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Aliwal Shoal Scuba Diving

Aliwal Shoal is a scuba divers paradise. Situated 1 hour South of Durban King Shaka International Airport, this short journey brings you to one of the top 10 dive sites in the world. The reef is 7kms from Umkomaas river mouth and is accessed by semi rigid inflatable boats which launch from the river mouth or the beach. Local skippers will guide you through the often difficult surf to this divers paradise in the Indian Ocean.

Launch from the Umkomaas river mouth or a beach launch if the river is running low. The Aliwal Shoal is approximately 7kms approx from the Umkomaas river. The dive ribs launch through the Indian Ocean surf which can be a bit hair raising at times, but all part of the fun.

On the journey to Aliwal Shoal you will often see Dolphins, Whales, Turtles. When you reach Aliwal Shoal you will also find numerous reef fish, corals, sharks, including Ragged tooth sharks, Zambezis, Tiger sharks, Hamerhead sharks.

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liwal Shoal Umkomaas South Africa

Areas of interest on and around Aliwal Shoal include

  • The Produce The wreck of the Norwegian tanker "The Produce" lies at the bottom of the Indian Ocean after striking "The Pinnacles" in 1974. Like the Nebo no lives were lost in this accident. Resting in 30 metres of water the wreck is home to Brindle Bass, King fish. Salmon (Kob), etc. As well a range of tropical reef fish.

  • The Nebo struck the Aliwal Shoal in 1884 in fairly calm weather and went down with it's cargo of railway material with no lives lost. The Nebo lies in about 30 metres of water and is still fairly intact. The wreck attracts lots of reef and pelagic (game) fish.

  • Raggies cave is where the "Raggies" (Ragged Tooth Shark) all meet up to spend their winter holidays. (South African winter June, July). Although fierce looking they can be approached with caution. Average depth 12m maximum depth 19m. Good chance of finding sharks teeth here!!!

  • Cathedral This is a spectacular part of the reef and is where rays, moray eels and ragged tooth sharks congregate, depths range from 10m to 28m.

  • Shark alley Ragged-tooth Sharks congregate in large numbers on Aliwal Shoal between July and November. This Shoal is an enormous sandstone reef approximately 5 km offshore. Dive charter boats, averaging 8 metres long launch through the surf from Umkomaas North beach, 30 km south of Durban International Airport. Favourite dive sites to see the "Raggies" are "Raggies Cave" (17 metres) and "Cathedral" (27 metres). Water temperatures during the viewing season range from 18-22C, but water visibility is far more variable, ranging from zero to 30 m, with an average of 10-12 m. Aliwal Shoal can be dived all year and there are two shipwrecks nearby. The "Nebo" and the "Produce".  

  • Manta point Situated of the eastern side of the Pinnacles and one of my favourite places on the shoal is Manta Point" As the name suggests this is a popular spot for the magnificent Manta Ray, and is haven to thousands of colourful reef fish. This dive has a maximum depth of around 20 meters and is on route to Raggies Cave should you elect to follow the spine of the "Pinnacles" southwards to the Raggie Cave area.

  • Pinnacles:This section is a long backbone of mountain-like rock formations that provide a haven for thousands of species of fish and is an amazing place to dive when you want to do a long, slow dive. The depth here averages between 5 meters and 18 meters, depending where you are on the ridges. There are some incredible deep potholes with caves that hide at the base of them. This provides a home for many rays and turtles. On the one side the Pinnacles slope down toward the Raggie Cave and Manta Point area and on the shore-side they gently slope down to the North Sands area. The sea-facing ledges are a lot steeper than the ones which tapes gently off to the North Sands basin. The pinncles where the reason that the Produce Wreck is now available for divers to explore just off the north point of the Aliwal Shoal. There are a few metal shards still lying on the reef believed to have come from the Produce

How to book accommodation & diving:

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Scuba Diving Aliwal Shoal South Africa

Also available are the following dive courses

  • Introduction to scuba diving

  • Padi open water course

  • Padi advanced course

  • Padi rescue diver

  • Padi divemaster

  
ALIWAL SHOAL DIVING & TIGER SHARK DIVING
To enquire about diving at Aliwal Shoal or Dive with Tiger Sharks
 
ALIWAL SHOAL DIVING & TIGER SHARK DIVING
To enquire about diving at Aliwal Shoal or Dive with Tiger Sharks

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Aliwal Shoal is said to be one of the top ten dives sites of the world., Aliwal Shoal offers almost anything a diver can wish for.

All the diving is done from semi rigid boats fitted with twin engines. The boats are launched from the river mouth or through the surf for a short ride out to the shoal.

During the winter months of June to November you are sure to see Ragged Tooth Sharks as they congregate on the Shoal to mate. It is not uncommon to find 20 plus of these ferocious looking but docile animals on a single dive.

In summer you have every chance of seeing Hammerheads or Tiger Sharks on a specialist dive. Should you tire of the sharks, you can always dive on any of the wrecks or go hunting for one of the huge  Brindle Bass. Other species (depending on the season) include Manta ray, Devil ray and other rays, schools of pelagic fish, Tuna, King Mackerel, Dorado, Sailfish, Marlin, whales, dolphins, and many, many more!

Visibility varies from 5 to 30 metres, and the water temperature in summer is 24C and in winter not colder than 18C. The depths vary between 6 to 18 metres with 30-metre sites for the suitably qualified. The dives are all done without cages and afford the unique opportunity to see the sharks in their natural environment!

The top sites are:

Cathedral
This is a spectacular hole in the reef and is home to many large stingrays, moray eels and ragged tooth sharks, beginning with a depth of 28m (94ft), and continuing the dive up to 10m (34ft).

The Pinnacles
Average depth is 10 - 15 m (34ft - 50ft). It is best dived when there is little or no surge or current. Many caves, gullies and overhangs can be explored on this reef, and there are large shoals of fish.

Raggies Cave and Shark Alley
Average depth is 16 m. Best known for housing groups of ragged tooth sharks in winter. Although they are not overly aggressive, they should never be approached too closely.

North Sands
With and average depth of 12m (40ft) and a maximum of 15m (50ft), this flat, sandy part of the reef provides the opportunity to see rays, skates and sand sharks of all sizes. In winter, groups of Raggies often congregate close to the large overhang on the southeast side.

South Sands
Like North Sands, this site is home to rays, skates, sand sharks and guitar sharks. Average depth is 15m (50ft) with a maximum of 18m (60ft).

The Produce (1974)
The wreck of the Produce, a Norwegian Bulk Molasses tanker, struck Aliwal Shoal on the NE Pinnacles in 1974, no lives were lost. She now rests in 30 metres of water (100ft) and makes an interesting wreck dive. Big game fish such as salmon, kingfish, brindle bass share the wreck with lionfish and many colourful tropical species.

The Nebo (1884)
The Nebo struck Aliwal Shoal in 1984 in fair weather and went down with its cargo of railway material. No lives were lost and she lies in 30m of water (100ft), still fairly intact. The wreck is home to an abundance of reef and pelagic fish.

NEW NEW NEW  A new DVD "Seasons of Aliwal Shoal" is now available - Be the first to own this excellent DVD which shows the Aliwal Shoal at various times of the year.

How to book accommodation & diving:

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Aliwla Shoal Umkomaas South Africa

Seasons of Aliwal Shoal DVD

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Filmed over a 5 year period, The seasons of Aliwal Shoal encases the best that this unique limestone formation and its surrounding water has to offer. An environment that supports a diverse mix of species that is continually changing with the cycle of the seasons and the movement of the Oceans currents. Here on the Aliwal Shoal resident and transient species live out their daily lives unaware of the part that they play in the masters bigger plan.

The seasons of Aliwal Shoal explores some of the complex relationships that have evolved between species as well the dynamic that ensure balance within this eco system.

In this third film we have attempted to showcase the delicate beauty of this unique and dynamic shoal.

Cost of DVD  R175 plus postage and packaging.

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Shipwrecks of Aliwal Shoal

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The Aliwal Shoal, which is today regarded as one of South Africa's most popular dive destinations was in the past known as a first class shipping menace. The Nebo and the Produce both lie on the Oceans floor, testimony to this fact!

The shipwrecks of Aliwal Shoal takes you on a journey of discovery revealing the stories leading up to the disasters and the history of the coast lines light houses, it showcases the magnificent marine life that now inhabit the wrecks, and explores penetration points and interesting features.

Cost of DVD  R175 plus postage and packaging.

DVD - Wrecks of the Aliwal Shoal - available now please contact us

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Diving responsibly with Aliwal Shoals Ragged tooth Sharks.

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Diving responsibly with Aliwal's Ragged tooth Sharks explores ways for us as divers to enhance the experience by broadening our knowledge and understanding.

In recent years ignorant diver behaviour has seen shark numbers on the Aliwal Shoal dwindle significantly. If we are to conserve this site as a place to experience this magnificent fish in it's natural environment, then there is a need to change the way we as divers interact with them.

The guide lines advocated here in, have been compiled with the help of Andy Cobb and Professor Vic Peddemors.  

Cost of DVD  R135 (9.00) www.xe.com plus postage and packaging.

DVD - Diving responsibly with sharks - available now please contact us Press here - DVD Enquiry

Coming soon Tiger Shark DVD

 


How to book accommodation & diving:

Option 1: Book on line "live" Book now 
Option 2: Telephone 0027(0)39 973 1572 fax 0866 186643
Option 3: Mobile 0027 (0)72 938 1769
Option 4: email ugh@telkomsa.net
 

Mick Clarke
Tel 0027 (0)39 973 1572

Fax 0866 186643

Umkomaas Guest House Bed and breakfast Aliwal Shoal Umkomaas

What to do in the area:

Umkomaas
Diving Aliwal Shoal
Tiger Shark Diving
Beach / Fishing
Golf
Canoeing / Kayaking

Scottburgh
Beach / Fishing
Shopping

Other attractions
Ushaka Marine 50kms
Tala Game Reserve 60kms
Gateway / Pavillion shopping centres 60kms
Oribi Gorge 70kms

Other attractions
Crocworld 5kms
Empisini nature reserve 2kms

 

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