Sodwana is regarded as one of the top 5 dive sites in the world and its reefs are home to an astonishing variety of marine creatures - a biodiversity that compares with the best in the world and much of it yet to be discovered.
There are over 1200 species of Indo-Pacific tropical fish. Hundreds of species of hard and soft corals and sponges have been identified to date along with at least 25 shark and ray species. Five species of sea turtle, the hawksbill, green, olive ridley, loggerhead and leatherback (Sodwana is a nesting site for loggerhead and leatherback turtles) not to mention the big stuff like humpback whales, whale sharks, nurse sharks, manta rays, dolphins, marlin and sailfish all found at this one dive site!
The Maputaland coast is unlike any other in the world. It is the only location that has tropical Indo-Pacific fishes, Southern Ocean fishes, European fishes that reach here via the African west coast, circum-global fishes, deep-sea fishes and endemic South African species. Even the famed ‘living dinosaur’- the Coelacanth were spotted at Sodwana Bay.
Sodwana can be dived by all levels of diver as reef depth varies between 9 and 38 metres. Visibility is often 15 to 20 meters, up to 40 meters and water temp is a comfortable 19 to 29 degrees C.
Above the Water
Sodwana Bay is surrounded by high sand dunes and dense subtropical forest and sits within the Greater St Lucia Wetlands National Park and World Heritage Site. These wetlands form a series of lakes - each with its own unique character and ecology. Crocodile, hippo, small mammals including bush babies, genets, duiker, striped mongoose and a rich variety of bird-life abound.
You will also discover some of the best game parks and safari lodges anywhere in Africa. Tales will be of face to face encounters with whale sharks, dolphins and turtles in the morning and lion, elephant and rhino in the afternoon!
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