Aliwal Shoal Sands
The main house has a further 2 bathrooms, one with a bath and the other with a shower. The main house also has a large kitchen, Dinning room, Lounges, Games room, outdoor veranda with braai facilities. The front garden is large and flat and boarders the sand of the beach.
- On the Beach!
- All linen provided, please bring own beach towels
- Kitchen (fully equipped)
- Braai and cooking utensils
- Washing line
- Braai/Barbeque (onsite)
- Parking (onsite)
- Things to do,
- Scuba Diving
The Aliwal Shoal is a rocky reef which is the remains of an ancient sand dune approximately 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) off the coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Aliwal Shoal gives divers the unique opportunity to experience wreck, reef and seasonal shark diving at the same site. The reef is inhabited by many kinds of hard and soft corals and a variety of tropical and subtropical fish species as well as turtles, dolphins, eels and large predators. Aliwal Shoal is known especially for its abundance of grey nurse sharks (known locally as ragged tooth sharks or "raggies"), which congregate there to mate between July and November.Please note that you have to have a license to Scuba Dive – you can contact the centres below to find out about their ‘learn to scuba dive’ courses.
There are a number of dive centres in and around Scottburgh and Umkomaas which do dive charters to Aliwal Shoal on a daily basis. Most dive centres are a 5 minute drive from the Aliwal Shoal Sands
Shark Cage Diving
For the non-scuba divers, Shark Cage Diving is also available and no experience is needed. Children over 8 years old can also participate! Definitely an experience of a lifetime!
Green Point is an exposed right-handed point break that has pretty consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds are from the west northwest. The ideal swell angle is from the south. With a high quality south swell this surf break can be world class. Even when there are waves, it's not likely to be crowded. Take care of rocks and sharks (especially during the sardine run).
When walking onto the beach from the Aliwal Shoal Sands, turn right and walk for about 500m towards Green Point Lighthouse and paddle out before you get too close to the rocks!
The Aliwal Shoal Sands is situated on Clansthal beach which is a popular fishing spot all year round. During the sardine run, fishing here is a must!
Fishing can be done straight in front of the house or at any point from beach. The rocky outcrop to the left of the Aliwal Shoal Sands, known as Errol Hayes Rocks, is also good for fishing. Green Point Lighthouse (a national monument) can be found at the southern end of the bay, to the far right of the Aliwal Shoal Sands.
Fish: Clansthal beach can produce Shad, Blacktails, Karanteen, Garrick and most other edible species. It’s also famous for some nice size in-edibles such as skate.
PLEASE NOTE: The small rock pools situated on the far right of the beach cottage (known as Blamy Bay), before Green Point Lighthouse, are a breeding ground and fishing there in the small rock pools is illegal.
Croc World is situated just 2.9km away from Aliwal Shoal Sands on the R102 (Old Main Road, Scottburgh, Scottburgh/Umzinto North, 4180), and is an experience not to be missed out on. The park boasts many crocodiles, reptiles, snake and bird species, as well as some farm animals and a playground for the children to play in. Daily crocodile feeding sessions are at 11:00am and 3:00pm most days except for Mondays and the entrance costs R55 for adults and R35 for children aged 4-12.
Croc World is open 7 days a week, from 8:30am til 4:30pm.
Mountain Biking/ Trail Running or Walking
There are fantastic mountain bike and running trails at Rocky Bay Trails just a 14 minute drive from the Aliwal Shoal Sands. These trails are used in the popular Joburg2Sea and Sani2Sea Mountain Bike Races.
Rocky Bay Resorts Trails consists of an easy 12km as well as a 19km, 9km and then the more challenging 40km MTB trails. In addition there are 4, 6, 8 and 10km Running Trails. All Trails are marked and signed.
Pay R20 at the Security Gate to receive your day permit before heading out!
Super Tube Waterslide
Scottburgh beach, a 5 minute drive from the Aliwal Shoal Sands has a fantastic Super Tube waterslide for the kids to enjoy.
For those who like strong surf swimming, you can swim directly in front of the Aliwal Shoal Sands. For those who are a little less confident in the water, or for children, head right toward Green Point until you find Blamy Bay, a rock bay which makes for a calmer swimming experience.
Umkomaas Golf Club is only 4.4km from the Aliwal Shoal Sands. This Club has an 18 hole golf course with views overlooking the ocean. The course was designed by Robert Grimsdell and is home to pro golfer Tim Clark.
- The Beach Bar - 131 Marine Terrace, Scottburgh (6 km away) Sports Bar/ BeachRestaurant
- Mozam Prawn Shack - 131 Marine Terrace, Scottburgh (6 km away)
- Waves - 2 Roland Norris Drive, Umkomaas (5km away)
- Enzos (Italian) - 28 Marine Terrace, Scottburgh (6km away)
- Bell and Anchor (Sushi) - 131 Marine Terrace, Scottburgh (6km away)
- John Dorys (Seafood) - Scottburgh Beach (5km away)
- Scottburgh Mall has a number of shops and restaurants to choose from (9km away).