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aliwal shoal scuba diving

Welcome to Umkomaas Lodge Dive Charters

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Umkomaas Lodge Dive Charters has been running since 1985 and is the first PADI Gold Palm Scuba Diving Resort in South Africa. We have accommodation for non divers, as well as all inclusive dive packages. A fully rigged dive shop and charter.

Waves is our on-site restaurant/bar, with a deck over looking the sea, right on the beach, friendly service and stunning menu, it's always a perfect way to end off your diving day. We have all amenities to make your stay a memorable one, with a Jacuzzi, tide pool, DSTV and tea and coffee available in all rooms with some of the best diving in the world, and a team of awesome staff, we'll keep you busy and wanting to come back.

We also offer courses, from Dicover Scuba and Open Water, to Advanced and specialities courses. All gear for sale, new and second hand available, and we have gear for hire too.

Situated along side the well known Aliwal Shoal and right on the beach, we're just a stones throw away from the Umkomaas river mouth.

Aliwal shoal is rated one of the 10 best dive spots in the world, with a myriad of sea life that visits seasonally, as well as resideant populations of everything from dolphins to pipe fish.

Aliwal Shoal offers a feast of scuba diving and snorkeling. We have years of experience, passion for the ocean and vast knowledge of the area that we love to share with our visitors.

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what we offer:

Sardine Run
Sardine Run

Its been dubbed "The Greatest Shoal on Earth" Every year around June and July billons of Sardines 'run' or migrate up the East Coast of Africa between Port Elizabeth and Durban. Read More ...


Umkomaas Lodge Dive Charter offers a wide range of scuba dive courses, to meet the needs of any diver. These courses range from beginner to PADI advanced levels. Read More ...

Tiger Shark Diving
Bated Shark Dives

The very well known Tiger Shark often visits our reef where scuba divers can dive with them and enjoy the sheer beauty of this magnificent predator. Read More ...

Sardine Run
Wreck and Reef dives

With 3 wrecks and the SAPPI pipe line, as well as the beautiful Aliwal Reef itself, it is a destination that every diver has to experience Wrecks ... Reef ...

Gear sales and Hire

Umkomaas Lodge Dive Charter offers a wide range of scuba gear, from the basic through to tech gear and fantastic cameras and underwater housing. We also offer all gear for hire. Read More ...

Tiger Shark Diving
Beach front accomodation

Choose from our Basic Back packer room (communal bath room) Or Our en-suite sea facing rooms, with fridges and DSTV. Closer to the ocean you won't get!!! Read More ...