South Africa

ALIWAL SHOAL

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12-2-20

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Aliwal Shoal is a beautiful rocky reef about five kilometers off the coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It's a versatile and inspiring dive site with beautiful reef structures and an unprecedented abundance of species. Aliwal Shoal is part of a large reef complex. It's a narrow ledge that runs parallel to the coastline which is also referred to as The Crown. The dive site is named after the Aliwal, a ship that almost collapsed at this location in 1849. Nearby are two popular diving wrecks, the MV Produce and the SS Nebo. Aliwal Shoal is best known for its grey nurse sharks that visit this spawning area in large numbers between July and November. Turtles, moray eels, hammerheads and whitetip reef sharks are equally common. Aliwal Shoal is without a doubt one of the most beautiful dive sites in the world.

Particulars

Aliwal Shoal can be reached by boat from Umkomaas or Scottburgh. After a short but stormy boat trip it's time to explore this beautiful reef. The shallowest part is situated at the northern end where the bottom is relatively steep, at the sides the slope is less. Enjoy the clear blue water and observe the jagged rock structures with their colorful growth of hard and soft corals. Diving is possible all year round, with different species per season.

Warnings

Aliwal Shoal is located in a protected nature reserve. Occasionally the Great White is spotted here. Fierce boat trip to the dive site.

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ALIWAL SHOAL Features

Nicknames
Aliwal Shoal
Address
KwaZulu-Natal, Hibiscus Coast, South Africa
Parking
At boat charter
Distance
15 min.
Suitable for
All levels, underwater photography, scuba diving practice, snorkeling, free diving, deep diving
Permit
N.v.t / NA
Access
Free access
Facilities
Boat dive facilities
Water
Salt
Kind of dive
Boat dive, reef dive , drift dive
Current
Limited
Visibility
10 - 30 m.
Average visibility
20 m.
Depth
30 m.
Bottom
zand
Life
Hammerhead shark, moray, nurse shark, whitetip reef shark , bull shark, bannerfish , dolphin, lionfish
Other recreation
Boating, yachting

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