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Aliwal Dive Centre

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Umkomaas, South Africa
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About Aliwal Dive Centre
We offer some of the most exciting scuba diving in the World, here on Aliwal Shoal. Dive with Ragged Tooth Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Oceanic Blacktip and Zambesi Sharks. We also see all types of Rays and Turtles on the dives. Dolphins and whales on the surface during season. Enjoy our great South African hospitality at Aliwal Dive Lodge above the dive centre and further your dive education at our PADI 5* Instructor Development Centre. When you choose Aliwal Dive Centre for your South African diving adventure, you can rest assured that our professional and dedicated team will have one aim in mind, to ensure you have a special and memorable time. We are the oldest PADI Centre in Umkomaas and have been here since 1995 - we specialize in shark dives, which includes the shark cage dive - anybody can do it - no experience needed. In June July we do the Sardine Run Ocean Safari on the Wild Coast of South Africa - the greatest shoal on earth. A bucket list item. Come do it!
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Leon M wrote a review Mar 2022
6 contributions
Great instructors, equipment gets checked by staff, max 2-3 persons per dive guard. Visibility was checked daily, same as currents, to determine best dive side. Also formiddable lunch/late breakfast for when you come back ashore. Lovely place
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Response from BasieAckermann, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre
Responded 1 week ago
Very happy to hear you had a great time - we always appreciate when our customers take the time to do a review. Thank you!
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Claudia uffhaus wrote a review Dec 2021
4 contributions
Great team to go explore the oceans with. Professional, friendly, fun and respectful of the waters. They carry all your gear, set it up for you, everything is clean and well looked after. The skippers are safe and the DMs are knowledgable. We felt safe, happy and in good hands at all times!
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Date of experience: December 2021
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Response from BasieAckermann, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback - it is just awesome! We are always eager to hear if we are doing the job as well as we are supposed to - so much appreciated.
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arikadelange101 wrote a review Sep 2021
Pretoria, South Africa3 contributions
A unique experience. Even though the weather wasn't really on our side, it was a great trip. The adrenaline having 7 - 9 Oceanic black tip sharks so close to you, is worth every tatered nerve and every rand spent. Experienced skippers and divemasters put you in good hands and their sense of humour is hilarious. I can recommend to anyone looking for a great time and one awesome experience.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Response from BasieAckermann, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre
Responded 1 week ago
Yes - we sometimes do say silly things, but it helps to take the focus off what you are about to do - snorkel with sharks! No just kidding - as you have realized by now that they are not the man eaters that Hollywood make them out to be.... You are 100% right with regards to the adrenaline rush with the shark snorkel.... well done for facing them! Thanks for the wawesome review!!
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gmanca2017 wrote a review Jun 2021
Gauteng, South Africa15 contributions2 helpful votes
Thanks Basie and crew. Always nice to dive with you (even if the conditions suck). First time staying with you. Pleasant surprise!! Thanks again and hopefully next time you guys will order some blue clean water :)
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Response from BasieAckermann, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre
Responded 29 Jul 2021
Ha ha anytime Franco! Clean water coming up on your next trip! Thanks for the great review!
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NIky S wrote a review Apr 2021
5 contributions
Great experience, fantastic skipper, friendly and helpful team. Will definitely be going back. Great to be able to roll out of bed and go downstairs to dive.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from BasieAckermann, Owner at Aliwal Dive Centre
Responded 29 Jul 2021
Awesome...very happy you enjoyed the time with us! Appreciate the review!
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