Sodwana Bay is by far the SCUBA diving capital of South Africa!!!!
Nestled among the coastal dunes of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park on the northern side of St. Lucia, Sodwana is the perfect scuba diving vacation destination. The dive sites are recognized as the most Southerly reef systems in the world.
The area has been declared a marine reserve. Not only is Sodwana a perfect diving vacation hot spot it is also a perfect place to just unwind. Take a relaxing stroll along the deserted beaches edged by high forested dunes. Or a romantic sunset horse ride along the beach. This trip is a mixture of adventure, romance and intrigue, South African style!
The spectacular reefs that showcase some incredible hard and soft corals are also home to a myriad of tropical fish and host of larger pelagic species. The dramatic hard coral formations reveal an arena of overhangs and swim- through that are exploding with an abundance of colorful soft corals. Potato Bass, turtles and huge moray eels are common visitors to these reefs. If you are lucky a pod of dolphins or a whale shark may decide to join you on your dive vacation.
Best Scuba Dive Sites of Sodwana
The dive sites have been classified according to the distance from Jesser Point, the launching area for boats. From quarter Mile to Nine Mile, these sites boast a variety of individual dive options.
The average depth of the dive sites are about 15m although several deeper dives are available for more experienced divers. The visibility on average is about 15m and sometimes up to 20m. The temperature ranges between 20 and 28 degrees Celsius, a perfect diving vacation.
The most popular and largest reef in Sodwana is Two mile reef. The reef extends in a Northerly direction for about 1.7km and is 900m wide. Because the reefs are in a bay there strong currents and surges are pretty rare.
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