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Diving the Quirimbas Archipelago

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Diving the Quirimbas Archipelago
The Quirimbas Archipelago offers some of the most spectacular scuba diving and snorkeling in the World.

The protected reefs are amazingly pristine with hundreds of variety of fish and colorful soft and hard corals. All levels of divers and photographers will be delighted. The dive sites are remote and only visited by the happy few! New dive sites are still being discovered and you could very well name one. 

Water temperature rarely drops below 25° with very good diving conditions all year round with up to 30 meters visibility.

Fabulous species: 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. 

Rolas Island – all divers

Shallow coral gardens with beautiful sting rays, abundant reef fish, macro fauna, pipe fish, lion fish, moray eels, nudibranches, crocodile fish; green & hawksbill turtles
Excellent spot for beginners and underwater photographers alike.

Quilalea Marine Sanctuary – All divers 

There are 17 dive sites to chose from with drop offs and coral gardens. The house reef offers quick and easy access from the main beach. Abundance of hard and soft corals and nudibranches.

Matemo ilsand and Channel - all divers – from 7 meters depth 

7 dive sites for all level of divers. “Rush hours” is famous for its large schools of game fish: yellowtail barracuda, jacks, napoleon wrasse, king fish, triggerfish, white tip shark, tuna and Spanish mackerel. Lovely garden eels. Gentle slopes and small ridges 

Medjumbe – 8 to 40 meters depth

Offers 12 sensational dive sites including Sambi Sambi, the edge of reason and cliffs of Insanity. New dive sites are being explored. 

Zala Bank - 8 to 30 meters depth 

Zala is a vast underwater sand bank, home to dramatic topography with spectacular drop offs. Pristine coral, hard and soft, big gorgonian corals fan, white tip and grey reef sharks

Vazimi - 10 to 30 meters depth

Those waters are full of marine life and considered to be one of the healthiest coral reef ecosystems in the world.
The currents contain large resources of microscopic plankton and therefore the reefs abound with a wide diversity of species. Over 400 species of fish and 46 genera of coral have been numbered.
The best months for diving are from September to November with a calm sea, moderate currents and water temperature around 26 to 28 ºC. 

Vamizi dives sites 

Panga Panga - All divers 

This shallow dive site is ideal for new and inexperienced divers, permitting to get close to the reef without having to dive too deep. Giant clams

Middle Point, Cave Wall, Ponta Pappaglo, Skunk Alley, Chamonix Express – All divers

Those shallow canal dives offer an opportunity to see some of the larger flora and fauna even to novice divers. Eagle rays, Napoleon wrasse, parrotfish, green and hawksbill turtles. September is good month to see shoals of barracuda and with some luck you might dive with whale shark in November.

Coral Garden, Canal Walk, Lettuce Garden, South Beach, the aquarium - All divers

Those sites offer lovely macro- dives. Amazing nudibranches, stone fish, leaf scorpion fish, lobsters and plenty more.

Shimoni – Advanced divers 

Big wall plunging the big blue down to 150 meters depth. Gorgonian fans. Current can be strong. 

Babylon – drift dive 8 to 30 meters depth - Advanced divers

Wall going to the depth of 200 meters depth covered with spectacular coral and sensational pinnacle. Eagles rays, barracudas, tunas, napoleon, turtles, big game, whip coral, gorgonian fans. 

Neptune’s Arm ****– advanced divers – 1 hour from Vamizi 

Located on the edge of a spectacular drop Neptune’s Arm and was voted one of 10 best dives site in the world in 2012. The wall starts at ten meters and plunge to below 200 meters. Reef fish species, turtles, massive shoals of snapper, tuna, sailfish, barracuda and marlin.

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