Aliwal Shoal have three stunning wrecks. Two of them are within the PADI advanced limits. We organise trips to the wrecks on demand and when the conditions are favourable. If you would like to do a wreck dive, contact us and we will plan dives based on your requirements.
SS Nebo – 1884
The British steamer SS Nebo was the first ship to fall victim to the shallow pinnacles of Aliwal Shoal. She sank quickly and lay quietly at rest for almost a century before she was first dived. The wreck is closer inshore than the reef and subject to poor visibility from river runoff, especially in the summer months. As it is relatively small, this dive is best avoided in strong current. If you want to experience an incredible wreck dive, this is truly worthwhile provided the conditions are suitable.
Minimum depth: 18 meters
Maximum depth: 27 meters
MV Produce – 1974
The Captain of this ship was said to have been ‘taking a nap’ when his ship ill-fated rammed into the Shoal. The crew had less than 15 minutes to abandon ship before she capsized and began to sink. Today she is the most popular and regularly dived wreck on the KwaZulu-Natal coast. A day with little current and good visibility on this wreck is magnificent. She lies less than 1 km to the northwest of Aliwal Shoal, on her starboard (right) side, facing north, in about 32 meters of water. She rises up to within 14 meters of the surface and covers a length of over 100 meters. Her back is broken, leaving her midship flat and scattered. Her bow and stern have, however, remained remarkably intact. Although a fairly large wreck, it is possible to navigate between the bow and stern on one dive.
Minimum depth: 16 meters
Maximum depth: 33 meters
The Griqualand – 1970
This was a large 499-ton coastal steamer owned by Green R Line. She left Durban on the evening of 13th November 1970 bound for Port Elizabeth with a cargo of chemicals including bitumen, liquid chlorine, and calcium hypochlorite. Shortly after sailing from Durban a fire started in her forward holds and blazed for nearly 12 hours. Despite heroic efforts from the crew as well as the tug J.D. White and salvage vessel Statesman, the Griqualand was finally declared a menace to shipping and was sunk by Royal Navy frigate H.M.S. Dido at approximately 16h00 on 14 November 1970. There are an abundance of daga salmon, brindle bass, and large sharks at this dive site. Access to the wreck is by boat, and an experienced skipper is essential. There is normally a light current, but occasionally the current is strong enough to prohibit scuba diving.
This particular wreck dive is for technical divers only.
Minimum depth: 39 meters
Maximum depth: 55 meters