Whilst Sodwana Bay itself is beautiful, Coral Divers is not. The reception staff were actually hostile and could not understand why we would want to check our room before paying R990 for a hut. They are building new huts which are exceptionally close to each other, and it will be so noisy when complete. The staff were on strike and protesting at the entrance as they are underpaid and have no pensions. We were woken from 7am by the builders working and watched them beat a monkey to death. The communal areas are fine but for the price, very much like a school or summer camp venue. The ensuite cabana itself was very basic but clean. The options in Sodwana are limited and over-priced so I guess this is just fitting in with that. Our only consolation for spending a night here was the thought that we could leave the next day and that it must be much, much worse when full in summer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Coral Divers is a PADI 5 star Gold Palm IDC/CDC Centre situated in Sodwana Bay, South Africa. We are proud to be able to provide all levels of PADI scuba instruction from Bubble Maker to Instructor Development Courses as well as accommodation and dive charters. Lying within the boundaries of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park, Sodwana Bay provides the travelling diver with a vast array of unspoilt coral reefs populated with a huge diversity of Indo-Pacific fish & invertebrates. Apart from the great diving & beautiful coral reefs, the area offers fun and excitement for the non-diver too. From quad bike riding, kiteboarding and paintballing to day trips to Makhasa Game Reserve for Rhino or Buffalo tracking on foot, you're sure to find something that appeals to you, your friends and/or family. Coral Divers offers you a very comfortable diving holiday experience while retaining the rustic appeal of an out-of-the-way bush camp. The area is covered with dense coastal forest offering exquisite scenery, bird watching, and a number of small mammals including Bush Babies, Genets, Duiker and Striped Mongoose. Sodwana is accessible by car, however we can arrange transfers from Hluhluwe - Bushlands (The BazBus drop off point) should you not have your own vehicle. Petrol & Diesel are available from the petrol station in the National Park, and there is a small supermarket which can provide you with essentials such as food, drink and sun block. There are a couple of restaurants both within and outside of the Park, as well as our local night club, 'Maak 'n Jol', where you can dance the night away. Sodwana is also within driving distance of a number of amazing game reserves including Makhasa Game Reserve, Mkhuze Game Reserve, Phinda Game Reserve & the Hluhluwe Mfolozi Park. We invite you to take a look through our site to find out a little more about Coral Divers - Sodwana Bay and the diving. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Coral Divers Sodwana, Africa