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South Africa’s Ultimate Shark Diving Adventure!

1st February 2008

South Africa offers some of the best adventure diving in the world, including awesome beach launches and amazing shark diving. During our ‘Shark Diving Adventure’ we focus on different dive sites for different species of sharks, enjoying up-close and personal encounters with the oceans apex predators.

If you like sharks then isn’t it time you treated yourself to the ultimate and made a plan to visit Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks on the KwaZulu Natal coast for the best shark diving adventure of them all!

Price: 2008 Shark Diving Adventure
8 day itinerary including 7 nights accommodation, 6 days diving (2 days/4 dives at Aliwal Shoal, 2 days/4 dives at Protea Banks, 2 days of tiger shark diving)

Diver Package: R12,000 (approx. US$ 1,625)
Non-Diving Partner : R8,500 (approx. US$ 1,150)
Single Supplement : R750 (approx. US$ 100)
(US$ prices subject to exchange rate)

Itinerary: This 8 day itinerary starts every Sunday in Durban, South Africa.

Day 1: Arrive Durban
Your adventure begins when you arrive at Durban International Airport. You will be met at the airport and transferred (+/- 20 mins) to our accommodation, situated on the Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN) South Coast. The upmarket lodge overlooks the ocean and has en-suite facilities. There is a swimming pool just a few metres away from the lodge & a fantastic braai (BBQ) area. The accommodation is available as single, twin or double occupancy and is serviced daily. Overnight KZN South Coast.

Day 2: 2 dives on Aliwal Shoal
An early morning rise for two dives on the Aliwal Shoal, situated about 5 km offshore from the coastal village of Umkomaas on the Kwazulu Natal South Coast. It has been rated as one of the best sites in the world to see ragged-tooth sharks and giant guitar sharks, as well as mobula rays. In the evening you will enjoy dinner at one of the local bars or restaurants. Overnight KZN South Coast.

Day 3: 2 dives at Aliwal Shoal
Two dives at Aliwal Shoal. Overnight KZN South Coast.

Day 4: 2 dives at Protea Banks
An early morning rise for two dives on the Protea Banks, situated about 7.5 km offshore from the town of Shelly Beach on Kwazulu Natal’s South Coast. Our aim today is to dive with ragged-tooth Sharks and Zambezi (bull) sharks; and since we use acoustics, you will have up close encounters with these fantastic creatures. The Protea Banks offer a great chance to see many different sharks including hammerheads, tiger sharks, bronze whalers, dusky sharks, guitar sharks and more. In the evening we enjoy dinner at one of the local bars or restaurants. Overnight KZN South Coast.

Day 5: 2 dives Protea Banks
Two dives in the Protea Banks. Overnight KZN South Coast.

Day 6: Tiger Shark Diving
Today you will spend the day at sea, diving with tiger sharks on the southern end of the Aliwal Shoal, Umkomaas. Our tiger shark dives will rate as one of the top 5 dives you will ever do! We launch from the Umkomaas River mouth and travel south to the southern ledges of the Aliwal Shoal. We then create a chum (scent) corridor to attract the sharks. Once the sharks arrive you will enter the water to observe the sharks in their natural environment. In the evening you will enjoy dinner at one of the local bars or restaurants. Overnight KZN South Coast.

Day 7: Tiger Shark Diving
Today you will spend another day at sea, diving with tiger sharks on the southern end of the Aliwal Shoal. We generally have between 2 and 6 (but can be as many as 9 or more) Tiger sharks as well as many oceanic black-tip sharks, dusky sharks and on occasion, other species. This is an amazing encounter with one of the ocean’s most awesome predators. In the evening you will enjoy dinner at one of the local bars or restaurants. Overnight KZN South Coast.

Day 8: Airport Transfers to Durban International Airport
In the morning you enjoy breakfast at the lodge and then you will be transferred to Durban International Airport, where we will bid you farewell (until next time!).

What’s included: Guides for the entire tour, transfers and transportation, breakfasts, 7-nights accommodation, 6-days diving (2 days/4 dives Aliwal Shoal, 2 days/4 dives Protea Banks, 2 days tiger shark diving), cylinders, air and weights.

What’s not included: Flights and taxes, personal holiday insurance, dive gear (can be hired), lunches, dinners, drinks, passports and visas.

For bookings, please send us an email or call our PADI 5 Star Dive Centre in Phuket – 66 (0)83 505 7794

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