DIVE THE SOUTHERNMOST
TROPICAL CORAL REEFS IN THE WORLD.

SODWANA BAY – SOUTH AFRICA

Even more south than Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, with over 1 200 species of tropical fish
Dive The Big 5 will introduce you to this “hidden” tropical heaven.

DIVE THE BIG 5’s 5-night 8-dive package:

Including: All transfers; Accommodation on a dinner, bed, and breakfast basis; All Park fees; 8 x 2-Mile dives; Hire of tanks, weights, and air-fills (full equipment hire available on request).

 Suggested itinerary based on 2019 rates:

Full year 2019:

Arrive at King Shaka International Airport – Durban (DUR), own arrangements. After clearing immigration and customs you will be met by a representative of Dive The Big 5 for the 330 km / 4h30 road transfer from King Shaka International Airport, through the heart of the Kingdom of Zululand and to the iSimangaliso World Heritage site and Sodwana Bay National Park, to the Coral Divers “Dive Resort.” On arrival at Coral Divers in Sodwana, you will check into your En suite Cabin, and after settling in you will attend dive planning, which is held @ 18h45, every evening, at Coral Divers. Here you will be allocated your dive equipment, the Marine Reserve Dive Permit and meet your Divemaster who will explain how the times and shuttles work etc. and answer any questions you may have. If you have not dived in a while, you will need to do a refresher course.  After dive planning, a buffet dinner is served. Overnight at Coral Divers, in a double / twin En suite Cabin, on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

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Included:

“Meet & Greet” on arrival at King Shaka International Airport – Durban
Private road transfer from King Shaka International Airport – Durban to Coral Divers in the Sodwana Bay National Park
Once off iSimangaliso Park entry fee
Once off iSimangaliso Park Community Levy
iSimangaliso Park vehicle entry/exit fee
iSimangaliso Park nightly accommodation levy
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife daily park fees
Dinner
Accommodation in a double / twin En suite Cabin, 5 x boat dives to 2 Mile Reef, MPA (Marine Protected Area) dive permit which is issued on the first night).

Excluded:

International air into King Shaka International Airport – Durban
Lunch, Dinner, Bar
Additional tours and touring and related entry fees
Excess charges to further reefs
Items of a personal nature
Gratuities.

Full year 2019:

After an early wake up, you will walk the short distance from your cabin to the complimentary beach shuttle, which will take you to the main beach. The shuttle will depart from the front of the lodge exactly 45 minutes prior to your booked dive time. Breakfast is served in the lodge’s main dining area from 7 am until 10 am. If you wish, you will be able to have breakfast prior to your 1st dive, however, most divers prefer to do one dive first, and then come back up to the lodge for breakfast before taking the shuttle back to the beach for the 2nd dive. On arrival at the beach, you will meet “the Dive Crew,” in Coral Divers private gazebo, sign the indemnity, and then kit-up on the beach. Your equipment will then be loaded on the boat and your Divemaster will brief you on the dive site on which you will be diving and boat etiquette. The tractor pushes the “duck,” into the sea for the planned dive on 2-Mile Reef, which is only one of the many magnificent coral reefs dive sites of Sodwana Bay, weather permitting. The surf launches at “Soddies” are far tamer than the launches at Aliwal Shoal. Once the boat has been pushed into the surf by the tractor and is about waist deep, the skipper asks all the ladies to board the boat and position themselves opposite their dive gear, which has been stowed aboard by Coral Divers’ crew. The men then board the boat, and once everybody is settled, the skipper “guns” the motors and skilfully punches his way through the breaking surf to the relative calm beyond the back-line. Once everyone is settled, it’s off to the reef. Quite exciting!

reef diving protea banks

The reefs at ‘Soddies’ are the southernmost tropical coral reefs in the world and are even more south than Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef has 1 800 species of fish, and Sodwana, which is 1/10 the size of the Great Barrier Reef, has 1 200 species of fish, six of which are endemic to the Sodwana area. Your chances of seeing more species of fish are greater at Sodwana than on the Great Barrier Reef, due to the concentration of the fish in the area that you are diving! Both your dives are scheduled for 2-Mile Reef, the largest of Sodwana’s Reefs. Should you wish to dive on either Five-Mile Reef, Six-Mile Reef, Seven-Mile Reef, Eight-Mile Reef or the fabulous and seldom dived, Nine-Mile Reef, the applicable far reef surcharges would be for your own account, and dives on these further reefs should be booked in advance, at Coral Divers the evening before. Sodwana’s reefs are all unromantically named by the distance they are from the launch site, Jesser Point. For a deep dive, ‘Deep Sponge’ is a must and is best dived on Nitrox, which is available at Sodwana at an extra cost of ZAR 80 per fill. Please be advised that all diving in South Africa is best done early in the morning, just after sunrise, because as the morning wears on, the wind tends to pick up, causing a chop on the water, which makes for unpleasant diving. This leaves the afternoons free to explore the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. In addition to diving, and deep-sea fishing, there are microlight flights of between 10 and 45-minute durations, boat-based snorkelling, and whale watching from June – November. None of these activities has been included in the cost below and would be for your own account. Overnight at Coral Divers in a double / twin, en suite Cabin, on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

Included:

Breakfast
iSimangaliso nightly accommodation levy
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife daily park fees
Road transfer from the Coral Divers to the Beach
Two x 2-Mile Reef dives (weather permitting)
All beach entry fees
Hire of tanks, weights, and air, or full equipment hire, depending on the equipment package requested
Services of a qualified dive master to lead all dives
 Breakfast, dinner, accommodation at Coral Divers in a double / twin en suite, cabin on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

Excluded:

Gear hire other than air cylinders & weights, depending on the equipment package requested
Further reef surcharges at; ZAR 25 for a 5-Mile Reef dive; ZAR 40 for a 6-Mile Reef or a 7-Mile Reef dive; ZAR 45 for a 8-Mile Reef dive; ZAR 50 for a 9-Mile Reef dive
Additional dives & activities
Night dives
Gratuities to the “freelance gear assistants” at Coral Divers beach gazebo (who assist with handling and washing of your dive gear)
Lunch, Bar
Items of a personal nature
Gratuities

Full year 2019:

After breakfast, at a time to be advised, depending on the departure time of your flight out of King Shaka International Airport – Durban (DUR) you will be collected from Coral Divers by a representative of Dive the Big 5 for the 330 km or 04h30 hour road transfer back to King Shaka International Airport – Durban. End of services.

Included:

Breakfast
iSimangaliso vehicle entry/exit fee
Road transfer from Coral Divers – Sodwana Bay, to King Shaka International Airport – Durban

Excluded:

Additional tours and touring
Overnight accommodation
Lunch, Dinner, Bar
Onward air out of King Shaka International Airport – Durban
Items of a personal nature
Gratuities

Costs for the trip:

Cost based on 2-divers sharing with full equipment hire:

ZAR 17 215

per diver sharing.

Cost based on 2-divers sharing with the hire of air cylinders & weights only:

ZAR 16 425

per diver sharing.

Additional days can be added to the above itinerary as follows:

With full equipment hire:

ZAR 2 175 per diver, per day, including 2 x 2-Mile Reef dives, beach transfers, & accommodation on a DB&B basis.

With tanks, weights and air fills only:

ZAR 1 980 per diver, per day, including 2 x 2-Mile Reef dives, beach transfers, & accommodation on a DB&B basis.

Water Temperatures in Sodwana Bay

Useful Information:

Where is Sodwana Bay in South Africa

Similar 5-night, 6 reef dive / 2 baited shark dive packages are available for diving Protea Banks & Aliwal Shoal.

If you are interested, please enquire by e-mailing Dive The Big 5 on info@divethebig5.com

The above itinerary and cost is subject to change.

Please note: Hluhluwe / iMfolozi as well as Sodwana Bay fall within a “low-risk” Malaria area. To be safe, we strongly suggest that you consult your Doctor for advice on taking prophylactics before entering a “low risk” Malaria area.