Aliwal ShoalSouth Africa
Rated consistently as one of the world’s Top 10 dive sites, Aliwal Shoal lies off the coast of Umkomaas, a sleepy little town on the East coast and only a short drive south of Durban’s King Shaka International Airport.
An adventurous river mouth and surf launch takes you to, arguably, South Africa’s ‘shark capital’ diving area.
The months of May to November are when the ragged tooth congregate, gliding under overhangs, through caves and across the reef in numbers; a diver digging in the sand will often reveal some souvenir teeth. Just off the southern reef sections and all-year-round are where the baited dives take place attracting dozens of black tips and the majestic tiger. The reef inhabitants include the large brindle, potato bass, bull, hammerhead, dusky, guitar and white tip sharks, a variety of rays and eels, schools of tropical fish, leafy scorpion fish and many turtles.
The topography is fascinating with giant potholes, towering spires, caves, overhangs, walls and sand ripple sections making up an incredible underwater labyrinth. An added attraction off the northern point is the wreck of the ‘Produce’, which sank in 1974 and is now home to a couple of very large brindle bass.
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