Snorkelling in Kosi Bay Mouth is a must-do activity when visiting the area. It’s an exhilarating experience to snorkel in the warm waters of the rock pools and the estuary, fondly known as “the aquarium” because of the abundance of the most amazing marine life.
Visibility always depends on the weather and the tide, but the best time to snorkel here is when clean seawater flows into the estuary at high tide. The area is generally safe but, that said, it’s always advisable to keep your wits about you.
Great fun for the kids
Children will be able to snorkel as long as they can swim, and we always suggest using flotation devices for the younger ones, even in the shallow waters. They will have hours of fun exploring the rock pools at low tide, which are safe for them to venture into.
Boxfish, Moorish Idols, Moray Eels and dozens of spectacular Lionfish can be spotted along the estuary reef. The Devil Firefish, which favours reefs, rocky outcrops and tidal pools, can also be spotted around the estuary. While they are a sight to behold, the dorsal spines of the Devil Firefish are venomous so it’s advisable to be careful around these areas when snorkelling.
The warm water of the Indian Ocean almost rules out the need for a wetsuit, though one may come in handy in the cooler, drier winter months between May and July.
Snorkelling gear for hire
Please remember to treat this ecologically sensitive area with care and respect. Do not stand on or break the reef. Should you not have your own equipment, snorkelling gear is available for hire for Utshwayelo Kosi Mouth Lodge & Camp guests.
Access to the estuary and the ocean is by 4 x 4 transfer only. We provide the transport for our guests to and from these areas at various times during the day and according to demand.