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Vryheid, South Africa
Reviewed 18 October 2016

From the first moment the staff makes you feel welcome, the spotless 4 star rooms are a pleasure to spend a couple of hours just relaxing with DSTV after a full morning of diving and the restaurant on site caters for every taste. With Lelanie and Mariaan in the front office always ready to cater to the customers every need,...

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Thank you so much Francoise and Lollie!! Having you guys here are like family coming home. We really appreciate every time you guys come. See you guys soon!!

Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

From the first email to the friendly goodbye, the staff were on point. Friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. The room had a view to die for, the shower was big I could sleep in it and I wanted to steal the comfy towels. I loved diving with this group, I always felt safe. They took extra time to explain and search...

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Hi Candice Thank you soooo much for the review and all your kind words. It was great to have you here with us. Hope we see you soon!! Kind Regards Lelanie

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

I had a week stay in one of their ocean facing rooms, and it's almost right on top of the sea! The room was well equipped and kept clean. The dives were great, see my review of the dive shop for details.

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Lelanie B, Manager at Aliwal Shoal Scuba, responded to this review

Hi Jacques Thank you sooo much for taking the time to review us, it means a lot to us. Hope we see you again soon.

Reviewed 24 July 2016

From the moment I showed up and the moment I left, the staff was great and friendly. My cage diving with sharks tuned into FREE DIVING with sharks. Changed the whole perspective that I had toward sharks. If I didn't live in the states, I would visit Aliwal Shoal on a weekly basis! A MUST IF VISITING DURBAN

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Reviewed 8 July 2016

I spent four nights/3 days diving with Aliwal Shoal SCUBA and staying at the lodge in their building and had a great time. The staff and divemasters are helpful and friendly, the accommodations are clean and spacious, and the location works well for walking to the restaurants in town. I did 4 reef dives and 2 baited shark dives and...

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Lelanie B, Manager at Aliwal Shoal Scuba, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. It was great having you here with us and we look forward to seeing you again!!

Reviewed 24 February 2016

Unfortunately I didn’t have a good experience with this diving school, especially with diving instructor Lizz Claassen. I got stuck in the rope and was completely out of breath. It felt like a near-death experience. Although Lizz helped me out, she was rude when we got up and I went back to the boat. When they returned, there was no...

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Lelanie B, Manager at Aliwal Shoal Scuba, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We do value each review good or bad. As I recall your friend did either a refresher or a DSD course in the pool before the dive. You did say to me that you don't feel that you will need a refresher as you are a very confidant diver. On the...

Nelspruit, South Africa
Reviewed 29 October 2015

Talked into going diving for the first time ever in my life. Had the most wonderful Instructor, Charl, he had so much patience and was so calm the whole time. I experienced the most amazing underwater world. Lizz was so much fun, had a laugh with her the entire trip. First dive was with the sharks, but with Lizz and...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 31 August 2015

Even thought it is a B&B with no breakfast, rooms are very good and clean. With exceptional view on a sea as it is only one hotel located on the beach (no other places like that for many miles). There is a dive centre and a restaurant attached to the B&B. Dive centre owned by the same person and offer...

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Reviewed 25 August 2015

If you are reading this review to choose with which Dive Centre you are going to dive (and stay), you can stop right here and give a call to Lelanie who will be ready to help you from the start! They are amazing, care for every detail of your diving experience and are super knowledgeable of Aliwal Shoal. There's no...

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Reviewed 11 April 2015

I can't say enough about cagesharkdive.com and Aliwal Shoal Scuba. I originally signed up for the cage diving -- not realizing that certified divers could actually scuba with the sharks (ie outside the cage!!). I will say I was a bit nervous, but the staff and crew at Aliwal were so reassuring and fixated on safety that I knew i...

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Beachfront
  • Pool
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Beachfront
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  • Golf Course
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Umkomaas Lodge Dive Charters / Aliwal Shoal Scuba is the only dive centre in town that is located directly on the beachfront. Our diving facilities are exemplary with a full gear and wet room and onsite cylinder compressors that can provide both air and nitrox fills. We have a fully stocked shop at the centre that sells first and secondhand dive equipment of all descriptions, and customers can also hire full gear from us. For those coming to do courses with us, we have a heated dive tank for use during confined water sessions. The dive centre provides customers with hot showers upon returning from dives, and has a deck area overlooking the ocean. The deck boasts two brick braai areas and a Jacuzzi, making it the ideal place to relax after a long day out at sea. We have onsite accommodation, ranging from highly affordable backpacker rooms to luxurious four star ones, and guests are more than welcome to visit our next-door bar and restaurant, Waves. Umkomaas Lodge Dive Charters' proximity to the world-famous Aliwal Shoal, which lies just 4 km directly offshore means that we can offer diving of the very highest calibre. Year round, the Shoal is home to impressive megafauna as well as stunning macro life. We offer reef and baited dives, the latter of which allows you the opportunity to encounter the sharks for which South Africa is famous. During the summer months, the Shoal is home to the rare and beautiful tiger shark, while the humpback whales and raggedtooth sharks reign during the cooler months. Our staff are hugely enthusiastic about what they do, and are friendly and helpful. Come to the Shoal, and let us show you the wonders of our underwater world! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Aliwal Shoal Scuba

Address: 1 Roland Norris Drive, Umkomaas 4170, South Africa (Formerly Umkomaas Lodge Dive Charters)
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Umkomaas
Price Range: ₹ 846 - ₹ 3,482 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
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“Room 10 such a nice view”
 of 5 bubbles chandy709, 29 Oct 2015 | Read review
“Room 10 - 180 degree sea view.”
 of 5 bubbles ELizaveta_23, 31 Aug 2015 | Read review
“I stayed at a 3* room and it was very good. Amazing shower. I suppose that the 4* is even better!”
 of 5 bubbles GustavoParanhos, 25 Aug 2015 | Read review
“The 4* rooms are worth getting.”
 of 5 bubbles LisaBorrino, 23 Feb 2015 | Read review
“Sea facing, could through a stone and it will land in the water”
 of 5 bubbles 558bruce1980, 28 Oct 2014 | Read review
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