When they get over 12 feet however, the stripes tend to fade on some animals, but there is still no mistaking this large, bulky predator. Read more

Whitetip Reef Shark

Whitetip Reef SharkWhitetip reef sharks are a commonly spotted shark whilst diving reefs. They usually are not bothered by the presence of scuba divers so you can tend to get quite close as they rest on the bottom or in their caves. This allows for excellent photographic opportunities. They are most active at night and in some Read more

Other notable marine life in the Aliwal Shoal

Other notable marine life in the Aliwal ShoalOther Shark species You can also encounter other shark species such as Dusky, Grey Reef, Silvertip, Guitar and even on occasion Great White Sharks have been encountered. Dolphins Dolphins are seen at both the Aliwal Shoal & Ponta Do Ouro. There is also a resident pod of bottlenose Dolphins that are seen regularly at Ponta Read more

Other notable marine life in Ponta Do Ouro

Other notable marine life in Ponta Do OuroTurtles The Turtles are generally not shy, they are usually chilled out dudes! They usually totally ignore divers and carry on with their business, which is great for photo opportunities. We must respect them for letting us get so close by NEVER touching them, never chasing them and never holding them. Other Shark species You Read more

Itinerary & Sites

Here is the overview of the itinerary for this adventure, please see below the itinerary for a description of a typical day on this trip:

Day 1

  • Arrive Durban Airport
  • Transfer & Overnight ScubaAddicts Dive Centre & Lodge, South Africa

Day 2

  • 2 x Shark Reef Dives at the Aliwal Shoal South Africa
  • Overnight ScubaAddicts Dive Centre & Lodge, South Africa

Day 3

  • 1 x Shark Reef Dive & 1 x Tiger Shark Baited Dive at the Aliwal Shoal South Africa
  • Overnight ScubaAddicts Dive Centre & Lodge, South Africa

Day 4

  • 1 x Shark Reef Dive & 1 x Tiger Shark Baited Dive at the Aliwal Shoal South Africa
  • Overnight ScubaAddicts Dive Centre & Lodge, South Africa

Day 5

  • Transfer to Mozambique -- 4x4 Transfer to Ponta Do Ouro
  • Overnight ScubaAddicts Dive Centre & Lodge, Mozambique

Day 6

  • 2 x Shark Reef Dives at Ponta Do Ouro Mozambique
  • Overnight ScubaAddicts Dive Centre & Lodge, Mozambique

Day 7

  • 2 x Shark Reef Dives at Ponta Do Ouro Mozambique
  • Overnight ScubaAddicts Dive Centre & Lodge, Mozambique

Day 8

  • 2 x Shark Reef Dives at Ponta Do Ouro Mozambique
  • Overnight ScubaAddicts Dive Centre & Lodge, Mozambique

Day 9

  • 2 x Shark Reef Dives at Ponta Do Ouro Mozambique
  • Transfer to & Overnight St. Lucia, South Africa

Day 10

  • Transfer to Durban International Airport

Typical day on this adventure

Kit-up and dive briefing

The dive centre is on site and once breakfast is finished, we move down to the kit-up area to get ready for the days scuba diving. Our scuba dive team are there to help you with your gear, load the boat and to brief you on the boat launching and days scuba diving.

Dive dive dive

Jump on the vehicles and we are off to the launch site, where you will experience an exciting surf launch on our 8m RIB. The scuba diving is planned around the best sites for the conditions each day, get up close with the different types of sharks as well as the rest of the marine-life found on the Aliwal Shoal.

Our scuba dives are for advanced divers and the depth varies from around 15 to 35 metres depending on the dive sites. While our main focus is to scuba dive with the many species of shark found on the reefs of the Aliwal Shoal including diving with Tiger Sharks, Ragged Tooth Sharks, Blacktip Sharks, Hammerhead Sharks, Guitar Sharks, Whitetip Reef Sharks, Bull [known locally as Zambezi] Sharks, we do also see a huge variety of other marine life including whales, dolphin, manta rays, eagle rays, turtles, morays and much more that make reefs of the Aliwal Shoal their homes. We do two scuba dives a day, we can do more if the conditions are good.

After the scuba diving

After the scuba dives we head on back to the dive centre where there are hot showers, rinse tanks for the gear and lock-up drying rooms where you can store your gear ready for the next day. Enjoy lunch at the lodge and then you can choose to relax by the pool, chat to the dive guides to learn more about what you've seen on the scuba dive, download photos & video footage or even enjoy a massage! We can also arrange an excursion to one of the local attractions.

The evening

In the evening enjoy dinner at the lodge or a local restaurant. If you are not completely tired by your days scuba diving and sightseeing, then you can enjoy a drink, watch TV [Satellite] before you retire to your bedroom with en-suite facilities to enjoy a relaxing nights sleep, ready for the next days shark diving.

As divers we know that safety comes first, we also know dives can be affected due to factors outside of our control, such as poor weather and sea conditions. All effort will be made for all diving activities to take place, however if weather, sea conditions or any other circumstances out of Adventure Dive Travel or our suppliers control can mean some diving activities have to be cancelled. If dives are missed we will attempt if possible to reschedule the dive within the remaining time on your trip, however this is not always possible and therefore it is not guaranteed.

Dive Info

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 [1974] & the Nebo [1884] 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!

Dive Centre

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!

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Water temperature:

  • April - September 20 – 24 ℃
  • October - March 24 – 26 ℃

Air tempterature:

  • April - September 19 – 26 ℃
  • October - March 25 – 34 ℃

Dive Insurance

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).

Accommodation

During this trip you will be based at dive lodges at both the Aliwal Shoal in South Africa & Ponta Do Ouro in Mozambique. Below you can find an overview of the accommodation at each of these dive lodges:

Aliwal Shoal Dive Lodge in South Africa

The Aliwal Shoal Dive Lodge is situated on the beachfront in Umkomaas and is at perfect for scuba diving Aliwal Shoal. Having the on-site dive centre means no daily transfers between your accommodation and dive centre; just wake-up, roll out of bed and go shark diving!

Lunch is offered at the lodge and for evening meals transport is included to and from local restaurants. Bottled water and soft & alcoholic drinks are available 24/7 at the dive lodge on an honesty bar system in the lounge area.

Accommodation includes:

  • All rooms are 100% Ocean view overlooking the Indian ocean and miles of sandy beaches
  • Breakfast daily
  • All rooms have private Balconies
  • All rooms are ensuite with shower
  • Room serviced daily
  • All rooms available as single, double or 1 king size bed
  • Access to onsite swimming pool, chill out area, lounge and Braai (BBQ)
  • Wifi is available
  • Onsite Dive Centre
  • Transport to and from local shops, restaurants and attractions

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Laundry service & Massages are available at an extra cost.

The lodge overlooks the Indian Ocean, Aliwal Shoal and miles of sandy beach. Enjoy a afternoon walk along the beach and explore the rockpools or just relax in the warm sun.

The swimming pool is perfect for relaxing after the days scuba diving at the Aliwal Shoal. There is a shallow seated pool where you can enjoy a drink and also a deeper pool next to each other. For sun lovers, there are sun loungers around the pools.

The chillout area is perfect for relaxing outdoors in the shade. Enjoy a drink, a good book or even an afternoon snooze in the shade.

The lounge area offers free Wifi, satellite TV and overlooks the Indian Ocean. It’s perfect for chatting to other divers about the days shark diving!On site dive centre

Ponta Do Ouro Dive Lodge in Mozambique

The Dive Lodge in Mozambique is situated centrally in Ponta Do Ouro, Mozambique. The lodge has awesome views over-looking the ocean and the on-site dive centre means no local transfers between your accommodation and the dive centre, just wake-up, roll out of bed and enjoy shark diving!

Lunch is offered at the lodge and for evening meals transport is included to and from local restaurants. Bottled water and soft & alcoholic drinks are available 24/7 at the dive lodge on an honesty bar system in the lounge area.

Accommodation includes:

  • All rooms are air conditioned
  • All rooms are ensuite with showers
  • All rooms are available as single, twin or king size bed
  • All rooms are serviced daily
  • Breakfast daily
  • Two onsite swimming pools & chillout area
  • Beach access
  • Wifi is available Onsite Dive Centre
  • Transport to and from local shops, restaurants and attractions

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Laundry service & Massages are available at an extra cost.

The main deck overlooks the ocean, miles of sandy beaches and is perfect for an afternoon of relaxing by the pool.

There are two swimming pools, perfect for you to relax after the days scuba diving in Mozambique. For sun lovers there are sun loungers around the pools.

The chill-out area is perfect to enjoy the outdoors, you can enjoy a drink, a good book or even an afternoon sleep in the ocean breeze!

What's Included

This adventure includes:

  • All transfers (see itinerary for description)
  • 9 nights accommodation & Breakfast daily
  • Onsite dive centre
  • 14 dives spread over two locations the Aliwal Shoal & Ponta Do Ouro (including guide, tanks & weights)
  • Transport to and from local restaurants
  • All taxes & diving permits

Not included but needed:

Dive Insurance

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).

Travel Insurance

This is important and highly recommended but not mandatory. Travel insurance ensures you won’t have any stress or worries if something goes wrong whether it’s a cancelled flight or a medical emergency.

As divers we know that safety comes first, we also know dives can be affected due to factors outside of our control, such as poor weather and sea conditions. All effort will be made for all diving activities to take place, however if weather, sea conditions or any other circumstances out of Adventure Dive Travel or our suppliers control can mean some diving activities have to be cancelled. If dives are missed we will attempt if possible to reschedule the dive within the remaining time on your trip, however this is not always possible and therefore it is not guaranteed.

Travel Info

Great news! We can arrange your flights too! Please ask for quote at time of booking and we will happily handle the arrangements.

As a responsible and reputable business, any flights you book with us will be ATOL protected so your money is safe, it’s always worth booking with the professionals.

If we are not arranging your flights, then please wait for us to confirm your booking before booking your own flights.

Your adventure begins at Durban airport (Durban King Shaka International DUR) in South Africa and finishes at Maputo International Airport (MPM) in Mozambique.

At the start of your adventure your flight will need to arrive between midday and 18:30, please advise us of your flight arrival time so we can arrange your transfer. You can fly to Durban airport from the UK and other major European international airports easily, with many airlines offering daily flights with short connections in either Johannesburg, Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Qatar.

At the end of you adventure after breakfast you will be transferred to Maputo International Airport in Mozambique. Your flight should be no earlier than midday.

*We try to update flight guides as soon as possible but airlines can change their routings at any time, this is a guide only which is correct at the time of publishing.

Add a Safari

The perfect way to end an incredible adventure!

After all the adventure of Shark diving why not add a 3-night safari to your African adventure! This can be added straight onto the end of your dive trip and includes all transfers!

You will experience the once in a lifetime excitement of being on a fully guided open vehicle safari. This is done over the 96,000-hectare Hluhluwe-Imfolozi game reserve, which is home to an amazing array of wildlife including Africa’s ‘Big 5’ the Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino & Buffalo.

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Your Safari includes:

  • 2 days full guided open vehicle safari in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi game reserve
  • 1 morning Hippo & Crocodile cruise
  • 3 nights lodge accommodation in the St. Lucia Wetlands Reserve, South Africa.
  • Transfers from your dive lodge to your safari
  • Transfers to Durban International Airport at the end of your safari

Price from: £785

Here is an overview of each day of your safari:

Safari day 1:

Transfer from your dive lodge to St. Lucia from the Aliwal Shoal or Ponta Do Ouro -- Overnight St. Lucia, South Africa.

Transfer to St. Lucia Wetlands Reserve, set in the heart of Zululand, this is a world heritage site and home to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, the oldest game reserve in Africa, established in 1895. In the afternoon, enjoy some of the awesome views on a river cruise on the St. Lucia estuary home to many Hippos & Crocodiles and many species of birds etc. In the evening enjoy dinner at the lodge or one of the local restaurants. Overnight St. Lucia Wetlands Reserve, South Africa.

Safari day 2:

An early rise for a fully guided open-vehicle safari in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve. The reserve is home to Africa's 'Big 5', lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and the black and white rhino. You will have breakfast and lunch (included in the trip) within the reserve. Viewing areas overlook pans and waterholes enabling you to observe Africa's wildlife at close range. In the evening enjoy dinner at the lodge or one of the local restaurants. Overnight St. Lucia, South Africa.

Safari day 3:

Another early rise for a fully guided open-vehicle safari in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve. The reserve is home to Africa's 'Big 5', lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and the black and white rhino. You will have breakfast and lunch (included in the trip) within the reserve. Viewing areas overlook pans and waterholes enabling you to observe Africa's wildlife at close range. In the evening enjoy dinner at the lodge or one of the local restaurants. Overnight St. Lucia, South Africa.

Safari day 4:

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast at the lodge before enjoying some of the awesome views whilst enjoying a river cruise on the St. Lucia estuary home to many Hippos & Crocodiles and many species of birds etc before being transferred to Durban International Airport for your flights.