14 Day Shark Week South Africa & Mozambique

This diving holiday package at the famous Aliwal Shoal and Ponta Do Ouro in Mozambique and St Lucia offers ‘Guaranteed Shark Diving‘ or your dives will be free. There is so much confidence in shark encounters thanks to the skill and experience of the crew that it is virtually impossible to go away from a week’s diving without having shark interactions.

The aim of the week is to observe the sharks in their natural environment and to learn how to dive with the different species of sharks and interact with them. You will learn how to identify the different species and understand how to read the behaviour of the sharks towards divers in South Africa and Mozambique. At the end of your package you will stay in St Lucia which is wonderful for viewing Hippo’s and Crocodiles. 

Package Info

Location: Umkomaas (Durban), Pona Do Oura (Mozambique) & St Lucia (Safari) 

Season: All Year

Advanced Diver

From ZAR30 250 Per Person Sharing

 

Package Info

Location: Umkomaas (Durban), Pona Do Oura (Mozambique) & St Lucia (Safari) 

Season: All Year

Advanced Diver

From ZAR30 250 Per Person Sharing

 

14 Day Shark Week South Africa & Mozambique

This diving holiday package at the famous Aliwal Shoal and Ponta Do Ouro in Mozambique offers ‘Guaranteed Shark Diving‘ or your dives will be free! There is so much confidence in shark encounters thanks to the skill and experience of the crew that it is virtually impossible to go away from a week’s diving without having shark interactions.The trip is followed by a night in St Lucia which is excellent for viewing Hippos and Crocodiles.

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Why this trip?

  • Guaranteed Sharks! – If you do not see sharks during your week then your diving is for FREE!
  • No student divers! This is the only dive company in the Aliwal Shoal and Mozambique that doesn’t offer any dive courses. The diving is purely focused on enjoying the experience without any restrictions from student divers. (Minimum qualifications required for the week are Advanced open water with 25 dives)
  • On-Site Dive Center! The Lodges are completely self-contained. The dive centre is within the lodges and everything is based in-house in both South Africa and Mozambique. At the lodge, you will kit up, load the boats and then go straight down to the water all ready to go. Following the dive, you will go straight back to the lodge and then de-kit and take off the wetsuits under hot showers.
  • Breakfast is included and there is a menu for lunch. Dinners are at local restaurants and also at the lodge for a couple of the nights.
  • Spend your final night in St Lucia which is excellent for viewing Hippos and Crocodiles. 

The dives throughout the week will be a combination of baited dives and reef dives with sharks. On many weeks it is not uncommon to encounter Tiger sharks on normal reef dives so always be aware and alert of this so you do not miss the opportunity! It is a wonderful experience looking around and then seeing a huge Tiger shark swimming alongside you in the blue. Each day is different and every time you descend on a reef no one knows what they will encounter!

The boat launches from the surf break in both destinations. This can be an exciting launch and all clients are briefed about the safety precautions and wear life jackets during the launch. The dives range from shallow reefs at around 10m to deeper than 30m depending on the dive site and with the minimum experience of 25 dives requested for divers all divers on the shark week should be comfortable on the dives.

 

Sharks That May Be Encountered

 
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 boat. 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 be on guard 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 and especially Mozambique. 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.

Hammerhead Sharks

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

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.

Leopard Sharks

The Leopard 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.

 

Itinerary

Day-1 : Arrive Durban – Transfer to the Scuba Lodge – Overnight @ The Scuba Lodge
Day-2 : 2 x Shark Dives Aliwal Shoal – Overnight @ The Scuba Lodge
Day-3 : 1 x Shark Dive — 1 x baited Shark Dive – Overnight @ The Scuba Lodge
Day-4 : 1 x Shark Dive — 1 x baited Shark Dive – Overnight @ The Scuba Lodge
Day-5 : Transfer to Ponta Do Ouro – Overnight Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique
Day-6 : 2 x Shark Dives – Overnight Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique
Day-7 : 2 x Shark Dives – Overnight Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique
Day-8 : 2 x Shark Dives – Overnight Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique
Day-9 : 2 x Shark Dives – Overnight Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique
Day-10 : 2 x Shark Dives – Overnight Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique
Day-11 : 2 x Shark Dives – Overnight Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique
Day-12 : 2 x Shark Dives – Overnight Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique
Day-13 : 2 x Shark Dives – Transfer to St Lucia –- Overnight St Lucia
Day-14 : Airport transfer to Durban International Airport for Flights after 2pm if Domestic flight and
after 4pm if an international flight

 

The Aliwal Shoal Scuba Lodge

The Aliwal Shoal 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 in the 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 than 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 centre. Nothing is a struggle and there is an excellent crew available to look after your needs.

 

The Mozambique Scuba Lodge

The Mozambique Dive Lodge is centrally located in the small town of Ponta Do Ouro in Mozambique. The lodge has amazing views overlooking the Indian Ocean and is perfectly situated for diving with sharks and on the reefs of Ponta Do Ouro, Ponta Molangane & Ponta Mamoli. The site dive centre is on-site which means no local transfers between your accommodation and the dive centre, just wake-up, roll out of bed and kit up before enjoying diving on the reefs of Ponta Do Ouro, Ponta Molangane & Ponta Mamoli in Mozambique!

Every room at the dive lodge is air-conditioned and has en-suite facilities with showers! The main deck overlooks the ocean, miles of sandy beaches and is perfect for an afternoon of relaxing by the pool.

Facilities

  • Every Room is air-conditioned
  • Wi-Fi & Internet Access is available
  • Transport is available at the lodge
  • Miles of sandy beaches
  • 2 x Swimming Pools
  • Beach Access from the Lodge
  • Local Excursions
  • Laundry Service

 

Flight Requirements

Day-1 : Arrive Durban [DUR] @ between 12 noon and 18:30
Day-14 : Depart Durban [DUR] @ after 2pm, If an international flight the flight must leave after
4pm

Included

  • Return Airport Transfers
  • Local Transport
  • 9-nights Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • 14 Shark Dives
  • Cylinders, Air-fills, Weight Belts & Weights
  • Diver Permits

 

Excluded

  • Flights and Taxes
  • Passports & Visas
  • Personal Insurance
  • Dive Gear [can be hired @ R200 per day]
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Drinks

Diving Package (Sharing)

ZAR30 250 Per Person

 

Diving Package (Single)

ZAR33 250 Per Person

 

Non Diver (Partner – Sharing)

ZAR17 250 Per Person

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