Divesites - Sodwana Bay
This divesite is the most popular of all divesites at Sodwana Bay. Of the approximately 180,000 dives that are undertaken annually more than 30% are done at this site. This clearly puts paid to the myth that Sodwana is dived out or that the divers have smashed all the coral. This divesite is the most south-western point of 2 mile reef. It has amazing topography with lots of caves and swim throughs. It is covered in coral €“ both hard and soft with a huge patch of leather coral. Antons is best known for its huge shoals of fish. Humpback snappers, bluebanded snappers, yellow snappers, dory snappers and flame goatfish create yellow swathes above the reef. Trumpetfish that have changed to yellow can often be found skulking in amongst these shoals. Shoals of zebra and german are also common. Hidden under the overhangs are numerous rockcod, squirrelfish, soldiers, potato bass, soapfish and sweepers. Two resident frogfish can often be found here.
This divesite is located just east of 5 Mile reef. It is approximately 45m long and 50m wide. The maximum depth is 30m and the average depth 27m. The divesite is covered in swathes of layered contoured coral with the odd patch of pimple and mushroom coral. The coral has hundreds of chocolate dips hovering above it. Special fish to be seen are the marbled leopardgrouper, tiger angelfish, swallowtail angelfish, purple butterflyfish, coachman, masked coachman, yellowtail goldie.
This divesite is located south of 5 Mile reef. It is flat with a 2m ledge along its northern upcurrent edge. The ledge is approximately 100m long. The maximum depth is 30m and the average depth 27m. An overhang with black coral hides two longnose hawkfish. Hundreds of blue-and-gold fusiliers as well as yellowback fusiliers take advantage of the upwelling of the water along the ledge. Large pelagic fish hang a few metres above the reef. Zambesi and tiger sharks are seen here regularly. Numerous whip corals are home to well camouflaged shrimps.
This divesite is located on the southern seaward edge of 2 Mile reef. Like a bikini it doesnt look like much but hides lots of beautiful things. It consists of two divesites and much debate has taken place about which is bikini top and which is bikini bottom. Suffice to say Bikini North and Bikini South have ended the ribald discussions.
It is flat with a 0.5m €“ 1m ledge along its northern edge. The ledge is approximately 100m long. The maximum depth is 20m and the average depth 17m. A favourite spot on this site is Mellow Yellow. An area that has huge shoals of blue-banded snappers, yellow snappers, humpback snappers, flame goatfish and white kingfish. The ledge has numerous cleaning-station overhangs staffed by bluestreak cleaner wrasse, banded boxer shrimp and white-banded cleaner shrimp. Specials that can be found here are juvenile razor wrasse and ghost pipefish.
It is flat with a 1m €“ 2m ledge along its seaward edge. The ledge is approximately 40m long. The maximum depth is 22m and the average depth 18m. This divesite is essentially a continuous cleaning-station staffed by bluestreak cleaner wrasse, banded boxer shrimp, white-banded cleaner shrimp and Durban dancer shrimps. Emperor angelfish, semicircle angelfish and numerous species of rockcod can be seen reversing into cleaning stations. Specials that can be found here are paper fish, eggshell shrimps, squat shrimps, anemone crabs and many species of less common nudibranchs.
There are numerous other divesites and special routes that Reefteach uses. Some of these are: Stringer, Pinnacles, Four Buoy, Chain, Waynes World, Simons, Coral Gardens, Caves & Overhangs, Ribbon, Pick & Pay, The Garden Route, Arches, Chain, Little Hotspot, etc. Come and dive with us and we will show you all the wonders to be found on these divesites.