Snorkeling iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Snorkel some of the best coral reefs in South Africa
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park coastline stretches for an astonishing 220 kilometers. This pristine and protected coastline makes for some astonishing views and sightings. Starting in the South from Maphelane to the Kosi Bay Mouth in the North, bordering Mozambique. The area is synonymous for its coral reefs and snorkeling options.
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park was officially declared as a world heritage site in 1999 by Unesco and this area also happens to be the very first heritage site in South Africa.
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Snorkeling versus Scuba Diving
Understanding the difference between snorkeling and scuba diving. Snorkeling is basically the entry-level to scuba diving, learning how to make use of a mask and a snorkel and of course learning how to equalize while under the water.
Snorkeling simply put is easy and a fascinating way to start to discover the beauty that lies beneath the water. Gear (mask, snorkel, and fins) is relatively cheap. One can easily access different areas, it's cheaper and quicker.
Scuba diving on the other hand requires one to join an organization that offers various types of levels of competency. Only once completed, then may one set out to go in search of those magnificent areas for scuba diving.
Sodwana Bay offers various scuba diving courses and should you have the time really try and join one.
Snorkeling iSimangaliso Wetland Park
How to get to Cape Vidal?
One can only reach Cape Vidal from St Lucia, one way in and out. From St Lucia, the Cape Vidal gate is approximately 3km north.
From the gate one has a few options in getting to the Cape Vidal Bay, either travel direct the distance is approximately 31 km. Alternatively, one could take some of the loop roads towards Cape Vidal and enjoy the magnificent wildlife and scenery en-route.
Once you reach Cape Vidal you will see numerous parking areas from which you may access the beach. Don't forget to pack a picnic and some refreshments.
Amenities at Cape Vidal:
- Fuel Bowser
- Picnic Areas
- Small Convenient Store
The beach can get quite busy during the high season and public holidays. The park also only allows a specific number of vehicles through the gate per day so it is advisable to travel early.
Where to Snorkel at Cape Vidal?
Once you have accessed the Beach, you will notice a clump of rocks to the south which protects the bay. It is here that one may enjoy some idyllic snorkeling. Numerous fish species may be witnessed in the bay as well as crayfish and other types of fish life.
Please do take note of the area in which the boats launch and do not pass the pole at the end of the rocks. Snorkeling should only take place at low tide this is primarily due to the strong currents as the tides turn. Please refer to a tide chart.
Spearfishing at Cape Vidal is permitted however one needs to have the correct license. Please do refrain from spearfishing within the bay of Cape Vidal. The majority of spearfishing takes place from fishing vessels, top areas for spearfishing include The Slides, Leven Point, and Deep Oscar.
Please note that only game fish are permitted to be shot and no bottom fish.
Heritage Tours & Safaris offers daily excursions to Cape Vidal options include either Full-Day outings which include game viewing, picnic lunch, and snorkeling weather dependant. Half-Day options are also available with an emphasis on snorkeling. Should you be interested in these outings Please Click Here
Some Sodwana Bay Scuba Diving Operators Links
A dive shop with training facilities offering qualifications at all levels.
Offering a wide range of scuba diving experiences and on-site accommodation options.
Diving instructor development centre conveniently situated at Sodwana Bay Lodge.
Providing scuba instruction at all levels, as well as chartered access to some of the world’s best diving spots.