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Scuba Diving in Kosi Bay, Elephant Coast, Kwazulu-Natal

Scuba diving in Kosi Bay, Elephant Coast, Kwazulu-NatalThe reefs at Kosi Bay have rarely been dived and are in pristine condition. Dive conditions are good all year round, and the reefs are spectacularly colourful and rich in marine life. Most of the sites here are quite shallow, and are suitable for novice divers. Some 1200 species of fish reside here, as do turtles, rays and ragged-tooth sharks. Whalesharks are most commonly seen between late October and March. Humpback whales are occasionally sighted during their migrations up the coast between August and December.

Pineapple Reef

This is one of the most diverse dive sites in Kosi Bay. It boasts numerous cleaning stations so there’s always plenty of action here. Moray, honeycomb, geometric and black-cheeked eels are regularly spotted. The reef is alive with tropical fish such as slinger, angel fish, butterflyfish and kingfish. There are resident Blacktip sharks and Potato Bass here. The bass even have names like Mrs Casper and Boris.


Gogo means ‘old woman’ in Zulu, and this site is named after the large number of old woman angelfish found here. It consists of seaweed-covered rock and scattered coral, and has plenty of overhangs, gullies, crevices and ledges. This fish life is phenomenal, but it is the fascinating collection of hard and soft corals that make this spot so spectacular. Green, hawksbill and loggerhead turtles are often spotted here.

Cedric’s Beat (Slingers Cove) A turtle seen while scuba diving at Kosi Bay, Kwazulu-Natal

This is a long, rocky reef in the shape of a ‘dog leg’. Cedric is a great white shark that was spotted here by the mangager of Thonga Beach Lodge. This colourful reef has plenty of nooks and crannies to explore, with incredible marine life. There are small caves here where you’ll often find sleeping turtles. This is an easy, relaxed drift dive and diverse can enjoy the diverse corals and fish life. There are plenty of tropical fish here, but look out for those rays in the sand.

Dive operators in Kosi Bay:

Scuba diving in Kosi Bay is exclusively run by Rocktail Beach Camp and Thonga Beach Lodge.

Getting there: from Durban, take the N2 going north along the coast. Turn off at the R22 going through isiMangaliso Wetland Park. Continue north towards Tembe Elephant Park. Turn off at the sign to Kosi Bay, then follow the D1846 road to Kosi Bay nature reserve.

More info on the town of Kosi Bay More info on the Elephant Coast area

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