Diving Mozambique

7 September 2016

There is some incredible diving in Mozambique. The Bazaruto archipelago has been a protected area since 1971. Here you can find dugongs, dolphins, whales and turtles. In Tofu, Inhambane you can see whale sharks and manta rays. Nacala to the north of Mozambique is a beautiful area with a great diversity of sealife. The Quirimbas National Park lies along the north east of the country.

Dolphin by Tim Nicholson

The rainy season in Mozambique runs from November to April. The water is warm throughout the year. February and August are often windy so the visibility may not be as good during these months. The best vis, and possibly the best time to go, is between May and September.

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According to the British Foreign Office, there is a "low threat from terrorism" in Mozambique, unlike in many European countries at the moment. Most visits are trouble-free but take out insurance which includes diving before you go.

Although Mozambique has had economic turmoil, it is an odd mix of first world and third world. If you have the money and the will you can find almost anything in the country. Money, of course being relative to the fact that most of the population is considered very poor by first world standards. A lot of money in Mozambique is small change in respect to a first world currency.

I have dived most of the coast of Mozambique it is fantastic, from Whales and Mantas to leaf fish and harlequin shrimps.
Simon
I'm very happy to see this page. Thanks! I've dived in other places too, and I still think Mozambique and northern South Africa has the best diving anywhere.
David Forbes

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Dive Sites of the Mozambique

Barra Reef
"I learned to dive here and many of the people I dived with were very experienced and they all agreed that it was the best diving they had ever seen. Better than the Red Sea, better than Australia... the best. The diving possibilities are almost limitless. There is a beautiful, calm, incredibly bright lagoon. Coral reefs abound within 300 m to 3000+ metres of the shore in all directions. The weather is irrationally gorgeous and visibility was virtually unlimited even at 30 m. Tropical, aquatic life abounds including blue spotted rays, crocodile fish, whales and sharks (even great whites). I saw four 1-4 metre rays in one 24 min. dive. The coral is spectacular and varied with many arches and tunnels and caves for those who like to play. As if that wasn't enough, it is probably some of the cheapest diving in the world. I got 7 dives and NAUI certification for less than a quarter of what it would have cost me in the US"
Neal Winn
"Whale sharks, Manatees regularly, different rays, (lucky to see moon fish), you wouldn't see great white though...well maybe down at Zai Zai. Plenty of Murray eels, Lionfish and large potatobass, Barracuda and turtle."
Ane Munkeby
"Visibility 100%, mantas galore even 2 whale sharks nearby. Good value for money."
Tertius Hofmeyr

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"A pinnacle at 18 to 28 m. There are always Manta rays on reef: they have a cleaning station there. Plenty of sharks and good viz. The reef is 10 km off Praia de Barra."
John Law
Bazaruto

A marine protected area with dugongs, dolphins, whales and turtles. The local communities share in the tourism revenues from the marine park. The park covers an area of 1430 km2, and consists of the five islands in the archipelago and the surrounding waters1.

Dugong by Suzanne Challoner

Bazaruto
2 Mile Reef

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

"Set out beyond the islands this amazing reef has swim throughs walls and pinnacles.swam with a turtle and listene into the whales."
Simon
Bazaruto
Washing Machine
Reviews: 4 stars

"Tougher dive than 2 mile reef but dolphins surfed above our heads!"
Simon
Nacala
Nacala Bay

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

"A shallow dive straight off the beach, easy and gentle."
Simon
"Bat fish here are incredible, whales enter the bay, sunfish - also shallower areas for fantastic corals and smaller fish. Not touristy!"
Gemma Steel
Nacala
Andres reef

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

"Batfish galore they swim above you the entire dive."
Simon
Nacala
Paradise
Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

"Beautiful site, potato bass and reef reef reef."
Simon
Quirimbas National Park
Situ Island

Since 2002, along the northeast coast of Mozambique, sits the protected Quirimbas National Park.

"(Situ Island) can be booked as a private island so the entire experience is just amazing. Accommodation and food is very good value for money. Diving is excellent value for money. Two boats, excellent condition. Diving, fishing, relaxation. Situated in the Quirimbas National Park. "
Danelda Dicke, December 2015
Buntings Bulge
Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

"Many wall and reef dives. In a protected nature reserve."
Danelda Dicke, December 2015
Colloseum
Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

"Plant Garden - the coral is spectacular "
Danelda Dicke, December 2015
Disaster drop off
Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

"Just awesome. Visibility brilliant."
Danelda Dicke, December 2015
Creche

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

"Beautiful tropical fish everywhere, including some beautiful juvenile fish! Schools of fish follow you around while you explore the beautiful reefs. Dolphins swam with the boat going to this site.
Great value for the money...great prices! I would recomend it for everyone. The beach here is breath taking! And, the best part, it is not crowded! What a great experience all around. Great hospitality, great people, great sights!"
Tiffany, USA, 2007
Malongane
Paradise

Reviews: 4 stars

"Tons of tropical fish, honeycomb eels, parot fish, turtles, and beautiful coral. I also saw two Humback Whales up close at this site. There is a great swim through here too."
Tiffany, USA, 2007
Ponta d'Ouro
Doodles

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

"Colourful and vibrant, massive potato bass! "
Ryan Mahoney, 2012
"Prolific fish life covering the most diverse species in the Indian Ocean."
Melinda, 2008
"Lots of small stuff and big stuff. Nudis, so many, leaffish, Patato grouper, turtles, jacks, shrimps. Everything but sharks........for them do Pinnacles, but no guarantees."
Edwin, Netherlands, 2008
"Excellent site! I saw giant manta rays, a sea turtle, a prodigal son, a big sea bass (named Nuisance), tons of tropical fish and magnificant coral. The fish here are magnificant and some are absolutely giant in size! What a great dive! I saw more at this dive site than I have at any other!"
Tiffany, USA, 2007

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Ponta d'Ouro
Pinnacles

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

"A deep reef starting 28m dropping off to over 40m, Huge potato bass congregate here, together with game fish which attract sharks of all descriptions, especially Zambezi, Hammerheads and the odd Tiger shark. Viz is usually around the 30m mark, it is an awesome "big blue" dive! "
Louie Bodenstaff, 2012

"Pinnacle at 35 m with Shark on every dive; Bull, Tiger, silver tip, Hammerheads, Manta, devil rays."
Melinda, 2008
"Hammerheads and tons of mantas. 40 m viz and 28 deg C water temperature."
Richard Labuschagne, 2009
Ponta d'Ouro
Anchor

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

"At 22 m, teeming with just about all the species found in the Indian Ocean plus an abundance of various corals (hard and soft)."
Melinda, 2008
Inhaca Island
Portuguese Island

"Water was green and not very clear and there was hardly any fishlife. The locals were using gillnets which has decimated all large fish populations in this area."
John Weller
Morrungulo
Benchmark

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

"My best dive ever. Apparently this is one of Scuba Galaxy's treasured secrets and I found out why. We had 4 manta rays, a leopard shark, schools of barracuda, lion fish, sting rays, honeycomb morays, garden eels and more. I did not have enough eyes in my head to capture it all. Viz was about 30 mtrs"
Marcus, 2011
Morrungulo
Valley of Caves

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

"Probably the best cave / swim through structures I have ever experienced. Huge underwater tunnels some over 20mtrs long and big enough to swim side by side. Not much big marine life but a few juveniles can be seen. The structure is amazing. Viz was about 15mtrs"
Marcus, 2011
Morrungulo
Turtles' Hideout

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

"Huge turtles, huge spanish dancers, huge crayfish, a variety of nudibranches and lots of fish. They tell me the viz is not always 25mtrs, mostly 12-15, so I got it on a good day, but whatever the viz, it is an awesome site."
Marcus, 2011
Inhambane
Manta Ray reef

High season here is October and November but you can generally see the whale sharks and mantas year round.

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

Fabulous dive, Whalesharks on the way to it and the 3rd time even on the dive itself. Biggest Manta's one will ever see. Frogfish, Dragon Moray and the rest of the fishbook."
Edwin, Netherlands, 2008
"Loads of mantas, spanish dancers, morey eel, crayfish, shrimps, paper fish, whale sharks, colourful fish..."
Hayley
Amazing, manatarays, lion fish, morays of colours never seen before, crays and much much more.
Renee Ker, Australia, 2008
"This is the "cleaning station" for giant manta rays. It felt like you were diving in a National Geographic documentary on Manta Rays. They were everywhere - and stayed there for the whole duration of the dive. Huge turtles, and clouds of brightly coloured tropical fish accompanied us on our journey."
Maria Findlay, 2006
Inhambane
The Klipfontein
"10500 ton wreck from 36 to 53 m deep. Huge brindle bass, sharks,manta, schooling pelagic fish, it has all been seen here. Decompression dive for experienced and qualified divers only. "
Mozdivers, 2012
Inhambane
Vasco's
"Vibrant reef from 12 to 20 m with several manta ray cleaning stations in 12 to 16 m. "
Mozdivers, 2012
Neptune's Arm, Vamizi Island
"This is almost certainly the best dive in the world, with towering underwater pinnacles and mountains that stretch for hundreds of feet to the sea floor, a large and thriving population of Grey reef sharks, coral as vibrant and rich as the great barrier reef used to be, and thousands upon thousand of fish of every variety, this picturesque, and stunning dive site, currently the residence of a world renowned director and his film crew shooting a film all about the beauty of these waters, this definitely deserves a place in the top 15, if not number 1 "
Anon, 2015

Mozambique Diving Operators

Most dive operations in Mozambique are run by South Africans.

Blowing Bubbles Diving dive centre

Gala Gala Eco Resort and Diving
Ponta d Ouro
Maputo
Mozambique
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NAUI affiliated.

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Back to Basics Adventures

N Beach RD,
Ponta d Ouro
Maputo
Mozambique
[email protected]

Can arrange border transfer and accommodation.

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Gozo Azul

LDA
Ponta do Ouro
Rua N* 125
Southern Mozambique
[email protected]

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Devocean Diving

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

Rua B no. 41
Ponta Do Ouro
Mozambique
[email protected]

Reviews

"Devocean diving is beyond doubt the most professional run operation in the area. Rate wise, on par with the rest and I would certainly go and dive with them again. Professional staff making feel part of the family and not just a number. "
Melinda, 2008.

Morrungulo
Morrungulo Holiday Resort

Mozambique
Tel: (011) 803 4185
Fax: (011) 803 3861
E-mail: [email protected].

"Jakes knows a lot about fish and the various dive sites around, here..beautiful diving."
Anton, 2008.

Morrungulo
Scuba Galaxy

Bonito Bay Resort
Morrungulo
Mozambique
Tel: +258 82 6344929
E-mail: [email protected].

"We are a relatively new dive operation in Mozambique, having been here for a year now. This part of Mozambique was pretty difficult to get to in the past, as the roads were terrible and people got tired of taking extra tyres with them and having major damage to their suspensions etc. BUT NOW... the roads have all been properly tarred and are amazing. Our good fortune is that most of the dive sites are unexplored and in pristine condition."
Scuba Galaxy, 2011
"We stayed at Bonito Bay. It is a newish resort, very comfortable and reasonably priced. The owners are very social and go out of their way to make sure you have a good stay. The boat was very comfortable and the skipper made sure that you knew where everything was in his really funny briefing. Gear was all in pristine condition and the dive masters were brilliant. No stress diving is what I would call it. Good value for money as there were no hidden costs. Lots of variety, lots of marine life and many many dive sites.
Dave and Desiree run an amazing operation at the Bonito Bay Resort in Morrungulo. Reasonably priced, super friendly... arrive as a client...leave as a friend!! Their knowledge of the area and marine life is incredible."

Marcus, 2011
Nuarro Lodge

Nuarro Lodge (DEO) PO BOX 88
Nacala Bay
Nampula Province
Mozambique
E-mail: [email protected]
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Wobbegong Dive

Ponta Zavora
Inhambane Province
Mozambique
E-mail: [email protected]
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Mozdivers

Zavora Lodge
Inhambane Province
Mozambique
Tel: +258 82 776 6417
E-mail: [email protected].

Offer Recreational and technical diving and courses from IANTD and PADI: rebreather friendly, nitrox, trimix. All levels of diver catered for. The only fully equiped technical facility in Mozambique Situated in Zavora Lodge which has a wide variety of accommodation from backpacker to double en suite.

Peri - Peri Divers

Albatroz Lodge Backpackers
Tofo
Inhambane
Mozambique
Tel: 00258825505661
E-mail: [email protected]
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"Peri-Peri Divers are part of Tofo Beach's thriving dive industry. Owners Steve and Nick combine their 15 years of local experience and enthusiasm to offer a bespoke range of diving experiences, including ocean safaris, PADI training courses and dive packages in association with the neighbouring Albatroz Lodge. Peri Peri offer a personalised service that rivals the larger more commercial operations by taking smaller groups of divers to explore Tofo's world famous dive sites."
Steven Counsel (Peri-Peri Divers), 2010

Liquid Adventures

Liquid Adventures PADI Dive and watersports centre
Tofo
Inhambane
Mozambique
Tel: +258845363636
E-mail: [email protected].

South Africa
Mozambique Travel Service

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

Suite 128
Private Bag x11326
Nelspruit
1200
South Africa
Tel: +27 (0)13 751 2220
E-mail: [email protected].

Will take care of all travel arrangements.

South Africa
Blue Chilli Adventures

1261 Prospect Street
Hatfield
Pretoria
0083
South Africa
Tel: +27 827195100, +27 764614310
E-mail: [email protected]

Adventure company from southern Africa that runs diving tours to Mozambique. Offer a 10% discount on group outings from dive schools and companies. Dive tours include: 13 Day Bush and Beach Diving Tour, 13 Day Indian Ocean Scuba Experience, 11 Day Wet and Wild and 7 Day Nemo Seeker.

South Africa
Immerse Yourself Safaris

Umkomaas 4170
KZN
South Africa
Tel: +27 82 336 8573
E-mail: [email protected]

Tour operator specialising in dive and adventure safaris in South Africa and Mozambique. Typical trips are 7 Species in 7 Days - Shark Safari and the South African East Coast Safari for the first months of the year; June the Sardine Run starts. Also have an exclusive new dive adventure: which is diving with the Nile Crocodiles in the Okavango Delta (Botswana) - with two boats at all times, only one client in the water with two guides, qualified paramedic on site, all inclusive private camp setup on private island or luxury houseboat. Back to Sardine Run in August for another couple weeks. Then its windy season and November will be Shark Safari and/or South African East Cast Safari.

South Africa
Guinjanta Bay Resorts

Tel: 039 9721895
Mobile: 084 2600157
E-mail: [email protected]


Further Reading and References

Atlas of South Africa & Mozambique Dive Sites
by Fiona McIntosh, 190 pages, 2011
Comprehensive atlas and guide to 157 dive sites.
Gone Diving Mozambique
by Jean Paul Vermeulen, 92 pages, 2006
A travel companion for divers visiting Mozambique
Two Oceans: A Guide to the Marine Life of Southern Africa
by George Branch, Charles Griffiths, Lynnath Beckley, Margo Branch, 368 pages, 2007
Covers over 1,400 species of the most common forms of marine life that inhabit southern Africa - including the invertebrates, fish, reptiles, mammals and plants. The book concentrates on the most frequently encountered species living in the waters that can readily be explored by scuba divers.
Mozambique (Bradt Travel Guides)
by Philip Briggs, 392 pages
Good guide now in its 6th edition.
Coral Reef Fishes Coral Reef Fishes, Indo-Pacific and Caribbean
by Ewald Lieske and Robert Myers, Harper Collins, 400 Pages, Paperback
An excellent, comprehensive guide to reef fishes, which is small and light enough to pack regardless of amount of diving equipment. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to identify the fish they see whilst diving the tropics.
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1Community conservation in Bazaruto Archipelago National Park, Mozambique, WWF.

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