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Landers Reef, Umdoni Coast, KwaZulu-Natal

Landers Reef, Umdoni Coast, KwaZulu Natal
Landers Reef along the Umdoni Coast, KwaZulu-Natal forms part of South Africa’s top 5 diving spots. There are dive charters launching to Landers Reef from Scottburgh and Park Rynie so there is no excuse for not visiting one of the south coast’s hidden gems.

Landers Reef, is approximately 6km from the beach at Rocky Bay and it has a depth of 22m-32m. Visibility at this site ranges from 10-20m with the area known for its strong currents which are dependent on the weather.

Landers Reef is very interesting, with its fossilized sand dunes and topography which is similar to Aliwal Shoal but the reefs are deeper giving exciting exploring opportunities for the experienced diver.

The scenic element and great exploring opportunities of Landers consists of large boulders, big pinnacles, huge gullies, overhangs and interesting caves. Outside Landers is a spectacular “wall” which is often considered a separate site.

Thistle coral is abundant here in delicate colours from purple, pinks to shades of yellow, branched black coral, deadmans finger and big green coral trees, are just a few to name that will provide spectacular colourful sights.

The reef is alive with nudibranchs and a huge variety of tropical reef fish. Large shoals of game fish, such as King mackerel (Couta), Queen mackerel (Natal snoek), Barracuda, Kingfish and Geelbek (Cape salmon), regularly patrol the reef. Dolphins and eels frequent this location regularly as well as a large variety of sharks including: Ragged Tooth, Zambezi, Thresher and Hammerhead Sharks.

Umzimai Wall, a deep dive, boasts huge boulders and some interesting swim-throughs, as well as a 20-metre-high wall.

Half-Acre is another outstanding site with plenty of reef and game fish that is within the depth range of open water divers.

This is the perfect reef for nitrox diving, advanced deep diving and deep diving specialties.

Getting there: Landers Reef is accessible at Park Rynie, 65km south of Durban, along the N2.

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