Durban and Its Sharks

The morning before my flight, the thing I was most excited about for this layover was the hotel.

It is a two story bedroom, basically a loft. Even had a mini kitchen!

But that changed as I was reading up about Durban and discovered shark diving.

In Emirates, we have a page dedicated to layover tips based on our experiences.

Its a treasure trove of advice and information,and that is where I found out about Shark Cage Diving.

 I was sold!

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The morning was an early start. 5am!

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It was so fun to see them dump the “chum” in the water, and soon enough we had sharks circling our raft. I was beyond excited.

Next was putting a belt on each of us with a couple weights, so it could help us stay underwater easier.

After a mini briefing, one by one we jumped into the ocean and our (tiny) cage!

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Do you see the little skinny fish next to the sharks in the photo above?

They are remora fish, and they can attach themselves to the belly of the shark by a sucker disc in its mouth. They eat any parasites on the shark as well as any leftover food that the shark doesn’t want. So the shark stays clean and healthy and the remora get to eat. WIN – WIN !

 

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We were lucky it was just the four of us crew who were out that “winter” morning in Durban.

(And I say “Winter” because South Africa’s winter is a chilly 70 degrees.)

These tours can have up to 15 people and having to cut short our 30 minutes in the water with other people would not have been fun.

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Durban is beautiful.

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