Sodwana Bay News

Scuba divers at Sodwana Bay have consistently been spoilt with the most awesome diving conditions you could dream of for the last few months.  The winter water temperature has constantly been around 22 – 23 degrees and the vis has rarely been below 30 metres.  Highlight encounters and sightings include, Grey reef sharks mating on 5 mile, the “biggest” ever manta ray on bikini, a tiger shark hunting a turtle who then sought refuge between a group of startled divers and had the shark buzzing the turtle between them, a great white shark photographed on pinnacles and ribbon and then a whale shark with a very unusual growth on its head. 
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New Dive Site: We went for a dive on Skipper's Reef The divers descended on a shoal of 27 racoon butterflyfish - such a big aggregation is an unusual sight, surely related to the fact that there was no camera amongst the group. 18 species of butterflyfish were seen on this dive each with its distinctive colour pattern in black, yellow and white. butterflyfish feed on a variety of reef creatures including seaweed, coral polyps, small invertebrates and fish eggs.
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Diving Permits will be enforced from 1st September Permits can be obtained from the Post Office for R85.00 for a year, monthly permits are also available.  You can also get the permits at the KZNW office inside the parksboard at Sodwana Bay.  The maximum fine for not having a permit is R10, 000.00!
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