Pufferfish

The defense mechanism of a puffer or blowfish allows their bodies to swell into a sphere (prickly in some species) to deter predators.

Twobar Anemonefish

Although the stinging tentacles of sea anenomes are lethal to most small fish, the anemone fish develops a commensal relationship with their host anenome.

Crinoid on a sponge

This delicate crinoid finds an ideal spot to feed in the passing currents. Food particles trapped by the arms are passed along ciliated grooves to the mouth.

Whaleshark and Diver

The Rhincodon Typus or whaleshark is a slow moving filter feeding shark and the largest know extant fish species.

Djibouti Giant

This "giant" nudibranch occurs on our deep reefs at Sodwana Bay,

Pufferfish Twobar Anemonefish Crinoid on a sponge Whaleshark and Diver Djibouti Giant
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Scuba Diving with Geoff Spiby at Triton Dive Lodge 2014 Gallery

Scuba Diving with Geoff Spiby at Triton Dive Lodge 2014 Gallery We had a great weekends diving with award winning photographer Geoff Spiby, his wife Lynn, Georgina Jones and friends from Capetown in February 2014. Despite challenging conditions due to a…





Scuba Diving into 2014 with Triton Dive Lodge, Sodwana Bay

Scuba Diving into 2014 with Triton Dive Lodge, Sodwana Bay We really are lucky enough to live in paradise and dive the most amazing reefs every day.  Scuba Diving in Sodwana Bay has never been better we have so many…





Scuba Diving with Triton Dive Lodge in May and June

Scuba Diving with Triton Dive Lodge in May and June Rays, turtles, more turtles, sharks,,,,,  All the big marine animals have come to play!  We have had so many great sightings whilst scuba diving with Triton Dive Lodge in Sodwana…





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The Coelacanth

Coelacanth Discovery by Triton Dive Charters On 28 October 2000, Pieter Venter, Peter Timm and Etienne le Roux were near the end of an eight-minute Trimix training dive ...

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Other usefull contacts

Memberships DAN Safety Partner Tel. 0860 242 242Mail. info@dansa.orgWeb. http://www.dansa.org CMAS-ISA Tel. 012 567 6229Mail. info@cmas.co.zaWeb. http://www.cmas.co.za Elephant Coast Tourism Tel. 035 562 0353Mail. info@elephantcoasttourism.comWeb. http://www.elephantcoasttourism.com South African Sustainable Seafood Initiative Tel. Not availableMail. sassi@wwf.org.zaWeb. ...

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Recommended Alternative Service Provider

Restaurants:Micro-Light Flights: Scenic introductory flights offered over the spectacular Sodwana Bay Coastline or overfly Lake Sibaya and see hippos and ...

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Sodwana Bay Malaria Information

The incidence of malaria in our area has been significantly reduced as result of multiple ongoing anti malaria campaigns. Precautions against malaria particularly between October and May are ...

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Parks and Game Reserves

Parks and Game Reserves Tembe Elephant Park Tembe Elephant park is a big five park and is home to 150 elephants in seven breeding herds.  The gate times in ...

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Sodwana Bay Info

Sodwana Bay The Agulhas current brings warm clear water to the east coast of South Africa where corals have colonised submerged fossil dunes and rocky platforms in a ...

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Welcome to Triton Diving
Sunday, 15 November 2009 20:24    | Written by Administrator    PDF Print E-mail

Sodwana Bay's unspoilt BeachesCome to South Africa and scuba dive with Triton Dive Lodge in Sodwana Bay for the best scuba diving experience available.  We offer accommodation and scuba dive excursions for all levels of experience.

A trip to KwaZulu Natal in South Africa would be incomplete without spending some time at Triton Dive Lodge in Sodwana Bay and experiencing our amazing Coral Reefs.  The unspoilt Sodwana Bay coastline and endless sandy beaches gently slope into the clear warm blue waters of the Indian Ocean where a pristine tropical underwater paradise awaits you for a Triton diving experience of a lifetime.

Triton Dive Lodge is just far enough off the beaten track to ensure absolute peace and tranquility with no unwanted distractions.

Triton Dive Lodge’s accommodation ranges from comfortable two and four sleeper thatched cabins to double ensuite chalets and fully equipped two bedroom units neatly spaced around the premises to ensure maximum privacy. The rooms are airy, spacious and comfortable with an African theme.

Other Triton Dive Lodge facilities include a shady decked pool area for cooling off during the day, aCrescent Tail Bigeyes restaurant and lounge, curio shop and a licenced bar.  Triton's equipped communal kitchen and barbecue area serves those who prefer the self catering option.  Triton Dive Lodge has a very tranquil and natural atmosphere, with large lawn areas and shady indigenous trees making it a lush oasis even in the height of summer.  Relaxed evenings see friendly people swapping diving tales whilst barbequing under the bright African stars, alternatively a scrumptious pizza and a bottle of South African wine from Nomsa’s Restaurant is a winning combination.

Triton Dive Lodge in Sodwana Bay, South Africa has been established for nearly 20 years and over these years we have built up an extensive knowledge of all our reef systems.  At Sodwana Bay, we are always looking for new scuba diving sites to excite our clients and we pride ourselves in our keywords "Knowledge, Experience, Tranquility"  We believe that we offer not just a dive but an experience, we teach marine science courses and we offer extensive briefings on the fish and corals that you will see on each dive.

Ribbon_Tail_StingrayWe offer scuba diving to all the reef complexes at Sodwana Bay on various dive sites between 10 and 120 metres.
Our dive masters, skippers and scuba instructors are hand picked and trained personally by the owner to ensure that you have a safe memorable experience on every scuba dive. You will find their scuba diving and environmental knowledge to be extensive and addictive and we are sure you’ll be back for more.  Come and see what “The Triton Experience” is all about when next in Sodwana Bay, South Africa.

Triton Dive Lodge in Sodwana Bay, South Africa is an officially recognised and licenced service provider for scuba diving in the iSimangeliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site (formerly known as The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park).

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In Search of the Tanzanian Coelacanth – By Eve Marshall
Thursday, 14 August 2014 10:06    | Written by Eve    PDF Print E-mail

It’s no easy feat to get 6 trimix divers from SA, England and the USA plus a film crew, enough kit and cylinders for 2 rebreathers and 4 open circuit divers, plus enough helium and oxygen to spend two weeks diving trimix off of the coast of Tanga in Tanzania.  Our expeditions purpose in 2012 was to search for and film the Tanzanian Coelacanth population for SA’s film production company “Earth Touch” they were making a documentary for National Geographic to be called "Dinofish".  We had filmed the first part in Sodwana Bay with Dr Richard Pyle (Pyle deep stop fame) earlier in the year and had our fingers crossed for a successful expedition.

Heading the dive team was our own Peter Timm the man that would find them in the unexplored depths if anyone could, Robert Whitton – Dr Pyle’s technician and self proclaimed fish nerd from Hawaii, Dan Stevenson UK deep diving camera man, Eve Marshall, Werner Nell and Andre Willemse deep divers and back up support.

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Launch of new sea science and species mapping project makes a splash
Thursday, 27 March 2014 13:26    | Written by Eve    PDF Print E-mail

Cape Town, 18 March 2014.

Marine biologists, students, citizen scientists and marine decision makers have joined forces in a new collaboration to unlock marine biodiversity knowledge and opportunities in South Africa. The SeaKeys project aims to collect and distribute genetic, species and ecosystem information to support wise decision making in the marine environment. This information is vital as expanding marine activities such as seabed mining, oil and gas activities and alternative energy initiatives compete for space with established fisheries and recreational use of the country's seas. Core to the project are several new marine citizen science projects that invite contributions from the public. by Dr Kerry Sink

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iSimangaliso’s oceanic heritage by Dr Kerry Sink
Friday, 28 February 2014 15:05    | Written by Eve    PDF Print E-mail

After spending nine months attached to a coelacanth, anArgos Mini-PAT satellite tag was recovered by Triton staff offshore and 16 kilometres south of Jesser Point at the Sodwana Bay node of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. The coelacanth, the 26th of 32 individuals known from South Africa’s first World Heritage Site was tagged by Trimix Divers on the 13 May 2013 in Jesser Canyon, 12 km south of the site where the tag popped up at 1am on 8 February 2014.

Lights, Camera, Action

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A Sense of Place
Friday, 08 October 2010 14:26    | Written by Administrator    PDF Print E-mail

KwaZulu Natals iSimgangaliso Wetland Park has been called a small Eden and its not hard to see why.  Beach and bush lay side by side and you can find bothHippos_at_Lake_Sibaya turtle tracks and leopard spoor on the magnificent shoreline.

 There’s no other place in the world with a comparable ecological footprint.  Within the park which covers 332 000 hectares you can find no less than eight interlinking ecosytems, 25 000 year old coastal dunes, more than 2000 plant species, 100 types of butterfly, five turtle species, the top frog count in the country and 526 bird species.  Wild dog, buffalo, oribi, cheetah, black and white rhino, lions and some of the largest Tusker elephants in South Africa can all be found in South Africa’s first World Heritage Site.

 When elephants were reintroduced to the park in 2001, Nelson Mandela made a speech and aptly said:

‘The Wetland Park must be the only place on the globe where the world’s oldest mammal (the rhinoceros) and the world’s biggest mammal (the elephant) share an eco-system with the world’s oldest fish (the coelacanth) and the world’s biggest marine mammal (the whale).’

 It really is an amazing place and visitors can scuba dive in the Indian Ocean on Sodwana Bay’s pristine coral reefs and enjoy an afternoons game viewing all in one day.

 
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Scuba Diving with Geoff Spiby at Triton Dive Lodge 2014 Gallery

Scuba Diving with Geoff Spiby at Triton Dive Lodge 2014 Gallery We had a great weekends diving with award winning photographer Geoff Spiby, his wife Lynn, Georgina Jones and friends from Capetown in February 2014. Despite challenging conditions due to a cyclone in the Mozambique channel Geoff captured some awesome images including schools of slingers, stumpnose bigeyes and snappers on the amazing 6 mile reef.  Nudibranchs gallore including a Djibuti Giant that has made bikini reef his home and the green coral tree on 9 mile reef.  We were rewarded with dolphins and a whale shark to top the weeks diving on Sodwana Bay's incredible reefs.



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Diving to see the Coelacanths with Peter Timm and Triton Dive Lodge

Diving to see the Coelacanths with Peter Timm and Triton Dive Lodge The images in this gallery were all taken by Peter whilst diving to 110 metres in Jesser Canyon, Sodwana Bay, South Africa.  This is the only place in the world where you can dive to see a living coelacanth. Just a handful of divers have had the privilege to dive on Jesser Canyon and a few have been lucky enough to be rewarded with coelacanth sightings with the help of Peter Timm.  During March last year Peter diving with The Alternative Dive Group found and photographed coelacanths on a ten day expedition.  The photos were studied by Dr Kerry Sink…



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Scuba Diving with top photographer Geoff Spiby in February with Triton Dive Lodge

Scuba Diving with top photographer Geoff Spiby in February with Triton Dive Lodge In February Triton had the privilege of hosting and diving with top (award winning) South African photographer Geoff Spiby,  his wife Lynne and Georgina Jones, an invertebrate expert and passionate Cape-Town based diver. Sodwana Bay really came to the party and the fantastic diving conditions that  couldn’t have been better with day after day of endless viz and zero current. The trip developed as a final component of the Reef Atlas Project led by the South African National Biodiversity Institute and much discussion was devoted to developing new initiatives that divers can contribute to.  



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