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Dive Sodwana Bay With

Coral Divers

PADI 5 Star Resort & Dive Centre

Coral Divers is a PADI 5 Star Resort & Dive Centre, situated in Sodwana Bay, inside the beautiful iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
Treat yourself to a world class marine sanctuary experience!   

Our Divemasters & Instructors are PADI certified and eager to introduce you to the many incredible reefs teeming with life.

We welcome beginners and experienced divers.

What We Offer

Scuba Diving

Sodwana Bay offers some of the best tropical reef diving in Southern Africa.

We offer the best prices for scuba diving & PADI Dive Courses in South Africa making Coral Divers the only excellent choice for your next dive holiday.

Accommodation

Choose from a range of comfortable accommodation and allow the relaxed atmosphere, excellent facilities & our friendly staff to welcome you to Sodwana Bay, South Africa.

Internships

Our unique training facility is situated inside a World Heritage Site and we dive in a Marine Protected Area.
We provide our interns with full board & lodging, unlimited dives and an unparalleled ‘hands-on’ experience in the Dive Industry.

Accommodation

Choose from a range of comfortable accommodation and allow the relaxed atmosphere, excellent facilities & our friendly staff to welcome you to Sodwana Bay, South Africa.

Scuba Diving

Sodwana Bay offers some of the best tropical reef diving in Southern Africa.

We offer the best prices for scuba diving & PADI Dive Courses in South Africa making Coral Divers the only excellent choice for your next dive holiday.

Internships

Our unique training facility is situated inside a World Heritage Site and we dive in a Marine Protected Area.
We provide our interns with full board & lodging, unlimited dives and an unparalleled ‘hands-on’ experience in the Dive Industry.

2024 SPECIALS
Dive into 2024 with Coral Divers.

Diving Courses

Get Started

Bubblemaker is as fun as it sounds – a chance for kids to blow bubbles by scuba diving.  Children who are at least 8 years old can use scuba gear to breathe underwater and swim around in the splash pool.

Enjoy relaxing on the restaurant’s deck or sun loungers, while watching one of our PADI Instructors’ conduct the course for your child.

No time to certify, or you would like to just try diving first, before taking the plunge. Learn more…

If you want to be certified, but haven’t much time. This shortened version of the Open Water certification is perfect. Learn more…

This is the full entry level certification. Learn more…

Continue Your Education

This is the first step to growing your experience once you are a qualified diver. Learn more…

As a PADI Rescue Diver, you will learn how to conduct diving rescues and emergency situation management. Learn more…

This is the highest level that can be achieved as a recreational diver. Choose any 3 Specialty Course ratings that we offer, plus the mandatory PADI Deep Diver & PADI Navigation Specialties, in order to become a certified Master Diver. Check out the Specialty Courses we offer.

First Aid & CPR training for anyone who would like to know how to manage an emergency situation. Learn more…

Go Pro

A Divemaster is the first step as a Pro Diver. If you are looking for a career in the Dive Industry, this is where to start. Learn more…

Do you want to share your passion for diving by introducing others to the world of scuba diving? Learn how to train and certify divers on your PADI IDC (Instructor Development Course) with us. Learn more…

If you are looking to increase your value as an Open Water Scuba Instructor, the next step is to become a PADI Staff Instructor. Learn more…

REVIEWS

See What Our Guests Have to Say

Nadia van der Schyff
Nadia van der Schyff
06/07/2024
A group of us stayed at Coral for a few days a few weeks ago. We had the most amazing experience! 🩵 The accommodation was clean and had everything we needed for a diving trip. The beds were comfy and it was really nice to come back to a clean room after a day of diving. We opted for the buffet breakfast and dinner which were both amazing. The food was healthy and delicious and had just enough options. The only thing I would’ve like was if they served dinner a bit earlier. But I know most people don't eat as early I do had snacks until then. All the staff were super friendly and helpful where ever we went. The place is really well run set out. The dives were thoroughly enjoyable. Our DM Sipho went out of his way to make sure we had a good experience and accommodated all our groups quirks. Haha We will definitely be returning😊
Marc Nortje
Marc Nortje
02/07/2024
What a great experience with family and kids and friends. Such friendly staff and what a pleasure having self catering where everything is cleaned up for you!
Lara Heinecken
Lara Heinecken
02/07/2024
Thank you for a wonderful stay and experience. My return to diving and my son's open water course have given us the tools to continue enjoying our shared love of the ocean and marine life. The accommodation was clean, neat and the bed very comfortable. The communal kitchen facilities were beyond what I expected. We will definitely be regular visitors.
Nabeel Prior
Nabeel Prior
01/07/2024
A fantastically run dive centre, with professional staff, all the way from the restaurant to the dive masters to the accommodation…we love diving here…
Masako Shibuya
Masako Shibuya
11/06/2024
Good location for Dive. It is inside Sodwana bay National Park. Cooking facilities are very good. Personal fridges, icebox storage there. You can bring your own food and good for long holiday.
Cj R
Cj R
10/06/2024
I was honored to have Leon as my dive instructor who not only ensured my safety but also made sure I had the time of my life! We will definitely be returning very soon
Tourist10570433385
Tourist10570433385
07/07/2024
First diving experience We spent 3 nights at Coral Divers. The setup at the camp was so very impressive from the cabins to the communal area, the place was immaculate, beautifully clean and impeccably organised. An added bonus was the cleaning staff who cleaned up after us and did all the dushes My daughter and I did the Discover Scuba course and I would like to thank and praise Andrew and Matthew for their patience with me in the pool , twice for Andrew as I did it the second time Out in the ocean Andrew took control of us with a quiet but firm hand and made the whole experience so effortless .I would highly recommend Andrew to anyone who has not dived before Thank you Ray and all your staff for a wonderful stay. Heather Brown
Michael Porter
Michael Porter
01/07/2024
Coral divers: a perfect launch to our diving career Getting my Open Water 1 certification was a bucket list item for me, so this was a notable event. I am delighted we chose Coral Divers. We didn't stay at Coral (due to large group of friends that were not diving, and hence staying elsewhere - not Coral's facilities) but we did our course and accreditation through the dive school. Our dive instructors, Wian and Andrew - were excellent. We were a large group of learners (8 people), ranging from school kids of 12 years old to adults of 50 years old. They were kind, patient, informative, reassuring and clear, yet they never compromised on standards and making sure everyone could do the drills and exercises. We would do it over and over until mastered - which I appreciated. Their thoroughness gave me a lot of confidence that I had mastered the necessary skills, and this proved to be the case once in the ocean. I cannot recommend Coral enough. Between classes, we ate at the restaurant (delicious every time), the shuttle to the beach for dives worked smoothly, the equipment we hired worked perfectly, and the instructors even laid on some manta rays for our first dive in the water. Now that's service! Overall, a thoroughly worthwhile experience that my son and I really enjoyed. I would recommend Coral any day. Thank you to all concerned for a great experience and for launching our diving careers.
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Passenger36138788724
01/07/2024
Top Destination! Extremely well-run resort. For such a big establishment everything was organised and well planned. Friendly staff. Clean and neat facilities. The dives were amazing! Loved the different types of accomodation. Overall, a fantastic experience. Can't wait to visit again. :-D
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Companion63760670951
28/06/2024
Brilliant instructors, great experience Incredible experience. My instructors, Wian and Andrew, were phenomenal -as patient and encouraging as they were highly professional. Couldn’t have asked for more exceptional teachers. Beautiful location, great facilities, and a truly memorable trip all round.
APE v
APE v
22/06/2024
Professional Dive team makes for a Great Diving Holiday in Natural Open Air aquarium. Looking forward to our next visit My family and I recently stayed at Coral Divers resort in Sodwana. My sons did their OW qualification, while my wife and I did refresher courses and several Sea dives. The service from the resort staff was superb. Although this is only a 3-star facility, all requirements were met in excess. The resort is an excellent base for a diving holiday. The diving was out of this world. The Instructors, DM’s and skippers that led our dives are experienced and very professional. Managing all the divers, with their equipment and ensuring a safe diving environment that run like clockwork must be a logistical challenge, but Nick, Tyrone and Mike with their team run like a well oiled machine. Special mention must be made of Instructors Darren, Andrew & Berry that facilitated the OW course. Their patience and professionalism is commendable. The DM’s Kaylee, Emily, Bakang and Kevin led the dives excellently and knew the sites very well. It was a pleasure learning from them and experiencing an “outside open air aquarium”. Thank you, Coral Divers, for a memorable dive holiday and stay. We are looking forward to our next visit.
Sarah K
Sarah K
22/06/2024
Exceptional PADI Open Water course I spent a week at Coral Divers with my partner and some family and we had a fantastic time. All the staff were friendly and helpful, the facilities were just what we expected, and the surroundings were beautiful. This is definitely the place to stay if you’re planning a diving trip in Sodwana. My partner and I did the PADI Open Water course and our instructor, Matthew van der Merwe, was exceptional. He was incredibly knowledgable, patient, and reassuring. He ensured we received the best quality instruction and made sure we were comfortable and safe throughout our course. He is an asset to Coral Divers.
Paula D
Paula D
18/06/2024
Sodwana Bay - Coral Divers It was amazing - we did our advanced first then nitrox courses, the dive sites are amazing and the staff are helpful. We will definitely be back, so many dive sites to chose from, rooms were clean, weather was great! Swim with dolphins, Stunning!
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Excursion36585372881
16/06/2024
Beautiful week doing the rescue course! We did our rescue course and stayed in a cabin. The course was really well organised, our instructor (Leon Draai) made sure we could do the course and dive as much as possible during our stay. He was passionate, patient and put efforts on doing the course as interesting as possible. Regarding the accommodations, the cabin was really confortable and convenient. They clean it every single day which is very nice when you have the feeling of bringing back in all sand from the beach everyday. With the course a buffet is available every morning and evening. The ladies were very friendly and did their best to accommodate to the different food restrictions we had (vegetarian for some and gluten-free for others). Finally the staff was very friendly and we spent a beautiful week diving and learning new skills!
Aurélie Lemay
Aurélie Lemay
14/06/2024
A once in a lifetime diving experience We chose Coral Divers to do our PADI Open Water course and do some fun diving with our friends. The reviews were excellent which ultimately oriented our choice - and after having spent a week there, I can only say that the place most definitely lives up to the amazing comments left on trip advisor and other websites. Coral Divers is a little paradise nested in the iSagamangalio park, surrounded by nature (beautiful birds, cheeky monkeys, deer, etc.). We were welcomed by extremely friendly and kind staff who tended to our every need. The accommodation and ammenities are designed in a way that either chilling by the pool and bar or doing a yoga on the lawn next to the lovely bungalows is simply the most enjoyable and pleasant way to recover after the dives. Berrie and Andrew were our instructors during the OW course - they were wonderful and highly professional trainers. They were reassuring and patient with us, and never missed an opportunity to bring laughter to these 4 days spent doing the course. They made pogressing and succeeding the course natural and fun. Their coaching was tailored to our pace and rythm, and we felt completely safe and secure with them on our first dives which can be intimidating - they built our confidence with constant encouragement and made this course a once in a lifetime experience. All the diving staff regurlarly made sure that we felt comfortable and that we were enjoying our experience, giving us tips and ways to even better enjoy our diving. They make an amazing team and their passion for diving is highly contagious. I can only recommend Coral Divers for your holidays, and hope for you that Berrie and Andrew are your coaches should you decide (and I would really recommend so) to do the OW course.

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