Great White Experience | South Africa Diving - Indian Ocean

  • Guests 10
  • Rooms Twin/Double
  • Restaurants Onsite but many good pubs within 200m walk from the Cape Town hotel. Onsite in Umkomaas too.
  • Food and Drinks Both resorts have an onsite restaurant with local amenities and pubs near by
  • FacilitiesBoth of the resorts offer Air con rooms as standard with en-suite bathrooms
  • Diving 2 x Great White Cage Dives/Boat Viewing + 5 Reef Dives + 1 Baited Shark Dive
  • Diving Extras Additional diving can be booked locally
  • Internet Access On request

About Great White Experience

This is an incredible two resort trip where you will start with 3 nights near Cape Town cage diving, and then moving up to the coast of Umkomaas for 4 nights and reef diving with a baited shark diving experience.

Cape Town - Part One.
The "Mother City" of South Africa is also the seasonal home to the "Big Daddy" of sharks - the Great White. Seal Island, centred in the vast waters of False Bay, is a breeding ground of the playful Cape fur seal, a staple meal for the stealthy White Shark, that powers up from the depths like a massive rocket, often fully "breaching" the surface in a spectacular display of beauty and power..
Diving around Cape Town is also very good, and includes kelp diving to see the rare 7-Gill Cow shark, the ever playful seals, wrecks and "Big Blue" dives to view the open ocean Mako and Blue sharks. The waters can be cold, but top quality equipment rental is included to ensure comfort levels are at their best.
And don't forget the iconic Table Mountain, the shopping mecca of the V&A Waterfront, the white sand beaches, the cuisine and the winelands of Franshoek, Paarl and Stellenbosch.
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Simonstown - Quayside Hotel - 3 Nights B&B.
You will spend three nights B&B in this 4 Star waterfront hotel which overlooks the Simonstown yacht basin, and is surrounded by shops, restaurants and pubs, all within easy walking distance. Rooms are modern, comfortable and nautically themed, with mountain and sea views, and all are en-suite, with air-con, satellite TV's, mini-bar, tea/coffee and access to wifi..
Breakfasts are served overlooking the ocean from the Upper Deck Restaurant..

Aliwal Shoal - Part Two.
Rated consistently as one of the world's "Top 10" dive sites, Aliwal Shoal lies off the coast of Umkomaas, a sleepy little town on the East coast, only a 40 minute drive south of the King Shaka International Airport of Durban. An adventurous river mouth and surf launch takes you out to, arguably South Africa's "shark capital" diving area. Just off the Southern reef sections and all-year-round are where the baited dives take place, attracting dozens of Black Tips and the majestic Tiger. The reef inhabitants include the large Brindle and Potato Bass, Bull, Hammerhead, Dusky, Guitar and White Tip sharks, a variety of rays and eels, schools of tropical species, beautiful leafy scorpion fish and many turtles..
The topography is fascinating, with giant potholes, towering spires, caves, overhangs, walls and sand ripple sections making up an incredible underwater labyrinth..

Blue Ocean Dive Resort - 4 Nights B&B
The hotel is an icon within the small seaside village of Umkomaas. Built in 1934, it has been restored to its original colonial glory, with a large ballroom restaurant, outside covered deck with grill and pub, and of course the on-site dive centre.
Rooms are offered on the ground and first floors, and are all en-suite and comfortably furnished. Breakfast are served buffet style from the covered deck, where additional midday and evening meals can also be enjoyed.
Overlooking the ocean and the golf course, Blue Ocean is also perfectly situated for easy exploring of Umkomaas, its quaint shops, restaurants and pubs..

You have 6 reef dives over three days, where you can trade one in to take part in a baited shark dive, which again is an amazing experience and a must do when visiting the area.
All flights, diving (mentioned) and transfers are included.

Quayside Hotel - B&B

4* Waterfront hotel

Double Room

The rooms are modern, comfortable and nautically themed.

Blue Ocean Dive Resort - B&B

The hotel is an icon within the small seaside village of Umkomaas.

Double/Twin Room

All rooms have Air-con and have en-suites

Frequently Asked Questions

Location

Johannesburg is an 11 hour direct flight from the UK. Some airlines will offer a stopping service. It is a huge country, with the Indian ocean to the east and Atlantic to the west. Most diving is concentrated on the Indian Ocean side, with Cape Town and the wine region to the south. It's easy to to fly, drive or take the train between points on a single trip, but you will want to make sure you have time to enjoy both the journey and your destination!

Weather and Climate

On average max air temps in South Africa are around 30 over our winter months, dropping down to the low 20s in our summer months. It can vary from location to location however. Diving in Protea Bank and Aliwal does run year round, but for the top encounters aim for Jan-May or Aug-Dec. Great whites in Cape Town are best between May to August. The Sardine Run is not a guaranteed annual event. However, if it does run, it will go sometime between the end of May to July.

Travel

Flight options

The gateway to many of our South Africa holidays is Johannesburg. You can easily fly between here and Cape Town. We are able to book a number of flight options from the UK to South Africa. Some flights are direct (Virgin, BA, South African Airways), whilst others stop en route (KLM,Emirates). Flights operate from a number of regional airports. If you have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request. A supplement may apply for regional departures. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday. If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to South Africa, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.

Stopovers

Depending on your airline, you may have the option to stop en route. Dubai and Amsterdam are popular options.

Arrange before you go

Visa requirements

UK passport holders will be issued a tourist visa on arrival (90days). You will need 2 full pages clear. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date to prevent any issues with your airline. Children under 18 must have their birth certificate. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here

Insurance

Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here

Immunisations

Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here

Preparing to fly

Seating

You will be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.

Check in

As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.

Lounge

An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here

Parking

Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think. click here

What happens when I arrive?

On arrival please make your way through baggage claim and immigration. There will either be a rep to meet you or you will have full details of your where to meet your transfer (with a confirmation voucher) in your travel documentation. If you have any issues on arrival, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.

Transfers

Transfers are included in your holiday. You be advised in your travel documentation of how to find your transfer.

Departures

At the end of your holiday, your return transfer details will be advised locally. There is no departure tax.

Info

Included in your holiday

Flights, Transfers, 2 Great White Shark excursions, 6 reef dives one of which can be swapped out for a Baited Shark Dive, B&B in both resorts as mentioned and 7 nights in total.

Excluded

Explained on overview tab

Tipping

Not expected but widely appreciated, 10% is sufficient

Currency

South African Rand (ZAR) Credit Cards (Master/Visa) are widely accepted

Phone coverage

Extensive cell phone coverage throughout on a choice of 3 networks (MTN, Vodacom, Cell C) SIM cards are best purchased on arrival at the airport (voice & data.) Top-up packages are available at most shops.

Plugs and electricity

220/230V AC50HZ, 15 amp 3-pring and 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins

Extras

Hire equipment

Included with the White Shark experience, cylinders & weights included with all open-circuit dives, other equipment hire available on site

Extras

Souvenirs

Nitrox/Gas

Available on site to suitably qualified divers, for an additional cost

Payments

Deposits and Balances

850GBP on booking // 200GBP nine months before travel // Final balance due 100 days before travel.

Ways to pay

Speak to Vivian Dive Centre first then call Scuba Travel directly to pay

Group Payments

Please give your name to Vivian dive centre before paying the deposit to ourselves

Below you can see the day to day itinerary for the entire trip. There is space in the afternoons where you can take land tours or book further diving excursions locally.

The two morning great white shark experiences can either be enjoyed in one of two ways; Cage diving, or Boat Viewing.

Included in the package you have 6 reef dives, however one of those can be traded in for a baited shark dive (included), again chosen locally.


    Day 1

  • 01/03: - Take Evening flight (18:05) Heathrow to Johannesburg (07:10+1)
  • Overnight flight
  • No meals or activities included

  • Day 2

  • 02/03: - Fly from Johannesburg (11:00) to Cape Town (13:05) & Simonstown
  • Day/evening at leisure depending on their arrival time
  • 3 Nights at Quayside Hotel - B&B
  • No meals or activities included

  • Day 3

  • 03/03: - Breakfast
  • 1 x morning white shark experience to Seal Island
  • No other meals or activities included

  • Day 4

  • 04/03: - Breakfast
  • 1 x morning white shark experience To Seal Island
  • No other meals or activities included

  • Day 5

  • 05/03: - Transfer to Cape Town Airport
  • Fly from Capetown to Durban (am flight)
  • Transfer from Durban Airport to Umkomaas
  • 4 nights at Blue Ocean Dive Resort B&B
  • No other meals or activities included

  • Day 6

  • 06/03: - Breakfast
  • 2 x reef dives
  • 1 reef dive in the next 3 days can be exchanged for a baited shark dive (included)
  • No other meals or activities included

  • Day 7

  • 07/03: - Breakfast
  • 2 x reef dives
  • No other meals or activities included

  • Day 8

  • 08/03: - Breakfast
  • 2 x reef dives
  • No other meals or activities included

  • Day 9

  • 09/03: - Breakfast
  • No other meals or activities included
  • Transfer from Umkomaas to Durban Airport for evening flight to Johannesburg
  • Fly from Johannesburg (21:50) overnight to Heathrow

  • Day 10

  • 10/03: - Land at Heathrow at 07:10

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