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Dive Type: Shore Dive Depth: 12m Diver Qualification: Open Water Diver

Kwelera Nature Reserve (East Londen)
How to get there :
From East London you take the N2 highway in the direction to Umtata,take the Gonubie offramp and at the robots turn left,after about 50m you take the
turnoff East Coast (Jikeleza) to the right...follow the road past Mica hardware untill you get another road sign East Coast(Jikeleza).Follow this East Coast road untill you get a small shopping complex called "Crossways"Turn right at Crossways at the sign "Kwelera" and "Sunrise on Sea"Keep left where the road split to Kwelera...follow the road all the way down to the coast and before you get to the residential area you will see a gravel road on the left,folow this road down.
Its a very popular area to launch boats from and surfing area (called Yellow sands), snorkeling,and fishing.from East London to Kwelera will take you about 30min.
 
Description :
Kwelera has a open river and a slipway in the river area (not far from the mouth).from the river mouth to the point it is about 300-400m.It is shallow from the mouth to about midway to the point (3-5m)(ideal for snorkeling)From about midway to the point it gets deeper..5-12m(.ideal for diving)
Kwelera is unique as the west wind only needs to blow for one day and the water will be clean.During low tide at the river mouth is a tremendous rip and it is advisable to stay away from this.Surfers enter at the slipway and the rip will take them out from there to about midway From the river mouth to the point will be many gullies.This is a good area for scuba divers to enter and exit from (the round rocks going to the water can be difficult for scuba divers)..
You can split the area from the mouth to the point 4 quarters.
The first quarter from the mouth is lush and green with sea grass and small corals.and is about 3m deep.From shore it stretches for 50m out to sea.
The second quarter is lifesless round rock with very little growth.
These two quarters is full of fish though and in summer like morish idols,antheas,surgeons,crayfish,octopus etc..lots of tropicals goes upriver and is popular with marine fish collectors.
The third quarter where you enter with scuba is very green again and as you go further out the rocks turn round again and is lifeless
The last quarter is where the beauty of this reef is.It has deep crevises and gullies as high as 4m and the walls are covered with marine life The reef ends with sand and navigating here is not difficult.At the point it drops off to 12m and ends with sand.
Plenty of blue spotted rays,sandsharks ,strepies,blacktail,mullet,blue fish can be found.
The schools of fish here is huge and amazing to see...whales and dolphins use the bay to rest.Sharks are present in this area like raggies and the occasional great white.
 
Diving the reef:
Enter and exit midway between mouth and point,Swim straight out the reef where it is very green and becomes lifeless,keep going straight untill you get to the end of the rocks and then turn right and keep the sand on your left shoulder,keep going untill you get to a big square rock
The round rocks are small and this big rock stands out,some corals grow on this.You are about 50-70m out from shore and 7m deep.Go past it for another 20m(5min) and angle sharply right.You are basicly past the point now and life starts to show agian.It gets deeper and life ,corals is in abundance.rays and fish and corals is plentyfull here.you are about 12m deep now and far beyond the point..follow the crevises and gullies back to the exit.You will feel the wave action and surge when you get to the point so keep more to the right then.(deeper into the bay).The waves are big here and is famous to the surfers..(only experienced surfers use this area)..the surge pushes you back basicly into the bay
Do not dive without a buoy as fishing boats launch from the slipway early mornings and later afternoon . 

 Riaan Rossouw


 

 

 
Specie List for Dive site: (EL)-Kwelera Nature Reserve
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Specie
Ceratosoma ingozi (Ink pot nudibranch)
Chirodactylus brachydactylus (Twotone fingerfin)
Clinus superciliosus (Super klipfish)
Halgerda dichromis (Mosaic dorid)
Hydatina physis (Striped bubble shell)
Nembrotha purpureolineata (Purpureo dorid)
Octopus vulgaris (Common octopus)
Parablennius pilicornis (Ringneck blennie)
Phalium labiatum zeylancium (Helmet shell snail)
 
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