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Aliwal Dive Centre

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2 Moodie Street, Umkomaas 4170, South Africa
+27 39 973 2233
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Sharks and sharks

Aliwal shoal continues to reward and surprise me. What great dives we had over the 3 days. Plenty... read more

Reviewed December 10, 2017
Jan O
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Best cosy place we've been in South Africa!

The staff is amazing, the rooms are nice, it has a very cosy and homie atmosphere. The dive... read more

Reviewed December 5, 2017
FionaSharks
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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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 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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  • Poor2%
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2 Moodie Street, Umkomaas 4170, South Africa
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2 Moodie Street, Umkomaas 4170, South Africa
+27 39 973 2233
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Reviewed December 10, 2017

Aliwal shoal continues to reward and surprise me. What great dives we had over the 3 days. Plenty of fish life and numerous wales on each dive. Unfortunately no sighting during the dive but the "music" was awesome. Ragigies, black and white tip reef sharks...More

Thank Jan O
BasieAckermann, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2017

Thanks Jan - very impressed that you wrote this review. Really appreciate it. Yes it was an unfortunate and sad incident that the other dive operator had but we all stand together when needed. We are happy you had a good weekend with us -...More

Reviewed December 5, 2017 via mobile

The staff is amazing, the rooms are nice, it has a very cosy and homie atmosphere. The dive instructors are the best! We got our open water here and charl was our dive instructor. He made us feel safe. Charlie who dove with us too...More

Thank FionaSharks
BasieAckermann, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2017

This is great news - it makes us happy to get good feedback like this. Just happy we could get your ear sorted and keep you in the water! We really appreciate you taking the time to do this amazing review - Thank you!

Reviewed November 8, 2017 via mobile

I booked everything last minute with ADC through Clare&Danielle via email, and they were very patient answering all my questions and giving me tips of how to travel and what to expect. The lodging is clean, spacious and Close to the beach. The dives we...More

Thank T K
BasieAckermann, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded November 15, 2017

Hi Tina - only a pleasure!! Appreciate you writing a great review even after all the joking! Happy you've enjoyed your stay and dives here and seeing that you get staff airfares we will see you again soon I hope? Keep well!! P.S - Don't...More

Reviewed October 21, 2017

Thanks Basie and your team for yet another great weekend diving. Thanks for relaxed diving and friendly allround service. Breakfast was good. Favorite dive charter on the south coast! Keep up the good work!

Thank gmanca2017
BasieAckermann, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded October 25, 2017

Hey enige tyd! Bly julle het dit geniet! Sal maar die res in Engels doen net om Google translate te confuse . Luckily the weather played along as well, and the visibility was great. See you in December? Babysitting or not..!

Reviewed October 21, 2017

We did two dives with Aliwal. One 'normal' which was a bit a disappointment due to bad visibility. But the second one was a shark dive and that was absolutely great! Afterwards my son and me have talked about it often. Being in between a...More

Thank Martijn T
BasieAckermann, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2017

Yes - our shark dives are not for the faint hearted! But they are awesome to experience - glad you enjoyed it as well as the launch through the surf! Diving with us is adrenaline filled fun! Thanks for the review!

Reviewed October 10, 2017 via mobile

The dive centre seems well run and equipment is all in pretty good condition, I disliked having different BCD each day as I think for safety reasons it is better to be familiar with the equipment rather than have to think about it each day....More

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Reviewed October 9, 2017

This was a fantastic way to experience diving the beautiful Aliwal shoal. The team were super friendly, helpful and enthusiastic. I came for a weekend as a single diver and would recommend my experience to others.

Thank penny h
BasieAckermann, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded October 12, 2017

Thanks Penny - was great to have you here with us. Super happy you've enjoyed your time with us and very grateful to you for the awesome review. Hopefully see you again all the way from Down Under!

Reviewed September 17, 2017 via mobile

Had a great time going out with Aliwal, experienced divers and a great atmosphere. We stayed at the lodge for 2 nights, rooms were cleaned daily and the breakfast was simple and delicious There is an option to snorkel in a cage with the sharks...More

Thank maddielh7
BasieAckermann, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2017

Shot Maddie..appreciate the review! Believe it or not it was 45min with the sharks! Time flies when you are having fun... sorry about the sea sick crew...Aussies seem to battle...😁

Reviewed September 9, 2017 via mobile

Amazing experience with the most friendly, patient instructors.🌸. We got up close and personal and actually got out the cage and were able to free swim, with the eyes of the instructor on us the whole time, feeling entirely safe!👌💕

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BasieAckermann, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded September 14, 2017

So glad you enjoyed getting up close with the sharks! You see - they are not the (wo)man eaters Hollywood make us believe! Super happy you had a good time with us!

Reviewed August 16, 2017

A very professional service to enjoy this fascinating diving spot. Not to be missed by any scuba diver.....

Thank valerio c
BasieAckermann, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2017

Thanks so much for the review - we are glad to hear that you had an awesome time here - mission accomplished! See you again!

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