280kms of pristine coastline links the Elephant Coast to the warm Indian Ocean where the water temperature seldom drops below 20 degrees. The world's southern most coral reefs can be found off Sodwana Bay, an underwater paradise less affected by global warming than reefs further north. Beautiful hard and soft coral are alive with over 1200 species of fish in addition to a wide variety of marine life. There are humpback whales, ragged tooth sharks, whale sharks, tiger sharks, manta ray and giant morays to name a few. Snorkeling opportunities at Cape Vidal and in the Kosi Bay Estuary provide excellent underwater experiences, and the whale watching opportunities must be regarded as one South Africa's best.