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Part of the world heritage site of iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Sodwana Bay is a tiny town in the exquisite nature reserve, a coastal forested strip between St Lucia and Lake Sibhayi.
Sodwana Bay lies in the north eastern corner of KwaZulu Natal (KZN) Province, where the Indian Ocean’s waters are always warm and the beaches and reefs remain unscathed by industry.
Regarded as South Africa’s premier diving site, Sodwana Bay has many fascinating attractions including ancient coastal dunes and forests. Inland are salt and fresh water lakes, small villages and game parks.
In volume, the coral reefs in Sodwana Bay are one-tenth the size of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, however, they are no less important. These pristine reefs are safe breeding grounds for masses of fish and without them fish populations would radically decline. Fortunately, the conservation of this area is at the forefront of local authorities’ agendas. Registered tour companies in the area are aware of the fragility and significance of Sodwana Bay’s reefs and operate in an eco-friendly manner.
Whether you are an enthusiastic diver, a nature lover or just someone who appreciates a quiet, peaceful beach holiday, Sodwana Bay should be your chosen destination.
Things to do
Spend your days exploring miles of untouched coastline. Swimming in the Sodwana Bay seas is a lot of fun as water temperatures rarely drop below 20° Celsius here.
New to scuba diving? Sign up for a PADI-certified (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) course in Sodwana Bay that will get you to a point where a guided open dive is possible.
A suggested dive site is Stringer Reef to see the ray cleaning station. Huge manta rays congregate while the wrasse perform their valuable cleaning service on them. The boat ride out from Jesser Point to the reef is an adventure in itself as the pilot expertly steers through the... Show more