Blue Ocean Dive Resort offers a wide variety of diving packages
Our diving packages are customisable to your time and catered to your diving addiction, be it a weekend getaway to escape the rat-race or a good long holiday to explore the wonders of Aliwal Shoal, we’ll match our package prices according to your needs.


Our diving packages can be used as mere guidelines. Only booked a 1 night 2 dive package and you want to stay longer? That’s no hassle, you can stay as long as you want – in fact, we insist.


No single supplements means you get your own room and the price doesn’t change. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information. Our packages are designed to accommodate divers of all levels. Prices include a 5 star buffet breakfast on weekends as well as any breakfast off our menu during the week. Our facility has a fully licensed restaurant and bar.

Unlimited Aliwal Shoal Diving Adventure

Unlimited Aliwal Shoal Diving Adventure

The Unlimited Aliwal Shoal Adventure has been designed for the “die-hard”, more adventurous diver…

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Ultimate Shark Diving Adventure

Ultimate Shark Diving Adventure

Aliwal Shoal on the Kwazulu Natal South Coast, South of Durban, is famous for diving with Sharks…

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Diving & Accommodation Packages

Diving & Accommodation Packages

Our diving packages are customisable to your time and catered to your diving addiction…

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Sardine Run Ocean Safari

Sardine Run Ocean Safari

The Sardine Run occurs between late May, June and July along the East coast of South Africa…

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Our Hotel
Our hotel at Blue Ocean Dive Resort is set on beautiful grounds with magnificent views of the Indian Ocean and Umkomaas Golf Course. Built in 1934, this grand old hotel building is a colonial styled icon of Umkomaas and the Kwazulu-Natal South Coast.


As with all our trips, we focus on comfort, convenience and value to make your getaway as pleasurable as possible. We want this to be your happy place. A home away from home where you can escape the city, let your hair down and maybe hop on a few dives.

Rates valid until 31 October 2017. We also offer exclusive Diving Packages


Double R 500 p/p incl. breakfast
Twin Room 2 Single Beds R 500 p/p incl. breakfast
Family Room  Min 3 pax – sleeps up to 6
Note: Family Room = 2 inter-leading rooms, 1 double bed and 2 bunk beds or twin beds, sharing a full bathroom.
R 500 p/p incl. breakfast; R250 incl. breakfast for kids under 12; kids under 5 stay FREE


*We DO NOT charge a single supplement for lone travelers.


Other useful information for planning your trip:

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South African School Holidays

South African Public Holidays

    • 20 spacious newly-renovated rooms – twin rooms, family rooms, double rooms and single rooms – all en-suite
    • onsite parking
    • 24/7 security
    • onsite restaurant and bar
    • one-stop shop for dive enthusiasts including gear retail and rental
    • buffet breakfast on weekends
    • renowned wood fire pizza every day
    • complimentary Wi-Fi
    • sun deck
    • swimming pool
    • pet-friendly establishment (prior to arrangement)
    • we can arrange a number of land-based activities for you including safari, horse-back riding and nature walks
The Unlimited Aliwal Shoal Diving Adventure
For the little more adventurous divers who just can’t get enough. This package gives you unlimited reef/wreck diving and two baited shark dives. There are 2 packages to choose from:
6 Nights (Bed & Breakfast) 7 Days Min 10 Dives

R 10 700.00 p/p Diving

R 4 400.00 Non Diver

    • 6 Nights Accommodation
    • Breakfast
    • 1 x Baited Shark Dive
    • 1 x Baited Tiger Shark
    • 8 x Reef / Wreck Dives
    • Weights, weight belts, cylinders & airfills
    • MPA permits
    • Airport transfers from and to King Shaka International Airport, Durban
9 Nights (Bed & Breakfast) 10 Days Min 16 Dives

R 14 900.00 p/p Diving

R 5 750.00 Non Diver

    • 9 Nights Accommodation
    • Breakfast
    • 1 x Baited Shark Dive
    • 1 x Baited Tiger Shark
    • 8 x Reef / Wreck Dives
    • 2 x Deep Blue Drift Dives on Protea Banks
    • Weights, weight belts, cylinders & airfills
    • MPA permits
    • Transfers to and from Protea Banks
    • Airport transfers from and to King Shaka International Airport, Durban
Additional dives can be arranged at no extra cost (weather dependent)
The Ultimate Shark Diving Adventure
This package is catered to the Ultimate Adventure seeker, the thrill of the life time. Sharks are the name, diving’s the game.


9 Nights (Bed & Breakfast) 10 Days Min 18 Dives

R 16 900.00 p/p Diving

R 7 450.00 Non Diver


    • 7 Nights Accommodation – Blue Ocean Aliwal Shoal
    • 2 Nights Accommodation – Blue Ocean Protea Banks
    • Breakfast
    • 2 x Baited shark Dives – Aliwal Shoal
    • 1 x Tiger Shark Dives – Aliwal Shoal
    • 1 x Tiger Shark Dives – Protea Banks
    • 11 x Shark Dives – Aliwal Shoal
    • 3 Shark Dives – Protea Banks
    • Weights, weight belts, cylinders & airfills
    • MPA permits
    • Nitrox Fills
    • Airport transfers from and to King Shaka International Airport, Durban
    • Transfers to and from Protea Banks


Additional dives can be arranged at no extra cost (weather dependent)

Sardine Run Ocean Safari 2017
On every diving and wildlife enthusiast’s bucket list, the Sardine Run occurs between late May and July along the East Coast of South Africa when millions of sardines migrate up the coast from the Cape to Mozambique. Their sheer numbers create a feeding frenzy along the coastline in what is one of the largest marine events in the world. This has been dubbed “the Greatest Shoal on Earth” by the Kwazulu-Natal Tourist Board.


It is thought that the run on the East coast, containing millions of individual sardines, occurs when a current of cold water heads north from the Agulhas Bank up to Mozambique triggering their migration. Sardines group together when they are threatened. This instinctual behaviour is a defense mechanism as individuals are more likely to be eaten than large groups.These bait balls can be 10-20 metres in diameter and extend to a depth of 10 meters. The bait balls are short lived and seldom last longer than 10 minutes.


It has been observed that dolphins (estimated as being up to 18,000 in number, mostly the common dolphin but also the bottle nose dolphin) are largely responsible for rounding up the sardines into bait balls. Once the sardines are rounded up, sharks (primarily the bronze whaler, but also dusky shark, oceanic black-tip and zambezi shark), game fish (like shad or elf, king mackerel, various kingfish species, garrick, geelbek, sail fish and eastern little tuna), whales (brydes whale & humpback) and birds (like the Cape gannet, cormorants, terns and gulls) take advantage of the opportunity. Previous years also brought to us some wonderful sightings of orcas (killer whales) in full on hunting mode, humpback whales breaching only meters from the boat as well as sailfish to mention only a few experiences.


During our ocean safari, we launch every morning from the Port St Johns river to cruise the ocean in search of sardine activity – normally located from sightings of large flocks of sea birds or huge schools of common and bottlenose dolphins. We also communicate with the Sharks Board and other boat operators to locate any great action.


Once the sardines are located and we have established the bait ball is not moving too fast, snorkellers and divers are invited to enter the water to view the activity first hand, while those that prefer to stay dry can witness this amazing phenomenon from the boat, which is just as spectacular.


Come join us for on one of nature’s greatest events!

Day 1: Arrival King Shaka Airport, Durban; transfer to Blue Ocean Dive Resort

Day 2: 2 dives at Aliwal Shoal – Baited Shark dive or reef or wreck

Day 3: 1 dive at Aliwal Shoal – Baited Shark dive or reef or wreck; transfer to Port Saint Johns

Day 4: Sardine Run Ocean Safari

Day 5: Sardine Run Ocean Safari

Day 6: Sardine Run Ocean Safari

Day 7: Sardine Run Ocean Safari

Day 8: Sardine Run Ocean Safari

Day 9: Transfer to airport for departure. NB! FLIGHTS AFTER 16h00


The trip costs R 29 950,00 per person sharing and includes the following:

    • All transfers
    • Permits required for diving within our MPAs
    • 8 nights accommodation
    • Daily breakfast
    • Boat snacks during Sardine Run
    • Weight belts and Weights
    • Cylinders and airfills
    • 5 Days Sardine Run ocean safari
    • 3 Dives at Aliwal Shoal (2 reef/wreck dives/baited shark dives)


Not Included:

    • Flights and taxes
    • Passport and visa costs
    • Personal insurance
    • Dive gear (available for hire)
    • Lunches and dinners
    • Drinks


Please note: Because of the manner of the boat launch and beaching as well as possible uncomfortable sea conditions, it is advisable that those of limited mobility, frailty or with back problems limit themselves to land-based viewing. For those prone to sea sickness, bring along some ginger tablets available at any chemist without prescription or consult your health care professional.

Dive & Stay Packages 2017
Prices effective from 01.11.2016 – 31.10.2017

    • 1 night (bed & Breakfast) / 2 dives – R 1,260 p/p
    • 2 nights (bed & Breakfast) / 3 dives – R 2,115 p/p
    • 3 nights (bed & Breakfast) / 5 dives – R 3,375 p/p
    • 4 nights (bed & Breakfast) / 6 dives – R 4,230 p/p
    • 6 nights (bed & Breakfast) / 10 dives – R 6,750 p/p

Additional dives can be arranged at package prices.

Upgrade one dive to a Baited Shark Dive for R 750.00.


Non-divers: we offer accommodation and breakfast for R 450 per night to anyone accompanying a diver on a package.

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