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DIVE AND SNORKEL IN MAPUTOLAND

Coral Divers Lodge

Coral Divers offers different accommodation types ranging from safari tents to en-suite cabins.

Mseni Lodge

 

The Maputaland reefs are Africa's most southern koralreefs powered by the warm Agulhas current.

Rock Tail Lodge

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A stay in this lodge gives a 'beach holiday' a total other dimension.

Sodwana Bay Lodge

 

Sodwana Bay Lodge Scuba Centre boast a PADI 5-STAR IDC diving school suitable to train divers on international level.

Tonga Beach Lodge

Thonga Beach Lodge is situated in a pristine bay surrounded by dune forest.

Rocktail Beach Camp

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Rocktail Beach Camp is only 30 minutes from its sister camp, Rocktail Bay Lodge.
Mozambique

Excellent scuba diving and snorkelling oppotunities along the Indian Coast line from Mozambique.

 

REEF INFORMATION – SODWANA BAY – KWA-ZULU NATAL

The coral reef complex of Sodwana Bay is positioned 27 degrees 33’ 28” S and 32 degrees 41’ 10” E, making this reef system one of the most southern in the world.   The majority of these reefs are named according to their distance from the Jesser Point launch site.

Water Temperatures

The average water temperature is 23 degrees C with the maximum being 28 degrees C between March and April.   The minimum is 20 degrees C between August and September.

Raggie Reef

This is Sodwana’s closest and shallowest reef.   It has an average depth of 9, a maximum of 13 m and lies a quarter of a mile from the launch site. In summer the female Ragged-tooth sharks congregate here in their hoards to gestate, and this offers divers an exciting diving experience.

Stringer

Between Quarter mile and 2 Mile reef lies the small but captivating Stringer reef. It consists of 2 rocky outcrops close together at a depth of 12 – 14 m.   You are likely to come across a variety of large and small critters such as Frogfish, Anemone fish, Ghost Pipe fish, rays, eels and turtles.   Not only do large game fish frequent this area, but it also acts as a nursery for juvenile fish.   This is a truly world class dive on days when a strong current is not present.

2 Mile

This is the largest reef in Sodwana, being over 1.8 km long and 900 m wide.   The average depth is 12 m, the shallowest being 8 m and deepest 18 m.   2 Mile often has the best visibility since it is the shallowest of Sodwana’s 5 major reefs.   It has amazing topography that consists of gullies, overhangs and swim-throughs.   Dives can take place from one site to another.

Malaria Medication Advice For Divers

Some strains of malaria found in Mozambique are resistant to Chloroquin.

 

Speak to your doctor for advice on which drug treatment programme will best suit you and your travel companions.

There are also homeopathic alternatives available on the market.

 

Larium & Mephloquin prophylaxis have always been a topical issue when it comes to scuba diving while on this particular medication.
Please be advised that although we do not wish to offer prescribed medical advice it is advisable to find an alternative to these medications mentioned above if one wishes to enjoy a diving holiday in Mozambique.

Northern 2 Mile

Wayne’s World – A slightly deeper dive on 2 Mile at 16 m.   It is relatively flat in comparison to the other   sites on this section of the reef. A large variety of soft coral can be found.   There is   amazing colour on this dive.

Pinnacles – Just south of the actual pinnacles lies a sand patch with a fixed buoy line at 12 m of depth.    There is a small cave on the western side of the sand patch that sometimes houses White Tip  Reef sharks. Up to three have been seen in the cave together.

4 Buoy – Large gullies are found from Pinnacles leading to 4 Buoy were they open up into a sand patch.   All around this sand patch you will find groups of fish hiding under overhangs and in   swim-throughs. Honeycomb Morey Eels are commonly found around the 4 Buoy area where they   find security in the many small caves.

Cat Reef – This reef is similar to that of Wayne’s World but is slightly deeper at 18 m.   Game   fish are commonly seen coming through from the seaward side. The diversity of hard and soft   corals provide shelter for small fish like Chocolate Dips, Goldies and Juvenile Butterfly fish to name just a few.

Central 2 Mile

Coral Gardens – Coral Gardens is known for the variety of hard and soft coral that carpets the reef.   It is   rather flat with a maximum depth of 12 m.   Brightly coloured nudibranchs are plentiful   and sighted rather easily by observant divers.

Arches – This site consists of sand patches with boulders that form arches in a variety of shapes and sizes.   One arch in particular is large and quite spectacular. The maximum depth on this dive is 13 m on  the sand.    

Deep Sponge – Deep Sponge lies parallel with 2 Mile but 500 m further out to sea.   The depth ranges from   20 - 35 m.   A lovely deep dive, offering divers massive vase shaped sponges and interesting   marine life.   Game fish are common over and around this area.   A good option when a  strong surge is present on 2 Mile, however, only open to more advanced divers.

Southern 2 Mile

Caves & Overhangs – Caves and Overhangs offers incredible coral formations consisting mostly of Plate and Stag Horn Corals, which together with the rocky substrate form numerous small   caves.   The fish life is abundant making this site a very colourful dive.

Chain – This reef attributes its name to a ships anchor chain that lies across it.   This chain has become part   of the reef and is now difficult to spot.   This reef has a vast number of Carpet Anemones as well as the elusive Razor Wrasse around its edges.

Zambi Alley – Zambi Alley is a sand channel that separates Antons from Chain. This channel owes its  name to spear fishermen who observed Zambezi   sharks there in the past.   It has a maximum    depth of 16 m.

Antons – This is a very well built up reef that is popular with divers.   There is a larger amount of coral life on the out-to-sea side. This is where you will find great numbers of schooling fish and bait balls   of many species. Turtles are commonly seen around the whole southern region of 2 Mile. The  maximum depth is that of 16 m.

5 Mile

This reef lies at a depth of 18 - 22 metres.   If it is coral life that you want to see then 5 Mile is for you.   This reef has the most diverse coral communities at Sodwana making it the most fragile dived site.   The extensive beds of Stag Horn, Mushroom and Plate corals are staggering as are the tiny colourful creatures living in them. Leopard sharks, White Tipped and Black Tipped Reef sharks are occasionally seen.  The flat bed of coral is dotted with a few craters and potholes.   One pothole in particular contains a variety of interesting marine life.

Ribbon

Ribbon lies a few hundred metres from the shore beside 5 Mile reef with a depth of 20 m.   It consists of 2 small reef systems similar to that of Stringer reef.   This reef attributes its name to the uncommon Ribbon eel found around its edges.   Devil-fire fish are sighted regularly, especially on its northern point.   Diverse, large groups of fish are found in abundance and because of this, as well as the geography of the reef, large predator fish make appearances such as Barracuda, King fish and a variety of sharks.   A very interesting dive offering great opportunities for photographers.

 7 Mile

This is the most popular of the further reefs and lies at 24 m at the bottom and 15 m on the top.   Most dives

will be lead at a depth no deeper than 20 m to ensure a longer bottom time.   What makes this reef so popular is its ability to produce the biggest variety of fish species including Black Tipped Reef sharks, schools of pelagic fish, huge Moray eels and plenty of turtles.   With the amount of fish species, spectacular drop offs and coral formations, abundant soft coral life and the chance to sight some incredibly large fish make 7 Mile reef listed on the worlds top dive sites.

Ramsey

This pristine reef is named after Dr. Ramsey who conducted research regarding coral growth on the Maputuland reef complex. Diving on this reef has only recently been re-opened and not many people know of its whereabouts. It sits at a depth of 20 m, relatively close to the shoreline. Large rays , Devil-fire fish, an array of Nudibranchs, spectacular coral formations and Morey Eels make this a fantastic dive when the conditions are good. Another reef that offers great photographic opportunities.

9 Mile

This reef is the furthest limit in the Sodwana reef complex being 14 km north from Jesser Point and lies   500 m offshore.   The boat ride to the reef takes between 20 and 40 minutes and for this reason is not always accessible due to weather conditions, making the boat ride uncomfortable.   The highlight of 9 Mile is the huge Green Tree coral that is surrounded by hundreds of Goldies, a spectacle for any diver.   The “Green Tree” stands about two and a half metres high and is situated on an outcrop of rock.   Just south of the Green Tree coral is a spectacular system of swim throughs, overhangs and caves.   The reef in this area drops off on the seaward side from about 14 - 21 m.   From the drop off there is a gradual slope to “Breaking Waters” which is at a depth of around 6 m.

Hotspot

Here the flat reef at 25 m drops off shear to 30 m, making a spectacular ledge to dive on.   The diver’s chance of seeing big game fish is increased, as these fish prefer to patrol along a ledge such as this in search of prey.   Not a well-known dive site but popular among anglers who know the sights well.

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