We travelled 400km north to get to the tiny village of Sodwana, we had both been there before but needed a getaway after the busy summer in Umkomaas. A change of scenery, crystal clear water and empty beaches (the rest of the country had closed their beaches) was what I had in mind. Sodwana Bay National Park is on the northern coast of KwaZulu-Natal \within the iSimangaliso Wetland park. The whole place is protected and officials take it pretty seriously which is nice to see.
We packed our dive gear, Michaels spear gun, loads of snacks and no shoes (which was a big mistake, the sand cooked our feet). We had a three night getaway; we dived all morning, hung out on the beach, braaied and caught up with friends that we had met down in Umkomaas a few months earlier.
The diving was beautiful; we saw so much. We had a manta ray on two of our dives which was very special, frog fish, turtles and nudibranchs everywhere, black tip reef shark, guitar shark, schooling bluebanded snapper, potato bass, moray eels, pipefish and so many clown fish and moorish idols. I even saw my first pineapple fish. Michael isn't the biggest fan of small critters but I had loads of fun.
AND possibly the best part of the trip was free diving with the friendliest dolphins in clean clean water.
The dive sites we dived were: 9 Mile (we saw the world famous Green Tree coral surrounded by Goldies), 7 Mile, 2 Mile (Stringer, Caves and Overhangs and Yellow Mellow). I can't wait to dive some more in the Sodwana Bay marine park.
image 1: the friendlies Indo-Pacific Bottlenosed dolphins (Tursiops aduncus)
image 2 + 3: Reef Manta ray (Mobula alfredi)
image 4: Mseni Beach Lodge, private beach access
image 5: diving with Coral divers
image 6: Michael diving