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Address: 2 Moodie Street, Umkomaas 4170, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 39 973 2233
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We offer some of the most exciting scuba diving in the World, here on...

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 your Dive education at our PADI 5* Instructor Development Centre.

When you choose Aliwal Dive Centre for your South African diving adventure, you can rest assured that our professional and dedicated team will have one aim in mind, to ensure you have a holiday of a lifetime.

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Expand your mind!

If you wish, dream and live for wildlife, you probably exclude sharks in your minds just because of movies, reflex or peer pressure. Now there is something misconstrued about this... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
platonov909
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Quebec
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you wish, dream and live for wildlife, you probably exclude sharks in your minds just because of movies, reflex or peer pressure. Now there is something misconstrued about this type of thinking and the answer in just here at Aliwal. You go for observations of sharks, in a cage for safety, and you have the options, only if you... More 

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Basie A, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre, responded to this review

You are 100% right. Hollywood and the uninformed, sensation seeking media has villianised sharks to the extent that, what you did whilst diving with us, would be seen by them as completely insane, but it was not. It was an educational experience that broadened your mind and it blows the theories that sharks are crazy man hunters completely out the... More 

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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Only managed to find time for a one day session out at sea but we really enjoyed our stay here. Really relaxed and chill due to the fact it was quiet season when we arrived. Gear was all in good shape. Viz was good and we saw tonnes of life on the shoal. Divemaster Charlie was friendly and good to... More 

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Basie A, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre, responded to this review

Overly happy that you had a good time diving with us on the Aliwal Shoal. It is also so awesome that you took the effort to write this review. Really appreciate it and hoping that we meet again sometime in the future!Thank you! More 

New York City, New York
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28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went for a couple dives over xmas holidays, xmas gift from my brother. He had dived with them before an they were highly recommended. A little about my dive experience - rescue diver and about 300 dives from Asia, Carribean, US, etc. Really good operation, friendly staff, good rental gear. To be honest, the dive operation was good, but what... More 

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Thank Bazzabug
Basie A, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre, responded to this review

We really appreciate you taking the time to write a review, and super happy you had a great time. We strive to be as professional as possible to give our customers the best experience possible. Thank you so much. I will pass this onto Charlie - it is true, her passion and enthusiasm are contagious! Till next time! More 

New York City, New York
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22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I went diving with this company over the holidays, and the dive was one of the highlights of our trip. First, the diving is beautiful, there is a lot to see in terms of wildlife, with clear waters and manageable currents. More importantly, the staff and instructors were professional, helpful, and very easy going. Charlie, our dive... More 

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Basie A, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre, responded to this review

Awesome for taking the time to write the review.. really appreciate you doing it! We are happy you had a good time and hopefully see you next time around?! Happy diving! More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

Had a truly wonderful time and experience with everyone at ADC. My girlfriend did her PADI OWC with Riaan. It was professional and always done with a smile. They love what they do, so you will to. Can honestly say that we made new friends. I would recommended Riaan in a drop-of-a-hat to anyone out there who wants to learn... More 

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Thank Gabrishka R
Basie A, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre, responded to this review

Hi Gabor and Shannon -first of all congratulations on passing your Open Water course! You are a natural! Thanks to both of you for taking the time to write a great review - see you next time around. More 

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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

ADC had been recommended to me by a friend and from the beginning my emails with Claire at the centre were answered promptly with all my questions answered. If you arrive late there is self service into the centre where we were staying. We had a lovely room with a private balacony and views of the sea. We were down... More 

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Basie A, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre, responded to this review

Hi Paul and Sadie - thanks for being such pleasant and easy going customers! You guys were a pleasure to have dive and stay with us and thanks for taking the time to write such a great review! Keep well and all the best! More 

new york, ny
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27 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015 via mobile

We dove with aliwal dive Center for 2 magical days. Besides the amazing baited and reef dives where we saw tiger sharks, hammerheads, duskies, and loads of oceanic black tips, it was the service and professionalism that really set these guys apart. From the moment we arrived, we receieved a warm welcome from Clare, and everyone from Keith the skipper... More 

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Basie A, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre, responded to this review

Awesome that you enjoyed your stay!! Thank you for taking the time to write this great review and we are taking you up on your plans for a Sardine Run trip!!. Till then and thanks once again More 

The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

We are downright enthousiastic about this centre. Friendly, relaxed and professional. The divingsites are awesome. They do al they can to accommodate you. After two dives the full englisch breakfast is a real treat. We had a baited shark dive with approx 20 blacktip oceanic sharks that was a once in a liftetime experience. When you have the nerve, dont... More 

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Basie A, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre, responded to this review

Shot Paul for the great review! You and Tom were an absolute pleasure to have and hope to see you again soon! P.S. Are you buying a Chevvy Spark now that you are back? :-) Keep well! More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

We recently went Shark cage diving as a team @ Aliwal Dive Centre. It was such a fantastic experience, and I would highly recommend this. The staff was very professional and helpful and made all of our team members feel so comfortable and at ease before this excursion. Thank you so much to the team @ Aliwal in the manner... More 

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Basie A, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre, responded to this review

Hi Christelle - thanks for taking the time to give us a great review! You guys were fabulous "sea dogs" - choppy seas or not! Well done to all of you and we are happy you all did something "out the box" and hopefully also realized sharks are not the Hollywood type! More 

San Francisco, California
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

I am posting this review in the hopes this situation does not happen to someone else. I dove with Aliwal Dive Center on October 13, 2015. My dive buddy, Lauren, was also the Dive Master from ADC and we went with another pair. Upon entering the water, we gave the ok and began to descend. I didn't have enough weight... More 

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Basie A, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. We always appreciate feedback. Seeing as you chose various social media platforms to state your side, it gives us fair opportunity for a rebuttal. There is always the risk that once the other party’s side is heard, that the original review might be seen in the different light. As you have stated your side of the... More 

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