We have a shore entry house reef and access to over 30 dive sites including five wrecks and Shark Dives. Plus, we have a range of Technical Dive sites from 50 to 100m including six wrecks
DURBAN’S WRECK DIVE SITES
The Fontao – Max 30m / Ave 24m
This old Mozambique Prawn trawler was sunk in 1990 to create an artificial reef off Umhlanga. She is approx. 300 tons and 35m long, lying upright in 17-27m of water, and is mostly intact. There are some penetration areas, but please note that they can be unstable due to the decay of the wreck. Only those qualified to penetrate wrecks may do so.
Usually covered in baitfish. Usual sighting are large Potato Bass, Paper fish and Pineapple fish are usually under the hull on the port side towards the stern. She is home to giant groupers, schools of barracuda and many tropical fish.
Cooper lighthouse Wreck – Max 32 / Ave 24m
One of the best wreck dives off the KZN coast and is home to the most prolific amount of marine life. Coopers is as yet an unidentified wreck, therefore named after the lighthouse close to which she ran aground. She is 76m long & sits upright in 22-32m of water; still mostly intact.
Coopers is thought to be an old whaler with her harpoon gun still mounted on the stern. Many tropical fish and rays are likely to be encountered.
T-Barge – Max 30m / Ave 20m
This barge was sunk to create an artificial reef which has attracted an abundance of fish. An old concrete floating crane with the remains of three steel derricks on the deck. Upright and intact in approx. 17-27m of water. No Penetration points. Abundance of bait fish, tropical fish & cleaner shrimps. The derricks are home to a vast array of reef fish.
Hawthorne – Max 22m / Ave 22m
Unknown Origin – thought to have been sunk in 1898. 34m by 9m wide. Not much remaining but interesting dive prolific in fish life.
The Odd – Max 12m / Ave 8m
A little Tugboat sunk by a drunken Captain who turned too early for the harbour! Lies in the protected area of the bay. Fun & easy dive, lots of fish life.
DURBAN’S TECHNICAL WRECK DIVE SITES
The Kate Wreck - Max 60m
Sugar ship decommissioned and scuttled. (Date unconfirmed) Upright & in-tact wreck. Needs multiple dives to explore thoroughly.
The Kaydee Wreck - Max 65m
Origin unknown. - Large wreck, as yet not properly explored.
Ben Quoram Wreck - Max 72m
Unknown Origin. Thought to have been a whaling factory ship. Upright & in-tact wreck with 2 enormous props. Needs multiple dives to explore thoroughly.
DURBAN’S REEF DIVES & BOAT LAUNCH SITES
The Maze - Average 12m
Brilliant site for novice and junior divers. Good profile with boulders. Abundant with Scorpion fish
Caves - Max 13m
This is an interlinking chain of gullies and caves carved into the sandstone reef. Take along a torch and gloves to explore all the nooks and crannies. Cave is full of rare Natal Catfish, Rays, Pipe fish to be found in some of the blow holes. Perfect for Cavern diving course.
Pats Place - Average 16m
Located on Blood reef at the northern end of Fault line, Pat’s Place has lots of rising limestone formations. With a variety of marine life, this is a great site for most divers.
Birthday Ledges - Average 18m
This site is aptly named because it’s like having a birthday every time you dive it, full of surprises! There are a number of overhangs along the ledge which makes for a lovely dive. Especially interesting if you enjoy macro-fauna, frogfish, paper fish and pipefish to name a few.
Doug’s Cave - Average 18m
The natural fault line in the sea bed has formed two huge caves that offer marvellous viewing of a variety of fish. The reef starts in a large cave and then moves into a series of caves and gullies. Interesting finds are Tiger Angel Fish, Frogfish, Paper fish, Potato Bass, lots of Game Fish, and some lovely Semi's. This seems to be a good spot for Whale Sharks in summer and Raggies in winter, so remember to look up!
G-Spot - Average 18m
Aptly named as this reef is small and tricky to find, but well worth the pleasure! Interesting rocky formations seem to form a nursery for many juveniles. Sea grasses hide the Ghost Pipe fish, so be sure to keep your eyes open in this area
Bikini - Average 20m
Bikini is small & hides all the best bits. If you look closely in the over hangs & rocky outcrops you may find a little family of pineapple fish! Interesting finds are Pineapple Fish, Frogfish, Six Stripe Soap fish, Boxfish, Scorpion fish, Nudibranchs, Trumpet fish, Paper fish.
Amphitheatre - Max 30m
This site is a large wall in the shape of an amphitheater. This is one of the best spots to view a range of pelagic fish, taking advantage of the reefs profile. Potential for seeing sharks.
Anchor Hill - Max 30m
The site has many boulders and rock pinnacles which are wrapped with lengths of anchor chain. A number of large anchors can still be seen wedged in between the huge block formations of this site. This is a feeding ground for sharks and game fish, so keep a look out.
Nevs Ledge - Max 30m
Ledge starts at 22m, dropping off to 30m with spectacular soft corals. Many Pelagic fish and sometimes Manta Rays feed in this area. Raggies can sighted in the cave over winter months. This is the only known site where the Harlequin Goldie has been spotted on a reef!
Chains - Max 30m
A series of chains & debris broken from ships in rough seas. Abundance of pelagic fish and rays. Also very interesting as a drift dive.
Dave’s Cave - Max 30m
A large cavern with rocky outcrops and spectacular soft corals. Abundance of pelagic fish and rays can be seen in this area. Raggies are sometimes spotted in The cave.
Fish Bowl - Average 40m
Gradual slope from 35m – 45m. Long Nose Hawk fish and stunning marine life. Tropical schooling fish are abundant on this site, together with soft corals, whips & sea fans.
DURBAN’S AQUARIUM DIVES
Enjoy the experience of scuba diving in the Tropical lagoon tank, surrounded by hundreds of fish, uShaka Marine World Aquarium dive with approx. 1700 fish including Batfish, Surgeonfish, Grunters, Angelfish, Snappers, Wrasse Parrotfish and NON man-eating Hound Sharks
Aquarium Ray Tank Dive - uShaka Marine World Aquarium
Eagle rays, Ribbon tail rays, Pompano, Kingfish, Barracuda, Bonita, Tuna & a variety of Game Fish. This is a very interactive dive as these rays are very inquisitive, although you may not touch the animals