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Diving in Umkomaas

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When to go to Umkomaas

Umkomaas is a year-round destination with a mild subtropical climate. The rainy monsoon season is from November until April. The high season is between May and September. The average air temperature: 18-26С /64-78F, the warmest month of the year is February. The water temperature: 19-27C / 66-80F. The visibility ranges from 5m/16ft to 30m/98ft. The currents vary from low to moderate

 

What to see

Lots of shark species can be seen including white tips and whale sharks, from July to November - ragged-tooth shark, from June to December - humpback whales, and from December to July - tigers are in abundance. Generally, there are over 1200 species of fish, some of them are turtles, rays, dolphins, whales, natal catfish, rock cod, stingray, squid, scorpion, barracudas, schools of fusiliers, salmons, tuna, nudibranchs. Sponges, hard corals, abundance of soft corals like fire coral, green fern coral, polyp coral and yellow turret cora, can be found here.

Scuba diving in Umkomaas

Umkomaas is a small coastal town on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal. The town lies beside the uMkhomazi River, also known as the Mkhomazi or Umkomaas. King Shaka International Airport is located in 82km/50mi from it. A large number of whales once used the estuary of river as a nursery, giving birth in the shallows. The Whale is Umkomaas's official animal, representations of which can be found throughout the town, in everything from colorful murals to the primary school's uniform. The main attraction in this spot is shark diving. The best diving area in Umkomaas is the world famous Aliwal Shoal, which is a Marine Protected Area. This volcanic reef is located about 5km/3mi offshore.

 

Most popular dive sites

Worth visiting sites in this area the Cathedral and Raggie’s Cave, where ragged-tooth sharks can be met, and also two shipwrecks that attract a great quantity of barrier fish: the British ship Nebo and the Norwigian tank ProduceAliwal Shoal is the undisputed kingdom of sharks, here divers can see exquisite coral reefs, plentiful sea life, drop offs, wall dives and two stunning wrecks. 

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