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Wednesday, April 21, 1999
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
Weather: Overcast / Partial Sun

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 741
Linear Dist: 141834
Countries Visited: 53
Regions Visited: 209
More stats...
Hotels: 208
Friends / Family: 160
Camping: 107
Hostels: 204
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 2863

Journal Entry:
Got up even earlier than yesterday - needed to be at the beach by 6:30! Since the restaurant doesn't even start serving breakfast until seven we had to have Dean pick them up so we could have something to eat after the first dive. The first dive was to Seven Mile Reef - to the same section of reef we did yesterday. It was still good and there was less surge, but visibility was not as good. During most of the dive I wasn't feeling so hot, and on the accent I started to feel very bad - like last night, only worse. By the time we got back to shore I had decided not to do the second dive. The second dive was going to be a relatively shallow dive (30+ feet) to visit the local shark population and I'd really been looking forward to it but I was just feeling to out of it. After breakfast and a bit of a nap I was feeling much better, and probably stupidly I decided I could do the dive.

The dive was brilliant we found a group of eight to ten "Raggie" sharks all five to eight feet long (including tail). They're all pregnant, and therefore not feeding so they're safe to be around. You could actually see the algae growing on their teeth. They passed with feet of us - close enough to see their teeth and look into their eyes. Most of the dive was spent laying on the sand watching them so air lasted forever - though it did get a bit cold. Surprisingly I felt much better after the dive than I did when I started. Even so I've decided that's enough diving (seven dives in three days is more than I've ever done before) so this will be the end of diving here and tomorrow will be a day off.

Back at the lodge we cleaned up our gear and turned it in. Spent the afternoon hanging out with Brett and Darrelle, and two other Americans who are leaving tomorrow. Had our final diner here (still excellent) and not surprisingly crashed into bed bed early.

[Original entry lost. Reconstructed from notes 5/4/99]

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

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