The Aliwal Shoal - Shark Diving Destination

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!


Map of Aliwal Shoal with Dive SitesAliwal Shoal

There are many favourite dive sites to explore. 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. Easy dive at 18 metres makes it ideal for Open Water divers.

Produce - The most famous ship to run aground on the 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 shoal’s most prolific dive sites in terms of marine life.

Beachfront Accommodation

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. Visit our accommodation page for more information.

Customer Transfers

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? Visit our weather page for the latest data on wind, rain, sunshine, currents, waves and swell size. Bookmark the page for future reference! Local Weather Report

Aliwal Shoal - Underwater National Park

Let your adventure start! Learn more about what the shoal has to offer.

Summer and Winter Diving

Being in a sub-tropical border, we get the best of both climatic conditions with all varieties of tropical and sub-tropical fish visiting our reef all year round. 

Daily Cage Shark Dive Experience

We go out everyday, even if its for a small group. It's one of the best adventure activities available on the south coast. Non-swimmers also welcome!

PADI Open Water Courses

We train on a per person basis, so each student has one-on-one training, helping you each step of the way, to becoming PADI certified.

The Port St John's Sardine Run

Each year we go to Port St John's, well known as one of the best sardine / baitball diving in the world. 2017 was a cracker year with amazing dives.

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* We are available on + 27 (0) 82 800 4668 at all times

People who visit Aliwal Shoal Scuba come back time and again to experience the shoal, but also because they love to dive with us. With many years of experience and knowledge of the reef, we bring a unique experience into the equation, with the best dive sites mapped out and quality accommodation on the beach. Soon we are launching a new addition to the website - a comprehensive Aliwal Shoal Fish List detailing all the known species that frequent our reef. We invite you to take photos of as many fish as possible if you have a camera while visiting us and to please submit those photos so that we can display them in our growing list. There are numerous pelagic species as well as all sorts of reef fish and macro opportunities for the budding photographer.

Please join our community page on Facebook where we regularly post updates on sightings and events as they happen. We also have an Instagram page and often post interesting photos related to our shop and dives.

We would like to thank our loyal customers for many years of amazing scuba diving experiences and hope to see you back again soon!