Day 01

Depart Milan, Italy for South Africa. Own arrangements.

Day 02

Arrive OR Tambo International Airport – Johannesburg at a time to be advised, own arrangements. On arrival you will connect with the 1 hour domestic flight to King Shaka International Airport – Durban. On arrival at King Shaka International Airport (KSIA), Durban, own arrangements, you will be met by a representative of Dive The Big 5 for the 90 minute road transfer to Umkomaas, and Agulhas House B&B. Overnight at Agulhas House on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 03

After a light breakfast, dive planning and kitting up you will transfer to the Umkomaas River Mouth for the launch for the day’s baited Tiger Shark dive, weather permitting. On a baited Tiger dive you can also expect to encounter Duskies, Black Tip Reef Shark and, if you are really lucky, a Zambezi (Bull) Shark. These are bonuses!!

There are two ways in which to dive with the Tiger Sharks on Aliwal.

  1. The first, which is not our preferred option, is to set up baits on the seabed at 15/17m and then observe the sharks as they come to the baits to feed. As many as 8 tigers at once may be expected but typically two or three are the norm at any one time. The animals tend to arrive around 09h00 and stay until the divers leave the site
  2. The second option and the most recommended option is sub surface drifting. We started the surface work a la’ the Great White Shark cage diving in 2002 /3, but without a cage, and it has been very successful, other than breaching we are getting all the other shark behavioral patterns that they get with the Great Whites.

Once we arrive at the dive site we start chumming so as to attract the Tigers and put out a buoy with the bait which is contained in a stainless steel “box” with holes in it so that the “smell” and oil for the sardines in the “box” permeate into the water. When the first Tigers appear the DM assesses the situation and if he is of the opinion that the Tigers are going to stay around awhile and that they are not aggressive the divers may enter the water. Either you can view the action from the “safety” of the boat, or for non-certified divers, on snorkel, certified divers drop down to about 5 meters and follow the action from below. This is a drift dive as the boat, chum and bait is drifting with the wind and surface current, as are the divers at 5 meters. Should the sharks disappear the snorkelers and divers climb back onto the boat and we move to another location and start all over again.

And the most asked question!!! Why do we use a cage when diving with Great White’s yet when diving with Tigers we don’t use a cage?? Are Tiger Sharks not dangerous? All wild animals in their natural environment are dangerous, but unlike Great White’s who prey on live animals, Tiger Sharks are scavengers and prefer to eat something that’s already dead rather than to hunt live pray. Let’s hope the Tiger Shark agrees!!!

Depending on shark activity you will return to shore at about 13h00 and transfer back to Agulhas House for a hot “brunch”. The rest of the afternoon is free. Overnight at Agulhas House on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 04

Another morning spent free diving with the Tiger Sharks on Aliwal Shoal, weather permitting. Overnight at Agulhas House on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 05

Your last morning spent on Aliwal Shoal, free diving with the Tiger Sharks, weather permitting. After the dive you will be collected from Agulhas House by a representative of Dive The Big 5 for the 90 minute road transfer to Shelly Beach. Overnight at Tropical Beach Resort on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 06

At a time advised the previous evening you will be collected from Tropical Beach Resort by Aqua Planet for your baited Tiger dive on Aliwal Shoal, weather permitting. The modus operandi of diving with Tigers on Protea Banks is exactly the same as diving with Tigers on Aliwal Shoal, so you know the procedure by now. After the dive Aqua Planet will return you to Tropical Beach Resort and the rest of the afternoon is free. Overnight at Tropical Beach Resort on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 07

Your second day on Protea Banks free diving with the Tiger Sharks, weather permitting. After the dive Aqua Planet will transfer you back to Tropical Beach Resort. The rest of the afternoon free. Overnight at Tropical Beach Resort on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 08

No diving today because of the 24 hour Surface Interval Time needed after surfacing from your last dive and flying. Depending on the flight departure time out of King Shaka International Airport – Durban, you will be collected from Tropical Beach Resort by a representative of Dive The Big 5, at a time to be advise, for the return road transfer to King Shaka International Airport – Durban where you will connect with the return 1 hour domestic flight to OR Tambo International Airport – Johannesburg. You will then connect with your return flight to Milan – Italy, own arrangements. End of services.

Costs

Cost based on 2 people sharing: ZAR 14 965 per person sharing.

In order to complete the above itinerary the following domestic air needs to be booked:

Day 02 and day 08.
Johannesburg (JNB) / Durban (DUR) / Johannesburg (JNB). If not included in your international flight arrangements.
Cost: From ZAR 2 213 per person, return.

The above cost is as at today's date and is only an indication of the airfares available at this time. Airfares can only be guaranteed once paid for and ticketed. This price are subject to change.

Sometimes it is cheaper to book domestic flights when booking your international flights as most international carriers have partnerships and alliances with local, domestic airlines. We suggest that you check this out with your travel agent when booking your international air.

However we are able to book all domestic flights on your behalf should you so wish. We do not charge a commission for this service as we book the flight directly on- line with the airline concerned using your credit card details which you have supplied specifically for the purpose of booking your domestic air.