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Located south of Durban in the diving town of Umkomaas, this purpose built dive lodge overlooks the beach and Aliwal Shoal, and is the perfect base for shark diving.

The comfortable rooms offer double and twin bed options, en-suite facilities, private balcony and fantastic views of the Indian Ocean. Facilities include a cosy lounge with satellite TV, swimming pool, dining area, a ‘lapa’ (outdoor chill-out area),a braai (bbq area) and and on-site dive centre. For those who want to explore the local area, transport is readily available. WiFi internet access is available. 

ScubaAddicts dive lodge is situated in the small town of Umkomaas, a 45 minute drive south of Durban. It offers easy access to Aliwal Shoal, arguably one of the best shark diving sites in the world.  

A friendly atompshere and minimal single supplements make this a great option for single travellers throughout the year.

ScubaAddicts Dive Centre, South Africa

The on-site dive centre caters for all guests at the lodge. Divers kit up each morning and load the boat (RIB) ready for an exciting day of diving. Facilities include hot showers, rinse tanks and a secure drying room for your equipment.

Dive packages are designed to ensure you experience the best diving South Africa has to offer and operate like a liveaboard, whereby all divers arrive on the same day. Fully guided by the dive team with many years of local experience, it’s here that people come mainly to encounter sharks on the reefs between Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks.

The dive sites are up to 30 minutes away and the boats are launched through the surf either from the beach or the river mouth, depending on the tide. The area is notorious for shark encounters, so much so that it’s guaranteed that you will see a shark of some sort within ten metres during your stay whilst on a ‘SharkWEEK’ package. Diving this area is recommended for advanced divers.

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Key info

  • Ideal for:
    • Groups
    • Singles
  • Diving suitable for:
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced
  • Dive boat: RIB

Dive trips

This accommodation is featured in the following itineraries:

Sardine Run Adventure

Witness the ‘Greatest Shoal on Earth’ as millions of sardines migrate along South Africa’s eastern coastline in June and July. Dive and snorkel with thousands of dolphins, seals, sharks, whales, and even birds.

  • When to go: Jun-Jul
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,545 pp
  • Trip type: Group trip

SharkWEEK Diving Adventure

Experience some of the best shark diving in the world! This exciting trip offers diving at Aliwal Shoal where encounters with ragged tooth, oceanic black-tip, bull, hammerhead and tiger sharks are regular.

  • When to go: Jan-May, Aug-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,645 pp
  • Trip type: Group trip

South Africa & Mozambique Dive Safari

This guided dive safari along the KwaZulu-Natal coast and up into Mozambique offers amazing underwater wildlife experiences and an incredible diversity. Expect plenty of shark encounters!

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 16 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,545 pp
  • Trip type: Group trip
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Aliwal Shoal

A must for divers, Aliwal Shoal is home to over 1,200 species of fish and an abundance of corals, as well as turtles, rays and pelagics. From June through to November ragged tooth sharks congregate to mate, while huge tiger sharks and hammerheads are also seen.

  • Ideal for viewing: ragged tooth shark, tiger shark, scalloped hammerhead shark, humpback whale, oceanic black-tip shark
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Singles diving, Group diving, Shark diving

Protea Banks

Often described as the best shark diving site in the world, Protea offers exciting encounters with eight species of shark including ragged-toothed, hammerheads and Zambezi (bull). A location suited to experienced divers only, this is adventure diving at its best.

  • Ideal for viewing: bull shark, tiger shark, pelagic thresher shark, scalloped hammerhead shark, common dolphin
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Shark diving