Sodwana Bay

A Jewel off the Eastern Coast of Africa

Sodwana Bay

Sodwana Bay is located on the east coast of South Africa.

It is a narrow strip of forested sand dunes located along the KwaZulu Natal coast. It is known for having some of the most densely vegetated Sand Dunes in the world and it was proclaimed a national park in the 1950s.

Classified as one of the top dive sites in the world this 50 km reef complex boasts around 95 species of hard and soft coral, sponges, other invertebrates and around 1200 different tropical fish species.

A Diving Wonderland...

Sodwana is probably the most popular reef system in South Africa! We take students to the beautiful waters of Sodwana Bay every month.

Sodwana  Bay’s coral reef system does not form a continuous reef but is clearly divided into a number  of reefs that run parallel to the shore, each one designated by its distance from the launch site, Jesser Point.  The most popular of these reefs are as follows: 2 Mile Reef, 5 Mile Reef, 7 Mile Reef and 9 Mile Reef.

These reefs are one of the southern most coral reefs in the world and are even more south than Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef has 1 800  species of fish and Sodwana which is 1/10 the size of the Great Barrier Reef has 1 200 species of fish, 6 of which are endemic to the Sodwana area. Therefore  your chances of seeing more species of fish are greater at Sodwana than at the  Great Barrier reef due to the concentration of the area that you are diving  on!

The reefs are also easily accessible by boat from the Bay!

Two mile is the largest of Sodwana’s known coral reefs and is also the most dived upon. Having said that, it is still an absolute favourite! This reef is packed with different dive sites and the reef life differs in each area. The depths vary from a relatively shallow 12m to a maximum of 36m.

Although every reef hosts its own territorial inhabitants, some of which  are very predictable, something new and unexpected often happens: perhaps a  visit from a school of dolphins or a brush with an enormous whaleshark.

The possibilities are endless so come and join us and Dive Beautiful Sodwana Bay!

Plans for a weekend Stay...

We normally leave in the early morning on a Thursday and arrive in Sunny Sodwana Bay around 1-2pm in the afternoon.

We usually stay in the gorgeous Private Houses at Sodwana Bay Lodge or one of the equally beautiful lodges Sodwana has to offer. These are very often up to 4 star self catering accommodation. These houses generally are 8-sleepers with a few 10-12 sleepers as well. The layout usually includes 2 double bedrooms that are ensuite and 2 single bedrooms that share the 3rd bathroom. The Houses are fully equipped with kitchens, lounges, dining rooms, outside patio areas as well as Gas braais. Divetek supplies all the basic condiments and so clients only need to bring meals and snacks as per a meal plan which will be sent to everyone a week prior to the trip.
Once everyone is settled and comfortable - we have a dinner at a local restaurant and discuss the plans for the next diving day.

Our Dive plans are weather dependent but we normally get through 2 dives on the Friday and 2 on the Saturday and drive home on the Sunday.
We dive with Amoray in Sodwana and they are a lovely operation that can accommodate the largest of group sizes!

Transport can also be arranged should you not wish to travel alone.

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Join us in Sunny Sodwana in 2024

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