Unlimited Aliwal Shoal Diving Adventure
The Unlimited Aliwal Shoal Adventure has been designed for the “die-hard”, more adventurous diver…
Our diving packages can be used as mere guidelines. Only booked a 1 night 2 dive package and you want to stay longer? That’s no hassle, you can stay as long as you want – in fact, we insist.
No single supplements means you get your own room and the price doesn’t change. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information. Our packages are designed to accommodate divers of all levels. Prices include a 5 star buffet breakfast on weekends as well as any breakfast off our menu during the week. Our facility has a fully licensed restaurant and bar.
As with all our trips, we focus on comfort, convenience and value to make your getaway as pleasurable as possible. We want this to be your happy place. A home away from home where you can escape the city, let your hair down and maybe hop on a few dives.
|Double||R 500 p/p incl. breakfast|
|Twin Room 2 Single Beds||R 500 p/p incl. breakfast|
|Family Room Min 3 pax – sleeps up to 6|
Note: Family Room = 2 inter-leading rooms, 1 double bed and 2 bunk beds or twin beds, sharing a full bathroom.
|R 500 p/p incl. breakfast; R250 incl. breakfast for kids under 12; kids under 5 stay FREE|
*We DO NOT charge a single supplement for lone travelers.
Other useful information for planning your trip:
R 10 700.00 p/p Diving
R 4 400.00 Non Diver
R 14 900.00 p/p Diving
R 5 750.00 Non Diver
9 Nights (Bed & Breakfast) 10 Days Min 18 Dives
R 16 900.00 p/p Diving
R 7 450.00 Non Diver
Additional dives can be arranged at no extra cost (weather dependent)
It is thought that the run on the East coast, containing millions of individual sardines, occurs when a current of cold water heads north from the Agulhas Bank up to Mozambique triggering their migration. Sardines group together when they are threatened. This instinctual behaviour is a defense mechanism as individuals are more likely to be eaten than large groups.These bait balls can be 10-20 metres in diameter and extend to a depth of 10 meters. The bait balls are short lived and seldom last longer than 10 minutes.
It has been observed that dolphins (estimated as being up to 18,000 in number, mostly the common dolphin but also the bottle nose dolphin) are largely responsible for rounding up the sardines into bait balls. Once the sardines are rounded up, sharks (primarily the bronze whaler, but also dusky shark, oceanic black-tip and zambezi shark), game fish (like shad or elf, king mackerel, various kingfish species, garrick, geelbek, sail fish and eastern little tuna), whales (brydes whale & humpback) and birds (like the Cape gannet, cormorants, terns and gulls) take advantage of the opportunity. Previous years also brought to us some wonderful sightings of orcas (killer whales) in full on hunting mode, humpback whales breaching only meters from the boat as well as sailfish to mention only a few experiences.
During our ocean safari, we launch every morning from the Port St Johns river to cruise the ocean in search of sardine activity – normally located from sightings of large flocks of sea birds or huge schools of common and bottlenose dolphins. We also communicate with the Sharks Board and other boat operators to locate any great action.
Once the sardines are located and we have established the bait ball is not moving too fast, snorkellers and divers are invited to enter the water to view the activity first hand, while those that prefer to stay dry can witness this amazing phenomenon from the boat, which is just as spectacular.
Come join us for on one of nature’s greatest events!
Day 1: Arrival King Shaka Airport, Durban; transfer to Blue Ocean Dive Resort
Day 2: 2 dives at Aliwal Shoal – Baited Shark dive or reef or wreck
Day 3: 1 dive at Aliwal Shoal – Baited Shark dive or reef or wreck; transfer to Port Saint Johns
Day 4: Sardine Run Ocean Safari
Day 5: Sardine Run Ocean Safari
Day 6: Sardine Run Ocean Safari
Day 7: Sardine Run Ocean Safari
Day 8: Sardine Run Ocean Safari
Day 9: Transfer to airport for departure. NB! FLIGHTS AFTER 16h00
The trip costs R 29 950,00 per person sharing and includes the following:
Please note: Because of the manner of the boat launch and beaching as well as possible uncomfortable sea conditions, it is advisable that those of limited mobility, frailty or with back problems limit themselves to land-based viewing. For those prone to sea sickness, bring along some ginger tablets available at any chemist without prescription or consult your health care professional.
Additional dives can be arranged at package prices.
Upgrade one dive to a Baited Shark Dive for R 750.00.
Non-divers: we offer accommodation and breakfast for R 450 per night to anyone accompanying a diver on a package.