Sodwana is situated in the St. Lucia Wetland World Heritage Site and is South Africa’s premier dive destination, offering year round warm, tropical, coral reef diving. Around 1200 species of marine life have been recorded on Sodwana’s reefs, including ‘Old Four Legs’- the Coelacanth. The pristine beaches around Sodwana are breeding sites for the Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles from November to March each year when it is possible to see turtles laying eggs and hatchlings on the beaches. Sodwana also has no less than six wildlife parks within 100km of it, offering the diver a unique opportunity to mix wildlife viewing with diving for an exciting African experience.
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Aliwal Shoal Day trips are suitable for the traveller/s with limited time.You will be collected from your accommodation in the the Greater Durban Area, and transported in comfort to Aliwal Shoal where you will have an hour to kit up and listen to the briefing from the divemaster, before boarding the boat. If you are doing 2 dives, you can enjoy a slap up breakfast before embarking on a second dive. There are many varied dive sites on the shoal, including wreck dives (only for advanced divers). Aliwal Shoal is also famous for the large numbers of ragged tooth (grey nurse) sharks to be found annually from July – November.
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Situated about 8km off Shelly Beach, on the KwaZulu Natal South Coast, Protea Banks has a great diversity of game fish attracts a wide variety of top predators seen in only a few places in the world. Protea Banks offers an exceptionally exciting SHARK dive. Divers can see up to 5 different species of SHARKS on a single dive on Protea Banks, including Bull (Zambezi) shark, Oceanic blacktips and schooling Hammerheads. They make their appearance from September to January, with November and December being the months with the most regular sightings of HUGE schools of Scalloped Hammerheads. From January to June, one also has the added privilege of seeing the elusive Tiger Shark. Raggedtooth sharks (Grey nurse) congregate on Protea Banks to mate in the colder months. Dusky and Copper sharks also make an appearance on Protea Banks.Rays, game fish, dolphins and whales are also prolific in the area.