Sodwana Bay : 9 Mile Reef

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Nine Mile Reef

  • Location: 27o24,60’ S; 32o43,50’ E.  14km North of Jesser Point 500m Offshore
  • Average Depth Upward profile starting at 20m up to 5m  Maximum Depth  21m
  • About Nine Mile:

Nine Mile is the northern most dived reef in Sodwana Bay and is home to a large variety of different species. The reef is shallow on the shore ward side, called Breaking waters,  starting at about six meters and goes down to 21m.This reef is host to the only species of free swimming nudibranches in Maputaland. These can be found on the drop off along with black coral green wire corals and gorgonian sea-fans.

 The reef is well known  for its green coral tree that’s always buzzing with fish life. A few swim through overhangs can also be found near this coral tree to add to the taste of the adventurous diver. The Coral tree is home to a number of species small reef fishes including Sea goldies and Damsels. 

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Lion fish

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  • How to find the coral tree:

Start your dive on the northern part of the reef, making sure to stay next to the sand on the seaward side of the reef. the reef makes a bend to the seaward side almost like a bubble. Be sure to follow the sand around this bend for the coral tree is just around the corner facing towards the sand. The tree is situated on the side of one of the rocky outcrops on the sand.

  • Fish Life on 9 Mile:

Goldies, Domino Damsels, Nudibranches, big game fish, Frogfish and possibly Rays on the sand. Spotting's of whale sharks, Manta Ray’s and other reef sharks is have also been reported.

  • Coral Life on Nine Mile:

Black corals, green tree corals, green wire corals and red gorgonian sea fans can be spotted along with a variety of other plant and coral life.

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Juvenile Emperor Angelfish

Beware of Corals because they break very easily and they take extremely long to grow back. Please preserve our Oceans for future generations to share in its splendour.

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Updated on: 03/02/2001