Adventures - Land, Sea and Sky!
Umhlanga Rocks enjoys a warm sub-tropical climate all year round with mild temperatures between 19 C and 26 C between winter and summer. Fishing, both from ski-boat and the shore, is popular. Various establishments, including the Natal Sharks Board, offer whale and dolphin viewing trips. There are skiboat launches at both Umhlanga and Umdloti and skiboat fishing competitions are held regularly in the area.Wave surfing and kite surfing are popular along this stretch of coast. Kite surfers practice regularly at Tekwini Beach, on the north side of Durban. Surfers and body-boarders get good waves at the Umhlanga beach breaks, while Umdloti offers a few challenging beach and point breaks.
There are exciting dive sites accessible by boat from Granny's Pool, and some from the beach through the surf for the fit and experienced divers. They include an artificial reef that attracts a variety of fish, and the Trawler, (Fontao), which sunk in 1990. Your dive skipper will show you an underwater wonderland of corals, sponges and tropical species.
CALYPSO - DIVE AND ADVENTURE
Calypso is a 5Star PADI facility at uShaka Marine World. We're a "top notch" training facility that launches daily around Durban. Diving courses from the absolute beginner up to professional.
The magnificent uShaka Marine Worlds Aquarium, Africa's best swimming pool has over 1500 tropical fish. Courses start daily throughout the year.
Just south of Umhlanga is Virginia Airport, where you can take coast and inland sightseeing
flights (031-563 7101). Try skydiving (072 214 6040) or a microlight flip (084 266 3359).
CALL 084-COME-FLY (084 - 2663 - 359)
Come Fly! Microlights
La Mercy Flight Park
Scenic Coastal flights with qualified and experienced instructors who share the freedom of the sky.
See the coastline from an exciting perspective.
Experience the thrill of the ocean while seeking dolphins in the warm waters off Umhlanga. Spotting whales, whale sharks and other dolphins is not uncommon in Umhlanga. Experience the thrill of a launch through the surf in a rubberduck ski boat with experienced skippers. Contact 086 100 1138
LIFE'S AN ADVENTURE, ENJOY THE RIDE WITH US!
Life's about balance. You can only lie on the beach and stare at the sea for so long. Now how about getting up close and personal with dolphins, sea birds, turtles and all the other sea life that the South African KwaZulu-Natal coastline has to offer? Ocean Ventures brings you quality marine eco-experiences and adventures that will give you a whole new perspective of this beautiful and abundant coastline.
Hazelmere Dam and Resort is a water sport Mecca for those who love water sports and fishing. An outing to the shady picnic spots on the water's edge will also reward you with sightings of zebra, wildebeest and many birds and butterflies. Contact 032 533 2315.
Rafting in an inflatable 2 man canoe (called Crocs), is adventurous & fun ! The challenge of negotiating the twist and turns in the river, and the rapids, whilst enjoying the astonishing views in the Umkomaas river valley, just 1 ½ hour from Durban. We cover 14kms of class 2 to class 4 rapids, over a 3 - 5 hour period.
Deep-sea, rock and shore angling are some of the major attractions of the Umhlanga coastline, offering some of the finest fishing in the province. However, over-fishing has forced the authorities to enforce strict regulations to preserve many threatened species.
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and the national Department of the Environmental Affairs and Tourism, are responsible for policing the new laws that require that anyone harvesting any marine resource, including all linefishing, has a permit to do so. Taking any inter-tidal resources, such as live shells, mussels and oysters, also requires a special permit. ( www.rhino.org.za )
Deep-sea charter owners and bait and fishing equipment retailers can provide specific information on permitted catch numbers and sizes.
National permits are also available from all S.A. Post Office outlets.
Tidal Tao Snorkelling Safaris
Experience our coast like you have never dreamed of. Hundreds of tropical fish, octopus and gorgeous underwater landscapes.
Tidal Tao Snorkeling Safaris, safe and exciting for all ages and fitness levels. We provide everything you need, If you can swim, we can teach you to snorkel!
Deep Sea Fishing