Golden beaches, blue sky days and a relaxed lifestyle make Umhlanga a favourite holiday destination for South African’s and international visitors alike. This trendy seaside town is just 16km north of central Durban and Snorkelling offers a unique and interesting perspective of a side of Umhlanga that not everyone gets to see!
KwaZulu-Natal’s North Coast enjoys a year-round balmy sub-tropical climate and sea temperatures, ranging from 25°C in summer to 20°C in winter, rival those of Europe’s Mediterranean Sea! So, snorkelers will be happy to know they can make a wetsuit-free splash at any time of the year.
Snorkelling in the warm Indian Ocean off Umhlanga is best a little way from shore where the water is calmer and visibility is greater. Boat-based snorkelling operators are the best bet as they can take you out past the breaking waves for the best underwater experience. Who knows - a pod of friendly dolphins may even happen by to keep you entertained!
Boat-based snorkelling trips from Umhlanga generally begin with an exciting surf launch from Granny’s Pool, an area of water protected by natural rock outcrops. On the boat journey, enjoy wonderful seascapes and vistas of the surrounding coastline and Umhlanga’s skyline. Opportunities to observe a range of pelagic birds and marine life including whales are possible and boats can also sidle up quite close to some impressive ocean-going ships which anchor close to shore.
Go on, feel the sand between your toes and the sun on your back as you discover Umhlanga’s amazing underwater world by mask and snorkel!