Snorkeling in Aliwal Shoal, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa

12 m/39 ft
2-20 m/6.5- 65.6 ft
Durban is a beautiful city and the biggest one in the KwaZulu - Natal. lt has an amazing coastline, diverse landscape with the most spectacular mountain range in South Africa. Climate is sub-tropical with warm wet summers, mild frost-free winters and all year round sunshine. Its amazing sandy beaches stretch into the Indian Ocean with water temperatures at 19 degrees even during winter.

Aliwal Shoal near Umkomaas, just a 45 minutes drive from Durban is the prime snorkeling destination in South Africa. It is a reef stretch standing at 3 km / 1.8 mi in length and 1 km / 0.6 mi in width. Snorkeling depths range between 12 m / 39 ft with visibility from 2-20 m / 6.5- 65.6 ft.

The shoal is characterized by diverse sponges, soft and hard corals, and a union of warm water and cold water reef fish. Some of the amazing marine life expected is the whale shark, king fish and big sea turtles just to mention a few. Water temperatures range between 19-24°C (66 – 75 °F) and 3-7 mm wet suits are recommended.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Johannesburg
568 km / 353 mi, 5 hrs 46 mins
Head south onto R29 turning right to continue onto Wemmer Pan Rd. Turn left onto N17 then take exit 103 onto N3 heading to Durban, turn left onto Durban.
Durban International Airport,
18.7 km / 11.6 mi

Durban Railway Station is located at Durban’s City center  located between Umgeni Rd and Masabalaa Yengwa Avenue.


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