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We offer some of the most exciting scuba diving in the World, here on Aliwal Shoal. Dive with Ragged Tooth Sharks, Tiger Sharks and Manta Rays, Dolphins and Whale Sharks. Enjoy our great South African hospitality at Aliwal Dive Lodge and further...more
2 Moodie Street, Umkomaas 4170, South Africa
+27 39 973 2233
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All reviews dive centre these guys friendly staff boat ride via email south africa great breakfast recommend this place for safety reasons world renowned well taken care his wife felt perfectly safe took great care ragged tooth sharks making sure laid back
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had a wonderful experience with aliwal dive centre. Very professional staff, the communication with them was great and they did everything to make our dives possible and helped us beyond what was expected, thanks for that!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great, unforgettable shark dive, but was forced to wait on the boat for almost 30 minutes after the dive as other people were being transferred. My biggest issue however is that we paid and were promised videos and pictures. We have yet to...More

Thank Trek820936
BasieAckermann, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Ok Devin - please ensure that you are actually reviewing the CORRECT dive centre. I have a suspicion you are looking for Aliwal Shoal Scuba - also known as Umkomaas Lodge - as we looked back on our dive book for the past months and...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been on 10 dives with Aliwal Dive Center and they all have been amazing. The skippers are excellent and the dive instructors professional and fun. My Instructor Mike was amazing, always spotting the rare sights to see and making every dive exceptional. The attention to...More

Thank Aslam_haffejee
BasieAckermann, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Aslam - was great to have you and to be able to do your courses and dives with us - congratulations on your Advanced! Thanks for the great review and hopefully see you soon for some more amazing dives!

Reviewed 7 July 2018

I can really recommend Aliwal Dive Centre. You will find very helpful people. I spent some days in their lodge in Umkomaas and some days on sardine run. Everything was perfect. I can't find the word to describe how I am happy to choose your...More

Thank Sławomir W
BasieAckermann, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2018

Slawek - it was an absolute pleasure having you here with us and at Port St Johns for the Sardine Run. Really happy that you had an awesome time! Thank you so much for this great review and we are waiting for you to show...More

Reviewed 3 July 2018

The diving at Aliwal Shoal is fantastic. We saw sharks, turtles, rays, and big shoals of fish. We had pretty good visibility too. The boat ride out to the dive sites is quite something, but the skipper is excellent and has been navigating this surf...More

Thank Daisy P
BasieAckermann, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2018

Daisy and Doug.. thank you so much for the feedback. I will certainly address my instructors on the points you have mentioned to make sure it doesnt happen again. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Enjoy the Battlefields and the cold!😁

Reviewed 3 July 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our dives with Aliwal Dive Centre. If you want to dive Aliwal Shoal, they have got to be your no.1 choice. Good accommodation, excellent skipper & DM's and a breakfast well worth mentioning.

Thank Pieter_Mari
BasieAckermann, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2018

Awesome thanks! Really appreciate the great review..any feedback is always welcome...if it's this good it's even more welcome😁!

Reviewed 5 June 2018

We had a special day at Aliwal shoal with Aliwal Dive Centre. The staff were very friendly, helpful and patient. They also gave a great breakfast afterwards! The dive was incredible with hundreds of raggies and more than 10 turtles. We also saw eals and...More

Thank adriaanrowan
BasieAckermann, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2018

Thanks Adriaan- it was a fantastic day. Believe it or not - but today was even better - have a look at out Facebook page... awesome conditions. Thanks for the great review! See you again soon!

Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you guys for making my trip to South Africa memorable. Everyone was so helpful and professional, even though there was some mornings you guys only had to come in for me you still kept it professional....More

Thank JacoB601
Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

This is the second time I have been diving with Aliwal and they have delivered everything they have advertised. I wish other dive companies would learn from them. Possibly the best 2 skippers Keith and Bassy, that make the surf launch look easy. The dive...More

Thank Julz1
BasieAckermann, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2018

Hi Len & John (via Julz) - you guys were easy to please and great to have had as customers. We are so happy that you had a great time with us, but we are even happier about this awesome review!! Thank you so much...More

Reviewed 2 May 2018

From communicating with the Centre via email, to meeting them on the day of my dives, to the DM, the skippers and all the staff...a HUGE High Five for superb service The skipper on the boat that took us out was superb in terms of...More

Thank Hasslefree2014
BasieAckermann, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2018

Good news that you enjoyed your experience with us - from start to finish! It is always great to get feedback from our customers and we appreciate your great review. Thanks a million!!

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