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Oceanic Black Tip

FUN DIVES

Daily Charters to Aliwal Shoal and the Pristine Southern Reefs

The Gateway to Aliwal Shoal and the pristine Southern Reefs. 
Situated in the center of the Aliwal Shoal Marine Protected Area, Scottburgh offers the shortest passage to the crown area of Aliwal Shoal and also the unexplored Southern Reef Systems.

SCUBA DIVING ALIWAL SHOAL

Daily dive charters to the world renowned Aliwal Shoal and the pristine Southern Reefs off Scottburgh. Shark Diving excursions and specialized tours.

Avg Sea Temp: 23 degrees

Avg visibility: 12-15 m

(max 40 m)

Currents: mild to strong

Status: Marine Protected Area


Aliwal Shoal lies within a marine protected area and runs in a north – south direction on the inner edge of the Mozambiquan current. The Shoal is 1.5km wide, 5 km long and approximately 4 km offshore from Scottburgh. Visibility can vary from average to excellent.

The Shoal was formed when sand and other deposits got washed in the ocean from sand dunes in the area, over time they formed a calcium carbonate compound that laid the foundation of this sandstone reef. This dune rock structure was later submerged due to heavy rainfall and was colonized by a variety of different types of coral. The reef itself has a pinnacle ridge and gradually drops off on the inner-, and outer edge till it reaches a sandy bottom.

The uneven structure of the reef is full of gullies, cracks and overhangs and is home to at least a 1200 tropical and sub-tropical fish species. You will also get to see eels, turtles, rays, and a variety of sharks.

The annual Ragged Tooth Shark (Grey Nurse Shark) migration takes place from July to November, when large amounts of “Raggies” congregate on the Shoal to mate.  Whales and Dolphins also frequently visit these waters. One of the main attractions is the world famous Tiger Shark Diving on Aliwal Shoal. On these baited dives large amounts of Oceanic Black Tip Sharks and an occasional Tiger Shark can be encountered in close range. The best time to book a Tiger Dive is from November to May each year.


For Wreck Diving enthusiast Aliwal Shoal offer two wrecks, the Produce and the Nebo. The Produce an old cargo ship was heading South when she struck the Shoal and sank in 1974. The Produce Wreck can be found lying on her starboard side on the sandy bottom at a depth of 30-32 m. The 119 m long ship has a broken back leaving the mid-ship scattered across the area. The Produce is home to giant brindle bass up to 3m in size. The Nebo was carrying material for the building of a railway bridge when she overturned due to incorrect loading on May 20th 1884. The wreck is broken in two parts an lies at a depth of 18 to 26 m. You can be sure to encounter Natal Catfish and the endemic Harlequin Goldies. Lots of Scorpion fish hide on the wreck and other species found here include Ribbontal Rays, Sharpnosed Stingrays, Greyspot Guitarfish and schools of Fusiliers. There is also a big variety of different types of coral and often  schools of game fish pass overhead.


Aliwal Shoal offers spectacular diving and a variety of different dive site. The conditions can be a bit challenging but it’s worth the effort.  There are also a few very pristine dive sites to the south of the main reef, these sites aren’t dived as often and are still very unspoiled. Diving on Aliwal Shoal comes highly recommended and is ideal for avid photographers and fun divers alike.

Scottburgh

The Gateway to Aliwal Shoal and the pristine Southern Reefs. 

Situated in the center of the Aliwal Shoal Marine Protected Area, Scottburgh offers the shortest passage to the crown area of Aliwal Shoal and also the unexplored Southern Reef Systems. 

DIVING ON ALIWAL SHOAL - SOUTH AFRICA

scuba dive on aliwal shoal and the pristine southern reefs