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BLUE OCEAN DIVE RESORT I 9 NIGHTS + DIVING I ALIWAL SHOAL I SOUTH AFRICA

BLUE OCEAN DIVE RESORT I 9 NIGHTS + DIVING I ALIWAL SHOAL I SOUTH AFRICA
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Vacation in South Africa, to dive in Aliwal Shoal, one of the 10 best diving destinations in the world selected by Jacques Cousteau and to be able to make 2 land safaris to enjoy the unforgettable experience of watching the Big Five in their natural habitat. Blue Ocean Dive Resort at Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks on the south coast of Kwazulu Natal. Friendly and professional staff, excellent safety record and superior boats and equipment.



HIGHLIGHTS

  • Diver's package: 9 nights accommodation, 15 dives and safaris
  • Non-diver's package: 9 nights accommodation and5 days snorkel
  • Accommodation in a typical South African colonial style house.
  • Blue Ocean Dive Resort is the only option for your diving holiday in 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!
  • We will enjoy diving with blacktip and raggiee sharks, species with a low level of aggression.
  • Depending on the season, we will be able to observe humpback whales, manta rays, other types of sharks and year-round Queensland groupers, dolphins, turtles and lots of coral fish.
  • We will live the experience of an exciting safari in "Umfolizi Game Reserve" to observe the five big ones: the lion, the leopard, the rhinoceros, the elephant and the buffalo, not named that way because of their big size, but because of the extreme difficulty of hunting them and the degree of danger involved.
  • This experience is completed with the excursion for the sighting of other wild animals such as hippos and crocodiles. As a curiosity I will say that hippos kill about 500 people a year and crocodiles about 1,000, while sharks 10 humans, the year that more deaths are recorded, being its average of 6 people / year. Just to allay fears
  • Snorkeling excursions with sharks, safari with wild animals etc available

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THE HOTEL

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.

SERVICIOS GENERALES

UMKOMAAS 

  • 20 habitaciones
  • Solárium
  • Piscina al aire libre
  • Gimnasio
  • Centro de negocios
  • Servicio de transporte al aeropuerto
  • Servicio de cuidado infantil
  • Terraza
  • Recepción disponible las 24 horas
  • Servicio de limpieza diario
  • Jardín
  • Desayuno inglés gratis
  • Wifi gratis en el vestíbulo y aparcamiento 
  • Playa de Umkomaas: 9 min a pie

ST. LUCIA LAKE SAFARI

  • Alojamiento en amplio apartamento compartido de 3 habitaciones y 2 cuartos de baño
  • Máximo 5 personas por apartamento
  • Solo alojamiento (desayuno y comida incluido solo día del Safari)
  • Alojamiento en habitación doble de uso individual 30€ / noche

THE DIVING

OFFERING A WIDE VARIETY OF DIVES AND DIVE PACKAGES

Our dives and dive packages are customizable to your time and suit your diving addiction!

Whether it's a weekend getaway to escape the rat race or a long vacation to explore the wonders of Aliwal Shoal, you can be sure that the 5-star IDC Dive Center, Blue Ocean Dive Resort will not disappoint you. We are a family of divers ready to surprise you! We are the only operator with a Lodge, an ocean view restaurant, a bar and a dive center, all conveniently located on the same premises and we pride ourselves in making all our guests feel at home and relax and of course have an unforgettable diving experience.

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

Reef / Wreck Diving

Aliwal Shoal is on the list of Jacques Cousteau's 10 best dive sites for diving in the world. The beauty of Aliwal Shoal is that it caters to all skill levels. The reefs are alive with a diversity of marine life that you would travel to multiple destinations around the world to see. Being a Marine Protected Area makes life absolutely bloom. Our Wrecks, The MV Produce and SS Nebo are suitable for advanced qualified divers because their depths are less than 18 meters. 

Shark Bait Diving 

Highly misunderstood, misrepresented, and falsely accused, these apex predators offer you the mind-blowing, can't-miss experience of a lifetime. Bait diving takes place in the crown area of Aliwal Shoal and attracts up to 40 pelagic blacktip sharks throughout the year. A guest appearance in summer by the ever shy and elusive tiger shark gets visitors flowing to Aliwal. Face your fear, come and dive with shark bait and you will be speechless and afraid. There are no words to describe the euphoria of a dive with these magnificent creatures, from the shores of Umkomaas.

Shark diving without bait 

The most attractive of its marine fauna are the sharks, for that reason, besides the occasional encounters, during our trip we will make 3 exclusive immersions to enjoy the view of the sharks, that will appear before us in a natural way, to this way surely dissipate the "syndrome of the jaws" and the myths that surround this misunderstood species. 

Aliwal Shoal is known worldwide for the spectacular concentration of sand bull sharks or "raggies" as they are known over there, but we are not talking about the fierce bull shark Carcharinus leucas, but the harmless Carcharias taurus that probably sounds like you would expect from popular aquariums, the one with the enormous teeth that stick out of its mouth and give it a somewhat fearsome appearance, but which is really a shy animal that is found near caves and caves in semi-darkness and which despite its impressive size (it can reach 2.5 metres) moves freely between corridors and galleries. The best time to see them is from June to November (the southern winter) and this is the time of their reproduction.

We can also see the blue oceanic blacktip sharks or the incredible tiger shark from December to May. And there will never be a lack of illustrious guests such as dolphins and turtles throughout the year, humpback whales from June to November and manta rays from November to March, a whole range of species

The famous South African Great White Shark is not an inhabitant of these South African waters bathed by the Indian Ocean, so we will have to postpone its vision to an extension to Cape Town and its colder Atlantic waters, in order to live a cage dive with them. Not included in this package.

Shark Bait Snorkeling  

An eye-opening experience to be on the surface in the presence of these incredible pelagic creatures. Our snorkeling experiences with sharks are a sure-fire way to dispel the "jaw syndrome" and myths surrounding our misunderstood species.

  • Flights and return in tourist class. Included in the package.
  • Transfer Durban - Blue Ocean Dive Resort and return. Not included.
  • All passengers, without exception, must carry their personal and family documentation in accordance with the laws of the country or countries they plan to visit. It is their responsibility, when the trips require it, to obtain visas, passports, vaccination certificates, etc.
  • The organizing agency will be exempted from all responsibility in the event that any authority refuses to grant visas for particular reasons of the user; is not allowed to enter the country because they do not have the requirements or documentation required, or for not being a carrier of this. Any expense derived from problems of this nature will be the responsibility of the user, applying in these circumstances the regulations established for cases of voluntary withdrawal of services. 
  • Likewise, users, and especially those with a nationality other than Spanish, must ensure, before starting the trip, that they comply with all applicable regulations and requirements regarding permits and/or visas in order to be able to enter all the countries to be visited without problems.

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

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Amenities

  • 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

Including

  • 9 nights with full board (no drinks) and 15 dives at Blue Ocean Dive Resort (Unkomaas)
  • Diving with bait included in the package.
  • Single supplement for the use of a double room (on request)
  • Diving Park permits.
  • Diving package included: 15 dives
  • 6 dives with sharks, one of them with bait.
  • Guides with great experience in immersions with sharks.
  • Aluminum bottle of 12 liters. Leads. 
  • Permits for access to the MPA Dive Park (Aliwal Shoal is a marine protected area)
  • We can organize interesting snorkeling programs, for non-divers.
  • Neoprene suit: we recommend 5mm neoprene in our winter and 7mm or semi-dry in our summer.
  • We recommend that you bring a signalling buoy for the dives in the reef. 
  • Possibility to do a "PADI Shark Course" during your stay at Blue Ocean Dive Resort. Includes certification, T-shirt and diploma. 
  • The first day of diving it is possible to do a "check dive" to analyze the level of diving and to familiarize the client with the area.
  • Extras in alimonies in the lodgings.

Extras not included in the package.

  • Diving insurance. We can help you to contract it.
  • PADI shark course. 
  • NOT included in the diving package: Diving equipment rental (available at the centre), Nitrox
  • 15 liter bottle,Dive insurance
  • Snorkeling trips
  • Shark snorkeling with bait
  • Tips
  • Transfers in South Africa.
  • Tips (optional cost at guest's discretion).
  • 2 nights accommodation in St Lucia Lake on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • Big Five Safari at "Umfolizi Game Reserve". Includes breakfast and lunch.
  • Optional excursion: Unkomaas / Durban Waterfront "Miami of South Africa" / Scottburgh / to the crocodile recovery centre in Unkomaas.
  • Visas or local taxes.
  • Any other service not specified in the section INCLUDED.
  • Program subject to special contract conditions and cancellation. 
  • The client may cancel the services requested, having the right to a refund of the amounts paid, but must pay the agency the amounts indicated below:
  • From the payment of the deposit: 110 ? for management costs. 
  • Between 120 and 90 days before departure, 25% of the total amount of the ground services.
  • Between 89 and 60 days before departure, 50% of the total amount of the ground services 
  • Between 59 and 46 days before departure, 70% of the total amount for ground handling.
  • 45 days or less before departure, 100% of the total cost of ground handling.
  • Air tickets are not refundable once issued.
  • All quotes are estimates and may undergo slight variations until the moment of confirmation of air and hotel places. The final price may vary depending on flight availability, dollar exchange rate or other unforeseen events. 

BEFORE YOU TRAVEL

  • Documentation: carry a passport (6 months valid), diving certificate, diving insurance and diving book
  • Currency: No need to carry cash, there the currency is RAND (15 Rand / 1 Euro). You can take it out of the cash machines without any problem and pay with card in the hotel and/or establishments.
  • Clothes: Summer clothes and maybe some sweaters for the night, but evaluate according to travel season.
  • Electricity: 220v with M type adapter, three points with circular shape
  • Health: As a general rule, no vaccination is required, but it is the passenger's responsibility to check and comply with the vaccination requirements.
  • Before travelling abroad, it is recommended that you register your details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' computerised Traveller's Register https://registroviajeros.exteriores.gob.es/, to facilitate assistance in any emergency or need situations.

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