Deep Sea Diving at its Best!
A trip to KwaZulu Natal would be incomplete without spending some time experiencing our amazing Coral Reefs.
At Triton, we have a passion for research and exploration and actively partake in many marine scientific exploits which take place during the year. Our specialty is the deeper side of diving but we cater for any level of experience and competence. Triton Dive Charters was the company that initiated, organized and hosted the Wright Canyon Expedition in 1998 which is where the search for the elusive coelacanth started in Sodwana Bay. Despite numerous setbacks, we persevered with the search until we discovered them in October 2001. Work on the coelacanth program is ongoing and Triton in conjunction with Independent Marine Research was responsible for the scuba related research down to 60 meters which was done for the 2002 SAIAB/JAGO expedition. Triton Dive Charters was founded in 1996 by Peter and Rolleen and is still run full time by Peter and his dedicated staff. The name Triton was chosen as it is the name of a beautiful shell found in Sodwana Bay and it is also the name of the son of Poseidon who, according to Greek mythology, raced the white horses on the sea with his chariot. The camp is managed by Karin who will ensure that your reservations are taken care of and that your stay with us will be a comfortable and memorable one. Peter and his team of instructors and skippers will ensure that all your diving requirements are catered for.
Please note diver permits are required to scuba dive in Sodwana Bay as of 1st September 2009 - These can be purchased at a post office with an annual cost. Monthly permits are available at our reception.
Courses range from 1 - 6 days.
Participants are to please read all info provided carefully and adhere to all instructions given by the dive masters.
There are multiple packages to choose from including diving and accommodation.
All diving gear is provided.
All bookings to be made well in advance.
Please confirm the following details 7 days prior to arrival:
•Date of arrival, approx time of arrival and date of departure.
•Names and numbers of people in the group.
•Dive packages or number of dives required as well as diver’s names.
•Any dive equipment you may want to hire.
The incidence of malaria in our area has been significantly reduced as result of multiple ongoing anti-malaria campaigns. Precautions against malaria particularly between October and May are optional. Advice on the most suitable preventative medication can be obtained from pharmacies and travel clinics. We find that peaceful sleep spray is the most effective deterrent and recommend its use during the evenings.
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About Triton & Sodwana Bay
The Agulhas current brings warm clear water to the east coast of South Africa where corals have colonised submerged fossil dunes and rocky platforms in a series of reefs from Cape Vidal in northern KwaZulu-Natal into southern Mozambique. Sodwana Bay in the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, a world heritage site, has several accessible reef complexes. This is a summer rainfall area (average annual rainfall 1100 mm) with a subtropical climate, summers are hot and winters mild. The average water temperature in summer is 26.4°C and in winter the mean water temperature is 22.4° C.
The coastline runs in a north-easterly direction and winds are mostly north-easterly or south-westerly. Wave action is onshore and divers access the reefs by ski boats launched through the surf. Several submarine canyons occur along this stretch of coast and the current sweeps sediment offshore via these canyons. The absence of any large rivers ensures clear water with visibility ranging from 15 to 40 m. The southern locality and cooler waters of Sodwana have protected the reefs from the mass coral bleaching phenomena experienced by more tropical locations.
The reefs of Sodwana are composed of ridges and gullies with pinnacles and drop-offs at some sites. As Africa’s southernmost coral reefs, Sodwana hosts diverse biological communities and divers can see both tropical species and species adapted to cooler water.
The coral carpets are composed of brightly coloured soft corals, fragile hard corals and support more than 800 species of fish and all kinds of other marine creatures from nudibranchs to mantis shrimps. Soft corals such as mushroom, leather and thistle corals dominate reef crests whereas gullies are characterized by hard corals such as staghorn, honeycomb and plate corals.
The underwater landscape of deeper reefs are characterized by large vase and cup sponges, colourful sea fans, sea whips and black corals. The green coral trees provide homes for distinct communities of fishes and other animals. Larger reef inhabitants include ragged tooth sharks, leatherback, loggerhead and green turtles, moray eels and many kinds of rays.
Come to South Africa and scuba dive with Triton Dive Lodge in Sodwana Bay for the best scuba diving experience available. We offer accommodation and scuba dive excursions for all levels of experience.
Scuba diving in Sodwana is a must and a trip to KwaZulu Natal in South Africa would be incomplete without spending some time at Triton Dive Lodge in Sodwana Bay and experiencing our amazing Coral Reefs. The unspoiled Sodwana Bay coastline and endless sandy beaches gently slope into the clear warm blue waters of the Indian Ocean where a pristine tropical underwater paradise awaits you for a Triton diving experience of a lifetime.
Triton Dive Lodge is just far enough off the beaten track to ensure absolute peace and tranquility with no unwanted distractions.
Triton Dive Lodge’s accommodation ranges from comfortable two and four sleeper thatched cabins to double ensuite chalets and fully equipped two bedroom units neatly spaced around the premises to ensure maximum privacy. The rooms are airy, spacious and comfortable with an African theme.
When you are not scuba diving on Sodwana’s abundant reefs, other Triton Dive Lodge facilities include a shady decked pool area for cooling off during the day, a restaurant and lounge, curio shop and a licensed bar. Triton’s equipped communal kitchen and barbecue area serve those who prefer the self-catering option. Triton Dive Lodge has a very tranquil and natural atmosphere, with large lawn areas and shady indigenous trees making it a lush oasis even in the height of summer. Relaxed evenings see friendly people swapping diving tales whilst barbecuing under the bright African stars, alternatively a scrumptious meal and a bottle of South African wine from Triton’s Restaurant is a winning combination.
At Triton, we offer all levels of scuba diver training from junior diver to advanced trimix diver and instructor courses plus all the different diving specialty courses and our instructors are certified with both the CMAS and PADI agencies. We are proud to have won the top trainers in South Africa for CMAS for five consecutive years.
Visiting instructors are welcome to make use of our facilities which include a classroom and scuba diving training pool. Our instructors will gladly assist if required. We run courses on a regular basis and will take all the hassle out of organizing your course.
Specialty courses include Digital Underwater Photographer, Marine Science and Environmental Awareness Courses. Please email or call us for more information on courses.
We offer scuba diving to all reef complexes at Sodwana Bay and have marks for +-100 different dive sites between 10 and 120 meters. There are several reef complexes In Sodwana Bay including two-mile reef, four, five, seven, eight and nine-mile reefs and each reef has many different dive sites to choose from. Quarter mile reef is home to the ragged tooth sharks between December and January where the pregnant females congregate. The chance for an encounter with these amazing animals is definitely worthwhile.
Our dive masters, skippers and instructors are hand-picked and trained personally by the owner to ensure that you have a safe memorable experience on every dive. You will find their diving and environmental knowledge to be vast and addictive and we are sure you’ll be back for more.
Come and see what “The Triton Experience” is all about.
“Knowledge, Experience, and Tranquility” is what we will offer you at Triton. We have been established for 20 years and in that time have gained a wealth of knowledge of our local reef systems. We ensure that our dive leaders are more than Dive Masters, they are tour guides for the underwater world and we hope to teach all our customers as much as possible during your stay with us.
Why not enroll in one of our Marine Science courses and learn more about our reef ecosystems?
Our accommodation ranges from two to four sleeper brick thatch cabins sharing 3 communal ablutions blocks, en-suite rooms, en-suite chalets and budget accommodation in a 6 sleeper wooden cabin, also sharing the 3 ablution blocks. We also offer secluded fully equipped self-catering houses with two bedrooms, open plan lounge and kitchen, shower and toilet, deck/verandah, and private barbecue area. Spaciously scattered around the premises between the shady indigenous trees with large lawn areas. The rooms/chalets/houses are spacious and comfortable with an ethnic theme. All rooms/chalets/houses and ablutions are serviced daily. Triton is a haven for birds and ideal for nature lovers.
We have a decked undercover pool area to cool off during the day. Our communal kitchen is fully equipped and all cooking and eating utensils are supplied. Adjacent is our communal barbecue area where you can be assured of meeting many interesting people whilst preparing your meals. You don’t have to worry about dishes as we have staff to do that for you. If you don’t fancy cooking why not enjoy a meal in our restaurant. Our bar is licensed and adequately stocked and should cater for most of your refreshment needs. So relax and enjoy a cocktail and the African sunset while you swap tales with your fellow guests. Browse in our curio shop or relax in our lounge with a book or magazine.
Triton Dive Lodge, Olakeni Reserve, Mbazwana, Sodwana Bay, 3974, South Africa
Sodwana Bay is situated in northern Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. We are approx. 75km south of the Mozambique border. The closest towns to us are Hluhluwe (82km tar road) and Jozini (56km gravel road). Durban is 370km (3,5 hours) south of us and Johannesburg is 640km (7 hours) west of us. Mbazwana village is 4,5 km from Triton lodge.
Triton Dive Lodge is situated adjacent to The iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
Please note there is no beach front accommodation available along this entire stretch of coastline. The beachfront falls within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site and is, therefore, a protected area.
Please be advised that if you are following a GPS most direct route do not turn off through Mkuze unless you are driving with a 4 by 4 as the roads are not good. Rather carry on along the N2 and take the Hluhluwe offramp.
When approaching from the Hluhluwe side as you come into Mbazwana you will come to a traffic circle with a building with a thatch roof on your right-hand side. Turn Right (3rd exit) and follow the road through to a second traffic circle where you turn right (3rd exit) again which will be the Sodwana Bay road. Keep going for approx. 4 km, when you will see our large brown signboard "Triton Dive Charters and Lodge ", you must turn left. It is a sand road so if you are not driving a four by four vehicle keep to the right-hand road (Go under the Triton Dive Lodge white signboard) and follow the road for 1.3km.
The road is suitable for 4x4 as well as 4x2 vehicles. Please note however that the sand road can become quite tricky in some places if we have not received rain for a long time and this can make it challenging to drive very low sedans on our road. Contact us to inquire about the condition of our road prior to arrival. During daytime look for the thatched roofs on your left and at night you will see a reflective sign with red lettering which indicates that you have arrived.
Triton Dive Lodge is situated 4.1 km’s from Mbazwana on the Sodwana Bay road +-12 km’s from Sodwana Bay Beach which is about a 10-minute drive from our lodge.
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