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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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.

 
The African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme
Wednesday, 30 June 2010 12:55    | Written by Administrator    PDF Print E-mail

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park was inscribed as a world heritage site in 1999 in recognition of its natural beauty, global value,One_Coelacanth_can_Hide_Another and the unique biodiversity the area has to offer. The marine sector, warmed by the tropical equatorial waters of the Agulhas Current, is in fact so special that it is renowned worldwide for being home to a healthy population of coelacanths, a biodiversity hotspot, and an area of great ecological significance. Each year thousands of visitors head to Sodwana Bay to get away from the rat race while taking advantage of the pristine nature the area offers, particularly in terms of fishing and SCUBA diving.

Read more... [The African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme] Last Updated ( Friday, 02 July 2010 14:33 )
 
Diving into the Watery Realm of Clownfish
Monday, 19 March 2012 10:00    | Written by Administrator    PDF Print E-mail

Juvenile AnenomefishDivers and snorkelers alike may have had the opportunity to view anemonefish, also affectionately known as clownfish, in their natural habitat; but how many fully understand the complex association between these fish and their anemone homes? An astonishing symbiotic relationship exists between these two organisms, enabling the fish to enjoy a safe home, while the anemone is protected from predators and cleaned of parasites. These parasites, which live off the tissues of the anemone, as well as leftovers from the anemone’s dinner, provide food for the fish and enable the fish to stay close to home rather than having to venture into the dark and dangerous open ocean for food.  This relationship is described as mutualistic since both anemone and fish benefit. A pretty neat setup if you ask me!

Read more... [Diving into the Watery Realm of Clownfish] Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 March 2012 12:36 )
 
Peter Timm - A Legend in our Time
Saturday, 21 June 2014 12:35    | Written by Administrator    PDF Print E-mail

This week, Triton lost its leader, creator and a vital, inspiring, powerful and generous man who deeply touched so many lives. Peter Timm was a partner, father, brother, friend, dive buddy, instructor, skipper, boss, mentor, teacher, electrician, builder, pilot, mechanic, plumber, photographer, honorary officer and citizen scientist. An exceptional man who did so many things for so many people. Capable, innovative and determined, Peter and his team created a place and a business that brought so much happiness, beautiful memories, great energy, direction and personal growth. He loved to learn and he was a natural teacher. So many people experienced his generosity of spirit, time and incredible skills. He also had a way with words - not just in terms of the “Peter Timm woordeboek” but in his way of making things better, of making you laugh and stretching individuals to achieve beyond what they thought was possible. He was a man of action and empowered and inspired others, leaving a legacy in diving, discovery, marine research and human relationships.

Peter died still believing he could fix anything and who could blame him. He fixed so much. He also died doing what he loved. He loved helping people and he was motivated by a challenge. He was a competent and very experienced technical diver and he ascribed to the spirit of trimix diving expressed by fellow deep diver Forrest Young …..

Peter and the Coelacanth“In this, some might find me incautious, but exploration always has had an element of risk and in the end, we are all mortal and it is how we carry on our lives during this brief existence that makes all the difference as to who we really are. Rest assured that we take

every step to make our projects as safe as possible but in the end, in the depths, it is between us and the deep blue sea.”

Peter loved and lived these words.
Written by the “Baby Doctor” Dr Kerry Sink

“Eve, Rolleen (his business partner and co-founder of Triton, his daughters, Vanessa and Jade, and the Triton staff thank everyone for their kind condolences. Peter’s legacy will live on at Triton and we thank you for your continued support. Triton will be re-open for business on 1 July”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 June 2014 07:41 )
 
Mysterious marine marvels of intertidal rockpools of Sodwana
Sunday, 15 November 2009 20:32    | Written by Administrator    PDF Print E-mail

Many a visitor to Sodwana has experienced the thrills of snorkelling with whale sharks, diving with dolphins and sighting manta rays on the move. But what about the fascinating worldopisthobranch of rock pools? Few have taken the time to explore the many hidden alcoves both above and below the water surface.

After a quick first glance it may appear that there is nothing unusually special about these pools; but after a closer look, creatures such as mantis shrimps, colourful sea anemones, sea squirts and sea slugs abound.

Read more... [Mysterious marine marvels of intertidal rockpools of Sodwana] Last Updated ( Monday, 04 February 2013 08:20 )
 


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Featured Galleries

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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