Learning to dive in Sodwana Bay

Winona Griggs

Discover the Thrills of Diving in Sodwana Bay

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to explore the underwater world? Well, I’m here to tell you about my incredible experience learning to dive in Sodwana Bay. It was an adventure like no other!

When I first arrived at Sodwana Bay, I was immediately captivated by the natural beauty that surrounded me. The crystal-clear waters, vibrant coral reefs, and diverse marine life were simply awe-inspiring. It felt like a whole new world just waiting to be discovered.

As I embarked on my diving journey, I couldn’t help but feel a mix of excitement and nervousness. The thought of diving into the unknown was both thrilling and daunting. But with the guidance of my experienced instructor, I knew I was in safe hands.

One of the key things I learned during my dive training was the importance of safety. Before taking the plunge, I had to familiarize myself with the equipment and learn the essential skills required to navigate underwater. It was crucial to listen to my instructor’s instructions and follow them closely to ensure a safe and enjoyable dive.

Descending into the depths of Sodwana Bay was an indescribable experience. The sheer beauty of the underwater landscape took my breath away. I swam alongside schools of colorful fish, marveled at the intricate coral formations, and even had a close encounter with a majestic sea turtle.

But diving isn’t just about observing the marine life; it’s also about becoming part of it. As I advanced in my training, I learned how to control my buoyancy and move with ease underwater. It was like I had become one with the ocean, gliding effortlessly through the water.

Exploring Sodwana Bay’s depths also deepened my appreciation for the delicate balance of the marine ecosystem. I understood the importance of preserving this fragile environment and taking measures to protect it. As divers, we have a responsibility to leave nothing behind but bubbles and take only memories.

When it comes to diving in Sodwana Bay, choosing the right dive sites is crucial. Each site offers its own unique features and marine life. From the famous Two Mile Reef to the captivating Pinnacles, there is something for everyone. It’s like having a whole playground to explore.

So, if you’re ready for an adventure like no other, I encourage you to give diving in Sodwana Bay a try. It’s a journey that will leave you in awe of the underwater world and create memories that will last a lifetime. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

Learning to dive in Sodwana Bay

Winter had arrived in the Cape, and my family and I were craving something special – warm water, sunshine, and adventure. These were the key elements that made our happiest vacations come to life.

Learning to dive in Sodwana Bay

Last summer, my sons Liam, who was 12 at the time, and Dane, who was 10, had the incredible chance to go on an underwater adventure with me. We decided to fly to Durban and explore South Africa’s tropical northeastern corner.

Originally, our plan was to visit game reserves and relax on the beautiful beaches, but as we neared Sodwana, a diving center, I knew we had to seize the opportunity. It was the perfect chance to introduce Liam and Dane to the world of diving and create unforgettable memories together.

  • Discovering the underwater world at Sodwana Bay
  • Surprising facts about learning to dive

Sodwana Bay, located within iSimangaliso Wetland Park, is a remarkable place in South Africa. It is part of a vast area that has been recognized as a World Heritage Site – a special designation given to places of outstanding value. This area is not just about beaches and oceans; it is a unique blend of lakes, grasslands, coastal forests, and marine reserves. Spanning from Kosi Bay on the border of Mozambique to St Lucia and the Eastern Shores, this place is a treasure trove of natural wonders.

One of the highlights of Sodwana Bay is its breathtaking coral reefs. These reefs are considered the best protected and most southern reefs in the country. They are teeming with life, offering a sanctuary for countless marine species. For aspiring divers, Sodwana Bay is the perfect place to start their underwater exploration. Many novice divers take their first dive at Two Mile Reef, where they can learn the basics and gain confidence. As they become more comfortable, they can venture further to the Five Mile, Seven, Eight, and Nine Mile reefs – each one offering a more pristine and awe-inspiring experience.

READ  Spotlight on multi-generational travel

When my dad and I were looking for the perfect diving school in Sodwana Bay, we stumbled upon Coral Divers. They’re the biggest and most well-known diving school in the area, and they have some impressive credentials. Not only are they a PADI five-star Instructor Development Centre, but they’re also a Gold Palm resort. This was a big deal for us because it meant we could trust them to give us a top-notch diving experience.

What really caught my attention, though, was their welcoming sign. It said, ‘We didn’t know we were making memories – just knew we were having fun’. It instantly made me feel like we were in the right place. It was clear that this dive school values the joy and excitement of diving, and that’s exactly what we were looking for.

Location was another important factor for us, and Coral Divers didn’t disappoint. They’re located right inside the coastal reserve and only a short two-kilometre distance from the beach. Being so close to the water meant we could spend more time diving and less time traveling.

All in all, Coral Divers was the perfect choice for our father-and-son diving adventure. Their impressive reputation, welcoming atmosphere, and convenient location made it an experience we’ll never forget.

Let me tell you about Coral Divers. It’s nestled deep in a forest filled with playful vervet monkeys and timid red duiker. The atmosphere there is incredibly relaxed, like being on a laid-back island. You’ll find people chatting, cooking, studying fish charts, enjoying a beer, and listening to music. As part of our package, we stayed in safari dome tents that were right next to the communal showers. But we decided to upgrade and got ourselves a cabin instead. Our cabin had a lovely balcony and a private shower.

If you prefer to be more adventurous, you can bring your own tent and stay at the KZN Parks campsite, which is just a short walk away. It’s a great option if you want to be closer to nature.

Learning to dive in Sodwana Bay

When I think back to my time as a student diver, I can’t help but remember the excitement and camaraderie that filled the air.

The dive center was a bustling hub of activity, with rows upon rows of fridges, pots, pans, and plates ready to feed a small army. And if you were craving something more substantial, there was a restaurant serving up burgers, chips, milkshakes, and other tasty meals to satisfy even the heartiest appetite. As a fan of good food and good company, I couldn’t resist the allure of the communal braai fires, where I would often find myself chatting and swapping stories with fellow divers.

One person who made a lasting impression on me was Jan, a dive instructor with a heart of gold. He had dedicated his time to introducing underprivileged children to the wonders of the underwater world, and his passion was truly inspiring. I also had the pleasure of meeting an economics professor from Bloemfontein, as well as other families who shared our love for diving. It was amazing to be surrounded by like-minded individuals, all brought together by our shared love of exploring beneath the waves.

But it wasn’t just the people who made this experience memorable; it was also the skilled instructors like Johnny Forbes. At dive planning on the first evening, we entrusted the safety of our young boys to Johnny’s capable hands. Despite his youthful appearance, he exuded confidence and expertise. I will never forget the words he spoke to our group: ‘You will never forget where you took your first breath underwater.’ Those words resonated with each and every one of us, reminding us of the incredible journey we were about to embark on.

The six remaining students were an eclectic mix of parents and children – mothers with daughters, fathers with sons. Witnessing their collective effort and mutual support during the difficult days that ensued was truly heartwarming, and it resulted in the formation of enduring connections. However, what made this program particularly impactful for our boys was the bond they cultivated with the exuberant and lively instructors. These instructors had a knack for making learning enjoyable by infusing it with humor and playfulness, all while emphasizing the utmost importance of safety and discipline. In fact, Johnny made it a rule that every time the boys neglected to clean their O-rings, they would owe him a milkshake. This lighthearted yet strict approach ensured that the boys took their responsibilities seriously, while still having fun.

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Learning to dive in Sodwana Bay

When you stay at Coral Diver’s cabins in Sodwana Bay Nature Reserve, you’re surrounded by the beauty of the forest. It’s a tranquil setting that provides the perfect backdrop for your diving adventure.

I recently took a PADI diving course, and let me tell you, it was a fascinating experience. The curriculum was well-structured, with a variety of learning methods to keep things interesting. We watched videos, attended lectures, practiced in the pool, and finally got to explore the open water. The learning process was reinforced with quizzes, and we needed to score at least 75% to pass.

There was a lot to cover, and our classes sometimes ran late into the day. Liam, a fellow student, shared his thoughts on the course. He mentioned that while the lectures were necessary, the most important lessons were learned during our confined water dives. That’s where we learned crucial skills like how to put on our gear, how to share air with a buddy, how to maintain buoyancy, and how to handle life-threatening situations. We were also taught common-sense safety measures, such as staying away from propellers even when it seems obvious.

So, here’s the thing: I’ve got my diving qualifications, and I thought of a brilliant plan to help the dive masters teach the boys. Instead of getting in their way, I decided to stay out of it and offer some moral support whenever necessary. Well, on the third day, they all headed out to Two Mile Reef for their first open-water dive. And let me tell you, I was a bundle of nerves as I waited anxiously on the shore, desperate to hear how they fared.

Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, I saw them coming back. And boy, oh boy, were their smiles enormous! Their grins sparkled as brightly as the beach itself!

Learning to dive in Sodwana Bay

Diving allows you to explore the vibrant coral reefs of Sodwana Bay.

“It felt like an experience of a lifetime,” I said. “I was a little worried about feeling nauseous, but it turned out to be fine. It’s incredible how calm the fish are when you’re underwater. They swim right by us, showing no concern.”

“It was a unique and awe-inspiring experience,” I added. “I’ve always enjoyed fishing, but observing them underwater, going about their business, is even more captivating than seeing them on the rocks.”

Last night, me and the gang had a blast celebrating Johnny at the Mseni Lodge. We chowed down on ridiculously tasty prego rolls and indulged in chocolate brownies. The lodge is situated in Sodwana, boasting an incredible view of the sea. And let me tell you, the beach nearby is absolutely out of this world – one of the most breathtaking ones I’ve ever laid eyes on!

Now, I’ve been on countless dives myself, but this time was different. I wasn’t just celebrating the boys’ resilience, but also their newfound love for the underwater world that I hold so dear. It was amazing to witness their growing confidence and to share in their excitement as we embarked on our very first dive together. They’ve ignited a passion in me to explore even more incredible places like the Maldives, the Red Sea wrecks, and countless other thrilling destinations.

We’ve become a diving family, and I can’t wait to return to Coral Divers in Sodwana for more thrilling adventures. It’s safe to say that we’ve become quite the Sodwana enthusiasts – we’re all about that tjop-tjop!

Well, you know what they say – your first underwater breath is a memory that sticks with you forever. Johnny wasn’t wrong about that.

Let’s plan your adventure:

How to get there

We hopped on a Kulula flight to Durban’s King Shaka Airport for just R1800 round trip. From there, it’s about a four-hour drive to beautiful Sodwana Bay.

The essentials

If you’re at least 10 years old, you can take the PADI Open Water Diver course. It’s perfect for exploring the underwater world up to 18 meters deep (12 meters for younger divers). The course includes five theory and pool sessions, an exam, and four exciting open-water dives. Last-minute accommodations were easy to find during our trip in the middle of June, but things might be different during the summer holidays.

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What will it cost?

When you sign up for the course at Coral Divers, it’ll only cost you R4000 per person. This price includes everything you need for diving: gear rental, lessons, and even five nights of tented accommodation. Keep in mind that the safari dome tents are pretty basic and don’t come with bedding. But don’t worry, if you’re traveling light, they can provide linen for a refundable deposit of R100 per person. And if you’re looking for something more comfortable, you can always upgrade to other facilities.

Now, here’s something you shouldn’t miss:

Join a night tour to witness the incredible turtles. From November to February, you have the incredible opportunity to see leatherbacks and loggerheads laying their eggs on the very same beaches where they were born decades ago. Coral Divers can arrange these tours for you, and they cost R750 per person. This includes snacks and drinks, so you’ll be well taken care of. If you’re interested, you can contact them at 0333456531. It’s important to note that Sodwana Bay is just one part of the amazing iSimangaliso Wetland Park. While we were there, we also explored Kosi Bay in the north.

When I took a boat trip on the lakes, I got to experience the beauty of Bhanga Nek beach. The beach is located to the south of Kosi Mouth, and it was a refreshing swim after crossing the dunes. As I looked south, I could see Sodwana Bay and Cape Vidal in the distance. What caught my attention the most were the leaping humpback whales, their splashes creating a magnificent sight as they migrated north. This boat trip also offers fishing opportunities, the chance to view hippos, and the perfect backdrop to capture photos of flamingos against the lush green forested dunes of South Africa. The cost for this experience is R475 per person, and it is organized for guests staying at Kosi Forest Lodge. To book, you can contact 0354741473 or visit isibindi.co.za.

If you’re looking for a place to stay, Coral Divers has a range of options to choose from. They offer cabins with private bathrooms and safari tents. You can decide whether you want to self-cater or include meals during your stay. The rates start from R165 per person, and there’s a daily park fee of R95 per person. Don’t worry about basic supplies because there’s a grocery store just about 1km away from the resort. For bookings and more information, you can reach out to them at 0333456531 or visit coraldivers.co.za.

When I discovered Kosi Forest Lodge in Kosi Bay, I was immediately captivated by its enchanting atmosphere. Surrounded by a sand forest, this lodge offers rustic wooden chalets nestled under the canopy of trees. As I stepped into this magical retreat, I was struck by its relaxed yet sophisticated ambiance.

What truly impressed me was how Kosi Forest Lodge catered to the needs of every guest, from children to romantic couples. It seemed as though they possessed some kind of secret power to fulfill everyone’s desires. To make the experience even more exceptional, the lodge welcomed the chef from their sister lodge, Thonga Beach, Carl Moller. His culinary magic left all of us speechless. The tomato soup, fresh beer bread, tender chicken, and delectable coffee panacotta were more than just dishes – they were works of art. The applause and standing ovation he received were well-deserved.

If you’re searching for a memorable getaway, Kosi Forest Lodge is the answer. With prices starting from just R2010 per person, including meals and select activities, it offers incredible value for your money. To make a reservation or inquire about more details, you can contact them at 0354741473. For additional information, you can also visit their website at isibindi.co.za.

This extraordinary experience of mine was documented in the December 2016 issue of Getaway magazine. If you want to read more fascinating stories like this, be sure to grab a copy. The magazine will be available for purchase starting from November 21, 2016.

Don’t miss out on our December issue, which showcases five incredible summer adventures in South Africa. It’s the perfect guide to planning your next thrilling escapade. Get your copy soon!

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Discover the Thrills of Diving in Sodwana Bay

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to explore the underwater world? Well, I’m here to tell you about my incredible experience learning to dive in Sodwana Bay. It was an adventure like no other!

When I first arrived at Sodwana Bay, I was immediately captivated by the natural beauty that surrounded me. The crystal-clear waters, vibrant coral reefs, and diverse marine life were simply awe-inspiring. It felt like a whole new world just waiting to be discovered.

As I embarked on my diving journey, I couldn’t help but feel a mix of excitement and nervousness. The thought of diving into the unknown was both thrilling and daunting. But with the guidance of my experienced instructor, I knew I was in safe hands.

One of the key things I learned during my dive training was the importance of safety. Before taking the plunge, I had to familiarize myself with the equipment and learn the essential skills required to navigate underwater. It was crucial to listen to my instructor’s instructions and follow them closely to ensure a safe and enjoyable dive.

Descending into the depths of Sodwana Bay was an indescribable experience. The sheer beauty of the underwater landscape took my breath away. I swam alongside schools of colorful fish, marveled at the intricate coral formations, and even had a close encounter with a majestic sea turtle.

But diving isn’t just about observing the marine life; it’s also about becoming part of it. As I advanced in my training, I learned how to control my buoyancy and move with ease underwater. It was like I had become one with the ocean, gliding effortlessly through the water.

Exploring Sodwana Bay’s depths also deepened my appreciation for the delicate balance of the marine ecosystem. I understood the importance of preserving this fragile environment and taking measures to protect it. As divers, we have a responsibility to leave nothing behind but bubbles and take only memories.

When it comes to diving in Sodwana Bay, choosing the right dive sites is crucial. Each site offers its own unique features and marine life. From the famous Two Mile Reef to the captivating Pinnacles, there is something for everyone. It’s like having a whole playground to explore.

So, if you’re ready for an adventure like no other, I encourage you to give diving in Sodwana Bay a try. It’s a journey that will leave you in awe of the underwater world and create memories that will last a lifetime. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

Learning to dive in Sodwana Bay

Winter had arrived in the Cape, and my family and I were craving something special – warm water, sunshine, and adventure. These were the key elements that made our happiest vacations come to life.

Learning to dive in Sodwana Bay

Last summer, my sons Liam, who was 12 at the time, and Dane, who was 10, had the incredible chance to go on an underwater adventure with me. We decided to fly to Durban and explore South Africa’s tropical northeastern corner.

Originally, our plan was to visit game reserves and relax on the beautiful beaches, but as we neared Sodwana, a diving center, I knew we had to seize the opportunity. It was the perfect chance to introduce Liam and Dane to the world of diving and create unforgettable memories together.

  • Discovering the underwater world at Sodwana Bay
  • Surprising facts about learning to dive

Sodwana Bay, located within iSimangaliso Wetland Park, is a remarkable place in South Africa. It is part of a vast area that has been recognized as a World Heritage Site – a special designation given to places of outstanding value. This area is not just about beaches and oceans; it is a unique blend of lakes, grasslands, coastal forests, and marine reserves. Spanning from Kosi Bay on the border of Mozambique to St Lucia and the Eastern Shores, this place is a treasure trove of natural wonders.

One of the highlights of Sodwana Bay is its breathtaking coral reefs. These reefs are considered the best protected and most southern reefs in the country. They are teeming with life, offering a sanctuary for countless marine species. For aspiring divers, Sodwana Bay is the perfect place to start their underwater exploration. Many novice divers take their first dive at Two Mile Reef, where they can learn the basics and gain confidence. As they become more comfortable, they can venture further to the Five Mile, Seven, Eight, and Nine Mile reefs – each one offering a more pristine and awe-inspiring experience.

READ  Tropical Storm Eloise leaves her mark on the Kruger National Park

When my dad and I were looking for the perfect diving school in Sodwana Bay, we stumbled upon Coral Divers. They’re the biggest and most well-known diving school in the area, and they have some impressive credentials. Not only are they a PADI five-star Instructor Development Centre, but they’re also a Gold Palm resort. This was a big deal for us because it meant we could trust them to give us a top-notch diving experience.

What really caught my attention, though, was their welcoming sign. It said, ‘We didn’t know we were making memories – just knew we were having fun’. It instantly made me feel like we were in the right place. It was clear that this dive school values the joy and excitement of diving, and that’s exactly what we were looking for.

Location was another important factor for us, and Coral Divers didn’t disappoint. They’re located right inside the coastal reserve and only a short two-kilometre distance from the beach. Being so close to the water meant we could spend more time diving and less time traveling.

All in all, Coral Divers was the perfect choice for our father-and-son diving adventure. Their impressive reputation, welcoming atmosphere, and convenient location made it an experience we’ll never forget.

Let me tell you about Coral Divers. It’s nestled deep in a forest filled with playful vervet monkeys and timid red duiker. The atmosphere there is incredibly relaxed, like being on a laid-back island. You’ll find people chatting, cooking, studying fish charts, enjoying a beer, and listening to music. As part of our package, we stayed in safari dome tents that were right next to the communal showers. But we decided to upgrade and got ourselves a cabin instead. Our cabin had a lovely balcony and a private shower.

If you prefer to be more adventurous, you can bring your own tent and stay at the KZN Parks campsite, which is just a short walk away. It’s a great option if you want to be closer to nature.

Learning to dive in Sodwana Bay

When I think back to my time as a student diver, I can’t help but remember the excitement and camaraderie that filled the air.

The dive center was a bustling hub of activity, with rows upon rows of fridges, pots, pans, and plates ready to feed a small army. And if you were craving something more substantial, there was a restaurant serving up burgers, chips, milkshakes, and other tasty meals to satisfy even the heartiest appetite. As a fan of good food and good company, I couldn’t resist the allure of the communal braai fires, where I would often find myself chatting and swapping stories with fellow divers.

One person who made a lasting impression on me was Jan, a dive instructor with a heart of gold. He had dedicated his time to introducing underprivileged children to the wonders of the underwater world, and his passion was truly inspiring. I also had the pleasure of meeting an economics professor from Bloemfontein, as well as other families who shared our love for diving. It was amazing to be surrounded by like-minded individuals, all brought together by our shared love of exploring beneath the waves.

But it wasn’t just the people who made this experience memorable; it was also the skilled instructors like Johnny Forbes. At dive planning on the first evening, we entrusted the safety of our young boys to Johnny’s capable hands. Despite his youthful appearance, he exuded confidence and expertise. I will never forget the words he spoke to our group: ‘You will never forget where you took your first breath underwater.’ Those words resonated with each and every one of us, reminding us of the incredible journey we were about to embark on.

The six remaining students were an eclectic mix of parents and children – mothers with daughters, fathers with sons. Witnessing their collective effort and mutual support during the difficult days that ensued was truly heartwarming, and it resulted in the formation of enduring connections. However, what made this program particularly impactful for our boys was the bond they cultivated with the exuberant and lively instructors. These instructors had a knack for making learning enjoyable by infusing it with humor and playfulness, all while emphasizing the utmost importance of safety and discipline. In fact, Johnny made it a rule that every time the boys neglected to clean their O-rings, they would owe him a milkshake. This lighthearted yet strict approach ensured that the boys took their responsibilities seriously, while still having fun.

READ  Spotlight on multi-generational travel

Learning to dive in Sodwana Bay

When you stay at Coral Diver’s cabins in Sodwana Bay Nature Reserve, you’re surrounded by the beauty of the forest. It’s a tranquil setting that provides the perfect backdrop for your diving adventure.

I recently took a PADI diving course, and let me tell you, it was a fascinating experience. The curriculum was well-structured, with a variety of learning methods to keep things interesting. We watched videos, attended lectures, practiced in the pool, and finally got to explore the open water. The learning process was reinforced with quizzes, and we needed to score at least 75% to pass.

There was a lot to cover, and our classes sometimes ran late into the day. Liam, a fellow student, shared his thoughts on the course. He mentioned that while the lectures were necessary, the most important lessons were learned during our confined water dives. That’s where we learned crucial skills like how to put on our gear, how to share air with a buddy, how to maintain buoyancy, and how to handle life-threatening situations. We were also taught common-sense safety measures, such as staying away from propellers even when it seems obvious.

So, here’s the thing: I’ve got my diving qualifications, and I thought of a brilliant plan to help the dive masters teach the boys. Instead of getting in their way, I decided to stay out of it and offer some moral support whenever necessary. Well, on the third day, they all headed out to Two Mile Reef for their first open-water dive. And let me tell you, I was a bundle of nerves as I waited anxiously on the shore, desperate to hear how they fared.

Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, I saw them coming back. And boy, oh boy, were their smiles enormous! Their grins sparkled as brightly as the beach itself!

Learning to dive in Sodwana Bay

Diving allows you to explore the vibrant coral reefs of Sodwana Bay.

“It felt like an experience of a lifetime,” I said. “I was a little worried about feeling nauseous, but it turned out to be fine. It’s incredible how calm the fish are when you’re underwater. They swim right by us, showing no concern.”

“It was a unique and awe-inspiring experience,” I added. “I’ve always enjoyed fishing, but observing them underwater, going about their business, is even more captivating than seeing them on the rocks.”

Last night, me and the gang had a blast celebrating Johnny at the Mseni Lodge. We chowed down on ridiculously tasty prego rolls and indulged in chocolate brownies. The lodge is situated in Sodwana, boasting an incredible view of the sea. And let me tell you, the beach nearby is absolutely out of this world – one of the most breathtaking ones I’ve ever laid eyes on!

Now, I’ve been on countless dives myself, but this time was different. I wasn’t just celebrating the boys’ resilience, but also their newfound love for the underwater world that I hold so dear. It was amazing to witness their growing confidence and to share in their excitement as we embarked on our very first dive together. They’ve ignited a passion in me to explore even more incredible places like the Maldives, the Red Sea wrecks, and countless other thrilling destinations.

We’ve become a diving family, and I can’t wait to return to Coral Divers in Sodwana for more thrilling adventures. It’s safe to say that we’ve become quite the Sodwana enthusiasts – we’re all about that tjop-tjop!

Well, you know what they say – your first underwater breath is a memory that sticks with you forever. Johnny wasn’t wrong about that.

Let’s plan your adventure:

How to get there

We hopped on a Kulula flight to Durban’s King Shaka Airport for just R1800 round trip. From there, it’s about a four-hour drive to beautiful Sodwana Bay.

The essentials

If you’re at least 10 years old, you can take the PADI Open Water Diver course. It’s perfect for exploring the underwater world up to 18 meters deep (12 meters for younger divers). The course includes five theory and pool sessions, an exam, and four exciting open-water dives. Last-minute accommodations were easy to find during our trip in the middle of June, but things might be different during the summer holidays.

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What will it cost?

When you sign up for the course at Coral Divers, it’ll only cost you R4000 per person. This price includes everything you need for diving: gear rental, lessons, and even five nights of tented accommodation. Keep in mind that the safari dome tents are pretty basic and don’t come with bedding. But don’t worry, if you’re traveling light, they can provide linen for a refundable deposit of R100 per person. And if you’re looking for something more comfortable, you can always upgrade to other facilities.

Now, here’s something you shouldn’t miss:

Join a night tour to witness the incredible turtles. From November to February, you have the incredible opportunity to see leatherbacks and loggerheads laying their eggs on the very same beaches where they were born decades ago. Coral Divers can arrange these tours for you, and they cost R750 per person. This includes snacks and drinks, so you’ll be well taken care of. If you’re interested, you can contact them at 0333456531. It’s important to note that Sodwana Bay is just one part of the amazing iSimangaliso Wetland Park. While we were there, we also explored Kosi Bay in the north.

When I took a boat trip on the lakes, I got to experience the beauty of Bhanga Nek beach. The beach is located to the south of Kosi Mouth, and it was a refreshing swim after crossing the dunes. As I looked south, I could see Sodwana Bay and Cape Vidal in the distance. What caught my attention the most were the leaping humpback whales, their splashes creating a magnificent sight as they migrated north. This boat trip also offers fishing opportunities, the chance to view hippos, and the perfect backdrop to capture photos of flamingos against the lush green forested dunes of South Africa. The cost for this experience is R475 per person, and it is organized for guests staying at Kosi Forest Lodge. To book, you can contact 0354741473 or visit isibindi.co.za.

If you’re looking for a place to stay, Coral Divers has a range of options to choose from. They offer cabins with private bathrooms and safari tents. You can decide whether you want to self-cater or include meals during your stay. The rates start from R165 per person, and there’s a daily park fee of R95 per person. Don’t worry about basic supplies because there’s a grocery store just about 1km away from the resort. For bookings and more information, you can reach out to them at 0333456531 or visit coraldivers.co.za.

When I discovered Kosi Forest Lodge in Kosi Bay, I was immediately captivated by its enchanting atmosphere. Surrounded by a sand forest, this lodge offers rustic wooden chalets nestled under the canopy of trees. As I stepped into this magical retreat, I was struck by its relaxed yet sophisticated ambiance.

What truly impressed me was how Kosi Forest Lodge catered to the needs of every guest, from children to romantic couples. It seemed as though they possessed some kind of secret power to fulfill everyone’s desires. To make the experience even more exceptional, the lodge welcomed the chef from their sister lodge, Thonga Beach, Carl Moller. His culinary magic left all of us speechless. The tomato soup, fresh beer bread, tender chicken, and delectable coffee panacotta were more than just dishes – they were works of art. The applause and standing ovation he received were well-deserved.

If you’re searching for a memorable getaway, Kosi Forest Lodge is the answer. With prices starting from just R2010 per person, including meals and select activities, it offers incredible value for your money. To make a reservation or inquire about more details, you can contact them at 0354741473. For additional information, you can also visit their website at isibindi.co.za.

This extraordinary experience of mine was documented in the December 2016 issue of Getaway magazine. If you want to read more fascinating stories like this, be sure to grab a copy. The magazine will be available for purchase starting from November 21, 2016.

Don’t miss out on our December issue, which showcases five incredible summer adventures in South Africa. It’s the perfect guide to planning your next thrilling escapade. Get your copy soon!

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