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Address: 2 Moodie Street, 4170, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 39 973 2233
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Description: 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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Reef diving

Fantastic place, great crew and first class service. Not to mention one of the best reef dives in the world. Dive early in the morning, with gear and transport to the launch area... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
Andy H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Fantastic place, great crew and first class service. Not to mention one of the best reef dives in the world. Dive early in the morning, with gear and transport to the launch area, back for an outstanding home cooked breakfast to order. Then nap, stroll on the beach or just relax. Perfect weekend

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Had a great time diving with this operator. Their gear was clean and working, their crew (both dive master and skipper) were experienced on the beautiful Aliwal Shoal spot.

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

Thanks for the awesome review! It is always nice to get feedback from our customers! More 

Maynooth, Ireland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

My husband went diving and I stayed at the lodge. I think I was expecting to feel a little left out and nothing could be further from the truth. The staff are amazing, friendly and kind. I watched a dive class and I am almost tempted to go back and give it a try. It was so professional. The lodge... More 

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

Awesome to hear back from our customers and what they have to say. Thanks!! More 

Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I am an AOW (diver soon to be MSD). My brother is a newly qualified diver. I was not aware of the strong currents in the shoal (5km/h or 2.5 knots). This wasnt an issue for me but the instructor failed to notice my brother was under weighed so his first dive was a total flop, to the point that... More 

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

I want to thank you for taking the time to write a review. It is always good to get feedback from our customers. As I was the skipper that day, I clearly recall what had happened. Just a couple of points from our side, as a story always has two sides: The current was strong but the visibility was in... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 via mobile

dived a couple times through 2014, very professional service from dolf the DM who is a very nice guy to Riaan who is more helpful them most divers out there. Enjoyed every dive from Reggie season to the produce in the harshest conditions possible. Besides the one idiot getting a bit grabby with a poor turtle (luckily he was dealt... More 

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Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The conditions were not always good but the diving was rewarding with sharks on nearly every dive. Very hospital and keen to help or go the extra mile.

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Bridgeton
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

My brother and I dove with Aliwal Dive Center over two days. My brother is an avid scuba diver and I am a beginner. Prior to arriving in Durban we contacted Aliwal Dive Center a few times to work out all the details and arrange prepayment. The staff at Aliwal Dive Centre were very accommodating and helpful in preparation. The... More 

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Beverwijk, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

the baited shark dive was awesome!! We saw so many sharks and they were so close. It was really awesome. The crew was excellent and very friendly. They are real professionals.

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Madrid
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We spend 2 weeks in SouthAfrica and this Lodge + Diving Centre, was with big difference the best one? Why? Really good customer service ! My mails, by planning the trip, were replied immediately with not only information about the centre, also about the area. We had "Bad Luck" with the Dive conditions as it was cold and visibility was... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

My GF and I had a good time while staying and diving there but weren't blown away by it. First, the positives: the staff was good overall. Dive masters were nice and knew their stuff, and a couple of the staff members helped us rent a car (more on renting a car shortly). Our room was fine, if pretty basic.... More 

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