• Duration

    Thursday – Sunday

    10-13 June 2021

  • Location

    Aliwal Shoal is located off the KwaZulu-Natal southern coast near Umkomaas and within a Protected Marine Reserve.

  • Available Tickets

    No Maximum number of guests

  • Price
    *3 Nights accommodation
    *3 Reef Dives 1 Baited Shark Dive
    *Including cylinder and air fills.
    *3 Nights accommodation
    *4 Reef Dives
    *Including cylinder and air fills.
    *3 Nights accommodation for non divers.
  • Deposit

    NON REFUNDABLE deposit of R600

Aliwal Shoal is located off the KwaZulu-Natal southern coast near Umkomaas and within a Protected Marine Reserve. The shoal consists mostly of undersea fossil dunes and drop-offs that have sheltered breeding fish for centuries and it’s here that divers flock to see the diverse marine life and experience close encounters with a number of shark species. The shoal is classified a subtropical reef and contains both hard and soft coral.

Two shipwrecks make for an interesting dive for experienced divers, the Nebo and the Produce sank almost a century apart and both lie roughly 30m underwater.

The Diving

Not only is Aliwal Shoal rated by Jacques Cousteau as one of the top 10 dive spots in the world, but regular divers say it is second only to the rocky ride over breakers to get there (‘rocky’ describes the turbulence of the sea rather than any protuberances between the coast and the reef).

The marine life of the shoal is said to be spectacular. Raggies or ragged tooth sharks (also known as grey nurse sharks) are regularly spotted between August and November as they use the area to mate. They are, despite looking like hunters of the deep, rather docile. In fact in the history of diving the shoal, there has been no recorded attack from a shark. You are more likely to spot them close to a famous area known as the ‘Raggies caves’.

But it is not only the prospect of seeing 15 to 20 sharks at any one time that attracts divers here. You can also see mantas, moray eels, huge stingrays, sweetlips, potato groupers (also known as potato bass or cod) and turtles.

Whilst, with any luck and only at certain times of the year, you can also hope to see dolphins, humpbacks, and hammerheads. This excludes the schools of pelagic and coral fish that frequent the 5 kilometre long reef or shoal.

During summer temperatures in the water average a warm 24 degrees, whilst in winter it does not get much colder than 19 degrees because the shoal lies on the inner edge of the Mozambique current. Popular diving sites on Aliwal Shoal include the cathedral – an amazing hole in the reef – the pinnacles, the north sands and the Raggie cave and shark alley.

Basic plans

Divetek goes to Aliwal Shoal most months. These trips involve taking casual divers to Aliwal Shoal – Umkomaas. We can also do speciality courses while diving Aliwal Shoal.

These trips are mostly run over the weekend from a Thursday to Sunday.

Divetek does all the bookings and arrangements for you and can organise private trips based on availability and group sizes.

The diving operator is based in Scottburgh, Kwa- Zulu Natal, South Africa on site at the Cutty Sark Hotel , next to the ever popular Scottburgh Beach. Experience the convenience of simply rolling out of bed into the dive centre. The Hotel has private beach access and all rooms have sea view.


Aliwal Shoal has very simple dive sites with a variety of depths, so we welcome all divers with an Open Water qualification and up to join us on these trips.

It is also great for the whole family, with great snorkelling spots, so non divers of all ages are welcome to come along.