Durban Diving

The diving in Durban Bay is mostly centred on the two major reefs: No. 1 Reef, otherwise known as Outer Anghorage, and Blood Reef a rather macabre name which dates back to the days of commercial whaling.

Regular charters are run to both these reefs.

The best time to dive is in May, June and July when the rivers are low. A light south-westerly wind usually cleans the water, while the north-easterlies churn up the sea and make it unsafe for diving.

The visibility is usually less then 10m, but can range from zero to as much as 30-40m when the warm, clean water of the Mozambique Current flows in close to the shore.

Durban's scuba diving and snorkelling sites

*Outer Anchorage (No.1 Reef)
In a direct line due east of the Anchorage Beacon
*Dolphin Reef
Umhlanga Rocks. Approximately 300m off Umdloti tidal pool.
*Cooperlight- Wreck
South-East of the Cooper Lighthouse between Brighton Beach and the Umlaas Cutting.
*Limestone Reef
Approximately 400m swim in a North-Easterly Direction from Vetch's Pier, parallel to the coastline.
*Ovington Court (1940) wreck
In front of Addington Hospital, approximately 50m offshore.
*The Pinnacles (Durban)
Located on Blood Reef, off the Bluff
*Lighthouse Reef
Umhlanga Rocks. 200m offshore, just south of the Umhlanga Lighthouse.
*La Mercy
Snorkelling.La Mercy. About 200-300m south of the Sea Belle Restaurant and approximately 600m offshore.
*The Trawler (Fontao - 1990) Wreck
Umhlanga Rocks. Some 2km offshore and 500m South of Umhlanga Lighthouse.
*Faultline (Deep Blood)
Opposite the water tower to the South of Blood Reef.
*Vetch's Pier
Snorkelling.Located 800m North of the harbour entrance.
*T-Barge - Wreck
Umhlanga Rocks. Approximately 3km off Virginia Beach.

Calypso Dive and Adventure Centre has a PADI training facilities offering first time diving experiences, qualifications from open water 1 to as high as instructor levels as well as fun dives. Calypso dives 30 dive sights off the shore of Durban and also offer dives in the uShaka Marine World Aquarium.

Tel: 031 332 0905
Shop K8, uShaka Marine World, 1 Bell Street, Durban

Where to Stay
Durban Accommodation options are numerous; with a large variety of different types spread throughout the city.

Points of interest close to Durban Diving:


R K Khan Hospital

RK Khan is a regional and district hospital with 543 beds. The hospital in located in Chatsworth

Tel: +27 (0) 31 459 6000
King George V Hospital

King George V Hospital vision is to strive to be the centre of excellence to meet the specific health needs of the people of KwaZulu-Natal through the delivery of accessible, affordable, cost effective health care

Tel: +27 (0)312426000
Netcare Parklands Hospital

Netcare Parklands Hospital boasts a team of leading Specialists and highly skilled nursing staff

Tel: +27 (0)312424000
KwaZulu-Natal Children's Hospital

KwaZulu-Natal Children's Hospital(formerly Addington Children's Hospital) located on Durban beachfront was built in 1928 and was the first hospital for children in South Africa.

Addington Hospital

Addington is a 571 bedded and 2 200 staffed district and regional hospital, situated on South Beach.

Tel: +27 (0) 31 327 2000
Wentworth Hospital

Wentworth Hospital is unique in that it boarders on a nature reserve

Tel: +27 (0) 31 460 5000
Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital

Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital provides accessible quality patient care to all persons in KwaZulu-Natal and part of the Eastern Cape

Tel: +27 (0)31 240 1000
Life Westville Hospital

Life Westville Hospital is a member of Life Healthcare, one of the largest private hospital groups in South Afric

Tel: 031 251 6911
King Edward VIII Hospital

King Edward VIII is a 922 bedded hospital with about 360 000 out patients. King Edward VIII hospital is the second largest hospital in the Southern hemisphere.

Tel: +27 (0)31 360 3111
Isipingo Hospital

Tel: 031 913 7000
Chatsmed Garden Hospital

At Life Chatsmed Garden Hospital our priority is to focus on the delivery of a special brand of health and care to patients.

Tel: 031 459 8000
McCord Hospital

McCord Hospital has a 106 bed inpatient facility, three operating theatres, a day surgery, an outpatient department seeing an average of 15,000 per month

Tel: 031 2685700
Clairwood Hospital

Clairwood Hospital render a high quality, cost effective, efficient, convalescent and rehabilitative service.

Tel: +27 (0)31 451 5000
Life Entabeni Hospital

Life Entabeni Hospital is a member of Life Healthcare, one of the largest private hospital groups in South Africa, operating 63 acute care facilities across the country.

Tel: 031 204 1300
Netcare St Augustine's Hospital

Netcare St Augustine's Hospital is KwaZulu Natal's largest private hospital and is the second largest hospital in the Netcare Group

Tel: +27 (0)312685000

Kings Park Stadium

Kings Park Stadium with a seating capacity of 52,000 is located near the Durban beach front and is the home ground of the Sharks Rugby.

Tel: +27 (31) 3088400
Moses Mabhida Stadium

Moses Mabhida Stadium with a seating capacity of 54,000 is located close to Durban Beach Front and is the home ground of Amazulu soccer club.

Sahara Stadium Kingsmead

Sahara Stadium Kingsmead has witnessed some of South African cricket’s finest moments.

Tel: 031 335 4200

King Shaka International Airport

King Shaka International Airport (DUR) is the primary airport serving Durban and is approximately 35 km north of the city centre

Tel: 032 436 6000
Virginia Airport

Virginia Airport (VIR) is serving Durban and is located 10 kilometres north of the city. It also serves as a testing ground for newly licensed pilots.

Tel: 031 563 7101

Durban International Convention Centre

Durban International Convention Centre is a purpose-built, fully air-conditioned centre with six convention halls that are interlinked but separate. Moveable walls allow for a number of different venue configurations.

Tel: +27 (0)313601000
Universities & Colleges

University of KwaZulu-Natal

The University of KwaZulu-Natal is a multi-campus, residential, teaching and research-led university

Tel: 031 260 1111
Mangosuthu University of Technology

Mangosuthu University of Technology provides students with career oriented skills through a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical experience in the work place

Tel: 031 907 7111
Durban University of Technology

Durban University of Technology is a preferred university for developing leadership in technology and productive citizenship.

Tel: +27 (0)313732000
Business School

Graduate School of Business and Leadership (GSB&L)

Graduate School of Business and Leadership (GSB&L) is part of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and situated in Durban and established in 1974

Tel: +27(0)31 260-7679
Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA)

Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA) is situated in Durban and established in 1995 and focuses on the design, development and delivery of management programmes.

Tel: +27 31 300 7200
Regent Business School

Regent Business School is a private institution focused on postgraduate management education in South Africa.

Tel: (+27-31)304-4626
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