Aliwal Shoal, Umkomaas

Departure Date

24 Oct


3 nights



Maximum Seats


Dive Aliwal Shoal

R4 515 pp Sharing Includes:

3 nights B&B in 4star guesthouse
5 reef dives

Aliwal Shoal, the Ultimate diving destination

Not only is Umkomaas a beautiful small town on the subtropical south coast of South Africa, but also has one of the most unique reef systems in the WORLD!!

This reef has an insane diversity of marine life including whales, LOTS of sharks, abundance of rays, big turtles, dolphins, various tropical & subtropical fish species AND even great macro!!

But besides all of this….Aliwal Shoal is famous for the great amount of Ragged-tooth sharks that gather on the reef at a certain time of the year to mate. Best times to see these sharks are April to October.

What’s the Diving seasons like on Aliwal Shoal?

December to April (avg water temp 24°C) – Tiger sharks, oceanic blacktip shark, hammerheads, whale sharks, dolphins and manta rays.

May to November(avg water temp 22°C) – Humpback whales, southern right whales, minke whales, oceanic blacktip sharks, ragged-tooth sharks(LOTS of them), dolphins.

June & July(avg water temp 20°C) – The famous sardine run migration

The Humpback Whale

The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a species of baleen whale. One of the larger rorqual species, adults range in length from 12–16 m (39–52 ft) and weigh around 25–30 metric tons (28–33 short tons). The humpback has a distinctive body shape, with long pectoral fins and a knobbly head. It is known for breaching and other distinctive surface behaviors, making it popular with whale watchers. Males produce a complex song lasting 10 to 20 minutes, which they repeat for hours at a time. Its purpose is not clear, though it may have a role in mating.

Found in oceans and seas around the world, humpback whales typically migrate up to 25,000 km (16,000 mi) each year. They feed in polar waters, and migrate to tropical or subtropical waters to breed and give birth, fasting and living off their fat reserves. Their diet consists mostly of krill and small fish. Humpbacks have a diverse repertoire of feeding methods, including the bubble net technique.

What is our accommodation like?

We will be staying in a beautiful 4 star guesthouse. All rooms are air-conditioned with spacious en-suite bathrooms and clean towels and bedding. Cleaning services daily with very helpful, friendly staff.

There is a swimming pool and braai facilities for all of us to have a braai in the evenings. Really the perfect place for divers and NON-divers.

Things to remember before we go….

We will be leaving the Thursday at around 9:00, for those of you who are travelling with us please be at Reef Divers at 08.30 so we can pack the last luggage. If possible to bring your scuba diving equipment and extras the day before, so we can pack the car. If you are travelling in your own car and would like to convoy please also be at Reef at the same time. Otherwise we will meet you there. Drive safe!

We thought it would be nice to braai together as a group on Friday evening, please bring some meat and sides if you would like to join in. Saturday night we will all go and have dinner together at our favourite local restaurant, if you wish to join. Our accommodation is self-catering so please remember to bring your own food and drinks, otherwise there are a few great restaurants and local shops walking distance away.

For the divers: You will also need a Marine Park Diving Permit to enter in the park. You can get it at any post office in South Africa. Or at the dive centre in Umkomaas in case you leave it behind.

Trip excludes

  • Lunch, dinners and beverages
  • Equipment hire other than tank & weights
  • Nitrox

Trip itinerary

Day 1

Arriving Aliwal Shoal

We are leaving Gauteng at 9am in the morning. If you are driving with us, please bring your own "pad kos". We only make one stop on the way. We will arrive in Umkomaas around 3pm. For those driving by themselves, we will meet you there!! They know you are coming. (Directions will be provided upon booking)

Rest of afternoon settling into your rooms and exploring the local town. Briefing and logistics will be covered around 7 pm. Braai area is you can use whenever!
Day 2

Two morning dives

Coffee and kitting up happens at the at the dive centre at 7am. We leave dive centre at 7:30am to launch at 8am. Due to the reef being 7km away from launch site, we take an extra cylinder and stay out there for our two dives (double-tank).

You can add a life changing experience to your trip and have a chance to dive with tiger sharks, dusky shark, hammer heads and oceanic black tips. (seasonal) Add this baited shark dive upon booking.

Spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing at the guesthouse or exploring the local town and its beaches. Friday night we will have a braai together, so make sure to bring some meat.
Day 3

Two morning dives

Same as day before, double tank, meeting at 7am. Spend afternoon going to Scottburgh or visit the local Crocodile farm.

At night we will have dinner together in Scottburgh, if you wish to join.
Day 4

Last dive before home

Same as days before, divers are meeting at 7am. After dive, they will take dive gear and rinse it for you. Gives you time to shower and pack the rest of your things. We will leave Umkomaas at around 11am.

Arrive Gauteng around 6 or 7pm.

Optional Microlight flight

Have you ever seen Umkomaas and Aliwal Shoal from the sky? Why not try a 20 minute Microlight flight and have an amazing view over the Indian Ocean and the small coastal town.

The flight is only allowed on NON-diving days.

Book Tour

Tour Name Price Per Adult Price Per Child Available Seats Departure Date Duration
Aliwal Shoal, Umkomaas R 4,515 R 4,515 20 24 Oct 3 nights

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Extra Items

Please select the extra items you wish to be included with your tour using the controls you see below.

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Reef Mobile

Return transfers from/to Pretoria.

R 780 Yes1
The ULTIMATE shark experience

This upgrades a reef dive to a shark dive.

Tanks & weights included

R 1,600 Yes1
Amazing Microlight experience

Includes a 15 minute flight

(Note: No flying and diving on same day)

R 650 Yes1


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Hi, Manie here, to answer any questions you have about the dive trip!

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