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Dive Review of Agulhas House in
Africa/Aliwal Shoals, south of Durban

Agulhas House: "Diving Aliwal Shoals at Umkamaas, south of Durban, South Africa", Jul, 2017,

by John Yavorsky, NJ, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 20 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 9776.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Rugged diving from Rubber Ducks (RIBs). Usually can enter Rubber Ducks from river and not beach (depending on tides) but still need to get through surf at river mouth. In winter it's cold and can be wet and windy in open boat. They have foul weather gear but to insure your size, bring your own coat. Also bring dry bag, gloves, hats, sun lotion. Sharks on every dive, either Ragged Tooth (like sand tigers found in NC) or, on baited dives, Oceanic Black Tips. Did 8 dives in 4 days fro some of the best diving in the world (for me). Viz. sometimes bad with surge, but then you can do macro on clown anemone fish or nudibranchs.
Websites Agulhas House   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving 26 liveaboards and dozens of land-based world wide.
Closest Airport Durban, South Africa Getting There Fly to Durban and Agulhas will arrange van.

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy Seas choppy
Water Temp 66-70°F / 19-21°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 5-30 Ft/ 2-9 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions All drift diving with divemaster pulling bouy so group had to stay together.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals N/A Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments up to 10 divers and several divemasters in open RIB so small rigs best.
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