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Sodwana Bay has become a popular destination for diving enthusiasts from around the world with colourful tropical reefs and a stunning variety of sea-life.  

 

Sodwana is situated within the Maputaland Marine Reserve and the only scuba-diving area along the iSimangaliso Wetland coastline. Classified as one of the top dive sites in the world this 50km reef complex boasts with approximately 95 species hard and soft coral, sponges, other invertebrates and in the region of 1200 fish species. It is visited by approximately 35,000 scuba-divers per year. For a distance of 2km vast valleys of 700m deep are scattered around. We call these Submarine Canyon. It was in one of these canyons on the 27th November 2000 that the Coelacanth was rediscovered.


Diving conditions :

Visibility : February to August a viz. of over 25m. Rain and river run-off could influence visibility.

Depth of Dives : 8 35m

Marine life : Indian Ocean species together with colder water species. Humpback Whales; Ragged Tooth Sharks; Whale Sharks; Tiger Sharks; Manta Rays.

Dive qualifications : Minimum qualification is NAUI Open Water 1

Reefs : Antons Reef; Chain Reefs; Pinnacles and Gullies; Potholed and Sponge Reefs; Caves and Overhangs; Bikini Reef; Gotham; Ramseys
Reef; Ribbon Reef; Green Coral Tree; Seaweed Gardens and the sand habitats.

The warm Aghulas current that flows down the KwaZulu-Natal coast allows the world`s southern-most tropical reefs to flourish, and the water seldom drops below 20 degrees Celsius,  summer or winter.

The reefs at Sodwana are named  after their distance from the launch site, starting from 2 mile going up to 9 mile. The most scenic reef is 7 mile which on a good day can compare with the best in the world. Over 1200 species of fish have been identified at Sodwana Bay.

Sodwana Bay - part of the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park and is home to some of the worldˋs most southerly coral reefs - a perfect breeding ground for a variety of marine creatures. This international acclaimed scuba diving destination is home to the rediscovered "Dinosaur of the deep" the Coelacanth or commonly known as "Old Four Legs". A staggering eighty percent of South Africaˋs 1200 species of fish occur here!!

Sodwana is dive-able all year round with the best conditions being experienced during warm summer months from November to May.

 

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