Aliwal Shoal Scuba Diving and Training Centre
Aliwal Shoal Scuba has been running south of Durban in Umkomaas, South Africa since 1985 and is the First PADI Gold Palm Scuba Diving Resort in South Africa. We have all the amenities needed to make your stay a memorable one, with a Jacuzzi, tide pool, DSTV and tea and coffee available in all rooms. With some of the best diving in the world and a team of awesome staff, we’ll keep you busy and wanting to come back. We have accommodation for divers and non-divers, and a range of all-inclusive dive packages to choose from. Contact us today for pricing and availability!
Discover The Aliwal Shoal!
To be able to dive the Aliwal Shoal you will need to be qualified with at least a PADI Open Water Certification. If you do not yet have this qualification under your belt and would like to do it, we have experienced instructors who will be able to qualify you. The course includes two dives on the Aliwal Shoal. Read more →
People visit our little town from all over the world to dive the incredible Aliwal Shoal. We launch our boats daily and have scuba gear for hire. We have beachfront accommodation and a braai area for entertainment. Contact us for more information.
Cage Shark Diving
Ideal for visitors wanting to experience apex predators in their natural environment, our cage shark diving is perfect for everyone to come along and see how amazing Blacktip Sharks are. We sometimes see the elusive Tiger Sharks as well!
Sardine Run Diving Trip
Every year we travel south to Port St Johns in search of Baitballs. The action is fast-paced and exhilarating! Experience the wild coast with us! Bookings are limited so please be sure to book! Enquire on our contact page for further details.
Aliwal Shoal Map
There are many favourite dive sites on Aliwal Shoal. We have visited many new ones and found hidden treasures. Here are a list of our favourite dive sites that we visit often.
Cathedral – One of our favourite dive sites where we often take scuba divers. Read more for an in-depth look at the site.
Raggies Cave – Brilliant for ragged tooth shark sightings, this is one of the best photography opportunities on Aliwal Shoal. Easy dive at 18 metres makes it ideal for Open Water divers.
Produce – The most famous ship to run aground on the Aliwal Shoal reef in 1974. The wreck teams with fish life and brindle bass.
Nebo – The British steamer SS Nebo was the first of many to fall victim to the shallow pinnacles of Aliwal. She sank quickly and lay quietly at rest for almost a century before she was first dived.
Chunnel – At only 14 meters depth, Chunnel and its small cave makes it ideal for open water diving.
Inside Edge – A magnificent wall that runs from north to south along the coastline and plunges some 10 metres from the reef plateau to the surrounding sand.
North Sands – There is more to North Sands than the scenery. Somewhat surprisingly, it is also one of the Aliwal Shoal’s most prolific dive sites in terms of marine life.
Aliwal Shoal Scuba has ideal beachfront accommodation for all our scuba diving visitors. There are 4 Star Graded rooms that are of a very high standard and all have amazing sea views overlooking the Indian Ocean.
We offer a shuttle service to the King Shaka Airport or any other port of call on request. Enquire about your travel requirements when booking with us and we will supply you with all the necessary information and pricing options.
Umkomaas Weather Report
Would you like to see the latest weather report for Aliwal Shoal? Visit our weather page for the latest data on wind, rain, sunshine, currents, waves and swell size. Bookmark the page for future reference!