Diving Sodwana Bay
Sodwana Bay is part of Isimangaliso Wetland Park which is a world heritage site. The area has been a protected reserve for many years (since December 1950), ensuring large fish populations as well as pristine corals.
We have an impressive fish diversity on our reefs, with over 1100 species having been positively identified. The beautiful coral reefs at Sodwana Bay were created by a layer of corals which colonised sandstone outcrops which are the remains of dunes and beaches that were fossilised during previous sea levels. The potholes in many of the reefs are thought to have been pools in the sandstone.
These reefs are of the most southerly coral reefs in the world and are fed by warm water carried southward by the Agulhas Current. The fact that no silt-bearing rivers are close to the area ensures that the corals are pristine and the visibility good.
Sodwana Bay is a summer rainfall area averaging 1100mm annual rainfall. It has a sub-tropical climate with hot, humid summers and mild winters. The maximum summer temperature is 30C with an average of 26C while the minimum winter temperature is 18C with an average of 21C.
Sodwana Bay is rated by international divers as one of the top 10 dive destinations in the world. The maximum summer water temperature is 28C with an average of 26C while the minimum winter water temperature is 17C with an average of 22C. Visibility ranges from 8m to 40m (depending on the time of the year) with an average of 12m. Visibility is reduced in winter due to the increased plankton in the water. This however leads to increased sightings of Whale sharks and Manta rays.
Humpback whales are a common sighting during their annual migration from June to November. Sodwana is also one of the preferred aggregation sites of the pregnant ragged-tooth shark from November to March.
Make your preference of time and divesite known to us by 12:00 the day before the dive and we will do our best to accommodate you. You do not have to attend a dive planning session. We will phone you the evening before the dive giving you the details of your dive. We meet on the beach half an hour before dive time. We can also arrange transport onto the beach if required.
Reefteach has two fully equipped 7.2metre rubberducks (RIBs). They are inspected annually to ensure compliance to the South African Maritime Safety Authority regulations. This includes ensuring radio communications, flares, safety flotation devices, oxygen, first aid kits, etc. Both boats are equipped with a GPS, echo sounder, a ladder and windbreakers for the trip back.