Coast KZN

19 Apr 2022

Food, Fun and Adventure: Ocean safaris and diving in marine protected areas

(South Coast Herald) Picture: USCT. Protea Banks boasts some of the best shark diving in the world.

Two of the KZN South Coast’s Marine Protected Areas are also world-class dive sites attracting underwater adventurers from around the globe.

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Aliwal Shoal off Umkomaas and Protea Banks off Shelly Beach have been established to support healthy marine ecosystems which are now home to a variety of big marine life such as sharks, whales, turtles, rays, king fish, yellow fin tuna and barracuda.

There are several local dive charters for those wanting to go scuba diving, shark cage diving, freediving or even snorkelling in these areas, as well as boat charters for those who prefer to remain dry!

Aliwal Shoal, known as one of the world’s top ten dive sites, is on most scuba divers’ bucket lists. (Image: Supplied by USCT)