Destination Fact File
The place that guarantees shark encounters!
South Africa is one of the world’s most popular diving destinations with locations attracting divers from all over the world such as Aliwal Shoal and the Protea Banks and its thrilling and diverse pelagic action and huge migrations of fish. Suitable for beginners and experience divers, South Africa’s east coast offers warm tropical conditions to suit all divers along with plenty of sharks, dolphins, whales, turtles and rays as well as remarkable reefs and a variety of colourful reef fish.
The waters on the west coast are cooler but with magnificent marine life including the adrenaline fuelling adventures around Dyer Island, just 2 hours to the east of Cape Town where you can have up close and personal encounters with great white sharks.
Ultimate Diving has a range of packages available. Most divers choose a six night package departing from the UK on Saturday. Other days of the week are available on request along with tailored made options and a number of experiences in this diving paradise including shark dives at Aliwal Shoal combined with tiger sharks and the great white shark cage diving or the famous sardine run combined with the “Big 5 Safari” where you have the opportunity to explore Africa’s wildlife.
The 'SharkWEEK South Africa & Mozambique' package on the East Coast is for qualified divers wanting to experience diving with the many species of sharks found on the reefs of Aliwal Shoal and Pomta de Ouro, Protea Banks and Tiger Shark spotting areas. This trip’s aim is to dive with as many shark species as possible including tiger, dusky, bull and ragged tooth sharks as well as giant guitar sharks and hammerheads.
As well as sharks, the Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks are home to a vast variety of marine life including whales, dolphins, manta rays, devil and eagle rays, turtles, eels and much more.
The sardine run is a world-famous phenomenon taking place each year during June and July in Port St. Johns when billions of sardines spawn off the Agulhas Bank and high-tail up the eastern seaboard feeding on phytoplankton and zooplankton. Naturally, this convoy attracts an incredible number of predators looking to satisfy their appetites and you will get to witness the birds, dolphins, sharks and whales all enjoying a huge feast.
This is undoubtedly an unforgettable diving experience, one that will bring you a lot of action and memories! We have listed 2 of the itineraries we have available and to ensure you can make the most out of your South Africa experience we have also listed the “Big 5 Safari” that can be tailored in to your sardine run adventure.