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Scuba Diving at Sodwana Bay, South Africa

Water temperature:

19°C (66°F) from July to October to 24°C (75°F) in February


3mm or 5mm wetsuit


15 metres + (50 feet)

Type of diving:

Shark diving, reef diving

Marine life:

Bull (Zambezi), tiger, hammerhead, thresher, copper, dusky, ragged tooth and black tip sharks, occasionally Makos. A variety of reef fish, ribbon tail skates, moray eels, spotted eagle rays, manta rays and large schools of pelagic fish. Depending on the season dolphins and whales can also be seen

When to go:

August and September to see ragged tooth sharks, November to see bull sharks, June and July for the sardine run

How to get there:

From the UK - Fly to Johannesburg then transfer to Durban

It is widely accepted that Sodwana Bay is the Mecca of diving in South Africa. The bay is situated in a marine reserve that now forms part of the World Heritage classified Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park and makes for safe and relaxed diving. You can expect to see an abundance of tropical fish, hard and soft coral, sponges, moray eels, large schools of pelagic fish, potato bass, turtles (hawksbill, loggerhead, green and leatherback) and depending on the time of year, whales (southern right and humpback), whale sharks and dolphins.

Visibility is rarely less than 15 metres, and the water temperature in summer is 24C+ and in winter not colder than 19C. The depths vary between 12 to 18 metres with 30 and 50-metre sites for the suitably qualified.

Melt du Plooy, PADI Open Water

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