Garden Route

The Coelacanth's

Eastern Chain


​​Sodwana Bay is located on the east coast of South Africa, between St. Lucia and Lake Sibhayi.  Sodwana Bay National Park is a narrow strip of forested sand dunes located along the KwaZulu Natal coast. Proclaimed a national park in the 1950s.

The KwaZulu-Natal province is home to the Zulu people who have inhabited the area in harmony with the land for several centuries. They still remain the predominant ethnic group in the region.

Situated in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the Maputaland Marine Reserve, efforts are made to protect its integrity from environmental degradation. You will find a peaceful and yet dynamic little town to spend some quality time away from home.

Sodwana Bay is considered to be among the premier dive sites of the world, it is home to the southernmost tropical coral reefs on the planet which are further south than the Great Barrier Reef. The reef has an incredibly dense coral cover and wide diversity of fish, crustaceans and more with over 1200 species having been recorded in the area. 

​Divers can expect to see an abundance of tropical fish, moray eels, large schools of pelagic fish, hard and soft coral, sponges and, at certain times of the year, whales, whale sharks and dolphins. The water temperatures range from 24 degrees Celsius in summer and are seldom colder than 19 degrees making diving is a year round pastime.

The dive sites vary in depth between 10 meters and depths only suited to 
technical deep divers.

The reefs at Sodwana Bay are named by the distance they are from the 
launch site, Jesser Point.

The major reefs are split up into Quarter Mile, 2 Mile Reef, 5 Mile Reef, 7 Mile Reef and 9 Mile Reef. And each of these reefs has their own dive sites. There are also a few isolate reefs fringing the main reefs, some of these are Stringer and Bikini.

Some of the more popular dives sites on Two Mile Reef are:

​Antons reef - Two buoy - Four buoy - Coral Gardens - Pinnacles - Wayne's world - Chain reef - Caves And Overhangs - Arches - Hot spots

The bio diversity in the area is phenomenal from the big to small. Seasonal visitors include humpback whales and manta rays, others such as dolphins, turtles and whales sharks appear year round. Some of the smaller creatures on offer includes paper fish, pipe fish, seahorses, nudibranchs, frog fish and a host of many others.

​The land areas along the coasts are rich in terrestrial animals, too. the iSimangaliso Wetland Park was declared and various species such as lions, giraffes, elephants, hippos, rhinos are known to live here.

​Sodwana offers fun and excitement for the non-diver too. From quad bike riding, surfing, & kite boarding, to day trips to surrounding game reserves, you're sure to find something that appeals to you, your friends and/or family.                                                                             

More Information




Spots & Stripes

2 Mile Reef

Grand Central

Two Buoy

Northern Chain

The Turtles

Deep Sponge

Southern Chain

Mellow Yellow

Blue wave scuba


Waynes World

Reef Maps




Caves & Overhangs


Pick 'n Pay

Code Of Conduct

Coral Gardens South

Four Buoy

Coral Gardens North

History & Environment


Shallow Sponge