Aliwal Shoal, Umkomaas

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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 a certain time of the year to mate.

Customize YOUR own dive holiday!

Create your dream holiday in Umkomaas, South Africa to YOUR preferences, add your accommodation type, how many dives Orr not dive at all. There are enough local activities, restaurants & plenty of beach….if you feel a little more adventurous you can book yourself a microlight flight & see this beautiful coastal town from above!!

All of the different options & upgrades are available when you click “Book Now”.
For any questions or if you need additional advice, we are here to help! Just contact us 🙂

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, doplhins 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 (*link to sardine run package)

What is the accommodation like?

Accommodation range from basic en-suite, spacious rooms to upmarket guesthouses & resorts.

They all focus on comfort, convenience and value to make your getaway as pleasurable as possible. A home away from home where you can escape the city, let your hair down and maybe hop on a few dives.

There are other higher-end options available too for a more luxurious holiday.

You will have to remember a few things before customizing your trip…..
so see below our Reef Travel tips, suggestions & add-ons!!

Things to remember while customizing your trip.....



If you arrive at Durban international airport, book for transport at "BOOK NOW"(one hour away)


You will have 3 available options to choose from

1) 4 star Guesthouse - It has beautiful, luxury en-suite rooms with a pool, braai area.

2) Resort - The resort is set on beautiful grounds with magnificent views of the Indian Ocean and Umkomaas Golf Course. The resort has 20 spacious newly-renovated rooms – twin rooms, family rooms, double rooms and single rooms, all en-suite with onsite restaurant, pool area and bar

3) Styling - You can stay in a lodge that is set in lush tropical gardens with a swimming pool and plenty of space to relax. All of their en-suite rooms have been creatively renovated to blend effortlessly with the calm and relaxing nature of the surrounds.

Diving in Aliwal

2 dives a day is standard. You dive in the morning, then you have the rest of the afternoon to sleep, relax & time to explore the coastal town & its beaches

There are some really nice wrecks as well as deeper reefs such as Cathedral- it is a MUST!! If not already advanced, we can add an Advanced Course at an additional fee

NON-divers......there area plenty of other activities to keep yourself busy! Have a look....

Baited Shark DIve

Add a life changing experience to your holiday and have a chance to dive with tiger sharks, dusky shark and hammer heads(seasonal) BUT the Oceanic blacktip sharks are all year round!

Mircolight Flight

If no diving on a day(Check NO-fly), try the amazing microlight experience to get a great view over the Indian Ocean and the coastal towns with their beautiful beaches.

Book Tour

Tour Name Price Per Adult Price Per Child Available Seats Departure Date Duration
Aliwal Shoal, Umkomaas R 0 R 0 20 Anytime

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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.

Item Price Per Person Quantity
Transport from/to Durban Airport
R 850 Yes1
Add nights in a guesthouse

Price includes breakfast


R 610 Yes1
Add dives on Aliwal!

Tanks & weights included

(Gear hire can be organised)

R 500 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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Extra Items R 0
Total R 0

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Questions? Ask our Dive & Travel Guide!

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

  • 9 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday.
  • 9 am to 2 pm Saturday and Sunday (GMT/UTC +2) phone or by skype.
Otherwise, email me anytime. On average I respond within 3-6 hours.

Manie Eksteen

Dive & Travel Guide

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