Are you looking for the ultimate adrenaline experience?


Do you love being in the water surrounded by sharks?



If you answer YES to any of these questions,

a BAITED SHARK DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS is just what you are looking for …

The TIGER SHARK is a regular visitor on a BAITED SHARK DIVE on PROTEA BANKS in the warmer months. Throughout the year, BULL (ZAMBEZI) SHARKS and OCEANIC BLACKTIP SHARKS are almost always seen on a BAITED SHARK DIVE. Dusky sharks are seen periodically on these dives, and then of course with PROTEA BANKS, just about anything can happen!

The SHARKS are initially attracted through a ‘scent’. A drum filled with bait is then lowered into the water and lies at 10m. The Divemaster then ‘works’ the drum to get SHARK activity around it. Once the Divemaster is happy with the results, divers are invited into the water for an action packed and unforgettable dive experience!

As with any of our diving, safety is our priority. You will be given an extensive dive briefing regarding safety and behaviour. We have never had an incident with the SHARKS.

The SHARKS on these dives get very close to the divers, which makes it the perfect dive for those interested in photographing SHARKS.

PLEASE NOTE: Although we endeavour to give you a MIND BLOWING EXPERIENCE, we are dealing with nature, which is very unpredictable. The success rate of seeing SHARKS on these dives is well over 95% but SHARK activity can never be 100% guaranteed. 

As we only go to 10m, this dive is suitable to anyone with an Open Water diving certification and above. You need to be comfortable in the water and have decent buoyancy.




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.

AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER does not run a charter boat to Aliwal Shoal, however we are happy to accommodate a booking to Aliwal Shoal, as an add on to your trip to PROTEA BANKS, Shelly Beach.

Read more: Aliwal Shoal - Umkomaas

Ask the world about SHARK diving and they will say SOUTH AFRICA ...
ask South Africans about SHARK diving and they will say ... PROTEA BANKS!!!!

Situated about 8km off Shelly Beach, on the KwaZulu Natal South Coast, PROTEA BANKS is a unique reef system, with an amazing topography. The presence of a great diversity of game fish attracts a wide variety of top predators seen in only a few places in the world!

Read more: PROTEA BANKS - Shelly Beach

  • Tiger Shark

    Tiger Shark

    Diving with a TIGER SHARK ... UNFORGETTABLE!!!

    Galeocerdo cuvier, the Tiger shark, is a relatively large shark with some specimens capable of attaining a length of over 5m. The popular name 'Tiger' comes from the dark stripes on the body which resembles a Tiger's pattern - these stripes tend to fade with maturity. It is a solitary species and is most commonly seen cruising slowly. Tiger sharks can cover great distances in search of food.

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  • Bull (Zambezi) Shark

    Bull (Zambezi) Shark

    The Bull shark ... the resident shark of PROTEA BANKS! 

    Carcharhinus leucas, the Bull shark, is also known as the Zambezi shark in Africa. The Bull shark, has a robust shape with a broad and flat snout. The females are larger than the males. The maximum size of a Bull shark is about 3.5m. 

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  • Oceanic Blacktip Shark

    Oceanic Blacktip Shark

    Cheeky ... darting in and out of dives on PROTEA BANKS!!

    Carcharhinus limbatus, the Oceanic Blacktip shark, is a common shark that can be found in temperate, tropical and subtropical waters worldwide. The Oceanic Blacktip shark has a stout streamlined body with a fusiform shape and a long pointed snout, with relatively small eyes. The gill slits are long and there is no ridge between the dorsal fins. The distinguishing feature of this species is that they can have black tips or edges on their pectoral, dorsal, pelvic or caudal fins. An Oceanic Blacktip shark around 2m in size, is a

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  • Hammerhead Sharks

    Hammerhead Sharks

    Diving with 100's to 1000's of HAMMERHEAD SHARKS ... need I say more?

    The Hammerhead shark is unmistakable because of its shape, which is the very reason for its popular name, although it is sometimes very difficult to differentiate between the different species. The Greater Hammerhead shark and Scalloped Hammerhead sharks are mostly encountered on PROTEA BANKS.

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  • Ragged-tooth Shark

    Ragged-tooth Shark

    RAGGED-TOOTH SHARKS congregate on PROTEA BANKS to mate!

    The Ragged-tooth shark, Carcharias taurus, has a sharp, pointy head with a bulky body. The colour is grey with reddish-brown spots on their backs and they can reach a length of about 3m.

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  • Giant Sandshark

    Giant Sandshark

    The GIANT SANDSHARK is part of the RAY family ...

    The Giant Sandshark is part of the family of Rays. This Sandshark is known for its elongated body with a flattened head and trunk, with small ray like 'wings'. Their shape is due to the fact that they are bottom dwelling fish usually living on the sand.

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  • Whales, Dolphins & More

    Whales, Dolphins & More

    Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

    Humpback Whales are known for their magical songs, which travel for great distances through the world's oceans. These sequences of moans, howls, cries, and other noises are quite complex and often continue for hours on end. Scientists are studying these sounds to decipher their meaning. It is most likely that Humpback Whales sing to communicate with others and to attract potential mates.

    These whales are found near coastlines, feeding on tiny shrimp-like krill, plankton, and small fish. Humpback Whales migrate annually from summer feeding grounds near the poles to warmer winter breeding waters closer to the

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