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In the sleepy little coastal town of Umkomaas, a dive company, Blue Ocean has developed a full dive resort with diving facilities and exciting dive options on Aliwal Reef, accommodation and a restaurant with bar.

The town rests beside the mouth of the navigable Umkomazi River, also known as the Mkhomazi. A large number of whales once used the estuary as a nursery, giving birth in the shallows. The Zulus named the river after this spectacle (uMkhomazi means the place of whale cows).

Aliwal Shoal is a marine protected rocky reef which is the remains of an ancient fossilized sand dune approximately 5 km off the coast . The reef plays host to many kinds of hard and soft corals and an estimated 1200 species of tropical and sub-tropical fish.

There is a fantastic variety of sharks to be seen, with smaller White Tip Reef Sharks patrolling the reef top and larger species such as Oceanic Black Tips, Dusky Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Zambezi / Bull Sharks, Hammerhead Sharks, Ragged Tooth Sharks (Spotted Sand Tiger/Grey Nurse Sharks) and even the odd sighting of a Great White is not unheard of.

Blue Ocean Dive Resort has all you would need for diving and can hire equipment too. PADI Courses to teach you to dive are run here.

  • We de-kit for you, wash gear and have it ready for the next day.
  • Nitrox always available
  • We own 3 Boats, excellent rental gear and have the BEST boat skippers.
  • Air-conditioned en-suite rooms with WiFi.

Dives are planned to suit you. Some options:

  • Baited Shark Dives with qualified shark guides (No feeding, NO cages)

Although Tigers are seasonal there are almost always between 20 to 40 Oceanic Black Tips. These are pelagic sharks that reach up to 2.5m in length. Dusky Sharks and Bull Sharks also make the occasional appearance. This is truly an experience of a life time, and a major adrenaline rush for you junkies.

  • Tiger Shark Dives – December to March
  • Aliwal Shoal – reef and wrecks
  • Deep Reefs

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  • Price Range Aliwal Shoal dive: R700 pp. Baited shark dive: E1500 pp.