There are very few places in the world where you can view tiger sharks in their natural environment. South Africa is one of those rare places, which is why you must come and see them for yourself!
People who have been to places have commented that nowhere else in the world can you have the quality and safe viewing as in Aliwal Shoal.
Tiger shark diving in South Africa offers an underwater rush like no other, a diving adventure to remember forever. View these impressive predators in their natural environment, up close and personal, without being confined by a cage.
This dive takes place on a smallish reef about 1km south of the Aliwal Shoal known as Eelskin. At a depth of about 14.5m there is a natural cave from where safe viewing of the baiting station can take place.
You would normally launch at about 9.00am and anchor above the cave. You'll start on the surface working to bring in the tigers, you'll then dive down to the cave and do approximately a 1 hour dive before returning to the boat.
Back on the boat you'll continue with surface work to view thee magnificent creatures.
After snacks and at least a 1 hour surface interval, you'll return to the cave to view the tigers again in their natural habitat. You'll then return home at approximately 2.00pm – 3.00pm after an adrenaline filled day at sea.
The Aliwal Shoal region of the KwaZulu-Natal coast is one of the most popular spots for tiger shark diving, with several diving operators offering this adventure activity all year round. In the Eastern Cape, the beautiful coastal town of Port St Johns has been the setting for many tiger shark diving adventures.
A tiger shark dive usually takes divers between 8m and 10m below the surface of the ocean. Visibility in east coast waters averages at 15m. Water temperatures in this region during summer months (November to May) can be as warm as 28°C, and very rarely drop below 18°C.
Tiger sharks are marked by dark stripes running down the sides of their bodies, reminiscent of those of the large feline predator from which they take their name, and can grow up to 5m in length.
Experts advise divers to stay upright in the water at all times, to ensure that sharks do not confuse them with marine wildlife. Participants will need to have completed a diving course before being allowed on the dive, but there are numerous diving schools in South Africa that offer courses.
All participants must be Open water certified with at least 20 logged dives. You must also be comfortable diving with sharks.
Durban Airport: Umkomaas return for tiger sharks: R1600 pp.