Shark Cage Diving Now Available Near Durban, KZN, R102, South Coast, No Experience Needed.....
Aliwals Shoal Scuba is located in the small town of Umkomaas, 40km south of Durban on the South African coastline. Established in 1985, the dive centre is the only one in the area directly located on the beachfront, and the only one in town offering caged shark dives to the public. It is the oldest PADI dive centre in South Africa, and holds a five star Gold Palm resort certification.
Since the Lodge’s owner, Bryan Vivier, began diving with the sharks of Aliwal Shoal eighteen years ago he has worked to build public awareness of those sharks, and for the conservation that is so necessary for their continued existence on our coast. Previously, the diving industry in Umkomaas has revolved around exactly that- divers. Bryan realised that in order to introduce shark awareness and appreciation to a wider audience, he needed to be able to target those who weren’t already comfortable in the water.
For this reason, Aliwal Shoal Scuba has just introduced caged shark diving to the list of experiences that it offers. To dive in the cage, guests need no previous experience, either with diving or with swimming. You need only a sense of adventure, and the desire to experience some of the planet’s most exciting species up close and personal.
The concept of using a cage to get close to sharks is that it provides a visual and tactile deterrent to the sharks, enabling divers to experience them in complete safety. Although Aliwal Shola Scuba has never had a single incident with our sharks even when encountering them outside the cage, we appreciate that for some, the added assurance may be appealing. We feel that nothing should stop people from experiencing the beauty and wonder of a shark encounter.
The cage that we use is specifically designed and strengthened to withstand the rigours of cage shark diving on the South Coast. It is SAMSA (South African Marine Safety Association) approved, and has passed engineer inspection. It can safely and comfortably accommodate up to five people at a time.
At Aliwal Shoal Scuba, we guarantee that you will see sharks during your experience. On every dive, we encounter between five and fifty Oceanic Blacktip sharks, and during the summer months we frequently see the beautiful and misunderstood Tiger Shark. Throughout the year, it is also possible to see the Bull / Zambezi sharks, and the winter months bring with them the elusive Dusky shark. The beauty of these sharks is unparalleled, and we often hear that encountering them has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our guests.
We can offer our guests photo and video proof of their adventure, and the Lodge itself is equipped with hot shower facilities, as well as a braai/barbecue area for those who want to stick around after the dive.
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Sharks Species Seen On Our DivesThere are a few interesting things that all sharks have in common. These include a skeleton comprised entirely of cartilage, skin made up of teeth-like denticles, and two […]
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Trip RatesBefore the cage shark dive, we will give a full briefing to help you to understand their behaviour and how we should behave. Tiger sharks are very shy, they are also very […]
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