Aliwal shoal Diving

Learn to dive on the South Coast with the Aliwal Dive Centre

Aliwal Dive Centre is based in a small South Coast town in Umkomaas minutes away from the beach, with one of the world’s most famous and sought after reef, called the Aliwal Shoal Reef, including two very well-known wrecks; ‘Nebo’ and ‘Produce’.

With over 24-years of experience in the diving industry and we are a PADI 5* Instructor Development Dive Centre. We offer reef, wreck and shark dives, scuba training, gap year,  internships, shark cage snorkelling for our non-divers. We offer affordable accommodation based above the dive centre, which makes our customers early morning rises worth it and enjoying a full English breakfast after their dives.

Diving with sharks, dolphins and other wonderful sea creatures.

June / July we hold the most sought after yearly event, the Annual Sardine Run, that is held in Port Saint Johns, an experience you cannot miss out on! It is the migration of all shark species, whales and dolphins. Daily outings last for approximately six – eight hours depending on sea conditions and the amount of activity about. With the action being fast and furious in conjunction with variable sea conditions, long boat rides and the whole day out at sea , outings can prove strenuous, therefore, it is recommended that clients be relatively fit.

Sardine activity is usually from large flocks of Cape Gannet sightings or by the more trusted large pods of ‘Common’ and ‘Bottlenose’ dolphin activity.  Our communication network with others is vast and we are also in communication with Natal Sharks Board members that conduct regular aerial flights. Our knowledge of “hiding” places, also comes into play here and all avenues are explored to find action for you.

To find out more, visit our website, or email us on  for more information and trips. We are also on Facebook under ‘Aliwal Dive Centre Umkomaas’ and we have monthly updates on our website blog.

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