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3 Star
Rooms
122
Wellness/Spa
YES
Internet
FREE
5 star dive center
Onsite
House reef
NO

Resort Highlights

  • 3* modern accommodation on South Africa's east coast
  • Perched on a hill with fantastic ocean views
  • King size beds, air conditioning, satellite TVs
  • Games room, swimming pool with pool bar
  • Bar and lighthouse restaurant with pizza oven
  • Family rooms and lots of activities for the kids!

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Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot. If there are any issues, we get back to you within 24 hours

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If all is good, we send you an E-mail confirming that your booking is final

24H FREE CANCELLATION PERIOD

You then have 24 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment terms

  • 25% of the total booking amount is due at the time of booking
  • 75% (balance) is due 58 days prior to arrival

Cancellation fee

  • 0% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 37 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 37 days prior to arrival

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Resort Description

Blue Marlin Hotel is located on the east coast of South Africa, overlooking the Indian Ocean. 

The hotel is perched at the peak of the charming seaside town of Scottburgh, just 45 minutes' drive from Durban. There are 122 rooms in total, all with king sized beds, air conditioning and satellite TVs. 

Facilities include a games room, bar, lighthouse restaurant with pizza oven, parking and pool bar. The swimming pool overlooks the beach and ocean. 

This hotel is well suited to families, with interconnecting rooms, outdoor and indoor kids play area, babysitting services, children's entertainment and a trampoline. 

Explore diving around the Blue Marlin Hotel

Best dive sites in Sodwana Bay (KwaZulu Natal)

2 Mile Reef top sites - Caves & Overhangs

Ave: 10m, Max: 16m

"Caves and Overhangs" offers incredible coral formations consisting mostly of plate and staghorn hard corals, which together with the rocky substrate form numerous small caves and swim-throughs. The fish life is abundant, and almost anything can be seen which makes this site a very dynamic and colourful dive.


Anton's

Ave: 13m, Max: 16m

"Anton's" substantially larger profile makes it popular with divers. Nutrients are carried and pushed onto the reef by a predominantly north-south current, where large schools of fish hang. Slingers, Christies and Humpback Snappers enjoy the feast and are always found in large schools. Don't miss the Slender Baardman on the northern sand patch. Larger marine animals like turtles and many ray species are also found feeding around this dive site.


Big Stringer & Small Stringer

Ave: 11m, Max: 13m

It consists of two close rocky outcrops, surrounded by sand. Large game fish frequent this area, which doubles as a nursery for juvenile fish. You are likely to come across large and small critters such as Frogfish, Anemonefish, Ghost Pipefish, many rays, moray eels and all three types of sea turtles. Look closely for Paperfish and juvenile Emperor Angelfish. Manta Rays often pass by.


Bikini

Ave: 18m, Max: 22m

Bikini is a macro photographer's playground. Try spotting the Ghost and Scribbled Pipefish, Garden Eels, or juvenile Boxfish. This delicate reef is an important cleaning station, packed with Durban Dancers, Banded Boxer Shrimps, and other cleaner shrimps. This attracts many adult and juvenile moray eels. Don't miss one of the bigger visitors such as sharks, turtles, and even Manta Rays.

5 Mile Reef top sites:


Hotspot

Ave: 25m, Max: 32m

This ledge provides a great patrol area for big game fish in search of prey. Various crustaceans can be found along the bottom. See what is using the Black Tree coral as shelter. Lionfish, Sharks, Potato bass, and various Rays (e.g. Eagle rays, Manta rays) may accompany you on your dive.


Pothole

Ave: 9m, Max: 14m

The 4m diameter pothole contains a variety of interesting marine life. Carefully enter to explore the 3m ledge, and low overhangs surrounding you. You may spot the Bar-tail moray and crustaceans. While waiting your turn, look round the outside edge of the pothole, keeping your eyes open for Sharks, and Rays.


Ribbon

Ave: 16m, Max: 19m

It consists of two small reef systems similar to Stringer, and attributes its name to the uncommon Ribbon eel found here. A special feature is the red coloured Magnificent Anemone. Lionfish and large Scorpionfish are sighted regularly. Large predator fish such as Barracuda, Kingfish and a variety of Sharks make an appearance.


Gotham

Ave: 40m, Max: 42m

Aptly named after Gotham City (Batman's Turf), due to the schooling Batfish which often hang above the reef. Visitors to this reef require a Deep Speciality certification. Lots can be seen on Gotham, making a great dive for those who enjoy deeper waters!


7 Mile Reef top sites - Northern Wall to Mushroom Rocks

Ave: 16m, Max: 22m

With the number of fish species, spectacular drop offs and coral formations, 7 Mile is not to be missed, and should be listed as one of the world's top dive sites. What makes this reef so popular is its variety, including Blacktip Reef Sharks, schools of pelagic fish, huge moray eels and plenty of turtles. Even Black Marlin have been known to visit this beautiful reef. The ride out is often interspersed with sightings of Bottlenose and Spinner Dolphins, Whalesharks and Humpback Whales, depending on the season.


What to see

Because of the diversity of habitats found in KwaZulu-Natal’s dive sites, there is a huge variety of marine life found here. On the bigger side of things, divers can expect to see whales and dolphins while cruising around the area, including Southern Right whales and Humpback whales. Furthermore, the area is known for its shark encounters. You have a chance of seeing ragged tooth sharks, bull sharks, tiger sharks, whale sharks, black tip sharks and hammerhead sharks. Gamefish patrol the waters, especially along the southern coast. These include King Fish, Yellow Fin Tuna and Spanish Mackerel. A variety of rays round out the big species to look for. Your log book will thank you for all the species you are sure to see in KwaZulu-Natal.

Dive Center

Highlights

  • PADI Dive Resort nearby Aliwal Shoal
  • Exhilarating shark diving!
  • Micro creatures, drift diving, wrecks
  • Shark Guardian and Divemaster Internships 
  • Tailor made group trip itineraries

Description

Crystal Divers South Africa is a PADI Dive Resort located on-premise at Blue Marlin Hotel.

Since 2013, Crystal Divers have been the gateway to Aliwal Shoal, Scottburgh. Experience the thrill of shark diving on one of the baited shark dives! Or, take your time combing the reef for magical micro marine organisms. 

The team offer a full range of PADI recreational training, including specialties such as Wreck Diver, Night Diver and Multilevel Diver. Divemaster and Shark Guardian internships are available. 

For groups, the team is happy to design tailor made itineraries to make sure you get the best out of your trip!

 

 

 

 

DIVING SERVICES

PADI Courses Available

  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver Certification
  • Divemaster
  • Divemaster Internship

Adaptors & tanks

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • 15L Tanks Available
  • Filling Station

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Training Pool
  • Camera Room
  • Battery Charging Station
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Beach Front Location
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests
  • Air Conditioning
  • Warm-Water Showers
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits
  • Vhf Radio

Languages spoken

  • English

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Idc Resort
  • Padi 100% Aware

Distinction

  • Padi 5 Star Cdc/Idc

Dive boat facilities

  • Tea And Coffee
  • Camera Rinse Tanks
  • Toilet
  • Fresh Water Shower
  • Seating Area
  • Drinking Water
  • Custom Built

Resort Amenities

Activities

  • Cultural Excursions
  • Book Swap/Library
  • Hiking

Food & drink

  • Buffet
  • A La Carte
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food
  • Halal Food

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Spa Facility
  • Massage Services
  • Beauty Treatments

Facilities

  • Beach Front
  • Restaurant
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Swimming Pool(S)
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Garden
  • Lounge/Tv Area
  • Games Room
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests
  • Heating

Great for families

  • Board Games
  • Kids Pool
  • Kids Club
  • Kids Playground

Payments

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Discover
  • Cash (Local Currency)

Conservation/Environment

  • Marine Conservation Program

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling
  • Stand-Up Paddling
  • Kite Surfing
  • Kayaking
  • Surfing
  • Fishing
  • Pool/Snooker
  • Ping Pong
  • Darts
  • Golf (Close By)
  • Cycling

How to get there

Arrival 

  • Fly into King Shaka Airport in Durban. 
  • The dive center will arrange to pick you up from the airport and bring you to the resort (advance notice required, additional cost) can arrange transfers with the hotel or DC.
  • 800 south african rand (one way)
  • Check in time is 2pm.

Departure

  • Check out time is 10am.
  • For divers who are still out on the boat past 10am, it is possible to arrange a late check out.
  • Whether or not the late check out is complimentary or not depends on the availability of the hotel. 

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