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Location: Aliwal Shoal

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Scuba Addicts

Scuba Addicts has a fantastic set weekly program as well as now offering flexibility should your schedule not fit into the normal Sunday – Saturday schedule. One thing on most serious adventure divers list is the Sardine Run. They are specialists in this and offer a fantastic week’s package to join them looking for and diving with sardine bait balls. Even if bait balls are not found the vast array of wildlife is fantastic to photograph with regular sightings of Whales, Sharks, Birds, Dolphins and anything else that can get hold of the sardines.

Scuba Addicts

Scuba Addicts has a fantastic set weekly program as well as now offering flexibility should your schedule not fit into the normal Sunday – Saturday schedule. One thing on most serious adventure divers list is the Sardine Run. They are specialists in this and offer a fantastic week’s package to join them looking for and diving with sardine bait balls. Even if bait balls are not found the vast array of wildlife is fantastic to photograph with regular sightings of Whales, Sharks, Birds, Dolphins and anything else that can get hold of the sardines.

Shark Diving in The Aliwal Shoal

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Umkomaas and The Aliwal Shoal is a haven for divers wanting a close encounter with Tiger Sharks and many other species of Shark. This reef structure hosts a large variety of marine life and predators and this is a MUST DO destination for divers who love things big! Scuba Addicts have a special set up where weekly set packages are run for divers (Monday – Saturday) to enjoy many shark dives on the reefs of The Aliwal Shoal plus baited Tiger Shark dives.

The Lodge is set up for groups and individuals so all are welcome, with a pool, ocean views and an on-site dive centre. The week is aimed at divers with at least 20 Ocean Dives and who are comfortable with sharks but the crew are very experienced and even if you are not used to diving with sharks you will be before you leave. Everything is organised perfectly and you can just kick back and relax when not on the water and in the water diving with the sharks.

From the months of July – September, we have many Whales migrating up and then down the coast which makes it an extra special bonus on top of the awesome shark dives.

Shark Species

Tiger Sharks

The famous Tiger shark bait dive is definitely one of the top dives in the world and this is part of the dive packages offered. The baited dive takes place on the southern tip of the Aliwal Shoal which takes 15 minutes to reach by Zodiac. Once on site the crew add chum to the water and this drifts with the current to create a chum slick tot he boat which hopefully the Tiger Sharks will follow.

We would normally wait any time from 30 minutes to an hour or two until a Tiger shark appears. It is important to wait for the Tiger sharks to arrive as they must be comfortable with the boat before the divers enter the water. During the wait you will receive a briefing to help you to understand the shark’s behaviour and how we behave to prevent any incidents from happening. Tiger Sharks are inquisitive and intelligent animals but also shy and over the years the crew have learnt how to read them underwater to enable relatively safe diving conditions.

There are strict rules to follow underwater and the dive masters are on watch all of the time during the dive to see if the rules are being followed by the clients. This is a serious dive for the experienced and all divers must follow the guidelines to ensure that the dive is safe and enjoyable. The Tiger sharks need to be respected for what they are and as long as you behave accordingly around most Apex predators then you will remain safe in their environment.

As well as the Tiger Sharks you will experience many other Black Tip Sharks as well as Dusky Sharks depending on the time of year. In the summer months you may even be lucky enough to see a Manta Ray or dolphins on the dive.

Oceanic Blacktip Sharks

The Oceanic Blacktip Sharks are resident at the Aliwal Shoal. There are many to see normally on the baited dives and they are usually the first to come to the boat even before any bait is put in the water. These sharks are relatively safe to dive with and are a pleasure to watch, photograph and interact with underwater. The Blacktips are also seen on many of the reef dives and the dive masters use their own special techniques without using bait to bring the sharks in.

Ragged Tooth Sharks

The Ragged Tooth sharks are normally around between April and November but recently over the last few years there have been a few found in certain places around the shoal year round. The Ragged tooth sharks are probably the most famous of all as they are the menacing goofy toothed shark that populate most aquariums worldwide. There are a couple of very popular spots for Raggies around the Aliwal Shoal and these are Cathedral and Raggies Cave. Both dive spots have many Ragged Tooth sharks in season and sometimes up to and over 80 at a time.

Bull Sharks (Zambezi Sharks)

Bull Sharks are normally seen on the reef dives south of the Shoal. As many of the dives in the week are on reefs there will be plenty of opportunities to see Bull sharks on the dives. The Bull shark is one of the most notorious sharks in the ocean and responsible for many shark attacks worldwide. Like all sharks in the ocean as long as you know how to dive with them then there should not be a problem having a good positive experience. The dive guides work hard on all dives to attract sharks to them and it is not uncommon for groups to go away at the end of the week seeing over 5 species of shark

Hammerhead Sharks

Our dives with the Hammerhead Sharks take place normally during the summer months on the outside edge of the shoal. We will normally find the Hammerhead sharks in mid water away from the reefs when drifting in the blue.

Dusky Sharks

Dusky Sharks visit Aliwal shoal normally in the winter months from May to October. The sharks are very similar in appearance to Black Tips. They behave similar to Black Tips but some tend to be a little more bold. More care is required when interacting with the Dusky Sharks as they have been known to bite divers in the past that have not followed the diving protocol.

Guitar Sharks

The Guitar Sharks are found in the summer months on sandy patches resting on the bottom. These sharks are calm and you should be able to get up close to have a good look at them and have a photo taken with them.

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The Scuba Lodge

The scuba lodge is a purpose built lodge for dive groups. It is overlooking the Indian ocean and all rooms have sea views and can accommodate for up to 18 guests in 9 comfortable bedrooms all with on-suite. There is an outdoor swimming pool, B.B.Q area (Braai) as well as Kitchen facilities, Tea & Coffee, TV, Laundry Service & WIFI Internet Access. All rooms can be arranged into either King Sized bed or 2 single beds.

This is the only diving operation with all-in facilities and even it’s own dive centre! You will not need to go anywhere int he morning before the dives and just after breakfast stroll down the steps to the dive centre and then kit up. The boats are alongside the dive centre and once we have kitted up we will then load the gear onto the boats. You will travel there in a separate jeep in front of the boats down to the river estuary. The launch is a beach launch but fortunately most of the time the tide is sufficient for the boat to launch out of the river mouth so getting onto the boat is a breeze in the calm lagoon behind the estuary.

Then it is only 15 minutes by boat to get to most of the dive sites for the epic diving. Following the dive, we will return back to to the lodge in our wetsuits and then change under hot showers back at the lodge at the dive center. Nothing is a struggle and there is an excellent crew available to look after your needs.

The area boasts miles of sandy beaches and the Aliwal Shoal, rated as one of the top shark diving destinations in the world!

Shark Diving

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Scuba Addicts

Scuba Addicts specialise in shark diving along the east coast of South Africa & Mozambique. They have an excellent set-up in Umkomaas which is on the doorstep to the Aliwal Shoal, home of the Tiger Shark and many other shark species. You will be in the best hands as everything is in excellent running order with the best equipment on the market and excellent guides. The lodge is situated overlooking the Indian Ocean, and can take up to 18 guests and boasts a communal area with ocean views and also a beautiful swimming pool and relaxation area for those lazy afternoons after your dive. The area boasts miles of sandy beaches and the Aliwal Shoal, rated as one of the top shark diving destinations in the world!

Scuba Addicts has a fantastic set weekly program as well as now offering flexibility should your schedule not fit into the normal Sunday – Saturday schedule. One thing on most serious adventure divers list is the Sardine Run. They are specialists in this and offer a fantastic week’s package to join them looking for and diving with sardine bait balls. Even if bait balls are not found the vast array of wildlife is fantastic to photograph with regular sightings of Whales, Sharks, Birds, Dolphins and anything else that can get hold of the sardines.

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