Canoeing & Birding at Amatikulu Nature Reserve


Just a short 30-40 minute drive from Ballito is Amatikulu Nature Reserve, an incredible, tranquil little nature reserve nestled between the Nyoni and Amatikulu Rivers. Great birding walks, canoeing trips, guided trails, all sorts of wildlife including Giraffe and Zebra, birds such as Swamp Nightjar and Green Twinspots ......and gorgeous deserted beaches all for yourself to explore. If you're looking for something totally different and an escape from the normal beach routine, we highly recommenced a day trip up to Amatikulu Eco Adventures. 

Educational Trips For Schools 


At Tidal Tao, we are dilly, silly and plain old passionate about the ocean. We see young people exploring the ocean with so much patience and excitement. They naturally have a sense of wonder and an affinity for nature. Properly cultivated, these values can mature into ecological literacy, and eventually into sustainable patterns of living. Children will inherit what we leave behind. And our educational program aims at making sure they inherit something wonderful.

The Tidal Trail, a gorgeous guided full morning walk from Christmas Bay in the North to Willard's Beach in the south. An opportunity to see the north coast like never before, visit every beach on our coast, enjoy an epic beach breakfast, crazy rock formations, migrating whales (June-November) and dolphins frolicking in the surf. Sound like your sort of adventure? 

Ballito Discover Snorkeling Safari 


Our most popular tour is the "Discover Snorkeling Safari" - The trip is about two hours, perfect for first timers and includes everything you need to have the experience of a lifetime and get your first taste of the wonders of our ocean, right here in Ballito and Salt Rock. Small groups, exceptional guides, unforgettable experience. 

Explorer Snorkeling Safaris 

Night snorkel

If you want to see a totally new and different range of marine creatures, then be sure join one of our special "explorer" snorkeling trips.

These trips focus on the "little things" such as finding colourful Nudibranchs, Octopus and other more unusual critters 

Night Snorkeling Safaris 


If you want excitement and an adrenaline rush like you can't believe and you want to see marine creatures you would otherwise never see during the day, then be sure to get onto one of our Night Snorkeling Safaris. Our personal favourite snorkeling trip

Morning Snorkeling Meditation 

Our morning mediation snorkels are all about "peace and quiet," submersing yourself in nature and just being. You're immersed in nature, all you hear is your breathing and the rhythm of the ocean, under these circumstances, quietening the mind, total relaxation and de-stressing comes totally naturally, easily. 

About Us

At Tidal Tao, we are dilly, silly and plain old passionate about the ocean and our neighborhood of Salt Rock, near Ballito, on the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. This is possibly some of the best snorkeling expediences South Africa has to offer, year round warm water, incredible fish and marine life, all in shallow, safe, protected areas.

The coastline, known as the Dolphin Coast (just north of Durban) between Ballito and Sheffield Beach, offers a surprising underwater wonderland. The coastline here is a wilderness, a wilderness that rivals any big game reserve or national park in it's size and diversity of animal species, we see whales on ancient migrations pass our way each winter, dolphins playing in the surf, we have recorded over 150 species of fish in water less than waist deep, over 15 nudibranchs not yet known to science, some of the southern most shallow water corals in the world. It's a special place and worth protecting. We estimate that you see about 5% of what is actually in the water, stick your head under with a mask and snorkel and an entirely new world is suddenly opened up to you. And that is our mission, to just get people in the water, exposed to the amazing variety of life in our oceans in the hope that you will be as amazed and appreciative of this natural beauty as we are.  

We really hope you join us on a snorkeling trip and you can see first hand what we get so excited about. Find our more about our snorkeling trips here 

To find out more about how you can get involved in our conservation work Click Here to find out more about Our Conservation Projects. 

If you can swim, then we can teach you to snorkel. If you're wondering what to do in Ballito or looking for things to do in Salt Rock, then a snorkel with Tidal Tao is a must. Fun and safe for the entire family. We have 5 star ratings on Trip Advisor, safe, reliable and focus on small groups with personal attention. We hope you join us and see for yourself what we get so excited about 

Ballito and KwaZulul-Natal North Coast Activities

Here are Tidal Tao's recommended activities on the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal and things to do in Ballito and Salt Rock area, if of course, you are not snorkeling

Here are some great ideas for other activities and things to do around Ballito when visiting the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Or if you need some information on things to do with kids, Ballito's beaches and eating out in Ballito have a look at some more great ideas of things to do in Ballito and Salt Rock,

Best Beds On The North Coast (Ballito To Salt Rock)

So, you're coming to snorkel with us on the North Coast (Ballito, Salt Rock, Sheffield Beach areas) and need a bed?

...Look no further, here are some of the best, most personal, friendly, warm and highly recommended places to stay no particular order  

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