Sodwana Bay @ Coral Divers (on the beach)
Welcome to our road trip of December 2021. We are travelling by car across South Africa (from the west coast → north coast → KZN south coast → back to the west coast). The distance we will cover, will be around 5,000km (3,106 miles).
Our main purpose for this trip, besides seeing places we have not seen before, is for Berto to scuba dive in Sodwana Bay and then to be a little more adventurous … diving with sharks in the ocean in Umkomaas on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal. We hope to share lots of pictures to show you our beautiful country.
Accommodation – Day 4 to Day 10:
So, here we are … at Sodwana Bay for a wonderful week to have fun on the beach (and more importantly, for Berto to go scuba diving)!
In this post we will introduce you to the beach, as well as more pictures form Coral Divers. In our next post, we’ll take you under the sea to see beautiful colourful fish, reefs and maybe a surprise appearance by a friendly sea mammal.
But let’s get to the beach! And what a welcome we received on our first morning … a massive thunderstorm!
While Berto headed to the beach for his first dive (in the rain), I hanged on for a while in our cabin. Fortunately, it seemed the rain storm was on its way to the next town … and within an hour, the rain disappeared and the sun came out. Happy days and I’m off to the beach … in Coral Diver’s unique ‘taxi’ 😄.
Sodwana Bay’s beach is pristine and I love to sit under the covers of Coral Divers and watch all the activities … beach goers, divers going in and coming back, tractors assisting with boat launching – you name it, and it’s all happening at Sodwana Bay!
If there is one animal you have to be on the lookout for, it’s monkeys! These sneaky buggers are amazing acrobats when it’s coming to the stealing of food!
As mentioned before, Sodwana Bay is unspoiled … no beach resorts, restaurants and bars. At the beach you’ll find only two shops. The one is basically just a kiosk selling something to eat and drink. There are a few tables where you can sit down or get take-aways – we loved their toasted sandwiches!
The other shop (the Beach Shop), sells beach clothes and other accessories that might be needed, especially when diving. You might just be in luck to find a t-shirt or hat that can protect you from the hot sun!
While Berto was diving, I had wonderful long walks on the beach. There were not a lot of holiday goers yet, as the summer holidays are only due to start officially in a week’s time. I therefor had the beach sometimes almost to myself.
Diving at Sodwana Bay:
The diving operations at Sodwana Bay is fascinating to watch … it’s like a well-oiled machine! Divers are scheduled on the different boats in different time slots. Divers have the opportunity to do two dives per day which is scheduled early morning and then another one just before lunch – diving conditions are generally good in the morning. In the afternoon the wind is picking up and the sea is getting rough, but it’s still great to spent time on the beach.
Before each dive, a dive master will call his/her diving buddies together where they will give an overview of the next dive and explain safety procedures.
It’s organised chaos on the beach – tractors waiting to put boats in the water or waiting for boats to come out of the water. But funny enough, it never seems if anybody is stressed about the commotion!
Coral Divers Accommodation:
We loved our stay once again at Coral Divers. The staff is always friendly and helpful. And once again, we had the opportunity of meeting great people from all over the country.
In our next post, we are doing the “wet part” of Wet and Dusty Roads! We will take you under water to see the amazing sea life at Sodwana Bay … make sure you’re not missing out!