Agulhas House And Diving - South Africa


Agulhas House and Diving is a wonderful guest house and dive lodge conveniently located close to the world top-ranked sites of Aliwal Shoal for spectacular marine life and thrilling personal encounters with sharks! A top-notch one-stop-shop for an unforgettable dive holiday with a relaxed vibe, fantastic food and a fabulous team.

  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Full Board
  • 8 dives + 2 baited shark dives
  • Free Nitrox and WiFi
  • Transfers to local excursions
  • Professional onsite dive centre
  • Swimming pool in tropical gardens
  • Mordern en-suite rooms with air-conditioning
  • Nearby world-famous shark diving sites
  • Combine with Big-5 Safari
  • 10-minute walk to beach
  • Restaurants, bars and shops nearby

Centrally located in the charming village of Umkomaas along the subtropical KwaZuku-Natal coastline, the welcoming dive retreat of Agulhas House and Diving has many features that make this place special, but none more so than its incredible position to one of the world's most coveted shark diving sites, Aliwal Shoal. Experience the underwater thrill of oceanic blacktip sharks, hammerhead sharks and ragged tooth sharks cruising through the spectacular Shoal, where the marine life is as diverse as it is plentiful, or visit during the months of December to March for an unforgettable adrenaline-filled encounter with Tiger Sharks in open waters - no cage! Promising a one-of-a-kind underwater experience, coupled with superb hospitality, this dedicated dive resort has everything you need under one roof and offers the perfect package for unforgettable adventure.

A peaceful location set back from the road, the house takes its design from Italian architecture with accommodation set amidst lush and landscaped gardens. Each of the en-suite rooms at Agulhas House and Diving is tastefully decorated in neutral tones and can be made up for single, twin/double or family occupancy; all featuring air-conditioning, a fridge and tea/coffee making facilities. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the property for all guests.

The large, c-shaped swimming pool forms the centrepiece of the lodge with plenty of sun loungers and chill-out areas - the perfect place to kick-back and unwind in the South African sunshine after a morning of adventure. Al-fresco dining takes place under the cover of a thatched gazebo, where guests gather to enjoy mouth-watering food, share stories of their day, and enjoy a shared passion of all things nature and diving.

Umkomaas is the diving mecca of South Africa, a short 30-minute drive from Durban city centre, attracting visitors from all over the world. The quaint village has a wonderful selection of restaurants and coffee shops overlooking the ocean, and there is also a local Nature Reserve and Golf Course. The stunning beach is a 10-minute walk away with its spectacular swathes of surf and golden sands. For those looking for an experience of a lifetime, combination tours can be arranged to include diving in both Mozambique and South Africa along with a Big-5 Safari.

Garden View Room

Double Room


  • En-suite Bathroom
  • Air conditioning
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Double or Twin beds
  • Fridge

Spacious, comfortable and tastefully decorated rooms are set in lush tropical gardens all with air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, fridge, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. With a mix of twin, double and family suites, each room has an en-suite bathroom.

Agulhas House offers a Full Board package with all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) included in your stay including an evening meal on the day of your arrival and breakfast on the morning of your departure. Dining is in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with wonderful meals of exceptional quality. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and water are available throughout the day, with tea/coffee facilities also available in the room. A range of restaurants and bars are within walking distance of the lodge.

With the world-class dive sites of Aliwal Shoal all within easy reach, a stay at Agulhas House gives you the chance to get up close and personal with some of the world's greatest predators…… SHARKS!

During your stay, you will dive some of the best diving sites along the 3km reef of Aliwal Shoal. You can hope to encounter many species of shark found around these waters including tigers, bulls, hammerheads, oceanic blacktips, ragged tooth, dusky, and guitar sharks. This spectacular reef is also home to a huge variety of other marine life including whales, dolphin, turtles, manta, devil rays, eagle rays, ribbon tails rays, eels, game fish, and many species of reef fish.

With over 25 years of local experience, the professional crew at the onsite dive centre will ensure you get the very best from your experience of diving one of the top dive spots in the world. Your package includes cylinders, weights, nitrox, permits, regular dives and baited shark dives. All dive masters are fully qualified and registered shark dive guides and full briefings on underwater behaviour take place at the onsite dive centre before getting kitted up and onto your RIB ready for your adrenaline filled launch from Umkomaas River through rolling surf!

Diving is generally carried out in the morning as windier afternoons make launches more difficult, and most are drift dives in the blue often with strong currents. There is a great selection of dive sites, all up to 30 minutes away, and diving courses are not offered as the diving package is for qualified divers only. There are a maximum of 8 divers per boat plus a dive guide.

Raggie’s Cave - a popular site and great place to see ragged tooth sharks. Here you will find a massive overhang with two swim throughs, a cave with large sand patch and a long overhang. Max depth is 18m. Shark Alley is a gully that drops off of Raggie’s Cave with a sandy bottom and stony outcrops, home to potato bass, stunning sea fern.

Cathedral – a circular cavern spirals upwards to pothole entrance at 18m. A massive arch dominates an amphitheatre like hole that mimics light through church windows, the arch is encrusted with marine life. You can see raggies, ray, cuttlefish, and resident frogfish. Max depth 26m

Pinnacles – ridge of sharp rock and jutting overhangs, deep potholes, hidden caves, rays, turtles, colourful fish, slopes down to Raggie’s Cave and Manta Point. There are metal shards on the reef from Produce wreck. Max depth 18m

South Sands – this is a starting point for a great drift dive, the current is strong. Rays, guitar fish, sand sharks bury themselves in expanses of sand. Max depth 17m

Chunnel – this is a good dive site for Open Water qualified divers as the max depth is 14m. Sharks, turtles and rays can be seen here.

Manta Point – located east of Pinnacles, there are manta sightings during summer season and an abundance of corals and reef fish making it a great spot for photographers. Max depth 20m

North Sands – sandy bottom, dolphins, rays, giant guitar fish. Max depth 15m

Inside Edge – this site makes up the entire shoreward side of shoal and plunges 10m from reef plateau to sand. Good wall diving and drift diving with a strong current. Lots to see including macro shrimp, peacock mantis, sharks, nudibranch and clownfish. Max depth 25m

Outside Edge – here you can find a fantastic mix of macro, sharks, coral, hammerheads and whale sharks. Max depth 27m

Howards Castle – this site is 2km further south than the rest of the reef, baited shark dives take place here. The site mimics a castle with its ledges, overhangs and swim throughs. You can hope to see blacktips, raggies, nudibranch and the elusive pineapple fish. Max depth 25m

South Africa is described by Jacques Cousteau as having some of the best dive sites in the world and is an absolute must for shark lovers. Along with many shark species there are beautiful reefs, caves and crevices, and a couple of wrecks, add to this a plethora of soft corals and sponges attracting over 1200 species of fish, turtles, rays, sharks, and whales. It offers divers sightings from the smallest nudibranch up to huge whales on launches, and sometimes even whale sharks. Rays, eels, dolphins, octopus, scorpion fish, frog fish are just a few of the reef visitors you are likely to see, but its the sharks that usually brings people to this part of the world.

Diving is generally carried out in the morning as windier afternoons make launches more difficult, and most are drift dives in the blue often with strong currents. The depth of dives will vary from 8m to 30m. From March to August there are calmer sea and it is warm and dry, whilst from September to February the sea is calm in morning and choppier in the afternoon. December to February is the hottest time of year.

Average temperatures in Summer (Sept-May):
Air 27-34c / Sea: 24-26c

Average temperatures in Winter (June-August):
Air 18-26c / Sea 20-24c

Daily flights with one stopover to Durban are available from the UK with several airlines.

You will fly into Durban International Airport and then be transferred to the resort; the transfer takes around 45 minutes.

The flight time is approximately 12 hours in total with one stopover.

Your VISA will be issued on arrival in South Africa and is free of charge.

The rand is the currency in South Africa
The time difference is GMT + 2 hours
Resort facilities include free Wi-Fi, secure parking and a laundry service
Cylinders, weight belts, Nitrox and marine permits are all included in your package
Local excursions are available and can be arranged on arrival
Please follow this link for up-to-date health advice and details of any vaccinations that are required before travel

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