Diving the Bazaruto Archipelago
Bazaruto ensures memorable diving and snorkeling with spectacular coral reefs with bountiful sea-life.
The reefs offer the diver an abundance of marine life with a huge diversity of both coral and fish life. The coral reef is considered one of the more pristine and diverse in the Western Indian Ocean. Over 2.000 species of fish have been recorded with 80% of the Indo-Pacific species: East Indian ocean reef fish, various species of sharks, whale sharks, Manta rays, potato bass, 4 species of turtles, morays, guitar fish and various rays and eels. Humpback whales can be sighted during the months of July to October.
There are great sites ranging in depth from 6m to 34m to please all divers. The water temperature ranges from 21˚ C in winter to 30˚ C in summer, with the visibility averaging 18m in winter and 40m in summer (best from mid March to September)
World famous Two Mile Reef - Maximum depth 22 meters - all divers
Two Mile is a barrier reef protecting a narrow channel between the high sand dunes on the south of Bazaruto Island and the long white beaches of the north point of Benguerra Island. It is renowned for its excellent snorkeling sites inside the reef such as the Aquarium, as well as for a host of exciting dives on the seaward side such as The Arches, Shark Point, North Point, The Boulders, Surgeon Rock, The Drop-off, Cathedral and The Gap. The reef has a colorful diversity of hard and soft corals, and numerous schools of brightly colored reef fish such as coachman, fusilier, snapper and surgeon. Schools of large pelagic and reef fish also frequent the area and you may encounter potato bass; kingfish; barracuda; guitar fish; devil, manta and honeycomb rays, large moray eels , black tip reef sharks, turtles and the magnificent whale sharks. If you’re lucky you might have a glimpse at the shy dugongs.
5 miles reef - depth 20 meters
If you've ever wanted to feel like you're diving in a submerged city, this is the place to explore. You'll dive around magnificent coral formations and through an amazing rocky structure, exploring caves and swim-through where you might bump into a sleepy turtle, crocodile fish, scorpion fish and the most amazing nudibranches.
Ray alley depth - 20-21 meters on high tide.
The site consists mostly of table coral. You might be able to spot devil, eagle, round ribbon tail and giant reef rays together with loads of other fish families such as the parrot fish, moray eels, remoras, shrimps, lobsters.
San Sebastian - depth ranges from 18 to 40 meters - advanced divers
The sites are all pinnacles and GPS drop points. It has the potential of having moderate to strong current however this is where we find most of the bigger pelagic fishes. Groupers, mantas, morays, big schools of king fishes, turtles and many more
Corner depth - 22 meters
On the corner of 2 miles and close to the channel with good chance for amazing visitors, with lots of potato groupers, schools of assortment of fish families and its change in topography it’s easy for both shallow and deeper dives on this site. Sea apples and turtles to be expected here and the occasional drift dive ending.
Fishbowl - depth 13 meters on high tide – all divers
Fishbowl is great for beginners and experienced divers alike. It’s a small reef with lots to see. There are boxer shrimp, garden eels, Moorish idols, groupers, shovel nose ray and the occasional king fish and devil rays on the incoming tide.
Linene Reef - Maximum Depth 30 meters – advanced divers
Linene Reef lies east of San Sebastian point and north east of Linene Island. Here is where great shoals of pelagic fish merge with reef dwellers and divers are often met by a number of potato bass. The reef forms a ridge at 16m, running north west to south east, upon which the coral formations look like fairy castles inhabited by magically colored wrasse, sea goldies, boxes fish, angle fish and so much more. South of the ridge the reef slopes down and then drops off in a low wall to “The Caves” at 22m. This site looks like a mini-rift valley with its walled sides, which are undercut and harbor various species of large rock cod. Every type of reef fish seems to exist here, larger and more numerous than on most other reefs. There is a trench which has coral knitted over the top and looking down the openings there are enormous morays hidden in the depths. Swimming eastwards, the valley flattens out and majestic manta rays often glide past. North of the ridge, the reef drops off dramatically into a deep channel where shoals of barracuda, sierra and kingfish hunt. This is also the feeding ground for reef shark and hammerheads.
Baluba Open Water Divers
Situated past the line of surf between Margaruque Island and San Sebastian point. It is a large flat topped reef with caves and gullies. Shoals of red fang triggerfish, clown triggerfish, numerous brightly colored reef fish, honey comb morays octopuses. This is also a nudibranches lovers paradise. Gullies, coral gardens with caves and swim through.
Amphitheater depth 34 meters maximum
Mantas cleaning station, bull sharks
Camel hump depth 14 to 40 meters
Sharks, turtles, mantas, pinnacles, canyons, rays, groupers, 2 pinnacles, reef sharks, barracuda
The Channel - depth 35 meters - Experimented divers
A very different dive where you’ll feel like being on Bazaruto dunes but underwater ! Chances to encounter large sharks cruising in the channel or beautiful rays. Current can be quite strong.
Margaruque - Maximum Depth 14 meters – Open water
This reef is situated on the north-west side of the picturesque island, Margaruque. At low tide the top of the reef is out of water and drops off in a wall to a sandy channel at 10m. Due to its accessibility, it is a popular snorkel site as well as a dive site. Huge variety of fish life: parrot fish, sea goodies, trumpet fish, devil fire fish, butterfly fish and angelfish, Natal Moonies, Octopus, scorpion fish, several types of small rays, and shoals of stump nose. At slack tide, or half way between high or low tide, Margaruque is an easy, relaxing dive – good for Open Water Divers and dive students.
Experienced divers will go for the “Margaruque Express”, an exciting high speed drift dive at the change of tides