Umkomaas is situated on a hillside crowning the river's southern bank boasts some spectacular sea views. This beautiful area might be small but it is quite a buzz - divers from across the world come to Umkomaas to access the famous Aliwal Shoal. Aliwal Shoal is a world renowned scuba diving site and lies buried 5km out at sea. It boasts an average depth of 28m and contains a world of magnificent wonders. Ragged-tooth sharks, hammerhead sharks, Zambezi sharks, copper sharks or bronze whalers, threshers and even the Great White Shark have been identified in this area.
A diversity of tropical fish and magnificent coral reefs can also be discovered in these memorable Umkomaas dive locations. The Shoal is dominated by a central ridge, an ancient sand dune that runs almost parallel to the coastline. This ridge is potholed with many caves and overhangs, shelves and gullies, all providing exciting glimpses of the vibrant and varied marine life of the area.
There are exciting wreck dives on the Nebo, which sank in March 1884 after hitting the Shoal, and The Produce which was wrecked on the Aliwal Pinnacles in 1974. This wreck is home to some very large moray eels. Also, take the awesome but thrilling opportunity to go shark cage diving! It will be an experience you will never forget.
Dive Aliwal Shoal
Rated as a top dive site, ALIWAL SHOAL, a fossilized sand dune lies about 4km offshore from the small coastal town of Umkomaas, on the KwaZulu Natal South Coast of South Africa.
'The Shoal' gives divers the unique opportunity to experience wreck, reef and seasonal shark diving at the same site. ALIWAL SHOAL boasts an abundance of aquatic life from Nudibranchs to Manta Rays, including Turtles, Dolphins, Eels and a great variety of tropical fish species. During the winter months the RAGGED-TOOTH SHARKS congregate on 'The Shoal' to mate.