Aliwal shoal is a stunning reef just 5km off the south coast of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. The varied marine life makes the Aliwal Shoal an amazing adventure destination for anybody looking to explore the subterranean world.
With a mass of game fish, Aliwal shoal offers the chance to dive with predators like ragged-tooth sharks, black tips, zambezi’s and even hammer head sharks. Turtles, dolphins, rays and many other larger marine animals are common in the area. The shoal is a marine protected area and does require a permit to dive, speak to your dive centre to find out more.
The shoal is suitable for divers of all levels, having sites ranging from 12m at Pinnacles all the way down to 40m at Umzmai Wall. There are also 2 wrecks that are available to dive, the Produce from around 12-35m, and the Nebo at around 28m. Diving in the Indian Ocean means that the water temperature is normally quite cosy around 20ºC and higher. Visibility can vary from a handful of metres up to clear 20-30m dives. There is often a current for any drift dive fans, making your journey of the shoal effortless.
We completed our Open Water courses at ScubaXcursion, an SSI dive centre, and highly recommend it. The centre is situated 20m from Scottburgh beach so you can spend your day diving and relaxing on the beautiful east coast sands. Friendly and skilled instructors and dive masters ensure that your diving experience is world-class.
If you need more convincing why Aliwal shoal should be on your bucket list, this is how ScubaXcursion describes diving in this little slice of paradise:
‘No words can truly describe or justify the life changing encounters that these dives have to offer,
you simply have to come and experience it for yourself.’
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