During the high season the Raggies that have followed the annual migration of the sardines, move onto the shoal in their hundreds.
It is speculated that they move in there to escape the fierce currents that are found off the Kwa Zulu Natal coast and the abundance of food. Although they have gorged themselves on sardines all the way to our relatively warmer waters as opposed to the Cape waters. They come here essentially to copulate.
There is evidence that feeding habits slow down as hydroid growth has been documented on their teeth during this period. It is these teeth that fall out and eventually end up as a memento of an excellent dive around many divers necks.
Although one of the fiercest looking sharks, they are unusually calm and accommodating, posing for a photograph at every opportunity. The dives are spectacular, imagine sitting in Cathedral or Raggies cave and have 30 sharks swimming around you!
They come right up to you with their menacing mouths gaping. However once you have experienced the sharks, witnessed their quiet and calm disposition, one quickly relaxes and bathes in the splendour of these magnificent creatures.
The raggie dives are spectacular. You will be led through the dive by Walter Bernardis, the owner of African Watersports Aliwal or Tyrone Bernardis, his son, as they demonstrate how relaxed the sharks are.
If you fall into the category of shark enthusiast, then it should be placed on top of your “dives to do” list.
They come right up to you with their menacing mouths gaping displaying their very impressive set of dentures that fall out throughout their lives. It is these same teeth that end up on necklaces and proudly displayed by shark divers around the world.
Once you have experienced these sharks and witnessed their quiet and calm disposition, you quickly relax and bathe in the splendour of these magnificent creatures.Activity requirements
All participants must be Open water certified with at least 20 logged dives. You must also be comfortable diving with sharks.Special terms
Durban Airport: Umkomaas return for raggies: R1600 pp.