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Reefteach Lodge

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Reefteach Lodge

3 star hotel
A1112 Rd, Sodwana Bay, Thungwini, South Africa
13 rooms
FREE Internet

Reefteach

PADI 5 star dive center
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A1112 Rd, Sodwana Bay, Thungwini, South Africa

Package highlights

  • Enjoy the full Sodwana Bay diving experience at Reefteach Lodge, where reefs are pristine and marine life is diverse
  • Spot humpbacks during their migration from June to November, or pregnant ragged-tooth sharks from November to March
  • Reefteach is known for its epic pre-dive briefings that tell you all about the creatures you're likely to encounter to make sure you don't miss the unmissable
  • Enjoy excellent visibility in the summer, and heightened manta rays sightings in winter
  • With airy rooms, outdoor decks, BBQ areas, a swimming pool and PADI dive center all on site, you're guaranteed a very comfortable self-catering stay
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Dates & Prices

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You only need to pay 48h after your booking is confirmed.

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10% CHEAPER on average than booking rooms & diving direct.
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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: 50%
  • 60 days before trip start: 100%

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

  • 35% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 22 days prior to arrival
  • 60% will be charged if you cancel between 22 and 14 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 14 days prior to arrival

Explore diving around the Reefteach 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

  • Enjoy the pristine reefs and abundant marine of life Sodwana Bay, rated by international divers as one of the top 10 dive destinations in the world
  • Great diving year-round with crystal clear visibility in the warmer months and increased manta and whale shark sightings in winter
  • Humpback whales are a common sighting during their annual migration from June to November
  • Sodwana is one of the preferred aggregation sites of the pregnant ragged-tooth shark from November to March

Description

Reefteach is a PADI dive center based in Sodwana Bay whose protected waters are filled with fish and pristine coral.

Reefteach has an intimate knowledge of the reefs at Sodwana Bay as the team have completed thousands of dives in the area. All dives are led by divemasters who have an extensive knowledge of the reefs, marine life and the ecology. Expect an impressive fish diversity on these reefs, along with great visibility. 

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DIVING SERVICES

Diving gear

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • 15L Tanks Available
  • Filling Station

PADI® Courses Available

  • Project Aware Specialties
  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba Diving
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver
  • Divemaster
  • Free-Diving Course
  • Nitrox Certification
  • Rebreather Course
  • Underwater Photography
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Technical Diving Courses

Languages spoken

  • English

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits
  • Vhf Radio

Diving Facilities

  • Beach Front Location
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Idc Resort

Resort Amenities

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling
  • Stand-Up Paddling
  • Surfing
  • Fishing

Payments

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Cash (Local Currency)

Facilities

  • Swimming Pool(S)
  • Garden
  • Lounge/Tv Area
  • Heating
  • Rebreather-Friendly

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning

Great for families

  • Babysitting/Child Services

Resort Description

Reefteach Lodge offers diver-friendly accommodation, including a pool and BBQ facilities, in the beautiful Sodwana Bay.

Situated in a quiet, secluded spot, Reefteach Lodge is surrounded by lush gardens. All rooms are air-conditioned and have their own bathroom. The lodge is made up of two cottages; Starfish Cottage, containing four double ensuite rooms, and Reef House containing six double ensuite rooms, each with access to the shared communal areas, kitchen, BBQ area and swimming pool. There are also two self-contained apartments in the Coral Annexe, featuring their own kitchenette, breakfast nook and lounge area. The PADI dive center is conveniently located on site for easy access to the Bay's pristine reefs.

How to get there

Arrival

  • Durban Airport is a four hour drive from the lodge. 
  • We recommend that you rent a car and drive yourself to the lodge. This needs to be arranged via a third party e.g. Avis/Budget. Rates start from around R250 per day plus fuel. 
  • Driving directions provided on request.
  • Alternatively, we can arrange a return airport transfer for an additional fee (advance notice required). 
  • Check-in time is 12 noon. 

Departure

  • Check-out time is 2 pm. 
  • Following check-out, you can drive yourself back to the resort and drop off your rental car in Durban, or head back via your pre-arranged transfer.

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