Sodwana Bay Lodge
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Sodwana Bay Dive Lodge and Fishing Resort
In the Heart of Maputaland, nestling behind the world’s highest vegetated sand dunes about 5km from the sea, Sodwana Bay Lodge has been carefully designed to match the rustic, eco-oriented nature of the region.
Sodwana Bay is one of the world’s top dive sites. The world’s southern-most coral reefs harbour over 1200 species of Coral Fish, Rays, Eels and Turtles while Whale sharks, Dolphins, Sharks and Whales are common visitors. The Raggie Sharks and Turtles are popular guests in the summer
All your needs are catered for as you relax in the comfort of our refurbished twin bedded, reed and thatch chalets. All have en-suite shower and toilet, fridges, selected satellite DStv, phones, safes, hairdryers, ceiling fan & are serviced daily and include complimentary tea and coffee facilities.
Situated within our 21 Chalets is Sodwana Bay Lodge Scuba Centre, a PADI 5 star IDC dive centre, where we offer dive charters, PADI dive courses, photo lab, masks, fins, snorkels, film, batteries, T-shirts and full equipment hire facilities are available.
Adjacent Leatherbacks Seafood & Grill where guests will dine on wholesome fare including a full A la Carte menu and a delicious array of pizzas from our pizza oven. Underneath the restaurant is our Pool Bar where you can have a drink, swim, sunbathe or even have a game of pool!
Magnum Fishing Charters offer you the chance to test your wits and skill against the noble Marlin and combative game fish. Full and half day excursions are available.
We are building a growing reputation as a premier locale for stimulating team-building excursions and intimate gatherings catering for up to 40 delegates.
MAGNUM DEEP SEA FISHING CHARTERS
DETAILS ON OUR DEEP SEA FISHING CHARTERS
1 x 9 meter boat and 1 x 7 meter boat fully equipped for Marlin and Big Game fishing.
Registered for five anglers and skipper.
The boat Launch from Sodwana Bay Beach.
Launch time in summer – November to April – 6h00 – 14h00
Launch time in winter – May to October – 7h00 – 14h00
We supply all fishing equipment, snacks and soft drinks on the boat, for the day.
Shimano 25 TLD for Game Fishing.
Shimano 80w Tiagra for Marlin Fishing.
For Marlin fishing – November to May (Black Marlin, Blue Marlin and Stripe Marlin)
For Game fishing – November to March – Dorado
All year round – Sailfish, King Mackerel, Yellowfin Tuna and other game fish species.
SODWANA BAY LODGE SCUBA CENTRE
NB: Diving Permits are required – this can be purchased at most post offices or the KZN park at Sodwana Bay Marine reserve – please note that you are required to take the permits with you to the beach daily – Monthly permits can also be purchased from our Scuba Centre – depending on availability
Should you not have dived in the last year a refresher course is recommended.
KZN Parks Board entry fee is not included in your packages – please remember to take the money with you to the beach
Please note that equipment is NOT included in any dive packages
*Please check in at the dive shop on arrival – confirm dive times, sort out rental equipment, sign the indemnity forms. Don’t forget to bring your certification card. The shop is open from 07h30–12h30 and 13h30-16h30.
*In the mornings we meet at the beach under the Scuba Centre Gazebo at least half an hour before launch time.
*One of our Beach Hands will help you kit up on the beach and will look after your equipment for the duration of your stay.
*The Dive master does a briefing, advising the group on which reefs it will be possible to visit based on the weather conditions of the day. The decision is then left up to the group and is based on a majority vote!
*On the first dive we usually try to visit one of the further reefs (5, 7 & 9 mile) & on the second dive we head for one of the spots around 2 Mile Reef.
*The divers push the boat (7.2 metre semi-inflatable) into the water & the skipper launches the boat through the surf – very exciting!!
*The length of the boat ride depends on which reef you are visiting and varies from 5 minutes to about 45 minutes.
*Once you reach the dive site you put your gear on & in you all go!!
*You drift dive together as a group led by the Dive master.
*Once the dive is over & everyone is back on board, the boat heads for shore.
*The whole dive usually takes about 2 hours.
*When you return to the beach, while the Beach Hand rinses your gear, you can shower, get out of your wetsuits, and have something to eat or drink from the kiosk.
*Then relax under the shade of our Gazebo for an hour or two until the second dive.