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“Diving in Sodwana”
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Coral Divers
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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“Diving in Sodwana”
Reviewed 3 July 2014

I recently stayed at Coral Divers for eight days, to get my Open Water Licence. Stunning experience for this first timer! Instructors, and everyone working there, extremely professional and efficient. We were a group of 9, and had so much fun for a week; and qualified! Nothing is too much teouble for these lovely people - really made a difference! Different types of accommodation; something for everyone's taste. Thank you, guys!

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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CoralDivers, Manager at Coral Divers, responded to this review, 19 July 2014
Hi there

Thank you for your wonderful review. We appreciate any feedback from our guests!

We're very happy to hear you and all your friends enjoyed yourselves at Coral and that the Open Water Course you did was so worthwhile. Scuba Diving is an amazing experience and good Instructors are very important to make sure you enjoy the course and want to carry on diving afterwards!

Thank you again and we hope to see you again soon!
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Reviewed 20 June 2014 via mobile

After not being to Sodwana in over 10 years, I was wonderfully surprised to find Coral divers has come such a long way. The accommodation is comfortable, be aware that this is not a luxury hotel, but a diver's camp (and as far as diving accommodation goes, coral divers IS 5star!) The huts are clean and well serviced.
The food is good and the staff are eager to please, preparing special meals (such as vegetarian meals) without any problems.
Then the most important, the diving! They are EXTREMELY well organised with tractors shuttling divers and the kit to and from the beach. The staff are efficient and cares well for your equipment. They carry and wash the kit for a minimal fee. I was very impressed with how carefully they handled my equipment.
And, as always the actual diving in Sodwana was amazing! The reefs are large and there was loads of fish and turtles and beautiful corals. Visibility of 15 m at the worst.

Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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CoralDivers, Manager at Coral Divers, responded to this review, 19 July 2014
Thank you for your review on tripadvisor.

We're so very happy to hear our improvements have pleased you! We have now fully renovated our D-Camp (ensuite cabins), A and P-Camp (Standard private cabins).

Nine out of our ten Rigid Inflatable Boats have had new pontoons put on them, their decks and hulls have been completely remolded.

We are also in the process of converting all our boats (five out of ten) to Evinrude outboards. They are the most eco-friendly outboards available and are much quieter. Thus making the boat ride more enjoyable for yourselves without the noise and two-stroke fumes.

We look forward to seeing you at Coral Divers again soon!
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Pretoria, South Africa
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

If you want to have a great experience on a budget then I would definitely recommend Coral Divers. Facilities and service is great and there are cheaper and more luxury accommodation available to suit your budget. Overall great experience, would go back anytime!

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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CoralDivers, Manager at Coral Divers, responded to this review, 19 July 2014
Hi there

Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us, we appreciate any feedback from our guests.

We try to provide accommodation that does fit anyone's budget so our guests can afford to do the most important thing in Sodwana, diving!!

We're very passionate about diving and want our guests to experience the amazement of being underwater as much as they can!

Thank you for the suggestion regarding deterring monkeys. We are situated inside a National Park but simple steps like a lock on the tents help.

We hope to see you back with us soon.
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Pretoria, South Africa
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

We have been diving with Coral Divers a few times and it has always been very good. Will recommend them to any body that want to have a good and easy dive - we took my son and his wife (from Czech) and both loved it immensely. Thank you for another good experience.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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CoralDivers, Manager at Coral Divers, responded to this review, 19 July 2014
Thank you for choosing Coral Divers again for your preferred choice in Sodwana Bay.

We're thrilled we haven't disappointed you on any of your stays with us! Introducing family or friends to a place you enjoy so much can be difficult and we're glad your son and his wife enjoyed themselves as well.

We hope to see you again soon!
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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

Coral Divers offers accessible, good value dives in the warm Indian Ocean. The rooms are basic and we chose the room with outside bathroom, which is generally adequate but not great when it is pouring rain.

Having visited twice now I would not go with the catered options as the vegetarian meals are virtually non-existent. Self-catering is the way to go for good value and fridges and equipment are available.

The diving equipment is a bit old but serviceable, most of the skippers are great, though one or two are grumpy and reckless, so ask around before booking your dives.

Note that it is possible to pre-book dives so you don't have to hang around at dive planning every night.

I have generally had good service and lovely dives at Coral and will be going back.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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CoralDivers, Manager at Coral Divers, responded to this review, 19 July 2014
We're thankful for your review on tripadvisor and are happy to hear you have chosen us again for your stay in Sodwana Bay.

With regards to the vegetarian menu. There are options available and when you making your booking with our Head Office you can make them aware of any vegetarian needs. This will be communicated to the resort to make sure there are vegetarian meals prepared for you.

Skippers are always a personal preference, just like Divemasters and Instructors. If you prefer one over the others you are more than welcome to request them at Dive Planning.

We hope to see you back at Coral Divers very soon.
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Fredericksburg, Va,
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

Had a great time. I was reluctant to go and got dragged down to Sodwana bay by a friend who wanted to get his deep water qualification.
I was very impressed with the service I have been to hotels in countries all over the world and found myself easily distracted from the fact that I was in a tent for a week. With lots of things to do and how just the general atmosphere of the place.
There was someone cleaning all the time . A nightmare for me would be to go with sand on my feet but even the tents got swept out more than once a day.
I arrived at the restaurant before opening the one morning and they quickly helped me out without hesitation.
After three days I decided to do my Discover Scuba Diving and was over the moon to see a Shark on my first dive!! The instructor was so much fun and informative that I decided to do the open water course. Best time I have had all year!! Lots of hard work, but so worth it.
First Class service all the way!! Will be back at the end of the year.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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CoralDivers, Manager at Coral Divers, responded to this review, 19 July 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review.

We're ecstatic your stay with us was more than you expected and that you took an unplanned plunge to do your Open Water with Coral Divers!

Sharks aren't a common sighting on dives so you are very lucky to have seen one.

We wish you many years of happy bubble blowing and hope to see you again soon.
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Centurion, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 March 2014

I' m a regular guest and diver with Coral Divers.
I would recommend them to anyone.
Tented area is the cheapest option and real good value for money, it does come with it's problems though, as in no privacy and definitly not much in peace and quiet, loud and sometimes sozzled guests being the problem.
The wooden deck, bar & restaurant good value again, facilities great, Coral Staff friendly and always ready to assist and please you.
Tractor/Trailor facility brilliant, Dives are on time, boats are in perfect nick and the local Skippers are fabulous.
The fact that they run the CDC there and the DM's are young and building up their experince does not matter, value for money at the end of the day, with safe, clean and friendly facilities allmaround.

Room Tip: D camp on suite bathroom. C camp tents sharing an ablution block, clean and it all works. Watch ou...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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CoralDivers, Manager at Coral Divers, responded to this review, 4 March 2014
Hi there

Thank you for your review, we really appreciate it.

We pride ourselves in being able to offer everyone different options when it comes to accommodation and meals. Being able to save on accommodation or food leaves more available in our guests' budget to do as much diving as they want!

Thank you for the fair warning about the monkeys. They are a menace at times but they do lend themselves to the natural surrounds of staying in a National Park.
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Property: Coral Divers
Address: Private Bag 320 | Mbazwana, 3974, Sodwana 3974, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Sodwana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 18 Speciality Lodging in Sodwana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Coral Divers 3*
Number of rooms: 84
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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