AN EPIC EXPEDITION TO EXPERIENCE KZN'S INCREDIBLE UNDERWATER LIFE. THE SARDINE RUN, THE AMAZING SHARKS OF ALIWAL AND THE WONDERS OF SODWANA BAY
Durban Green Corridors, in partnership with the eThekwini Municipality, is undertaking a unique three-week scuba diving expedition in July 2017 to profile the KZN east coast’s exceptional ocean experiences.
Perhaps the harbour city’s best-kept secret is that it is the launch site for some of the best scuba diving adventures in the world – with some of its reefs voted in the world’s Top Ten dive sites.
From Durban’s sensational King Shaka International Airport, it’s just a scenic two-hour drive south to the starting point of a marine adventure of a lifetime.
From Shelly Beach in the south to Sodwana in the north, the tour will take visitors to some of the best dive spots on the planet, offering pristine reefs, shipwrecks, a variety of sharks and rays, an abundance of reef fish and shoals of hunting fish. Dolphins and whales are also frequently spotted and the KZN coast also hosts the annual Sardine Run, known as The Greatest Shoal on Earth.
The expedition group will comprise of two local diving enthusiasts, along with two international volunteers (divers, bloggers and social influencers in their home countries) who will visit, dive, explore, document and photograph a rich variety of scuba-related and other tourism attractions.
A passion for the KZN coast, resulted in Debbie Reynolds qualifying as an experienced diver in 2001. Since then she has extensively dived the various reefs and wrecks on the KZN coast. With more than 500 dives to her credit, she has also dived in Sipadan (Malaysia), the Red Sea, the Maldives, the Great Barrier Reef (Australia), Thailand and Mozambique. Her extensive experience across various diving destinations locally and worldwide has given her a unique insight into our diverse underwater world, as well as the broader marine tourism environment.
Mica hails from Geneva, Switzerland and a South African born Anthropologist. She is a qualified Dive Master and PADI instructor. While working in Mozambique she was able to combine her scuba diving enthusiasm with conservation by joining the Project Aware cause, promoting the importance of local scuba diving instructors and working in education of sustainable dive practices. Her dive logs stretch to Brazil, Australia, South Africa, Switzerland but extensively include the Mozambican coastline.
Chris hails from France and currently residing on the island of Reunion. Chris is a highly qualified professional diver with special diving qualifications to participate in the scientific operations and archaeological explorations. Chris has dived in Senegal, Spain, Corsica, Mayotte Island, Seychelles Islands, Mauritius Island, Reunion and Rodrigues Islands. Through his work, Chris has documented a staggering 300 wrecks off the island of Reunion.
Sifiso is our local Durban Green Corridors Social Media Manager. Brand new to scuba diving, Sifiso recently completed his SSI Open Water qualification. Sifiso will be experiencing the wonders of our underwater world through the eyes of a novice scuba diver. Sifiso is passionate about tourism and environmental issues, a proud ambassador for KwaZulu-Natal's coastline.
Thami is Durban Green Corridor's enthusiast’s nature and cultural guide with FAGASA Level 4 qualification through the Wilderness Leadership School. Thami has recently completed his Open Water Dive qualification with SSI. He has found a new passion in scuba diving and he sees himself (in time) as becoming one of the best dive masters in South Africa. Thami is joining the Dive Durban scuba diving expedition to explore the amazing underwater world that he has just recently discovered.
Jenny is our in house travel agent extraordinaire. Jenny comes with over ten years experience in the international travel packaging industry and responsible for travel support and logistics for the team. If you're looking for a morning out on one of KZN reefs or a week long customized itinerary exploring our coastal gems, we can highly recommend giving Jenny a call for all your travel needs.