Around the Dive Center

Explore Alton’s Dive Center

Sadly we can’t dive all the time, happily we have plenty to keep you entertained while you’re waiting for the next dive boat. Take a tour of our dive center and see if there is anything you like.

The Dock and Beach

The sun sets over Alton's Dock

Having a dry day? There’s no better place to relax than on the end of our dock. Pull up a hammock, grab a beer, a good book and enjoy the cool sea breeze. In the evening you can watch the sun setting over the bay and the stars coming out.

Our beach is for customers only and is another great place to relax or play games. Right in front of our hostel rooms you can fall out of bed and onto the beach. Just the thing for the morning after.

Tipsy Turtle

The Tipsy Turtle (our on site bar) opens at 7 am everyday to serve coffee and breakfast before our morning boat leaves. Breakfast is served every morning from 7 till 10 and lunch starts at 11:30. With a wide selection of food and drink they have something for everyone.

The Tipsy also boasts a book swap with a wide selection of books and a well stocked drinks cooler from soft drinks to hard. Perfect for relaxing after a long day diving.

Boats

The pride of our dive center. Get from the center to the dive site in comfort and style. Our boats meet all international coastguard standards with modern safety, communication and navigation equipment. They are regularly serviced throughout the year and every 12 months they go into the dry dock for a 3 week long rebuild of the whole boat. From a full engine service to a new paint job.

 

Naida J

The Naida J Dive Boat

The Naida J had a rough start in the dive industry, originally a tug, she was rebuilt from the hull up to accommodate diving. With a new 370hp engine and a name change nothing seemed to go right. Our engineers told us changing the name was bad luck so with a service, naming ceremony and launch she was back in the water and has been a solid boat ever since.

  • Yanmar 370bhp Diesel Engine
  • 25 knots top speed
  • 800km range
  • Capable of carrying 20 divers for two dives

Start your weekend right on our weekly Booze Cruise!The Naida J has also been fitted out with a sound system, smoke machine and laser light display. Every Saturday we load up the equipment, move the bar on board the boat and go for our famous Booze Cruise. Watch the sun set and get your weekend started in style!

 

Equipment

Safety first, our equipment is new, well maintained and regularly tested. If you’re fun diving or training good, comfortable equipment is essential to your enjoyment. We have BCDs in all size ranges and with the option of a weight belt or integrated weights. We have a wide range of male and female sized wetsuits and different styles too. long and short styles as well as different thicknesses for warmth.

We stock a wide range of masks in different styles and sizes. Your mask is important because it’s how you interact with environment. a badly fitting mask can ruin a dive so if yours is uncomfortable let us know and we’ll find a better fit. We also have a large variety of prescription masks available.

We’ve recently updated all of our regulators, second stages and pressure gauges. You’ll now be diving with new depth gauges, compasses and regulators. Guaranteeing you ease of breathing underwater even at depth!

Classrooms and TV rooms

Time to study? Might as well do it in comfort. Our large classroom has air conditioning, a large flat screen TV and plenty of space to study.

Your team’s playing or you want to watch a movie? Ask in the office and as long as the classroom is free you can take in a beer, some snacks and relax in front of the big screen.

 

Office & Shop

For all the magic to start underwater we need the office staff working hard to keep things running smoothly. The hub of our operation organizes the boats for each day, special trips and courses. Any time of the day you’ll find someone in here to help you out with any enquirers.

Also inside the office is our shop, from dive equipment to soap and batteries we have the things you need. Splashing out on a new dive camera, or getting your first mask? Our staff are knowledgeable and helpful.