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Exactly a year after the Dive Durban team explored the wonders of Sodwana Bay, I returned to – hopefully – relive the magical underwater experience. I was not disappointed. While most locals think diving is a summer sport, the KZN East Coast is arguably at its best over the winter months from May to July, before the winds pick up.

With hot-off-the-press news of sardines moving down KwaZulu-Natal’s lower south coast it was an excited bunch of divers who arrived at ScubaXcursion Diving in Scottburgh on the morning of July 1. The 45-minute trip down the coast from Durban revealed a spectacularly flat indigo blue sea, a mere whisper of a breeze and sardine fisherman waiting expectantly around every corner. The signs all pointed to this being one of those balmy winter dives that blow you away. And we weren’t disappointed.

By Debbie Reynolds

Waving goodbye to Durban was a wrench for the intrepid Dive Durban team, but knowing there were more adventures on the horizon made it easier. Nine days into the expedition, which aims to showcase the huge marine diversity on the KZN coast, the team landed in Durban after diving the prolific waters of the South Coast.

When you walk the St Lucia streets at night, beware of marauding hippos. The Dive Durban team spotted several on their trip back from the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. One was meandering up the main drag, two others were grazing in a garden and another was shooting the breeze on the grassy verge at the town’s entrance.

By Mica Da Silva

After four fantastic dives and plenty shark encounters with Aqua Planet Dive Centre at Protea Banks, the team headed to Oribi Gorge and Africa’s largest reptile park - Pure Venom in Port Shepstone, KZN, South Africa.

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