For those who love diving with adrenaline, this excursion is a must! In the warm waters of Kwazulu-Natal there are different shark species such as Black tip sharks, Dusky sharks, Spinner sharks, Tiger sharks and Zambezi sharks. These sharks can provide an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime, diving experience.
During this activity you will learn more about the sharks and the importance of protecting the marine environment. You view sharks, dolphins and perhaps whales from the water surface. Afterwards you put on a wetsuit, put on diving mask and climb into the floating steel cage. During the half hour that you stay in the cage, you will see on average between 5 and 20 sharks.
|Daily at 06:30 AM|
|Rocky Bay Beach|
|Rocky Bay Beach|
|From 8 years, no diving experience required|
This day trip departs at 6:30 am from Rocky Bay beach, a 45-minute drive from Durban (approx. 1 hour from King Shaka International Airport).
After a short introduction you put on your wetsuit and go with a small boat to Aliwal Shoal, looking for sharks.
and has been rated as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world. It is a fossilized sand dune with a number of soft and hard corals, but especially sponges. The depth varies from 5 to 30 meters.
The underwater life is very varied, but is especially popular for the sand tiger sharks (‘raggies’), which migrate north along the coast between July and November. This provides some spectacular encounters while diving.
During the boat trip there is talk about sharks, marine life and their conservation. You will also be shown shark nets and learn about the importance of sustainable tourism. The ‘Cage Diving’ experience is also intended to raise the level of attention, awareness and compassion of the public for the sharks.
From the water surface you will also be able to admire some of these beautiful animals. Not only sharks but also dolphins can be spotted throughout the year. Between May and November you also have the chance to see the migrating humpbacks.
When they arrive at Aliwal Shoal, they are looking for a good place to launch the cage. Normally the sharks come immediately to the boat when they hear it arrive. In addition, sardines are also used to attract the sharks to the boat.
Then the time has come, the cage is launched and the diving can begin. During the half hour that you stay in the cage, you will see on average between 5 and 20 sharks. As a bonus, underwater photos are taken of you and the sharks. On request you can also have a DVD made for an additional charge.
This day trip lasts 2.5 hours and has a minimum age of 8 years. Non-swimmers are also welcome.
Don’t forget to bring a raincoat or windbreaker, sunscreen, swimwear, towel, sunglasses, warm clothing and if necessary pills for seasickness.
Make sure you are on time, the boat is not waiting!