Cage Shark Diving

aliwal shoal boat about to launch at the umkomaas river mouth

This is our launch site at the Umkomaas river mouth

First Things First

So you’re thinking of doing a cage shark dive! Our setup is user-friendly and safe while viewing the ocean’s apex predators in their natural environment. With years upon years of safe and successful cage shark dives under our belt, we are completely confident that you’ll be blown away by this really exceptional opportunity.

Please arrive at Aliwal Shoal Scuba, one hour before launch time. We pack the boat with the kit needed. We will kit you up with a wetsuit, mask, and snorkel, and then you can use our on-site tea and coffee facilities to sit and enjoy our magnificent sea view while we assist everyone else. Then, we all load onto the truck and take the two-minute drive down to the mouth of the Umkomaas River, which functions as our launch site.

Our skipper will give everyone a boat safety briefing before we launch the boat through the shorebreak or river mouth. The boats that we use for the cage dive trips are 8 meter Feral rubber-duck, with either twin 140 or 115 horsepower Suzuki engines. We supply you with lifejackets for the launch, which, considering the temperamental seas of the South Coast, can sometimes be an adrenaline rush all in itself!

Once safely at backline, we then motor 8 km offshore beyond the Aliwal Shoal to an area designated for baited shark dives. Once we’ve arrived, we put the bait system into the water, designed to draw in the sharks.

The Shark Cage

When enough sharks have been attracted to the drums, we lower the shark cage into the water, and once we’ve ensured that it’s stable, you can start getting in one by one. After that, the only thing left to do is enjoy the wonder of the marine world around you- the oceanic black tips moving through the water like liquid bronze; the kingfish darting in flashes of silver and gold in between them, and shimmering shoals of black tail circling the bait stem. It truly is the most thrilling environment, in which you are free to immerse yourself for around an hour, remembering to keep your fingers and toes inside the cage!

When you’re finished, we bring you and the shark cage back onboard, and head back to shore where you can make use of our hot showers, and free WIFI to start telling everyone you know about your amazing adventure of a lifetime!

We highly recommend that you take recommended motion sickness tablets (sea-sick tables). Please ask your pharmacist.

Book Your Adventure

Ready to take the next step? Fill out our form below with your details. If you have any questions please send them in your message or give us a call on +27 (0) 84 800 4668. One of our staff members will be happy to help you with any information you require.


Visitors Testimonials

Words cannot explain! You have to try this once at least! Bryan made us feel completely at home. The cage was easy to get in and out of. We will be back end of the year again. Thanks for an AMAZING EXPERIENCE!

We were a little frightened but were really safe! My two boys had a blast in the cage. Thanks so much guys!

Very professional and made me feel so at ease. Would recommend to anyone!

The best family I have! I’ll trust my children in their hands on a dive!

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for an amazing experience! Had an awesome time.