Aliwal Dive Centre & Lodge

Aliwal Dive Centre & Lodge offer scuba diving & snorkeling on Aliwal Shoal Reef in South Africa. wreck and dives PADI courses and the Sardine Run based in Umkomaas.


Aliwal Dive Centre is based in a small South Coast town in Umkomaas minutes away from the beach, with one of the worlds most famous and most sought after reef called the Aliwal Shoal Reef including two very well-known wrecks Nebo and Produce.

We have over 24 years’ experience in the diving industry and we are a PADI 5* Instructor Development Dive Centre. We offer reef, wreck and shark dives, scuba training, gap year / internships, shark cage snorkeling for our non-divers and we offer affordable accommodation based above the dive centre which makes our customers early morning rises worth it and enjoying a full English breakfast after their dives.

June / July we hold one of the most sought after yearly events, the Annual Sardine Run that is held in Port Saint Johns, an experience you cannot miss out on. It is the migration of all shark species, whales and dolphins. Daily outings last for approximately 6 – 8 hours depending on sea conditions and the amount of activity about. With the action being fast and furious in conjunction with variable sea conditions, long boat rides and the whole day out at sea , outings can prove strenuous, therefore it is recommended that clients be relatively fit.

Sardine activity is usually from large flocks of Cape Gannet sightings or by the more trusted large pods of Common & Bottlenose dolphin activity. Our communication network with others is vast and we are also in communication with Natal Sharks Board members that conduct regular aerial flights. Our knowledge of “hiding” places also comes into play here and all avenues are explored to find action for you.


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