Shark and Shoal Guesthouse

Shark and Shoal Guesthouse

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#2 of 5 guest houses in Umkomaas
4.6 of 5 bubbles
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
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A comfortable and characterful house situated in the lazy coastal town of Umkomaas on the Kwazulu Natal south coast. Numerous dive centres in town visit the Aliwal Shoal which is one of the top ten dive sites in the world. Beautiful beaches and amazing sea view golf courses, exciting mountain bike trails and river paddling, kayak and ski boat fishing and excellent bird watching add to the fun.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Bar / lounge
Beach
Golf course
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Wifi
Breakfast available
Room features
Air conditioning
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Luxury
Charming

Location

15 Maclean Street, Umkomaas 4170 South Africa
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Dave M wrote a review Apr 2020
Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We came to Umkomaas so I could dive at Aliwal. The first thing about Solia's place is the view. It is so tranquil to look up the river at the sunshine. As others have said before me, we were made very welcome and given so much information about surrounding restaurants, things to see etc. One morning I had to leave at 6:30 am to go diving and Esther said she'd be at the driveway to open the (normally powered) gate for me as it had a problem. That was typical of the help they all gave us. We miss you!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Toria W wrote a review Jul 2021
Oakland, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Shark & Shoal was such a tranquil experience it created such a peaceful retreat. I came to Umkomaas for the diving and felt so relieved my school suggested Shark & Shoal. Solia goes above and beyond for her guests. Going even so far as giving me a ride to catch an airport shuttle, since I didn’t realize there wouldn’t be Ubers in the area. I hope to return again, I enjoyed my stay tremendously.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Solia Jacob, Owner at Shark and Shoal Guesthouse
Responded 02 Sept 2021
You were a joy to have with us. Hope we see you soon !!!
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Phehello wrote a review Mar 2022
Pretoria, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The atmosphere is good and I had an awesome stay and good night sleep at this establishment. Breakfast was superb and the staff are courteous and welcoming. A good place to be and will go back again. The atmosphere is good and I had an awesome stay and good night sleep at this establishment. Breakfast was superb and the staff are courteous and welcoming.

A good place to be and will go back again.
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Date of stay: March 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Likemike wrote a review Apr 2019
Stockholm County, Sweden
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I spend a few days at Shark and Shoal while diving in Umkomaas.

The rooms are well equipped with a minibar, kettle and TV with some movie channels. The bed was very comfortable.
The room also had a ceiling fan and air-conditioning.

I enjoyed the shower after getting back from my dives. Shampoo and conditioner were supplied.

WiFi was available and fast enough for basic browsing and sending mails

The owner and all staff made sure to accommodate me with everything I needed. They will provide breakfast to take with you if you need to get up early.

I loved the view over the river and all dive operators are within walking distance. I always felt safe walking outside.
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Solia J, Owner at Shark and Shoal Guesthouse
Responded 25 Apr 2019
It was a pleasure having you staying with us. Sorry about the weather that was not the best. Hope we see you again before you go back to Holland.
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litespeed1966 wrote a review Aug 2018
Singapore, Singapore
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed at the Shark & Shoal as it was booked by family members. Rooms are very well equipped, clean and cosy with free wifi, coffee and a large HD Smart TV with a buffet of satellite channels including Bloomberg and CNBC which is often absent even at some 5 Star business hotels globally. Beds are big and very comfortable. Bathroom and amenities are high-end and very functional. Each room has a private patio, with exceptional views. The biggest perk is the hospitality of the owners Sonia and Barry as well as Esther who assists in all areas. I felt like family and was treated as such. Food is delicious and plentiful. Close proximity to the local town, the highway and the beach. I would certainly recommend the Shark and Shoal to anyone looking for a clean, safe,cosy and private accommodation in this vicinity. I will most certainly return.
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Date of stay: August 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from jennylU2735UU, Owner at Shark and Shoal Guesthouse
Responded 14 May 2019
Thanks Terrence. It was a pleasure having you. We look forward to your return. Travel safely
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KATHY E wrote a review Sept 2016
Idaho Falls, Idaho
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a really lovely guest house and the owners go out of their way to make you welcome. The food is home style & served like a sit down dinner at home.
Everything was really yummy! The only reason I didn't give them a 5 is the rooms need a bit more privacy in the bath. There is no door, no divider, no privacy for you in the bathroom. If they could come up with a simple fix for that, it would be better and more attractive for more types of travelers.. For a couple, it may be ok but if you are friends traveling together, it is awkward. They are located close to Aliwal Shoals for the shark diving and it is a short distance to the dive shop.
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Date of stay: September 2016
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Trip type: Travelled on business
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David L wrote a review Sept 2014
Johannesburg, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a perfect spot. Newly renovated, with exceptional facilities. The hosts are warm and cater to your every need and the breakfast was delicious. Also, extremely great value and by far the best place we've seen and stated at on the south coast.
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Date of stay: September 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: All the rooms are newly renovated and beautifully done.
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Chris J wrote a review Jan 2014
Johannesburg, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stunning! What a lovely surprise! We were not expecting such tasteful, luxurious accommodation in Umkomaas, having been on numerous dive trips to the area. The owners are warm and welcoming and go out of their way to make you feel at home! The pool and patio are perfect for relaxing after a good days diving! We will definitely be back! Thank you, Barry and Soli, for a lovely stay – book our room for next time, we coming even if we not diving!
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Date of stay: December 2013
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Vacationer252933 wrote a review Dec 2019
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Guesthouse is very beautiful with a little pool but with great views.The rooms are very pretty with Tv, a little fridge and a Kettle. There are restaurants, supermarkets and pubs near. Solia and Esther make a delicious breakfast. Thanks for all!!!
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Date of stay: November 2019
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Solia J, Owner at Shark and Shoal Guesthouse
Responded 12 Dec 2019
We loved having you, friendly and easy guests.
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Nerick76 wrote a review Dec 2019
Rouen, France
5.0 of 5 bubbles
During a diving trip, we stay 5 nights in this guesthouse. The rooms are very clean & well decorated. the view on the river is wonderful, the breakfast is great, Wifi is available. I can't see any negative point to mention. For sure, I will come back to this place if I come back to Umkomass
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Response from Solia J, Owner at Shark and Shoal Guesthouse
Responded 12 Dec 2019
You were awesome guests, will have you back anytime !!!
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Zeebo2017 wrote a tip Oct 2019
Mbombela, South Africa9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We stayed in the 4 rooms facing the front and they were all similar. Lovely rooms."
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Sylvia B wrote a tip Jul 2017
Johannesburg, South Africa16 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"we have stayed in different rooms, all very nice in there own way."
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Michele H wrote a tip Oct 2016
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bathrooms are not completely separated from bedroom in suites - if doesn't suit then ask for the cottage"
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Kathryn F wrote a tip Jul 2016
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask about the self-catering option with two double rooms-- suitable for 2 couples or a family"
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Lynn A wrote a tip Jul 2016
Cape Town, South Africa22 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The guest rooms are all very comfortable."
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7
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Frequently Asked Questions about Shark and Shoal Guesthouse
Which popular attractions are close to Shark and Shoal Guesthouse?
Nearby attractions include Salteez Beach Shop (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Shark and Shoal Guesthouse?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Shark and Shoal Guesthouse?
Guests can enjoy a lounge and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Shark and Shoal Guesthouse?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Shark and Shoal Guesthouse?
Conveniently located restaurants include Enzo Pizzeria Scottburgh, Agulhas Dive Center, and Enzo Pizzeria Umkomaas.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Shark and Shoal Guesthouse?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Shark and Shoal Guesthouse located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Umkomaas.
Are there any historical sites close to Shark and Shoal Guesthouse?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church (15.0 km).
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