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Diving Mozambique

Mozambique coastMozambique’s tropical ambience, sun-drenched beaches and azure waters offer the visitor both relaxation and various activities.

Mozambique’s limitless opportunities for sunbathing and a variety of watersports draw most visitors to the beach resorts, but there are also a wealth of other activities on offer as well as much of historical and cultural interest to discover.

Mozambique Dive Sites
Mozambique offers some of theDive sites are uncrowded best diving in southern Africa. and marine life is varied and abundant. The aquamarine waters hold a vast number of tropical and game fish species as well as rare creatures like dugongs, whale sharks and turtles. Conditions compare favourably with those of the Caribbean or the Great Barrier Reef but are not nearly as commercialised. Water temperatures range from 22°C in winter to 31°C in summer and visibility is usually between 5 and 35 metres, with an average year round visibility of 15 metres.

Ponto do Ouro
There are five dive sites at Ponto do Ouro where you stand a chance of seeing hammerheads, kingfish, barracuda and potato bass.

Vilanculos and the Bazaruto Archipelago
There are a number of spectacular dive sites off the islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago. There are dive centres at all the resorts in Vilanculos and sightings of whale sharks in open waters are fairly common. The best known diving site here is Manta Reef where you can see manta rays and turtles.

Two of the best known Bazaruto Island locations are Tandy’s Reef and Vengie’s. The Greek Temple has a series of pinnacles and pillars which rise from the ocean floor and is a popular dive spot.

On Benguerra Island, Two Mile Reef, a short barrier reef protecting the narrow channel between Bazaruto and Benguerra, offers several completely unspoilt dive sites. It has a colourful variety of hard and soft corals and supports numerous schools of reef fish like fusiliers, coachmen, goldies and snapper. It is also frequented by gamefish and many types of shark. There are many other untouched and undived reefs in the area.

Pemba and the Querimbas
In Pemba, there is a dive centre at Wimbe Beach where you can hire equipment and arrange scuba excursions to explore the shallow waters in the area. Gorgeous coral reefs lie off the coastline here, just waiting to be explored. Lucky divers may also see dolphins and whales.

Diving information:

  • Water temperature: The Mozambique Current runs off the coast and temperatures are generally between 22°C in winter and 27°C in summer. A 3mm-5mm wetsuit is more than adequate.
  • Visibility: There are no major rivers entering the sea in this vicinity so visibility is from 25 - 40 metres.
  • Type of diving: Reef diving.
  • Marine life: Barracuda, dolphins, lionfish, manta rays, scorpionfish, a variety of sharks, turtles, whale sharks,and loads of other reef fish
  • Best times to go: June to September is the time to see migrating humpback whales. Whale sharks can be seen during most of the year but the best time to see them is from October to March.