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Diving Mozambique


Diving Mozambique

Mozambique with its unspoiled reefs and incredibly rich marine life (mantas, whales, whale sharks, turtles), is becoming one of the most desirable dive destinations in the world. 

Fresh divers will be instantly hooked. Qualified experienced ones will be thrilled with the abundance of both fun and challenging dives.

Mozambique offers a fabulous range of dive sites, from easy, fun shallow dives to extreme, deep blue and long drift dives.

Water temperature ranges from an unlikely 16ºC in winter months of May to August, up to an average of 24ºC to 28ºC in the summer months.

Ponta d’Ouro and Punta Malongane , in the South Mozambique, offer spectacular diving all year round with a vast variety of sea life including: dolphins, whales, whale sharks, turtles, bass, hammerheads and Zambezi sharks. Humpback whales visit the area between July and November and dolphins can be seen all year round. From shallow reefs to deep dives, awesome sightings and fun are guaranteed for everyone. The water temperature ranges from 18ºC in winter with a visibility up to 25 meters to 29ºC with 15 to 20 meters visibility in summer.

Inhambane province with Tofo , Barra, Gunjata and Zavora beaches is renowned for the high population of whale sharks and manta rays that favour its waters. November to April is the best time to observe whale sharks, though you might spot those magnificent creatures all year round. Humpback whales migrate through the coastal waters in the winter months between May to October.
Water temperature varies from 16 ºC in winter to 29 ºC in summer. Visibility is anywhere between 10 to 30 meters.
Tofo counts 16 dive sites ranging from 10 to 37 meters in depht for divers of all levels and experience.
In Zavora two very long reef systems stretch over several kilometers with vast areas still waiting to be discovered. Around 15 dive sites are currently listed.
The inshore reef lies just 1 km off shore and  numerous Manta cleaning stations can be found between 6 and 18 meters depth. The off-shore reef is around 10km from the coast and offers many challenging and exploratory dives of between 25 and 40 meters depht.

With its warm waters and astoundingly rich coral and marine life the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park ensures memorable diving and snorkeling. Over 600 species of fish have been recorded: East Indian Ocean reef fish, several species of sharks, whale sharks, Manta rays, potato bass, turtles, morays, guitarfish and various species of rays and eels. Humpback whales can be observed from July to October and whale sharks from April to July.
There are great sites ranging from 6m to 34m depth to please all divers. The water temperature ranges from 21ºC in winter to 31ºC in summer. The average visibility is 18 meters in winter and 40 meters in summer (best from mid March to September).

The Quirimbas Archipelago National Park situated in the far north of Mozambique offers undiscovered and unexplored dive sites and reefs around paradise islands. Vazimi island has been elected one the 10 best dive sites in the world.
The protected reefs are amazingly pristine containing hundreds of variety of fish and colorful soft and hard corals. All levels of divers and photographers will be able to delight in this superb location. The dive sites are remote and only visited by the lucky and happy few! New dive sites are still being discovered and you could very well name one.
With water temperature rarely dropping below 25ºC and visibility up to 30 meters there are very good diving conditions all year round. The best time of year to dive is from September to November, when the sea is calmer, the ocean currents are not as strong and the water temperature is a pleasant 26ºC to 28ºC.
Fabulous species abound. Big green and hawksbill turtles, reef sharks, leopard sharks, moray eels, yellow fin tuna, dogtooth tuna, marlin, manta rays, whale sharks, schools of barracuda, king fish, red snappers, pods of humpback dolphins and humpbacked whales in season.

Diving Mozambique can sometimes be challenging. In the South and center of the country, launches are done from the beach with semi-rigid super ducks. Passing the surf can be really bumpy and add to the adrenaline rush. On the return from diving, the boat speeds pass the surf to the beach where trucks come and collect equipment and the boat.

All divers must present a diving certification prior to the first dive and fill out a standard diving indemnity form.

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