This event draws talented photographers from around the world to test their skills documenting iSimangaliso’s natural splendour.

iSimangaliso Wetland Park presents the Sodwana Bay Festival, powered by SUBMERGE Magazine and Nauticam. Hosted in Sodwana Bay between 26 April and 1 May 2018, this event is for divers and non-divers alike.

With a photographic competition, a rock festival, kids’ club, quizzes and games, market, micro seminars, community drive and much more, there is something for everyone.

Photographic Competition

The Sodwana Bay Festival will feature a photographic competition for any diver with any type of underwater camera setup, and for those who prefer to take their shot on dry land, there are categories to enter too. With the stunning reefs and dramatic landscapes of iSimangaliso Wetland Park serving as the backdrop for these images, we encourage both divers and non-divers alike to participate in this idyllically set competition.

Georgina Jones – Spike
Georgina Jones – Spike

Rock Festival

End off each day with bands, music, themed evenings as well as games, quizzes and treasure hunts.

Community Drive

This event will not only have a big vibe but also a big heart. With a major incentive to give back to the local community, we aim to provide basic skills training in swimming, first aid and discover scuba courses, teaching the value of our underwater world and why it is essential to conserve our oceans.

Geoff Spiby – Marine Animal Portraits
Geoff Spiby – Marine Animal Portraits

Micro Seminars – Learn Something New

With micro seminars hosted by topic professionals, not only will festival-goers be entertained, but could walk away with photo editing skills, a business tip or even the five best ways to tie your sarong.

Kid’s Club

With a full-day programme including face painting, sand castle competitions, eco-tours, Discover Rock Pools walking tours, movies, jumping castles and more, the children will have a holiday that they will never forget.

Andrew Kemp – Little Gems
Andrew Kemp – Little Gems

You are invited to be a Sponsor

The event is set to be the diving festival of the year, we invite you to get involved!

The iSimangaliso Sodwana Bay Festival will allow your brand to reach a direct market, support the local community and enhance tourism. This event is a platform for all businesses, whether you are a lodge, dive operator, sell an experience, equipment or a cup of coffee, the aim is to create awareness of all that the diving industry has to offer.

If you have a display space for a poster, please make contact with Slindile on

We encourage you to visit our Facebook page (@SodwanaBayFestival). Follow us on Instagram and Twitter, or keep an eye out on the Sodwana Bay Festival website.

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Contact Details
Sabrina Hindley
073 865 2016
Event Information
26 Apr 2018