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Dive Review of Agulhas House/same in
Africa/Aliwal Shoals

Agulhas House/same: "big stuff", Feb, 2019,

by Michael Joest, Kehl, DE (Top Contributor Top Contributor 35 reports with 23 Helpful votes). Report 10860 has 2 Helpful votes.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 1 stars
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Comments Aliwal Shoals, Agulhas House + Diver – South Africa
“Last Minute Deal” said the message on facebook. One week Aliwal Shoals, all meals, 10 dives, transfers, no single supplement = 720 GBP – well I just couldn´t resist, as the destination was on my list for 2019. I dove down at Protea Banks in 2004 and there I had already heard of A S + Sodwana Bay, which both were supposed to be good and recommended to me. The travel agent offered an additional week on St. Helena, where whale sharks seem to migrate this time of year. That however was a bit too steep + too far away and not on my list at all. It´s the island where Napoleon was banned, approximately 5 hour flight from Jo-burg straight into the Atlantic. Napoleon couldn´t chose, I did and opted for one more week to Sodwana Bay, to tick off that area on my bucket list. I felt I should check out these two destinations as long as I was still physically in good shape – turning 67 this year. You need some fitness for these type of dives with Zodiacs having to be pushed into the surf and hopped on then. I managed to change the offer into S B and planned and expected 2 weeks with big stuff and adventurous diving. It was definitely a good choice. British Airways have direct service from London Heathrow to Durban, so I just had to connect from Frankfurt.
Aliwal Shoal is a rocky reef which is the remains of an ancient sand dune approximately 5 km off the coast of KwaZulu-Natal. It was named after the near-sinking of the 3 master ship "Aliwal", captained by James Anderson, in 1849.
Umkomaas is 1 h drive from Durban to the South, a small town with a lot of guest houses and dive centers right next to the Indian Ocean. Agulhas House was fully booked, some rooms were blocked because they refurbish these, so they put us onto “32 on Harvey” two corners away. I got a lovely big room there, a pool in the garden, three dogs running around, I was happy, as I`m a dog person and these guys soon became my friends.
Briefing certification + gear check at Agulhas. Each morning wakeup call 5:30 at 6 there would be breakfast, at 6:30 you had to be ready and in wet suit at the dive center in the garden for group planning boat pro ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving worldwide more than 100 destinations, mostly South Pacific and Asia, Africa and Caribbean
Closest Airport Durban Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 23-24°C / 73-75°F Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 12-15 M / 39-49 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions no deco
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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By peter bernsteinin FL, US at Feb 27, 2019 07:34 EST  
Another super report- thanks-fun to read
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