Sodwana Bay is Africa’s southernmost coral reefs and has one of the world’s highest recorded tropical fish species. This is largely because the fusion of both Atlantic and Indian Ocean life to be found here. This makes Sodwana an exciting diving spot with more than 1200 species of fish, bottle-nosed dolphins, sharks, whale sharks and turtles. The dive terrain is diverse - hard & soft coral, rock pinnacles, buttresses, caves and blow holes. Many reefs are found at 18 meters depth or less. Visibility can be anywhere between 10 to almost 40 meters, with the best visibility to be found in the winter months. The area is within the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Greater St. Lucia Wetlands National Park. Surrounded by high sand dunes and dense subtropical forest with the wetlands forming a series of lakes, each unique in character and ecology, Sodwana is also home to a variety of animal and bird life.
The renowned Aliwal Shoal is regarded as one of the top ten dive sites in the world, and the reason is that divers come in large numbers to spot the wide variety of sharks that can be seen throughout the year. The Ragged Tooth Shark is probably the most sought after as it is generally a very placid shark and inhabits many areas of Aliwal Shoal making it accessible to all levels of diver. However, Aliwal Shoal is also becoming a very popular destination for divers wishing to encounter Tiger Sharks. Ragged-tooth sharks are found around 6 – 8 months of the year from June to November. Tiger sharks are found all year round, but prime sightings are in April & May.
Two mighty oceans, the Atlantic and the Indian, meet at the Cape and the resultant differences in sea temperature promote a huge diversity of marine-life. Just minutes outside the city of Cape Town, you will be 'flying' through forests of kelp, rising twelve metres to the surface and providing a protective mantle for many species of fish, and exploring abundant reef walls and caves - home to species such as corals, sea anemones, sponges, sea fans and nudibranches.
And this is the home of the Great White Shark, where you can encounter (hopefully!), this majestic predator, through a cage of course! Getting into the cage with the sharks around, is truly the most breath-taking experience you will ever live to remember. When feeding actively around the boat, the sharks may occasionally brush their tail against the cage, but never attack the cage. They are very curious though and often come close-up to the cage, taking a closer look at the diver. A personal, eye-to-eye encounter with this awesome animal is guaranteed to get the adrenaline going! Although tours run all year round, the best time of the year is April through September when the sharks are particularly active in their feeding patterns.