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Aliwal Shoal - South Africa

Aliwal Shoal is a boat accessible salt water dive site, located in Umkomaas, Kwazulu-natal, South Africa. This dive site has an average rating of 4.00 out of 5 from 8 scuba divers. The maximum depth is 81-90ft/25-27m. The average visibility is 41-50ft/12-15m.

"Aliwal Shoal is made up of a long, wide reef with a varied and rugged topography. The rocky surface is cluttered with algae, sponges, soft and hard corals, anemones, and feather stars. Reef fish and pelagics are abundant, turtles are regulars, there are dolphins, whales, manta rays and other large creatures, and even the rare sighting of a sailfish or marlin. Then there are the sharks: raggies, hammerheads, whale sharks, and for some added excitement, blacktips, great whites, Zambezi (bull sharks) and tiger sharks, to name a few. Tiny pineapplefish, paperfish, nudibranchs and other small creatures add to the list. And if the visual overload is not sufficient, all of this is often accompanied by a enchanting underwater soundtrack provided by dolphin whistles and whale songs." Quoted from Dr Jenifer Goldberg’s book "ALIWAL SHOAL Dive Guide"

Aliwal Shoal is made up of the following dive sites:
  • Northern Pinnacles (max depth 18m)
  • Manta Point (max depth 24m)
  • North Sands (max depth 15m)
  • Ledges and Overhangs (max depth 12m)
  • Chunnel (max depth 14m)
  • Raggie Cave (max deph 17m)
  • Shark Alley (max depth 20m)
  • Outside Edge (max depth 27m)
  • Cathdral (max depth 27m)
  • South Sands (max depth 17m)
  • Inside Edge (max depth 22m)
  • Tiger Cove (max depth 14m)
  • Eel Skins (max depth 17m)
  • Castle (max depth 24m)

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Charnel - 1/06/2016 5:20 AM
Rating Added: 5
Great dive and fun dive good to see sharks
Esile - 11/16/2015 11:04 PM
I worked for a couple of years in Umkomaas as a diving instructor. Aliwal Shoal is the most interesting and fascinating place.
JasonMyers - 5/30/2014 1:42 PM
I went scuba diving here on 5/24/2014. Average viz: 41-50ft/12-15m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
I was weighted with 6Kg (I’ve converted to 14lb). This was the perfect weighting. Vertical - feet down - descent, best buoyancy control. Definitely the best dive I’ve ever had.

We saw 12 different Ragged Toothed Shark, though I personally only saw 3 of them. Really an awesome time.I would recommend this dive site to anyone.
charl - 10/25/2013 7:39 AM
Rating Added: 3
Very nice dive sites. When I was there some of the operators who offered shark experiences where chumming. I am not a fan of the chumming process.