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Sunday, April 18, 1999
12 km West of St. Lucia to Sodwana Bay, South Africa
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Sodwana Bay, South Africa:
Latitude: 27° 30' 43" South
Longitude: 32° 39' 38" East
Altitude: 101 feet
From Seattle: 12008 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Sodwana Bay Lodge

Today's Travel:
Country: South Africa
Region: KwaZulu-Natal
Path:12 km West of St. Lucia - Sodwana Bay, South Africa
Linear:71 miles
Weather: Mostly Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 738
Linear Dist: 141834
Countries Visited: 53
Regions Visited: 209
More stats...
Hotels: 205
Friends / Family: 160
Camping: 107
Hostels: 204
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 2855

Journal Entry:
Unexciting drive to Sodwana Bay. Once at the lodge we found out that the diving class Dean was going to take that we thought started tomorrow had just started. As Dean rushed to class he looked a bit bewildered - a lot like a seven year old on his way to his first day of school. Meanwhile Brett, Darrelle, and I went over our options. We decided to do a four night, six dive package and add a couple other dives in. So if all goes well we'll do eight dives over four days starting tomorrow - seven day / one night, and weather permitting we'll hit all four reefs. After we finished fitting all our equipment, filling out forms, and unpacking the car Dean was back. We hung out talking then went down to the pool - only to find it was a bit chilly.

The lodge is very nice, we got two wooden thatched huts with ensuite toilets / showers, fans, and each has a nice deck. The package included diner and breakfast at the lodge's restaurant and there are two pools and two bars, plus the dive center.

Laid down on the bed to work on my journal and ended up taking an hour plus nap. A very nice buffet diner and it was relatively early to bed.

Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: South Africa
CIA World Fact Book: South Africa

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