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Dive Review of Sodwana Bay Lodge in
Africa/Sodwana, South Africa

August, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Kerry Rodgers, TX, USA
Report Number 752
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Florida Keys, Belize, Guanja, Aliwal Shoal (South Africa)
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
68   to 69    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions were placed upon us, other than that we surface with 500
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
4 stars    
Sodwana is where most South African divers receive their open water
qualifications and I have dived here multiple times before in the past, all
of them being a wonderful experience. However, August was not the right
time to be diving here. Even though the sun was shining the weather was
cool, the seas were huge and surge was a problem on many of the shallower
reefs. The first dive each morning was to one of the further out reefs (20
to 30 minute boat trips), on an inflatable boat, in huge seas - not a fun
experience. In fact the conditions above the water, and the cool weather
spoilt the diving experience for me. The DM was also rather in-experienced
- one morning we dropped on the northern end of the reef facing a strong
south-to-north current, despite the skipper's warnings, and she tried to
remain on the reef which was an impossible task. Eventually I surfaced,
totally fed-up.
At this time of year I would rate these reefs as for the experienced diver
only. Go in summer time (January/February).
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