We continued up the coast to fantastic Sodwana Bay from St. Lucia. After some goodbyes with Mariska and the gang at Bibs Hostel, we were off! A few hours drive found us up near the Mozambique border and the border to Swaziland (now known as Eswatini). We had several recommendations to use a Dive Shop in Sodwana called Reefteach – http://www.reefteach.co.za/?mode=desktop. One recommendation was from the fellow from whom M.C. and I bought our new Mares dive computers – http://scubascene.co.za/
The other recommendation came through friends back in Canada who had met a South African fellow in Peru (talk about convoluted). He spoke to the head of NAUI for South Africa who also referred us to Reefteach. The recommendations were spot on! This is why we talk to people and not always rely on the bloody interweb….
Reefteach is run by its original founder Neville Ayliffe whose presence instills confidence in all around him. He was one of the original chaps to scout out the reef at Sodwana and has been diving it since the 80s at least! He has even discovered new fish which are named after him! Both girls did some of their first Sodwana dives with Neville as their Dive Buddy. Neville also had a young Instructor at Reefteach named Ed Vermaak who also blew us away with his depth of knowledge and enthusiasm for scuba diving. We were so impressed with 21 year old Ed, that we had him teach Kaia her PADI Advanced Open Water Course. He also taught Marie-Christine and I our PADI Enriched Air Specialty Course. Marie-Christine is a PADI Rescue Dive and I am a Divemaster so i reckon we are a bit picky when it comes to who will teach our kids. We cannot recommend Ed enough!
Reefteach also has accommodation onsite which was amazing…we had a massive place and just loved it! We loved it so much 4 days of diving turned into 2 weeks. Sodwana had everything – nice place to live, access to food to cook, cheap food if we wanted to eat out and a wonderful crew of people. There are bigger dive operations in Sodwana but for us – Reefteach is THE place.