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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 great diving dive centre via email these guys boat ride two days recommend this place for safety reasons professional staff shark cage diving spent nights world renowned felt perfectly safe an adventure south africa ragged tooth sharks making sure
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I dove two days this weekend with Aliwal Dive Centre; Day 1 was a shark dive and Day 2 a reef dive. I can’t say enough about the Dive Centre’s attention to service. From my first contact via email to my departure after the 2nd...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank pjkarp
BasieAckermann, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Phil - true to your word I see!! Amazing review - we really appreciate it! Yes - that first day the easterly wind was playing games with us - but after all this is Africa! You won't believe, and it is probably not what...More

Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

We did 4 dives here and stayed 3 Nights. Accommodation was good, clean and convenient! The two shallow reef dives on the first day were great. Loads of raggies, nudies and other life. The second day we did a baited shark dive and another shallow....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Joshua H
BasieAckermann, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2018

Hi Joshua - great having you and Willie with us! Thanks a million for the awesome review. Rest assured I will address the issue you've mentioned with all the dive masters as we have a strict no touch, tease or take policy and they are...More

Reviewed October 18, 2018 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!More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Mbarendregt
BasieAckermann, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2018

Hi Maurits and Sterre! Thanks for your awesome review and actually taking the time to write it - much appreciated! Let us hope our second attempt to get your bag back to you will be more successful :-) All the best and hopefully see you...More

Reviewed October 2, 2018 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

Date of experience: October 2018
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BasieAckermann, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2018

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 July 7, 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

Date of experience: July 2018
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BasieAckermann, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded July 8, 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 July 3, 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

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Daisy P
BasieAckermann, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 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 July 3, 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.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Pieter_Mari
BasieAckermann, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2018

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

Reviewed June 5, 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

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank adriaanrowan
BasieAckermann, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded June 9, 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 June 3, 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

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed May 28, 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

Date of experience: May 2018
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BasieAckermann, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded May 29, 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

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