Sodwana Bay lies within the Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park, a World heritage site in the North East corner of South Africa close to the border of Mozambique. Apart from the great diving & beautiful coral reefs, the area offers fun & excitement for the non-diver too. From surfing, to day trips to lake Mabibi, you're sure to find something that appeals to you, your friends and/or family.
The area is covered with dense coastal forest offering exquisite scenery, bird watching, and a number of small mammals including Bush Babies, Genets, Duiker and striped mongoose.
Sodwana is accessible by car, but a 4x4 is recommended for driving around the surrounding areas (Bazbus pickups from Hluhluwe can be arranged). Petrol & diesel are available from the petrol station in the National Park, and there is a small supermarket which can provide you with essentials such as food drink and sun block.
There are a couple of restaurants both within and outside of the Park, as well as our local night club, ' Maak 'n Jol', where you can dance the night away.
Other businesses in town include Ocean Inks Gift Shop, where you can buy all kinds of beautiful local and imported handicraft, The Hair Shack, and of course the local craft market, where you can haggle yourself some beautiful grass mats, baskets, etc.
Sodwana is also within driving distance of a number of amazing game reserves including Mkhuze, Phinda & the Hluhluwe Mfolozi Park.
Much of our diving is focused on four distinct regions, namely: 2 Mile, 5 Mile, 7 Mile and 9 Mile reefs; named for their distance from the lighthouse on Jesser Point (Sodwana Bay).
Average visibility in the area is 15 to 20 meters, with reports of up to 40 meters. Water temperature ranges between 29ºC in mid summer (Dec/Jan) to approximately 19ºC in mid winter (Jun/Jul) and diving is possible all year round, except the 1st of January. Temperatures remain warm throughout the winter and although summer is the rainy season we have no rivers to affect the visibility.
The most popular of our dive sites, 2 Mile is a large reef, measuring just short of 2 Km long, and approximately 900m wide. Depths vary between 9m(Pinnacles) & 38+m (Deep Sponge). There are many dive sites scattered within the main body of 2 Mile, and they average out at about 14m-16m. Due to its size, 2 Mile has something for everyone, from massive beds of diverse corals, rocky overhangs & caves, to a massive amount of fishes and weird & wonderful invertebrates.
A deeper reef, this site is recommended for Advanced divers. This reef has an astounding coral diversity, and is home to many of the smaller, more shy fish who like to live within the corals. Your average depth will be approximately 21 m, and a max of about 24m. The most popular spot on the reef is 'The Pothole' which offers the chance of the rare starry moray, a red anemone and other amazing life.
A favorite among advanced divers, 7 Mile is also a deeper reef, which boasts a pseudo wall dive experience. The top of the reef lies in approximately 15m with a distinct drop-off down to 24m on the sand. This inside edge is relatively sheltered from the open ocean and so supports a huge diversity of fish and invertebrate life. Definitely a must.
9 Mile doesn't get dived very often, and so is relatively untouched by divers. The big draw card on 9 Mile is the Green Coral Tree, a large outcrop of Green Tree Coral, which supports much fish life. The maximum depth on 9 Mile is 23m.