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Shark Cage Diving on Durban's Aliwal Shoal

  • Snorkel and swim with oceanic blacktip sharks on the Aliwal Shoal
  • Relax with an experienced shark guide in the water at all times

  • Choose whether to stay in the cage or to mingle with the sharks

Shark Cage Diving on Durban's Aliwal Shoal
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Shark Cage Diving on Durban's Aliwal Shoal
US$ 74.30
Get up close and personal with an apex predator—oceanic blacktip sharks—on a shark cage snorkeling trip to Durban’s notorious Aliwal Shoal. A guide in the water guarantees safety on a trip that’s suitable for almost everyone, including non-swimmers and kids as young as 7. After learning about sharks, enjoy about an hour in the water. Many visitors choose to leave the cage to swim with the sharks.
What to Expect
Our Shark Cage Diving adventure starts at 6.30am (although times may vary depending on conditions and your availability) with guests arriving at our shark centre located at 11 Escombe Cresent, Freeland Park, Scottburgh. All equipment will be provided for you, so only bring yourself, a sense of adventure, and a bathing costume.

After a wake-up coffee, our guide will brief you on the shark cage diving adventure. This will include biological information on the sharks and the procedures that we will be following to ensure that you have a safe, educational, and enjoyable shark adventure with us. 

You will then move to our changing rooms to be fitted with a suitably sized wetsuit, mask, and snorkel. Once you have changed into your wetsuit and safely stored any valuables and keys, you will hop onto our vehicle for a two minute drive down to our launch site. 

At the beach, you will give an excited wave to your expedition videographer (who makes an edited expedition video for you), and arrive at our 8m semi-rigid vessel. The guide will give you a quick boat safety briefing and hand out life jackets. From here, you will climb onto the boat. Once everyone is seated, our tractor pushes the boat into the ocean and our skipper extraordinaire will launch you safely seawards. 

It is an 8-minute boat ride to Aliwal Shoal where the sharks are located. On arrival we will put a 'chum drum' into the water to attract the sharks. We will also deploy our 6-person shark cage that floats at the surface. Once we have a good number of sharks around (usually within 2-minutes) we will pull the cage adjacent to the boat and you can slip into the water. 

You can then enjoy viewing between 10 and 30 black tip sharks circling you for up to 60 minutes. Our guide will be in the water with you at all times, and assist you if required. Many of our shark cage diving guests use the cage initially, but once they see that the sharks ignore humans, they ask to swim freely with the sharks outside of the cage. If you choose to move outside the cage, our guide will collect a pair of fins for you and assist you out of the cage (but you are also free to stay within the cage - whatever makes you most comfortable). 

After the cage dive, you climb onto the boat and head back to land. At our shark centre, you can enjoy a hot shower and dry towel. Whilst our videographer is busy editing your expedition video, you can eat a light snack of sandwiches and soft-drinks. When the videographer is ready, you can all crowd around the TV to watch your expedition video - prepare to gasp in amazement!  

The trip does not include transport to and from Scottburgh (this can be arranged at additional cost) or the expedition video (an additional R350 per group, if you like what we have produced). We will send you the video via Google drive or We-transfer, or you can bring along a USB stick to load the video onto directly.
Reviews (11)
1 - 5 of 11 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very professional safe informative and fun. Highly highly recommended! The whole experience was smoothly run from beginning to end and the surroundings both in and out of the water are lovely.

Thank B W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Swim with the black tip Sharks. Great experience, well managed, stunning region. Great briefing before the snorkel, and a team with a great deal of knowledge.recommended

Thank HertsJosh
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Shark Diving

This was an amazing tour that I did in the beginning of August. Mia and her team were quite awesome and informative on the whole adventure. I opted to do the cageless dive instead, the sharks swim through your legs, and are actually quite nice....More

Thank Kevin H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
One of the most relaxing activities you can do!

Blue Wilderness offers you to go snorkeling with sharks with or without a cage. We did it without and it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had! The whole team was very professional and I felt safe at all time. They care a...More

Thank okpets
Reviewed 7 September 2018

The staff were amazing and incredibly helpful. They do a briefing before you leave and let you know exactly what to expect. Our skipper was insanely experienced and the trip on the way out to the location was almost worth the money. It was the...More

Thank helena n
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Luis G
23 August 2018|
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between 21'C and 25'C. The wetsuits are 5mm
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