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South Africa / Sodwana Bay (KwaZulu Natal)
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Blue Ocean Dive Resort

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Blue Ocean Dive Resort

3 star hotel
1 Reynolds Street, Umkomaas, KwaZulu Natal, 4170, South Africa
21 rooms
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Blue Ocean Dive Resort

PADI 5 star dive center
Onsite
Max 8 divers per guide

Package highlights

  • Explore the mind-blowing biodiversity of Aliwal Shoal with the fantastic all-in-one Blue Ocean Diver Resort
  • The thriving house reef is ranked in the world's top 10 dive sites, so you'll have world-class diving just a 15 minute boat ride away
  • Enjoy year-round shark action, two wrecks, and mind-blowing pelagic encounters including humpbacks, dolphins and turtles 
  • After dives, relax around the fire-pit BBQ with a drink, then head down to the beachfront restaurant to refuel
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Enhanced Health Measures

Date of last update:Jun 9, 2022

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We've implemented screening posts. Sanitizers per guest on the boat, we've rebuilt our dive centre to assist with social distancing as well as added dissinfectant rinse tanks over and above the rinse tanks we had before. We've built new showers as well as additional lavatories.

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Booking process

1. BOOKING

Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot

2. CONFIRMATION

We usually get back to you within 24 hours to confirm that your booking is final

3. 48H FREE CANCELLATION PERIOD

You then have 48 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment & cancellation

Payment terms

  • Now: 0%
  • 48 hours after booking confirmation: 25%
  • 60 days before trip start: 100%

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

  • 30.0% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 8 days prior to arrival
  • 100.0% will be charged if you cancel less than 8 days prior to arrival

Explore diving around the Blue Ocean Dive Resort

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.


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Dive Center

Highlights

  • The bio-diverse Aliwal Shoal is the house reef at Blue Ocean Dive Center, and is ranked as one of the top 10 dives sites in the world
  • Enjoy year-round shark action, two wrecks, and mind-blowing pelagic encounters including humpbacks, dolphins and turtles 
  • South Sands offers great opportunities for diving with large groups of rays and dolphins, who enjoy playing in the openness of this site
  • Spot the mighty brindle bass, harlequin goldies, lionfish, salmon and kingfish darting in and around the MV Produce wreck

Description

Blue Ocean Dive is a PADI 5* dive center that is perfectly set up to to explore the wonders of Aliwal Shoal.

With a fully-equipped dive center, a seaview deck restaurant all conveniently located in the same place, you'll have everything you need for a fantastic, stress-free diving experience.

Dives generally take place in the mornings to take advantage of the best sea conditions, and you can have coffee and breakfast in the restaurant. Blue Ocean Dive use zodiacs, carrying a maximum of eight divers, to reach all the best sites in Aliwal Shoal. The ride out to sea takes about 15 minutes.

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DIVING SERVICES

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Idc Resort

Resort Description

Blue Ocean is an all-in-one dive resort, perfectly set up for exploring the world-class Aliwal Shoal.

Set in beautiful grounds with sweeping views of the Indian Ocean, Blue Ocean Dive are the only operators in the area with accommodation, a fully licensed sea view deck bar and restaurant, and PADI 5* dive center all in one place.

Built in 1934, this grand old hotel building is a colonial styled icon of Umkomaas and the Kwazulu-Natal South Coast. Gather round the BBQ fire after dives with a drink, or stroll down to the local fish restaurant on the beach. 

How to get there

Arrival 

  • King Shaka International Airport is an hour's drive from the resort.
  • The resort can arrange to pick you up from the airport providing you give advance notice of your flight details (additional cost). 
  • Alternatively, you may wish to rent a car. 
  • Check-in time is flexible depending on your arrival time. 

Departure

  • Check-out time is 10 am. 
  • The resort can drop you back at the airport on your day of departure if required (advance notice required, additional cost) if you have not rented a car.

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