The Unlimited Aliwal Shoal Diving Adventure
The Unlimited Aliwal Shoal Adventure has been designed for the “die-hard”, more adventurous diver, looking to do more than just the normal reef dive experience. The ONLY limitation to the number of dives you can do is the weather, other than that – if you WANT to dive, WE DIVE!!! No Students on your boat, a MAXIMUM of 8 divers per boat PLUS NITROX is included (the gas, not our dog, Nitrox)!
PACKAGE DETAILS AND ITINERARY
Unlimited dives per day weather and launch conditions allowing.

(6 Nights Bed & Breakfast, 7 Days,  12 Dives)

 

Price: R 10 530.00 – p/p Diving +- (£ 585.00 / € 679.00)
Price: R  4230.00 – Non Diver +- (£ 235.00 / € 272.00)

 

Day 1 :  Arrive King Shaka International Airport (Durban) & Transfer to Blue Ocean Dive Resort (Umkomaas)

 

Day 2 : 1 x Shark Dive (Oceanic Black Tip Sharks) & 1 x Reef Dive (Aliwal Shoal)

*(Plus Additional dives should weather and launch conditions allow)

 

Day 3 : 2 x Reef Dives (Aliwal Shoal)

*(Plus Additional dives should weather and launch conditions allow)

 

Day 4 : 1 x Tiger Shark Dive & 1 x  MV Produce Wreck Dive

*(Plus Additional dives should weather and launch conditions allow)

 

Day 5 : 1 x Reef Dive (Aliwal Shoal) & 1 x Nebo Wreck Dive

*(Plus Additional dives should weather and launch conditions allow)

 

Day 6 : 2 x Reef Dives – Aliwal Shoal

*(Plus Additional dives should weather and launch conditions allow)

 

Day 7 : Transfer back to King Shaka International Airport (Durban)

 

*Itinerary subject to change to accommodate weather conditions

(9 Nights Bed & Breakfast, 10 Days,  16 Dives)

 

Price: R 15 480.00 – p/p Diving +- (£ 860.00 / € 1032.00)
Price: R  5580.00 – Non Diver +- (£ 310.00 / € 372.00)

 

Day 1 : Arrive King Shaka International Airport (Durban) & Transfer to Blue Ocean Dive Resort (Umkomaas)

 

Day 2 : 1 x Shark Dive (Oceanic Black Tip Sharks) & 1 x Reef Dive (Aliwal Shoal)

*(Plus Additional dives should weather and launch conditions allow)

 

Day 3 : 2 x Reef Dives (Aliwal Shoal)

*(Plus Additional dives should weather and launch conditions allow)

 

Day 4 : 1 x Tiger Shark Dive & 1 x  MV Produce Wreck Dive

*(Plus Additional dives should weather and launch conditions allow)

 

Day 5 : 1 x Reef Dive (Aliwal Shoal) & 1 x Nebo Wreck Dive

*(Plus Additional dives should weather and launch conditions allow)

 

Day 6 : 2 x Reef Dives – Aliwal Shoal

*(Plus Additional dives should weather and launch conditions allow)

 

Day 7: 2 x Rocky Bay Dives on the Southern Reefs

OR

Terrestrial Excursion day off diving (E.G. Tala Nature Reserve, Durban Zulu Heritage Tour of spice markets etc)

 

Day 8 : 1 x Reef Dive + 1 Tiger Shark Dive

*(Plus Additional dives should weather and launch conditions allow)

 

Day 9 : 2 x Reef Dives

*(Plus Additional dives should weather and launch conditions allow)

 

Day 10: Transfer back to King Shaka International Airport (Durban)

 

*Itinerary subject to change to accommodate weather conditions 

We are the only operator that has 3 brand new boats, and only the best equipment in the dive center, as a result you are assured of:

  • No students on your boat
  • Sharks
  • Advanced Qualified Divers only (Min 30 logged dives)
  • Sharks
  • Maximum 8 divers on a boat to avoid overcrowding and cater for camera equipment
  • Sharks
  • Experienced Shark Guides
  • Did I Mention SHARKS

Package Includes

  • Additional Reef and/or wreck dives at no extra cost should weather conditions allow
  • All transfers
  • 6 or 9 Nights Accommodation – Blue Ocean Dive Resort, Aliwal Shoal
  • 1 Baited Shark Dives – Aliwal Shoal
  • 1 Tiger Shark Baited Dives – Aliwal Shoal
  • All Reef, Wreck & Shark Dives (as per itinerary)
  • Nitrox Fills (EANX) for the Deep Reef Exploration Dives
  • Cylinders Hire
  • Weight Hire
  • Breakfast
  • MPA Permits (Aliwal Shoal is a Marine Protected Area)

Does Not Include

  • Dinners
  • Lunches
  • Flights
  • Airport Taxes
  • Visas
  • Passports
  • Personal/Travel Insurance
  • Gear Hire (Available from Blue Ocean Dive Resort at a daily rate of R 350.00)
  • Tips / Gratuities (optional cost at guest’s personal discretion)

 

On the Unlimited Adventure Dive Package you will get to dive all the best dive sites on the Aliwal Shoal Reef System. You will get to dive on our Southern Reefs (conditions dependent) which are deeper and more advanced dive sites for added adventure. These reefs are very seldom dived, and as a result teaming with life. Our 2 wrecks also make for 2 awesome dives. Last but not least you will get to do a Baited Shark Dive (Oceanic Black Tip Sharks) and a Baited Tiger Shark Dive.

 

Every dive will be an adventure, from the Baited Shark Dive (Oceanic Black Tip Sharks), the Baited Tiger Shark Dive to diving with Ragged Tooth Sharks on the reef in our winter months, to the most beautiful Nudibranchs, Manta Rays, Spotted Eagle Rays, Devil Rays, Dolphins, Humpback Whales……… the list goes on!! You will be in awe of the diverse range of life that is on show with every dive at Aliwal Shoal. Not to mention our 2 awesome wreck dives on Aliwal Shoal, the MV Produce (sank 1974) @ 32 m and the Nebo (sank 1884) @ 24 m.

 

Blue Ocean Dive Resort is the premier dive operator on Aliwal Shoal, you are assured of only the best service. We are the only operator with a Lodge, Sea View Deck Restaurant, Bar and Dive Center all conveniently located on the same premises. From the moment we pick you up at the airport until we drop you off again you will feel at home. We are a diving family ready to blow your mind!!! You will have a great time when we have our Braai Evenings (BBQ) sitting around the fire having a relaxing drink, showing off some awesome photography and chatting about the diving that day. We have great fun when we stroll down to the local fish restaurant on the beach for our Prawn/Seafood Dinner.

 

We are a diving family ready to blow your mind!!! You will have a great time when we have our Braai Evenings (BBQ) sitting around the fire having a relaxing drink, showing off some awesome photography and chatting about the diving that day. We have great fun when we stroll down to the local fish restaurant on the beach for our Prawn/Seafood Dinner.

 

We pride ourselves in being able to make all our guests feel at home and relax as per the many Trip Advisor reviews we have received attesting to this. We love what we do, we have as much fun as you do, that is why you will have the time of your life.

 

Because of the amount of accommodation we have available we DO NOT charge a single supplement. This means you are NOT penalized for travelling alone!! 

 

Our facilities allow us to accommodate large groups of up to 24 (we have 3 boats, 8 per boat, but can hire a fourth if needed for group of 32) Our Dive Lodge can accommodate up to 54.

 

 

Aliwal Shoal boasts all year round shark activity:

June to Nov: Ragged Tooth Sharks (Aliwal Shoal is their breeding grounds)

May to Sept: Dusky Sharks

Nov to May: Tiger Sharks AND Bull (Zambezi) Sharks

Oct to Mar: Hammerhead Sharks

Dec to Feb: Whale Sharks

Dec to May: White Tip Reef Sharks

Mar to Oct: Giant Guitar Sharks

ALL Year Round: Oceanic (Pelagic) Black Tip Sharks

 

During your stay with us, should you be interested, we have 2 awesome wreck dives on Aliwal Shoal, the MV Produce (sank 1974) and the Nebo (sank 1884). Although we rarely see sharks on the wrecks they do make for beautiful dives just for something different.

Dives available on Aliwal Shoal:

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Ragged Tooth Shark Dive (May-Oct)

From May to about October Aliwal Shoal Reef System becomes the mating Grounds for Ragged Tooth Sharks. They congregate in huge numbers, first the males arrive and then a little later the females. To successfully mate the male will bite onto the fins of the female so as to get her into position, because of this we are always picking up Shark Teeth around the reef which makes for an awesome momento. Ragged Tooth Sharks are not afraid of divers and allow us to get extremely close. There are certain spots on the reef that we can spend the entire dive with them getting some magnificent photographic shots
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Bull Shark Dive (Nov – April)

During the summer months we go looking for the Bull Shark or Zambezi Shark as it is known locally. They are much more elusive and shy. We have methods to attract them by creating vibration in the water. We dive in the deeper areas for them out to sea on the Outside Edge of the reef. Known as the Body Builder of the ocean because of their big stocky appearance they make their presence felt when we see them. This is also the area where we find the Hammerhead Shark and run into some other awesome animals such as Eagle Rays, Devil Rays, Manta Rays and various other game fish. Nitrox fills included for these dives so as to maximize bottom time and Minimize sit out time. More time in the water and less time on the surface means more chances of finding SHARKS!!
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Baited Shark Dive (Oceanic Black Tip Shark) All year round 12 months

By creating an odour corridor with our purpose built “Bait Stem” we are able to attract these magnificent predators all year round!!! Oceanic Black Tip Sharks are highly pelagic (deep ocean), as a result they are built for speed and are prolific hunters. There can be up to 40 sharks on a dive surrounding the divers. They get really up close and are not afraid to enter your personal space. Your cameras will be working over time here, bring the BIG memory card!
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Baited Tiger Shark Dive – (All Year round 12 months)

This dive is run exactly the same as the Baited Dive above except that now we are specifically baiting for Tiger Sharks. In this instance we go to a different area where we are able to anchor the bait stem for up to an hour trying to attract the Tigers. Divers must be prepared to be a little patient on the boat during the baiting process, but, the rewards when the Tiger shows itself is phenomenal!! When the weather conditions allow we will anchor the Bait Stem and then move off for the Shark Dive and come back to the stem a few hours later. If we do not attract any Tigers we move off to the other baited area where we do the *Baited Shark Dive (Oceanic Black Tip Shark)
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Southern Reefs

These reefs are located a few kilometers South of Aliwal Shoal. Because these reefs are very seldom dived they always produce the most fantastic sightings and abundance of aquatic life. We often find the very big Bull Sharks and Hammerhead Sharks on these reefs.Great White Sharks have also been spotted on these reefs. These reefs are all between 24 and 40 meters and require an advanced and Nitrox certifications. We can do the Nitrox certification for you. We have many GPS marks of reefs in this area that we have not yet dived. If you feel like a little adventure we can do some exploration dives.

Optional Upgrades:

One day Big 5 Safari at Hluhluwe Game Reserve (adds 1 Night & 1 Day to package)
R 3 200.00 (Incl ALL Transfers)

2 Day Big 5 Safari 1 Day Hippo and Croc River Cruise (adds 2 Nights & 3 days to package)
R 6 200.00 (Incl ALL Transfers)

Dive with us for an unforgettable experience.
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