Durban Shark tour

Our tour will start and end in Durban and will take us to the Southern Coast reefs and pinnacles of KwaZulu Natal.

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  • Duration: 7 Days
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Joining the marine world’s APEX predators in their natural environment is an incredible experience. No other species are as powerful and graceful as sharks, as they glide past you in the water. These amazing animals are inquisitive, not aggressive towards divers and spending time with them under water will be a cherished memory.

Fossilised sand dunes off the coastline attract schooling fish and have become popular territories for hammerheads in their thousands, bull sharks and tiger sharks to name but a few. Dolphins are often encountered on dives and large ray species glide along the reefs edge. Few places can offer as many pelagic species in one area than the South African coastline, and this is your chance to experience it for yourself.


  • Kwa-Zulu Natal coastline and dive briefing
  • 5 Recreational dives on Protea Banks Dive Centre
  • Protea Banks Baited Dive
  • Aliwal Shoal Baited Dive


Arrival / Departure Please be sure to arrive 1 day before your tour is due to depart. This will avoid any unforeseen problems. As the activities on your tour can be moved to any day during your tour, we also highly recommend that you book your flights to depart the day after the tour officially ends.

Your tour will be departing from the following location 07:00am Garden Court South Beach, 73 OR Tambo Parade, South Beach, Durban

Your tour will be ending at the following location King Shaka International Airport, Durban

DAY 1: Durban to Margate

Please note that during the next few days (while we are visiting Protea Banks and Aliwal Shoal), the order of activities could change without prior notice and a degree of flexibility is needed.  This is to allow for maximum dive opportunities and experiences based on conditions and weather. Please also note that should conditions prevent diving we will substitute an alternative activity. 

 Leaving the city of Durban behind us we make our way south along the dolphin coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal. About 2 hours north of Durban is the launch site for both Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks, home to some of the best Apex Predator shark diving. We arrive at the Dive House and settle in for our stay. This afternoon we will check all dive equipment, ensure the correct gear is allocated and have a dive briefing for the following days.

Accommodated Tourists: 

Accommodation Sugar Beach Resort (

Route Durban to Sugar Beach Resort

Included Highlight Kwa-Zulu Natal coastline and dive briefing

DAY 2: Protea Banks Diving

Over the next three days we will have 5 dives on the Protea Banks Reef where we hope to see some of the worlds largest marine predators. During these three days you will also be offered a baited shark dive. Diving both North and South Pinnacles we will have the chance to collect Sand Tiger Shark teeth and explore caves, swim-throughs and tunnels. An optional Tiger and Bull Shark baited dive at Protea Banks will be offered during our stay. This dive takes place in open water, hanging in the blue whilst possible Tiger, Bull, Hammerhead and Oceanic Black-Tip sharks come in to investigate the scent trail around us. A full safety briefing and training session is included and this is a breathtaking experience.

Accommodated Tourists: Days 2/3 & 4

    Accommodation Sugar Beach Resort (

    Included Highlights 5 Recreational dives on Protea Banks Dive Centre(African Dive Adventures)

 Ifafa to Shelley Beach launch area

    Optional Highlight Protea Banks Baited Dive

    DAY 3: Protea Banks Diving

    Today we will enjoy 1 Dive on the Protea Banks Reef, allowing for us to have the afternoon at Leisure and be fully rested for our 2 x Dives tomorrow

    Accommodated Tourists: Days 2/3 & 4

      Accommodation Sugar Beach Resort (

      Included Highlights 5 Recreational dives on Protea Banks Dive Centre(African Dive Adventures)

 Ifafa to Shelley Beach launch area

      Optional Highlight Protea Banks Baited Dive

      DAY 4: Protea Banks Diving

      Today we will have our last 2 dives on the Protea Banks Reef, with this being our last chance to possibly see some of the world’s largest marine predators

      Accommodated Tourists: Days 2/3 & 4

        Accommodation Sugar Beach Resort (

        Included Highlights 5 Recreational dives on Protea Banks Dive Centre(African Dive Adventures)

 Ifafa to Shelley Beach launch area

        Optional Highlight Protea Banks Baited Dive

        DAY 5: Aliwal Shoal

        The following two days we spend diving the equally famous Aliwal Shoal. Renowned for Raggie Tooth Sharks congregating in their hundreds, dolphins and the baited shark dive. Each morning we will travel the hour from our Dive House in Margate to the launch site for Aliwal Shoal. Over the two days we will do 3 recreational dives on the Aliwal Shoal, including the famous “Raggie Cave”. The optional baited shark dive is well worth it, with Oceanic Black-Tip Sharks gathering in large numbers and possibly Tiger Sharks investigating the bait.

          Accommodated Tourists: Days 5 & 6

          Accommodation Sugar Beach Resort ( 

          Included Highlights 3 Recreational dives on Aliwal Shoal Dive Centre: (Aliwal Dive Centre)

          Route Ifafa to Umkomas

          Optional Highlight Aliwal Shoal Baited Dive

          DAY 6: Aliwal Shoal

          Today will be our last diving day and also our last night in South Africa. Please make sure to make the most of your 1 Diving activity today as this will be the last chance to spot the Raggie Tooth Sharks.

          Accommodated Tourists: Days 5 & 6

          Accommodation Sugar Beach Resort ( 

          Included Highlights 3 Recreational dives on Aliwal Shoal Dive Centre: (Aliwal Dive Centre)

          Route Ifafa to Umkomas

          Optional Highlight Aliwal Shoal Baited Dive

          DAY 7: Durban

          We travel this morning to the Durban airport where our tour ends upon arrival at the King Shaka International Airport.

          Accommodated Tourists:

          Accommodation: Own Arrangements/post-tour accommodation/ Extension can be booked through Nomad 

          This itinerary has been written with the Activity Package items included. If you wish to participate in all the activities listed, you will need to purchase the Activity Package

          What’s excluded: Items of a personal nature (snacks, alcohol, bottled water, soft drinks, tips) / entrance fees (associated with optional activities / souvenirs / activity packages and optional activities. 

          Countries Visited South Africa

          Insurance (Compulsory)

          Please also note that for this tour you will require a diving insurance policy that permits multiple dives and dives to a depth of 30m (we recommend DAN divers insurance). Diving insurance can be purchased from the DAN website, Travel insurance can be purchased.

          Diving notes

          Water conditions in South Africa can vary day by day. Temperatures will range from 14-26 degrees celsius and we recommend a wetsuit of a minimum of 5mm for your comfort. Visibility ranges from 5-20m, with slightly better conditions in the winter months. Diving is conducted on semi-ridged ribs with launches taking place either straight from beaches of via river mouths. These launches involve breaking through the incoming waves and can get bumpy. All divers joining a Nomad Africa Dive Tour must hold an Advanced Open Water (or equivalent) certification as a minimum and be confident and comfortable in the water. If you are unsure whether your experience level is sufficient please contact us. All dives are conducted within no decompression limits to a maximum of 30m and are standard air dives. Nitrox is available to divers at some of our diving locations. This will be at the extra cost of the diver and will require the proof of a Nitrox certification. All divers must understand that Nomad Africa Dive Tours cannot guarantee any ocean sightings and there will be no financial reimbursement for dives where highlights are not seen. Please note in particular that the Sardine Run is not guaranteed and we can only work to the best of our knowledge with respect to time of year.

          Important information

          Operated by: Nomad Africa

          What’s included

          Meals (Breakfast x 6 / Lunch x 6 / Dinner x 5)- unless otherwise specified, all meals are prepared and served at the Nomad truck

          Accommodation, guides and transport

          Your marine park entry permit will also be included in this tour

          We also include some of the highlights

          These highlights are listed below in the day-by-day descriptions as “included highlights”

          What do I need to bring

          • 2/3 shorts/skirts
          • 1 jacket/anorak
          • Tracksuit/pullover
          • 2 pairs of long pants/jeans
          • 2 pairs of walking shoes/boots/trainers
          • 1 pair of sandals
          • 3 or 4 T-shirts/short sleeve shirts or sundresses
          • 2/3 Long Sleeve Shirts
          • Smart casual change of clothes
          • Swimwear
          • Underwear & socks
          • Sun Hat – preferably that covers the back of your neck.
          • Raincoat
          • Kikoi/sarong
          • Beanie and gloves if you’re travelling in Winter
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