South Africa dive holidays

Aliwal Shoal

Rated consistently as one of the world’s Top 10 dive sites.

Aliwal Shoal lies off the coast of Umkomaas, a sleepy little town on the East coast and only a short drive south of Durban’s King Shaka International Airport.

An adventurous river mouth and surf launch takes you to, arguably, South Africa’s ‘shark capital’ . From May to November ragged tooth sharks congregate, gliding under overhangs, through caves and across the reef in numbers; a diver digging in the sand will often reveal some souvenir teeth. All-year-round  dozens of black tips and the majestic tiger populate the area not to mention large brindle, potato bass, bull, hammerhead, dusky and many turtles.

Topographically fascinating with giant potholes, towering spires, caves, overhangs, walls and sand ripple sections the underwater landscape makes up an incredible underwater dive holiday destination. An added attraction off the northern point is the wreck of the ‘Produce’, which sank in 1974 and is now home to a couple of very large brindle bass.

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The reef inhabitants include the large brindle, potato bass, bull, hammerhead, dusky, guitar and white tip sharks, a variety of rays and eels, schools of tropical fish, leafy scorpion fish and many turtles.

Where to stay

Expertly selected accommodation choices, close to the underwater action. 

Agulhas House & Diving

Agulhas House is home to world famous reef system of the Aliwal Shoal in Umkomaas. A warm welcome awaits scuba divers and shark enthusiasts.

Star Rating: Guest House
Number of Rooms: 14
Distance to dive centre: 1 mile
Distance to Airport: 30 mins by car 

Blue Ocean Dive Resort

This hotel is the ’Grand Old Dame’ of the small seaside village of Umkomaas. Built in 1934, it has been restored to its original colonial glory.

Star Rating: 4*
Number of Rooms: 30
Distance to dive centre: onsite
Distance to Airport: 30 mins by car 

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Offers

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19 – 27 November 2019
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12 – 19 January 2020
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3 – 10 December 2019
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26 January – 03 February 2020
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on selected 2019 Aggressor Fleet Liveaboards
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