Sodwana Bay is a fantastic, year-round dive destination that lies within the boundaries of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. This stretch of coast provides a vast array of unspoilt coral reefs populated with a huge diversity of Indo-Pacific fish species & invertebrates.
Sodwana Bay reefs have the most southern coral reef formations in Africa. The breathtaking hard and soft corals grow on a sandstone base structure that is unique to true coral reef structures. Due to the sandstone base structure reefs tend to be flat with low pinnacles, shallow drop-offs, gullies and range in depth from 6m to 100m.
Sodwana reefs are home to 1200 species of fish - you can see almost everything if you dive here often enough. As well as fish, you will find turtles, rays and sharks on any of the dive sites.
Diving in Sodwana Bay is fantastic year-round. The seasonal sightings of whales harks are Dec-Feb, humpback whales are June-Oct, ragged-tooth sharks from Dec-Feb, and nesting leatherback and loggerhead turtles can be seen from Dec - Feb each year.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
Sodwana Bay is located on the northern coast of KwaZulu-Natal and stretches from Lake St Lucia to the Mozambique border. King Shaka International Airport in Durban welcomes South African domestic flights and a few international flights from Dubai, Mauritius and Maputo. It is also possible to reach KwaZulu-Natal and Sodwana Bay by road from Johannesburg and Pretoria or by train from Johannesburg and Cape Town. If you have your own transportation, the N2 and N3 highways connect this province with others in South Africa.