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Blue Ocean Dive Resort diving holiday at Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks on the Kwazulu Natal South Coast. Friendly and professional staff, excellent safety record and superior boats and equipment.


  • Diving package 7 Nights accommodation and Breakfast, 12 Dives price per person 750 Euro
  • Non-diver package 7 Nights Bed & Breakfast price per person 250 Euro
  • Excursions snorkel with sharks, wild animal safari etc available
  • Blue Ocean Dive Resort is the only option for your diving vacation at Aliwal Shoal.
  • Protea Banks on the south coast of Kwazulu Natal.
  • Let us surprise you with our spectacular service, friendly and professional staff, excellent safety record and superior boats and equipment!
  • Everyone registers as a client, but leaves as a friend.
  • Our service is and will remain second to none.
  • First class training academy for young people who want to make a career in diving.
  • We offer accommodation, diving, dive shop and restaurant in Umkomaas.
  • All diving courses from Open Water to rebreather, Instructor courses and all tek courses on offer.

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Blue Ocean Dive Resort is the premier dive operator on Aliwal Shoal, you are assured of only the best service. Set on beautiful grounds with magnificent views of the Indian Ocean and Umkomaas Golf Course, we are the only operator with a Lodge, fully licensed sea view deck Restaurant and Bar, and Dive Center all conveniently located on the same premises. Built in 1934, this grand old hotel building is a colonial styled icon of Umkomaas and the Kwazulu-Natal South Coast.

As always, we focus on comfort, convenience and value to make your getaway as pleasurable as possible. From the moment we pick you up at the airport until we drop you off again, we want this to be your happy place. A home away from home where you can escape the city, let your hair down and maybe hop on a few dives. We are a diving family ready to blow your mind! You will have a great time when we have our braai evenings (BBQ) sitting around the fire having a relaxing drink, showing off some awesome photography and chatting about the diving that day. We have great fun when we stroll down to the local fish restaurant on the beach for our Prawn/Seafood Dinner. We love what we do, we have as much fun as you do, that is why you will have the time of your life.

Because of the amount of accommodation we have available we DO NOT charge a single supplement. This means you are NOT penalized for travelling alone! Our facilities allow us to accommodate large groups of up to 24 (we have 3 boats, 8 per boat, but can hire a fourth if needed for group of 32) and our Dive Lodge can accommodate up to 54.



Our dives and diving packages are customisable to your time and catered to your diving addiction!

Be it a weekend getaway to escape the rat-race or a good long holiday to explore the wonders of Aliwal Shoal, you can be rest assured that 5 Star IDC Dive Centre, Blue Ocean Dive Resort will not disappoint! We are a diving family ready to blow your mind! We are the only operator with a Lodge, Sea View Deck Restaurant, Bar and Dive Center all conveniently located on the same premises and pride ourselves in being able to make all our guests feel at home and relax and of course have an unforgettable dive experience!

Want to do a Discover Scuba Dive (DSD)? R1500.00 will get you all your gear, pool sessions to get yourself “in the know” about scuba equipment, safety of diving, dos and don’ts and mostly the FUN of diving. Decided you want to become a Scuba Diver? AWESOME! The DSD price you paid will be deducted from the Open Water Course. Ask us about upgrading your DSD experience to a Baited Shark Dive.

Haven’t dived in a while? No stress, book your dive and we’ll hop into the pool for a few minutes and get you re-acquainted by practicing a few skills at no extra charge. Need a refresher but don’t want to dive just yet, no sweat, we can offer this service at a low price of R 500.00. We also offer a range of Dive Courses at Blue Ocean Dive Resort, from Open Water to Instructor. Equipment rentals are also available at our dive centre.

Dives generally take place in the mornings to take advantage of the best sea conditions. Coffee and breakfast is served in our restaurant. We use rubber ducks (zodiacs/ribs) with a maximum of 8 divers, a dive master and skipper on the boat to access the Aliwal Shoal Dive Sites. The ride out to sea is around 7km from the Mkomazi River mouth which takes about 10-15mins. Aliwal Shoal forms the crown of a Marine Protected Area, meaning that no form of fishing is allowed on the dive sites. Divers are not allowed to touch the reef, any of the animals or take anything other than a shark teeth from the sand.


Aliwal Shoal is listed in Jacques Cousteau’s top 10 dive sites to dive in the world. The beauty of Aliwal Shoal is that it caters for all skill levels. The reefs are alive with a diversity of marine life that you would travel to multiple destinations worldwide to see. Being a Marine Protected Area makes for the life to just absolutely flourish. Our Wrecks, The MV Produce and SS Nebo are suitable for advanced qualified divers due to their depths being sub 18m.

Baited Shark Dive

NO CAGES! Highly misunderstood, misrepresented and falsely accused, these apex predators offer you the mind-blowing, not-to-be-missed, experience of a life time. The baited shark dive is done off the Aliwal Shoal crown area and attract up to 40 pelagic black-tip sharks throughout the year. A guest appearance in summer by the ever shy and elusive tiger shark makes visitors stream to Aliwal. Face your fear, come do a baited shark dive and be left speechless and in awe. No words can describe the euphoria of a dive with these magnificent creatures, right from the shores of Umkomaas.

Baited Shark Snorkel

An eye-opening experience being at the surface in the presence of these amazing pelagic creatures. Our shark snorkel experiences are a sure-fire way of dispelling the “jaws syndrome” and myths surrounding our mis-understood species


  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours) *
  • Airport shuttle service is available 24 hours a day. Fees may apply. Please contact the property in advance for further details.
  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • 20 spacious newly-renovated rooms – twin rooms, family rooms, double rooms and single rooms – all en-suite
  • onsite restaurant and bar



  • one-stop shop for dive enthusiasts including gear retail and rental
  • pet-friendly establishment (prior to arrangement)
  • we can arrange a number of land-based activities for you including safari, horse-back riding and nature walks
  • Car rental through our partner company First Car Rental
  • buffet breakfast on weekends
  • renowned wood fire pizza every day
  • 24/7 security and onsite parking
  • complimentary Wi-Fi
  • sun deck
  • swimming pool


  • Diver 7 nights + chosen dive package
  • No diver 7 nights `chosen snorkel package
  • This hotel has 20 rooms
  • Arrival/departure
  • 24-hour billing
  • Departure time is 6 PM
  • Government-issued photo identification required
  • The minimum age to register is 18 years old.
  • Travelling with others
  • A child (4 years of age or younger) remains free when occupying the parent's or guardian's room, using existing bedding.
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • We are the only operator that has 3 new boats, and only the best equipment in the dive center, as a result you are safe:
  • No students on the boat
  • Advanced qualified divers only (minimum 30 logged dives)
  • Maximum of 8 divers per boat to avoid overcrowding and attend to camera equipment.
  • Experienced shark guides
  • The package includes:
  • Additional reef and/or shipwreck dives at no additional cost if weather conditions permit.
  • All transfers
  • 7 nights accommodation - Blue Ocean Dive Resort, Aliwal Shoal
  • 1 Dive with Barley Shark - Aliwal Shoal
  • 1 Dive with Baited Tiger Shark - Aliwal Shoal
  • All dives in reefs, wrecks and sharks (according to the itinerary)
  • Nitrox (EANX) Fillers
  • Cylinder rental
  • Rental Weight
  • Breakfast
  • MPA Permits (Aliwal Shoal is a marine protected area)


  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Flights
  • Airport taxes
  • Visas
  • Passports
  • Personal/travel insurance
  • Equipment rental (available at Blue Ocean Dive Resort)
  • Gratuities / Gratuities (optional cost at guest's discretion)


  • 30 % deposit is not refundable
  • 50% 90 days trips start
  • 100% 45 days before trip start
  • You might be charged for your cancellation in accordance with the terms and conditions of the diving centre.


  • The maximum depth for diving in Egypt with compressed air and nitrox (if properly qualified) is 40 meters.
  • Please note that all external links are provided for informational purposes only: PADI Travel is not responsible for the content or accuracy of external sites.
  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after the date you plan to leave the country.
  • Dive accident insurance (to include medical evacuation) is mandatory for divers of all ages on all our trips: bring your certificate as proof.
  • Travel insurance and trip cancellation insurance (to include storm coverage when appropriate for the type of diving vacation booked) are strongly recommended.
  • Check the electrical standards (such as which plugs are used) in your destination country before traveling and bring the appropriate adapter if necessary.
  • Unless otherwise noted, your package price does not include potential surcharges for national parks, boat dives, night dives, or other special trips. The price also does not include any diving equipment beyond tanks, weights and belt weights.
  • Supplements, government taxes, marine park fees and improvements are subject to very short-term changes, depending on local conditions, changes in government policy, etc. A change in these rates does not give you the right to cancel.

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