AFRICAN WATERSPORTS was one of the first scuba diving companies to see the potential, and to establish itself at this premium dive site, the Aliwal Shoal. Initially AFRICAN WATERSPORTS concerned itself with the exploration of the Aliwal Shoal, and found some of the top dive sites dived today. This exploration bore fruits, and although many of the sites are dived by other operators in the industry, there are still some sites that no other company dives except AFRICAN WATERSPORTS. This philosophy of expanding our horizon continues today, with some exciting discoveries in the world of diving.
In all, our policy is give our clients what they are looking for. Some of our divers want to see the pretty small fish, others want to hunt for the Giant Brindle Bass, others want to see "Tiger Sharks" up close and personal with no cages, some want to do wreck penetrations, and some like it deep. Whatever the demand we pride ourselves with the ability to deliver in a reliable and safe manner. Some of the more prominent people that we have delivered for are: The Cousteau Society, Discovery Channel, Gerard Soury & Nigel Martins.
It is our commitment and pledge that we will offer YOU the International Tourist, Dive Club or Individual the same experience, and give YOU the unforgettable dive YOU have been looking for.
For the avid diver this dive makes the big five on land pale into insignificance, and is a must for all serious camera crews, adrenaline junkies and shark fanatics. For this it scores an 11/10. This dive will have a profound impact on your life, as it is not just a dive but an experience.
Although this dive uses baiting techniques, these mimic the natural feeding pattern as close as possible, and does not induce a feeding frenzy at any stage. This is one of the only 3 known sites in the World where the diver can interact with one of the top apex predators without a cage, close up and personal. A must for the Adrenaline junkie or shark fanatic, this dive allows the avid photographer or videographer an excellent opportunity to capture these magnificent creatures in all their splendor in their natural environment. Although the Tigers appearance can not be guaranteed, we have through hundreds of dives, learned which conditions the Tigers enjoy and have had an 80% strike rate. Whilst waiting for the Tigers appearance there is such and abundance of fish life around that one is never bored. One sometimes has other visitors e.g. Hammer Heads, White Tip Reef Sharks, Raggies (in winter), Great Whites and Dusky Sharks. Other species include the Potato and rare Torbino Bass, Rays, Eels the list is endless.
The Tiger Shark Experience takes place on a shallow reef at a depth of 14.5m on Eel Skin, a southern site of the Aliwal Shoal.
The chant that we want to hear on the boat is current. Without a current the chances of a Tiger Shark showing diminishes dramatically. However due to the shallow depth and the fixed site if there is a big swell the dive can be very uncomfortable as your depth increases and decreases as waves pass over head.
Besides Tiger Sharks. There is a myriad of other fish species and even if the Tiger Sharks do not show this dive is a spectacular dive.
Missing out and not doing the dive!!! The dive is very controlled and should pose no danger to the diver if he or she does not do something stupid like try and catch a tiger by the tail.