Diving in Sodwana Bay KwaZulu Natal

Dive Sodwana Bay

“We saw some pink eyes reflecting back at us, as bright as a car’s reflectors, so we swam over to investigate. They were coelacanths!” – Peter Timm

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Want to dive Sodwana Bay in KwaZulu Natal?

Join a Sodwana Bay Dive Tour with Oceans Africa

Oceans Africa is a dive tour and charter company. We run scuba diving tours from Durban to Sodwana Bay.  Our dive tours can be customised to suit your schedule and interests.

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Harelquin shrimp on the reef

Diving Sodwana Bay

Scuba Diving at Sodwana Bay

Sodwana Bay lies hidden amongst the coastal dunes at the northern edge of the St Lucia Wetland Park.

The dive sites of Sodwana Bay represent the most southerly hard coral reef systems in the world. Located at the centre of a vast marine reserve, Sodwana Bay is widely regarded as the scuba diving capital of South Africa.

The reef systems of Sodwana play host to a myriad of tropical fish and are frequently visited by the larger pelagics. Pristine hard coral structures reveal numerous overhangs and swim-throughs that are accentuated by many vibrant and colourful soft corals.

Potato bass, turtles and monster moray eels are not uncommon and look out for bottlenose dolphins or the unforgettable presence of a whale shark either on, to, or from, the dive site.

Book a Sodwana Bay Dive Tour

Sodwana Bay Dive Tour

Book an amazing dive package and dive Sodwana Bay with Oceans Africa. Simply complete the custom tour fields for an instant on-line quotation. 

Sodwana Bay Dive Sites

The Dive Sites of Sodwana Bay

The dive sites of Sodwana Bay are named in accordance to their distance from the launch area – from Quarter Mile to Nine Mile Reef. Most of these sites boast a number of separate dive options on the same site.

The majority of dive sites at Sodwana are relatively shallow, with an average depth of around 15m although several deeper sites are available for those with experience. Visibility is seldom below 15m and often exceeds 20m in the winter months. Temperature ranges from 20 – 28 degrees Celsius.

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A school of jacks at Sodwana
Whale Shark Sodwana Bay
A whale shark at Sodwana Bay

Shark Diving Sodwana Bay

Dive with sharks at Sodwana Bay

For shark diving enthusiasts Sodwana Bay can be highly rewarding. With wide variety of species to be found. 

Two Mile Reef becomes the seasonal resting area for female ragged-tooth sharks during the first months of their gestation period until around the end of February 

During the summer months there can also be sightings of bull sharks, hammerheads and silvertips, as well as being the best time for a chance encounter with a whale shark.

With it’s scenic beauty and close proximity to Hluhluwe and Umfolozi game reserves, Sodwana Bay is an ideal destination for divers who’d like to experience the wilder side of South Africa. View our dive tour pages for packages that include Sodwana Bay or allow us to create a custom tour for you with transfers and accommodation to suit your individual requirements.

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