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One of the better known dive sites is the wreck of the Produce, a Norwegian freighter that sank in 1974. Shark Alley is also known for the ragged toothed sharks that migrate up the KwaZulu-Natal coast to breed.
For the adventure seeker, Protea Banks situated 8 km off Shelley beach is a deep dive starting at -25 m. Here one may spot big game fish and Zambezi, tiger and hammerhead sharks in summer and ragged toothed sharks in winter.
Black Marlin Brown Mussel Ghost Crab Blue Marlin Blacktip Kingfish Dusky Kob Octopus Oyster Garrick Geelbek Redbait Giant Kingfish Karanteen King Mackerel Shark Conservation Raggedtooth Shark Diving With Raggies Hammerhead Shark Tiger Shark Whitetip Reef Shark Zambezi Shark Sea Lice Mud Crab Red Steenbras Sailfish Sardine Shad Slinger Spotted Grunter Squaretailed Kob Striped Marlin Whale Shark Yellowfin Tuna East Coast Lobster.
Sodwana Bay's reef complex is one of the world’s top 10 dive sites and the only one on the KwaZulu-Natal coast that falls within a conservation area - the St Lucia Marine Reserve, one of the biggest and most diverse marine reserves in Africa. This is part of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park - a World Heritage Site.
Because Sodwana Bay is the only KZN Wildlife dive site, all the information that follows pertains specifically to this dive destination. Sodwana Bay, located 370 km north-east of Durban, is home to some of the world’s most southerly coral reefs. These reefs are a perfect breeding ground for a variety of marine creatures - coral heads and overhangs abound with a variety of other invertebrates and fish. Eighty percent of South Africa’s 1200 species of fish occur here! Ragged-toothed sharks, whale sharks, humpback whales, black marlin and turtles are just some of the sights to be seen on and around the reefs.
There are a number of dive sites on the KwaZulu-Natal coast, the main ones being Sodwana Bay, Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks.Aliwal Shoal is a 40-minute drive from Durban and lies off the coastal town of Umkomaas.