The best way to put it is I want to go back! I really enjoyed staying here, the staff the guests all amazing. I can't recall feeling more welcome anywhere. When we first arrived we were told we would be treated like family, the whole trip we felt like family. Thanks for great food, service and memories!
My first ever dive was done with the Blue Ocean Dive Resort, their expertise and attention to detail stood out for me. They explained everything in layman's terms of what was expected of me during the dive. Amazing reef viewing at Aliwal Shoal makes it worthwhile, this is certainly a well-run resort!
Myself and my “future son-in-law” wanted to do some diving at Aliwal Shoal and complete our PADI advanced open water course, as well as also complete our nitrox and drift specialty courses. After some deliberation we decided to stay at the Blue Ocean Dive Resort which turned out to be an excellent choice. As the accommodation, restaurant, bar and dive centre are all on the same premises, the eat, sleep, dive, repeat, daily routine is extremely convenient. From the moment we arrived we were made to feel a part of the Blue Ocean family, and the hospitality and friendship that was extended to us by Gary, Nicki and the rest of the Blue Ocean team was exceptional and greatly appreciated. Our rooms were spacious, clean and comfortable with en-suite bathrooms and showers. The air-cons in the rooms added to the comfort, and the electric kettles were very convenient. We ate most our meals at the restaurant which has a good varied menu, and the food was superb, particularly the all-day breakfasts, the pizzas and the milkshakes. With regards to our training and diving, everything was handled extremely well by the experienced, competent and friendly staff, including organizing our training material, rental equipment, the dive planning, the “shuttle” ride to the beach, and getting to the dive sites by rubber inflatable boats, which for each trip was an exhilarating experience, handled exceptionally well by skilled and experienced skippers. All our Instructors and Divemaster’s were professional, knowledgeable and pleasant, who went out of their way to ensure that we were properly trained, well looked after, safe at all times, and that we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Our dives at numerous sites were awesome, including Cathedral, Raggie Cave, Shark Alley, Pinnacle Ridge, Northern Pinnacles, Southsands, Northsands and Eelskins. Whilst diving we saw lots of amazing marine life, including ragged tooth sharks, rays, hawksbill, green and loggerhead turtles, honeycomb, yellowmouth and geometric moray eels, potato bass, brindle bass, trevally’s, lionfish, scorpionfish, stonefish, pufferfish, frogfish, boxfish, paperfish, batfish, trumpetfish, angelfish, octopus, and many other fascinating marine fish. We also went on two baited shark dives which were absolutely incredible and definitely worth it, as we were surrounded by lots of blacktip sharks swimming all around us, enabling us to appreciate and observe these impressive sharks up really close in their own environment. Overall, we had a fantastic stay at Blue Ocean with plenty awesome diving, met lots of other divers and wonderful people, and cannot wait to return.…
Although we are not divers we made Blue OceanDive Resort our go to place for meals while in Umkomaas, and they made us feel like part of the family. Nothing was disappointing, the food was great, From Pizza's to Breakfasts, Burgers and Steaks. You have to try their waffles too. We have been back at least every day since we arrived in town, sometimes twice. Jabu and Terrance and the rest of the crew are all very welcoming and friendly. Today we will go back again, sadly for the last time before we leave to head home. Breakfasts here are relaxing and the place has a calm feeling about it in the mornings and a lively vibe in the afternoons and evenings. We can't recommend the place enough.
We were staying at a beach house nearby and discovered this cool, chilled out thatch roof bar deck to be a great spot for dinner after the beach. Great food, great vibes, cold beer, and friendly service.
best thing about this place is the staff, they really take you in and make sure your are having a great time, under and above water! -the hotel itself is very good, clean and comfortable. -the diving center is very good. always making sure you rest and they do all the gearing up and logistics which is different than to what we have in Egypt so they did pamper us. always supplying towels on the way back after dives to shower :) -the bar and restaurant is very good! best pizza every and the steaks was more than good too. they even allowed us to smoke our own Hookah there :D :D - the diving itself is out of this world in Aliwal, my first time to experience true shark diving. Donny is the man for this job, thanks bro. Thank you Gary and all your lovely team :D to many more diving
Although it is a diving resort, I can testify to the fact that they have the most delicious pizza's. You write down the ingredients, and it is being served!! People are very nice and sportive, and you feel at home immediately!
We didn’t dive with Blue Ocean however we had the privilege of diving with one of their dive masters Mike (whom I think acts as a freelance DM when required). He was excellent. He was so enthusiastic and knowledgable about the ocean and marine life, he gave great dive briefings and was determined to give us the best experience on our dives. For this reason we will dive with Blue Ocean if we return to Umkomaas in the future. As a side, we ate in Blue Ocean’s restaurant each night we were in Umkomaas and the food and beer were excellent. The restaurant has a great atmosphere and the staff were really friendly and welcoming.
We have just returned from another memorable stay at Blue Ocean Dive Resort. Same warm welcome from Garry and Nikki and the same exciting diving with pelagic encounters on every dive. We will return!!!!
We spent our christmas holiday with Blue ocean in umkomaas. Had a great time, rooms are awesome, everyone is super friendly and helpful. Had some gorgeous dives, saw sharks, turtles, dolphins, manta rays. Experienced dive staff, equipment in excellent condition. We stay here every holiday! Great dives great holiday!