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
Umhlanga Rocks. Approximately 300m off Umdloti tidal pool.
South-East of the Cooper Lighthouse between Brighton Beach and the Umlaas Cutting.
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
Umhlanga Rocks. 200m offshore, just south of the Umhlanga Lighthouse.
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.
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.
RK Khan is a regional and district hospital with 543 beds. The hospital in located in Chatsworth
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
Netcare Parklands Hospital boasts a team of leading Specialists and highly skilled nursing staff
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 is a 571 bedded and 2 200 staffed district and regional hospital, situated on South Beach.
Wentworth Hospital is unique in that it boarders on a nature reserve
Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital provides accessible quality patient care to all persons in KwaZulu-Natal and part of the Eastern Cape
Life Westville Hospital is a member of Life Healthcare, one of the largest private hospital groups in South Afric
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.
At Life Chatsmed Garden Hospital our priority is to focus on the delivery of a special brand of health and care to patients.
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
Clairwood Hospital render a high quality, cost effective, efficient, convalescent and rehabilitative service.
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.
Netcare St Augustine's Hospital is KwaZulu Natal's largest private hospital and is the second largest hospital in the Netcare Group
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.
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 has witnessed some of South African cricket’s finest moments.
King Shaka International Airport (DUR) is the primary airport serving Durban and is approximately 35 km north of the city centre
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.
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.
The University of KwaZulu-Natal is a multi-campus, residential, teaching and research-led university
Mangosuthu University of Technology provides students with career oriented skills through a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical experience in the work place
Graduate School of Business and Leadership (GSB&L) is part of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and situated in Durban and established in 1974
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.