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Dive Review of Coral Divers/same in
Africa/Sodwana Bay

Coral Divers/same: "amazing scenery", Feb, 2019,

by Michael Joest, Kehl, DE (Top Contributor Top Contributor 35 reports with 23 Helpful votes). Report 10861 has 1 Helpful vote.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 1 stars
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Comments On the commando “3 2 1 go” we all dropped in and with negative entry met in around 5 m. Right beneath us a huge school of Bluebanded Snapper, which gracefully parted for a moment to let us through and down only to close ranks again shortly thereafter like a theater curtain. I estimated there must have been more than 250 animals, a wouh begin for our first dive here.
Sodwana Bay consists of a narrow coastal line of forest covered sand dunes, it was turned into a National Park and is situated in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the Maputaland Marine Reserve. Due to the Agulhas current running there water temperature ranges between 18 and 26 degrees so it´s ideal for soft and hard coral which cover the reef in abundance. Scientists counted more than 1200 species here, compared to Australian Great Barrier Reef where it´s 1800 but is much larger. The reef is believed to be about 4000 years old and the profile is mostly flat with low pinnacles, shallow drop offs, swim throughs, gullies, canyons which reach 30 m and more.
It was a 4 h drive up north from Durban to reach S B. A couple of years ago part of the street was still mud road so in the rainy season you would have no chance to reach the place without a 4 wheel drive car. In a park like area bungalows and tents are evenly spread out. Monkeys were shouting from the trees, a mungo family was assembled around my little home. It was the last bungalow in a row (D 9) in a remote corner on a slight rise next to a huge old tree, secluded cosy ideal for me. A huge bed, some drawers and cupboards to put your stuff in, a partly open air bathroom was a nice surprise. Would the monkeys come and take a shower with me? I had a full meal plan but there are kitchen facilities and even cooler so you are allowed to bring your own food and prepare it to your liking. A small snack bar serves all kind of burges, wraps, pizza and combos, I loved the fish and prawn basket with chips and their mussel soup. Normally there is a buffet but it seems there only were a few guests with full meal plan. So they allowed me to order a la carte with a lunch limit of 120 and dinner 200 Rand limit. 1 $ was about 13 Rand.
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving worldwide more than 100 destinations, mostly South Pacific and Asia, Africa and Caribbean
Closest Airport Durban Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 26-27°C / 79-81°F Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 12-15 M / 39-49 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions no deco
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available?

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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By peter bernsteinin FL, US at Feb 27, 2019 07:25 EST  
Excellent report- fun to read
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