Scuba diving on the Aliwal Shoal is nothing like anywhere else in Africa. The shoal is a rocky reef comprising of an ancient sand dune, that disappeared under the waves in the last ice age many thousands of years ago. It’s been rated as one of the best sub-tropical dive sites worldwide. The 5 km long shoal has all sorts of marine life from nudibranchs to whales that visit us in the winter months. Every dive is unique. This is one of those bucket-list destinations that all scuba diving enthusiasts should experience in their lifetime.
Flight & Travel Arrangements
If you are wandering how to get to Umkomaas from the King Shaka International Airport, we offer a convenient shuttle service that picks you up from the airport and drops you off at our reception office and dive shop. Our friendly staff members will help you with your luggage
Accommodation at our Lodge
Upon arrival we make sure you are settled in one of our rooms. You can choose from backpackers, 3 star or our lovely 4 star sea-facing rooms. If you need a bite to eat there is a restaurant downstairs that offers quality meals at affordable prices. Group bookings can arrange for breakfast lunch and dinner. We also have a braai facility and all cooking equipment with a sea view next to the ocean. A daily cleaning service will ensure your room is clean and tidy. We also offer a washing & linen service.
Diving the Aliwal Shoal
You will need to have a PADI Open Water qualification to be able to dive the Aliwal Shoal. Because the dive sites are within a marine protected area, every scuba diver needs to purchase a permit that can easily be obtained at our local post office. If you need to rent gear we have a full gear rental facility although you are welcome to bring your own gear if that suites you better. Most dives are done in the morning with double-tank dives (2 per day) weather permitting. You can discuss with the dive-masters where are the best spots to dive based on conditions and diving experience. We also offer Nitrox for deep dives if you have qualified and want to extend your dive times.
Shark Diving Experience
We offer baited shark dives with Oceanic Black-tip Sharks and are often visited by Tiger Sharks and on the occasion we see Great White Sharks, Dusky Sharks, Bull Sharks and a variety of other sharks depending on the time of years. Speak with us about options to shark dive if you are interested in diving with these amazing creatures. During out winter period there are hundreds of Ragged tooth sharks on the Aliwal Shoal where you are able to get up close to these graceful creatures.
Contact us today for more information. We would like to hear from you. Alternatively give us a call on +27 82 800 4668 (Ask for Lelanie) to help you decide when to visit and accommodation options.