Ocean Divers Aliwal Shoal

Umkomaas is the the gateway to Aliwal Shoal, the world famous dive site, especially known for shark diving.


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Ocean Divers have a guesthouse in Widenham (Umkomaas) with one of the best views on the South coast. We also provide boat dives to Aliwal Shoal.

All scuba dives are accompanied by qualified and experienced dive leaders. Our boats are well maintained and equipped with all safety equipment including oxygen.

Accommodation Prices:

R300 to R400 per person sharing – Bed only
R500 to R600 per person sharing – Dinner, bed, and breakfast
Complimentary tea and coffee, full DSTV. All meals are served offsite in a restaurant. (Exceptions made with larger groups) Self-catering unfortunately not available

Dive Prices:

R390 per Dive
Equipment rental:

SCUBA Equipment R 60 per Item per day

IMPORTANT: You will need a scuba diving permit for diving at Aliwal Shoal as this is a Marine Protected Area. Permits are available from any Post office. Any dives you forfeit due to non-compliance of this would be for your account.

Our guesthouse is situated In Widenham, Umkomaas on the KwaZulu Natal South coast just 48 kilometers from central Durban and just north of the southern boundary of the eThekwini (Durban) region. The town originally known as South Barrow was formed in 1862 when a harbor was built here for the export of sugar. With the successful dredging of the sandbar of Durban harbor and the introduction of the railway, the harbor became obsolete but the town remained, the town derived its name from the uMkomazi river. In the past, the estuary of the river was used by large numbers of whales as a nursery giving birth in the shallows hence the name uMkomazi which in Zulu means Place of Cow Whales.

Today, with the world renowned Aliwal Shoal Marine protected area just in front of the town, it has become one of South Africa’s premier scuba dive destinations. A major attraction occurring most years is the Sardine Run. The annual migration of sardines from the cold Cape waters to the warmer waters of KwaZulu-Natal

The house was built in the early nineteen fifty’s on a half hectare stand and enjoys magnificent sea views and is just a short walk away from the secluded Widenham beach. During the restoration, we have endeavored to keep the old world charm but backing that up with modern amenities.

Unfortunately, we can not accommodate your pets. Ocean Divers Aliwal Shoal offers dives to Aliwal Shoal, a rocky reef which is the remains of a fossilized sand dune approximately 5 kilometers offshore situated right in front of our guesthouse. First discovered in 1849 by Capt. James Anderson in a 3 mast vessel named “Aliwal” a name now famous for scuba diving. Although most renowned for shark diving, seasonally Tiger shark, Hammerhead sharks, Raged tooth shark and Whale sharks as well and many other species are on offer. The reef is also inhabited by many kinds of soft and hard corals and a variety of tropical and subtropical fish species. Additionally, scuba divers can also explore the wrecks of the MV Produce that sank on the 11th of August 1974 and the SS Nebo that sank on her maiden voyage on the 20th of May 1884.

Ocean Divers Aliwal Shoal is ideally situated with easy access to several outdoor activities – Activities range from a slow day on the beach to an active day outdoors Kayaking, Surfing, Cycling, Off-road or Adventure motorcycle trips and almost everything in between. If you are a keen golfer Umkomaas has an 18-hole course and there are another 5 golf courses in close proximity none more than a 20-minute drive away.

Additionally, there is also Scottsburg’s beautiful swimming beach, “Crock world” craft shops and markets, nature reserves like Empisini, TC Robertson reserve, and Vernon Crookes nature reserve and deep sea fishing from Rocky Bay. Trips to uShaka Marine World and Durban city as well as many other exciting trips can also be done and or arranged. Even if shopping is not your thing Galleria Mall is just a stone throw away with 11 movie theatres, Ice rink, and bowling alley, even in bad weather you should find something to do.

If you are planning on an Ocean Cruise, we also offer secure parking for your vehicle and a transfer to the harbor.

Last but not least if you require just relaxing and getting away, the secluded Widenham beach is just a short walk away. Ideal for a long walk, a swim or just relaxing in the sun.

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