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Mseni Beach Lodge

Mseni Beach Lodge

3 star hotel
Sodwana Bay National Park, Sodwana Bay, Mbazwana 3974, South Africa
16 rooms
No Internet

Coral Divers

5 star dive center
Walking distance Show address

iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Sodwana Bay National Park, Camp F, Mbazwana 3974, South Africa

Package highlights

  • Sleep in cosy cottages on a coastal nature reserve, and dive with Coral Divers - conveniently the closest dive center to the beach 
  • Rated amongst the top 10 scuba diving spots in the world, Sodwana’s pristine reefs offer warm, clean and colorful experiences, with huge species diversity
  • Humpback whales are spotted in their numbers during the months of July and November. Enjoy the show from the Mseni restaurant deck as they splash around
  • Between November and April, the incredible turtle tours give you the chance to see leatherback turtles nesting on the beaches
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Booking process

1. BOOKING

Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot

2. CONFIRMATION

We usually get back to you within 24 hours to confirm that your booking is final

3. 48H FREE CANCELLATION PERIOD

You then have 48 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment & cancellation

Payment terms

  • Now: 0%
  • 48 hours after booking confirmation: 15% (downpayment)
  • 60 days before trip start: 85% (balance)

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

  • 15% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 37 days prior to arrival
  • 55% will be charged if you cancel between 37 and 22 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 22 days prior to arrival

Explore diving around the Mseni Beach Lodge

Best dive sites in Sodwana Bay (KwaZulu Natal)

2 Mile Reef top sites - Caves & Overhangs

Ave: 10m, Max: 16m

"Caves and Overhangs" offers incredible coral formations consisting mostly of plate and staghorn hard corals, which together with the rocky substrate form numerous small caves and swim-throughs. The fish life is abundant, and almost anything can be seen which makes this site a very dynamic and colourful dive.


Anton's

Ave: 13m, Max: 16m

"Anton's" substantially larger profile makes it popular with divers. Nutrients are carried and pushed onto the reef by a predominantly north-south current, where large schools of fish hang. Slingers, Christies and Humpback Snappers enjoy the feast and are always found in large schools. Don't miss the Slender Baardman on the northern sand patch. Larger marine animals like turtles and many ray species are also found feeding around this dive site.


Big Stringer & Small Stringer

Ave: 11m, Max: 13m

It consists of two close rocky outcrops, surrounded by sand. Large game fish frequent this area, which doubles as a nursery for juvenile fish. You are likely to come across large and small critters such as Frogfish, Anemonefish, Ghost Pipefish, many rays, moray eels and all three types of sea turtles. Look closely for Paperfish and juvenile Emperor Angelfish. Manta Rays often pass by.


Bikini

Ave: 18m, Max: 22m

Bikini is a macro photographer's playground. Try spotting the Ghost and Scribbled Pipefish, Garden Eels, or juvenile Boxfish. This delicate reef is an important cleaning station, packed with Durban Dancers, Banded Boxer Shrimps, and other cleaner shrimps. This attracts many adult and juvenile moray eels. Don't miss one of the bigger visitors such as sharks, turtles, and even Manta Rays.

5 Mile Reef top sites:


Hotspot

Ave: 25m, Max: 32m

This ledge provides a great patrol area for big game fish in search of prey. Various crustaceans can be found along the bottom. See what is using the Black Tree coral as shelter. Lionfish, Sharks, Potato bass, and various Rays (e.g. Eagle rays, Manta rays) may accompany you on your dive.


Pothole

Ave: 9m, Max: 14m

The 4m diameter pothole contains a variety of interesting marine life. Carefully enter to explore the 3m ledge, and low overhangs surrounding you. You may spot the Bar-tail moray and crustaceans. While waiting your turn, look round the outside edge of the pothole, keeping your eyes open for Sharks, and Rays.


Ribbon

Ave: 16m, Max: 19m

It consists of two small reef systems similar to Stringer, and attributes its name to the uncommon Ribbon eel found here. A special feature is the red coloured Magnificent Anemone. Lionfish and large Scorpionfish are sighted regularly. Large predator fish such as Barracuda, Kingfish and a variety of Sharks make an appearance.


Gotham

Ave: 40m, Max: 42m

Aptly named after Gotham City (Batman's Turf), due to the schooling Batfish which often hang above the reef. Visitors to this reef require a Deep Speciality certification. Lots can be seen on Gotham, making a great dive for those who enjoy deeper waters!


7 Mile Reef top sites - Northern Wall to Mushroom Rocks

Ave: 16m, Max: 22m

With the number of fish species, spectacular drop offs and coral formations, 7 Mile is not to be missed, and should be listed as one of the world's top dive sites. What makes this reef so popular is its variety, including Blacktip Reef Sharks, schools of pelagic fish, huge moray eels and plenty of turtles. Even Black Marlin have been known to visit this beautiful reef. The ride out is often interspersed with sightings of Bottlenose and Spinner Dolphins, Whalesharks and Humpback Whales, depending on the season.


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What to see

Because of the diversity of habitats found in KwaZulu-Natal’s dive sites, there is a huge variety of marine life found here. On the bigger side of things, divers can expect to see whales and dolphins while cruising around the area, including Southern Right whales and Humpback whales. Furthermore, the area is known for its shark encounters. You have a chance of seeing ragged tooth sharks, bull sharks, tiger sharks, whale sharks, black tip sharks and hammerhead sharks. Gamefish patrol the waters, especially along the southern coast. These include King Fish, Yellow Fin Tuna and Spanish Mackerel. A variety of rays round out the big species to look for. Your log book will thank you for all the species you are sure to see in KwaZulu-Natal.

Dive Center

Highlights

  • Coral Divers is the closest resort to the beach, making it the most convenient way to access the underwater worlds of Sodwana Bay
  • This reef is home to 1200 known species of fish, compared to 1800 on the Great Barrier Reef, yet it is less than a 10th of the area
  • As well as fish, you will find invertebrates, turtles, rays and sharks on any of the dive sites, as well as seasonal sightings of whalesharks (Dec - Feb) and humpbacks (June - Oct)
  • From December to February, see nesting sea turtles - an incredible experience that see divers returning here year after year
  • All the dives conducted at Sodwana Bay are drift dives

Description

Dive with Coral Divers in Sodwana on unspoilt reefs & a huge diversity of aquatic life.

Coral Divers is the closest resort to the beach and is also the only dive school inside the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. The resort is surrounded by pristine bush, in a World Heritage Site that offers world class diving.

Sodwana Bay has exceptional boat diving year round, with dive sites suitable for beginner to advanced divers. With an impressive number of marine species to be seen at any time of the year, the reefs here are a diver’s dream.

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DIVING SERVICES

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Training Pool
  • Beach Front Location
  • Fish Id And Diving Books
  • Ac Classroom

PADI® Courses Available

  • Project Aware Specialties
  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba Diving
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver
  • Nitrox Certification
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Other Specialties
  • Refresher Dive

Diving gear

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Filling Station
  • Nitrox ($)
  • Rental Equipment ($)

Languages spoken

  • English

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Dive Center

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits
  • Automatic External Defibrillator (Aed)
  • Vhf Radio

Dive boat facilities

  • Ladder
  • Drinking Water
  • Seating Area
  • Surface Interval Snacks

Resort Amenities

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling
  • Fishing
  • Cycling

Facilities

  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool(S)
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Garden

Payments

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Cash (Local Currency)

Amenities & services

  • Air-Conditioning

Food & drink

  • A La Carte
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food

Great for families

  • Babysitting/Child Services

Activities

  • Hiking

Resort Description

Mseni Beach Lodge is set among a coastal forest in the heart of the Sodwana Bay UNESCO World Heritage Site, just minutes from the PADI dive center.

Mseni Beach's cosy cottages are nestled amongst beautiful indigenous bush, which forms part of the iSimangaliso nature reserve. The cottages each sleep two people in either a double bed or two singles, and feature a private en-suite. The à la carte restaurant overlooks the Indian Ocean and offers stunning panoramic views. The PADI dive center is in easy reach and you're close to the beach for quick and easy dive access. Between dives, you can rent bikes fitted with sand wheels to cycle around the nature park's trails.


How to get there

Arrival 

  • There are three ways to get to the resort; renting a car, catching a bus and arranging a private transfer from King Shaka International Airport (KSIA). 
  • To arrange a private transfer, please add this option to your booking during the check out process (advance notice required, additional cost). 
  • BUS: The North Coast Runner (www.bazbus.com) does a scheduled shuttle one a Monday, Wednesday and Friday from KSIA to St Lucia town for R500 pp one way. Having arrived in St Lucia, the resort will pick you up for free every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1 pm (advance notice required). 
  • If renting a car from Johannesburg or Durban, please let us know and we can provide detailed directions.
  • Check-in time is 2 pm. 

Departure 

  • Check-out time is 10 am.
  • Following check-out, you can join the free transfers to St Lucia (if its a Monday, Wednesday or Friday), drive yourself or arrange a private transfer (advance notice required, additional cost). 

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