"Scuba in Sodwana" Sodwana Bay National Park by Dakasor

Sodwana Bay National Park Travel Guide: 33 reviews and 39 photos

I went to Sodwana to scuba dive, and stayed at Mseni lodge. Tho it has a private beach, the dive area is probly a 20 minute walk or so, and so I drove over to the launch site every day (a few minutes drive). I dove with Amoray divers, which is attached to Mseni lodge.

The main beach at Sodwana is full of 4x4 vehicles and tractors and tents with scores of dive operators. They all go out to to the reefs in the same way: by launching rubber raft motorized boats from the shoreline. The water is pretty rough.

The main 2-mile reef is a few minutes away. Best place on it is called Stringer, where I saw manta ray, turtles, hordes of colorful fish and also got lucky and saw a dozen smiling dolphins cruising by and up to the surface.

Generally speaking, most people dive about twice a day and the dives are in the morning, ranging from 7:30am to about 1pm. After that, it gets too rough to move out.

You can snorkle at some rocks on this same beach, but the water being choppy there wasn't particularly clear (at least when I was there) and the swell made it hard to stay still. We did however see huge schools of fish that surrounded us in very shallow water near the beach just a bit away from the rocks. Very impressive. Not sure if thats a common thing, but the fish were just hanging right there in the shallow water, not really moving, and there were thousands of them.

  • Last visit to Sodwana Bay National Park: Dec 2004
  • Intro Written Jan 1, 2005
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