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Clive Smith

Clive grew up on the south coast of KZN before he moved to Mozambique where he qualified as a PADI Divemaster. After working at The Whaler in Ponta do Ouro for 3 years as divemaster and camp manager, he moved to Rocktail Bay in northern KZN to explore and set up the dive operation there, with his family. He then went on to become a skipper and has been skippering since 2002. Clive has been taking divers out to sea at Rocktail for the past 20 years as well as doing 9 Sardine Run seasons at Mbotyi in the Transkei. He handles all maintenance of dive equipment, boats, tractors and vehicles. Every now and then he still enjoys a dive and is a wonderful divemaster with an eye for amazing critters.

Michelle Smith

Michelle grew up in Johnnesburg and met Clive during a family holiday to Mozambique. With a mixed background of experience including fashion design, estate agency, catering, various office jobs and fine art printing, she finally found what she was looking for - not just Clive, her husband, but the ocean as well. She joined the Mokarran Dive Charters Team a couple of months after they arrived at Rocktail. She progressed from being an open water diver up to PADI Divemaster in 2002 before becoming a PADI Open Water Instructor in 2003. She loves teaching people how to dive, knowing that this opens up a whole new magical and exciting world to them. Michelle handles the dive and accommodation bookings, marketing and the admin side of things.

After 20 wonderful, successful years at Rocktail, the dive and accommodation concession sadly came to an end.

We were forced to leave in September 2019, which was heart breaking to say the least. We were the founders of diving in this spectacular area and were the first people to dive these reefs and discover so many wonderful creatures. We were the only dive operators here for the past. We shared so many special moments out to sea, with so many people, that leaving felt like a loss and it took u years. It took us a long time to finally accept that we had to move on. We held out hope for as long as we could, that we would get a positive answer as to when a new concession would come about – to date, we still do not have any answer as to when this may happen.

We therefore made the decision to move on and looked into a few different offers and were grateful to be given some wonderful opportunities but when the chance to establish a brand new dive centre at Rocky Bay was offered to us, we knew we had found our new home. The past 2 years have not been easy, what with covid19 lockdowns as we are starting up, but we are confident that with your support we can all continue to enjoy more special moments in the ocean together.

We look forward to exploring and sharing many more dive adventures with you all.