Ellingham Resort

Ellingham resort is a relaxed and rustic resort right on the beachfront at Rocky Bay with easy access to the dive sites of Aliwal Shoal.

The resort has twelve self-catering chalets and a self-catering apartment, ideal for large groups, all with fantastic views of the ocean. The well-equipped dive centre is on site and the resort offers many other activities such as golf, off-road driving and hiking. The resort also has a fully licensed bar and laundry service.

Your Accommodation Options

1 Bedroomed Chalet

The resort has 9 one bedroomed chalets, all en-suite bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, Satellite TV and sun deck. One bedroomed chalets sleep 4 people, with 2 in the main bedroom and bunk beds in the main area.

2 Bedroomed Chalet

The resort has 2 two bedroomed chalets have the same facilities as the one bedroomed chalets with an additional bedroom. Two bedroomed chalets sleep 6 people, with 4 in the main bedrooms and sofa bed in the main area.

3 Bedroomed Chalet

The resort has 1 spacious three bedroomed chalet which has the same facilities as the other chalets with the addition of an upper level and a private entertainment deck. The three bedroomed chalets sleeps up to 7 people.

6 Bedroomed Apartment

The spacious 6 bedroomed apartment has 3 bathrooms with a mix of showers and baths, separate fully equipped kitchen, large sociable lounge with dining table and a terrace with panormaic views of the ocean. Rooms are a mix of twins, doubles and bunk beds.

Restaurants & Bars

The resort restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner with a variety of international dishes to suit all tastes. The friendly, fully licensed bar also serves bar meals for lunch and has a big screen TV for the sports enthusiasts. This is the hub for friendly gatherings and evening entertainment.


In addition to the featured activities shown on the below sample itinerary, there are many more options available to keep you occupied in Umkomaas. Spend a day by the pool, on the beach, or book yourself on one of the many trips available locally. Activities on offer range from a visit to a crocodile farm, game drives, fishing, jet skiing, a visit to a local Zulu village and much more.


Your first dive at Aliwal Shoal is the Tiger Shark dive. After a full briefing on the behaviour and ecology of these beautiful creatures you will launch straight from the beach, break through the surf and head to the waters of the shoal. Once the bait stem has been dropped, causing an odour corridor to attract the sharks, you will jump in and have the ultimate experience with large numbers of blacktip sharks, tiger sharks, tiger sharks, and if you are lucky, bull sharks. Your trip also includes 3 reef dives where you can expect to see ragged tooth sharks on 'cathedral' dive site, turtles, rays, moray eels, many species of reef fish and a wreck or two! We recommend a 5mm wetsuit for Aliwal Shoal and Tanks and weights are included.

Travel Information

To enjoy Aliwal Shoal at Umkomaas you will need to fly to Durban in South Africa. We can arrange flights with a variety of airlines including South African Airways and Emirates Airlines at very competitive fares. Umkomaas is a one hour transfer from the airport and Port St Johns for the Sardine Run is 4 hours transfer from Umkomaas.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1

Evening departure from the UK for international flight to Durban.

Day 2 - 4

Morning arrival into Durban. Transfer to the Ellingham Resort in Umkomass for 3 nights with 2 days diving.

Day 5 - 11

Depart Ellingham Resort. Transfer to the Port St John’s River Lodge for 7 nights with 6 days on the Sardine Run.

Day 12

Depart Port St John’s River Lodge and transfer back to Durban airport to check-in for your return international flight.

Day 13

Morning Arrival to the UK.

Guide Prices

3 nights at Aliwal Shoal and 7 nights on the Sardine Run from £2890 per person plus £176 departure taxes

Price includes international flights to South Africa from the UK. For Aliwal Shoal it includes transfers and 3 nights’ accommodation at the Ellingham Resort staying in a twin/double Chalet, on a bed and breakfast meal plan and 2 days diving with tanks and weights. For the Sardine Run it includes transfers and 7 nights’ accommodation at the Port St John’s River Lodge staying in a twin/double Standard Room, on a bed and breakfast meal plan and 6 days water activities. South Africa is an ideal destination for a two centre holiday. Please ask our experienced sales team for recommendations and prices for your ideal point of departure



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