Classified as one of the top dive sites in the world, this 50 km reef complex boasts around 95 species of hard and soft coral, sponges, other invertebrates and around 1200 fish species. It has vast 700m deep valleys, submarine canyons, humpback whales, ragged tooth sharks, whale sharks, tiger sharks, manta rays and moray eels. All that with also caves, overhangs, coral gardens and pinnacles and the addition of secret reefs restricted to locals or good divers.
Triton Dive Lodge Sodwana Bay www.tritondiving.co.za
Kosi Bay Lodge
Thonga Beach Lodge
Reef Teach Lodge
Sodwana Bay Lodge
Sodwana Bay Guest House www.sodwanabayguesthouse.com
Da Blue Juice Suba Sodwana Bay
There really isn’t a bad time to dive the Sodwana Bay area, but divers generally do prefer April to September. But the waters can go down to 19°C from July to October, so most people who are interested in swimming in the more tropical climates often opt to go in February and March when the waters are generally around 24°C.
Sodwana Bay is situated in northern Kwa-Zulu Natal approximately 75km south of the Mozambique border. The closest towns are Hluhluwe (82km tar road) and Jozini (56km gravel road). Durban is 370km (3,5 hours) south and Johannesburg is 640km (7 hours).
So your best bet is to fly into Durban International Airport (Airport code DUR) and connect to Sodwana Bay via the town of Hluhluwe. Hluhluwe is on the Baz Bus route so you should be able to connect all the way from basically anywhere.