Sodwana is situated in the Maputaland Marine Reserve and the only scuba diving area along the Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park (World heratige site) coastline.
Classified as one of the top dive sites in the world this 50 km reef complex boasts around 95 species of hard and soft coral, sponges, other invertebrates and around 1200 fish species.
It attracts 35 000 scuba divers every year. Vast 700m deep valleys, submarine canyons, are strewn over a distance of 2km.
It was in one of these that on 27 November 2000 that the coelacanth was rediscovered.
There are also five spicies of turtle found in the area the loggerhead, leatherback, hawksbill, olive and green Ridley turtles during the months between November to Febuary is egg laying season where there are guided tours up the coast.