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Diving in Mozambique

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This article is intended to provide the already qualified Scuba diver with information which will help to plan dives in the waters of Mozambique, whether as a local resident or a visitor. Information is provided without prejudice, and is not guaranteed accurate or complete. Use it at your own risk.

Understand

General topography

Climate, weather and sea conditions

Mozambique has a tropical climate with two seasons, a wet season from October to March and a dry season from April to September. Rainfall is heavy along the coast and decreases in the north and south. Cyclones are common during the wet season.

The sea temperature is tropical. Water temperatures range from 29˚C in summer to 22˚C in winter, and will seldom be below 24˚C. Diving is year round. People from cooler climates may find winter more comfortable, and there are fewer mosquitos as this is the dry season.

Visibility can range from 8-40 m, depending on the amount of plankton in the water.

Marine ecology

The marine ecology of Mozambique is classified as Tropical Indo-Pacific, which is the most diverse marine ecology known. Obviously not all species from this bioregion will be found in all parts of it, but this is an indication of the diversity which can be expected here. A wide range of reef building corals, and also other coral types can be found here, along with a diverse invertebrate fauna sharing the shelter and habitat provided by the corals. Fish are also represented by a large diversity of species, many of which are particularly colourful.

Humpback whales can be spotted during their migration from June until November.

Whale sharks are present all year round and in abundance between November and March. These gentle giants can reach up to 12m in length and weigh up to 20tonnes.


Equipment

Respect

Contact

Get around

Pick up's can be arranged through lodges, dive centres etc. But there is ample public transport and it is safe and easy to walk to most places in the area.

Stay safe

Dive sites

Southern Mozambique

Southern Mozambique includes the Municipios of Maputo, Gaza, Inhambane and Sofala from the southern border with South Africa at Ponta d'Ouro north to the Zambesi river.

Ponta do Ouro to Ponta Mamoli

Dive sites include:

  • G-Spot
  • Fish Basket
  • Pinnacles
  • Bass City
  • Kev's Ledge
  • Wayne's World
  • Aquarium
  • Three Sisters
  • Doodles
  • Mavericks
  • Texas
  • Shallow Malongane
  • Paradise Ledge
  • Chesckers

Manta Coast

Dive sites include:

Tofo Beach

Nice coral but known more for its abundance of manta rays, reef sharks, whale sharks and humpback whales.

  • Liquid Adventures, +258 845363636, [1]. They are a PADI dive centre offering all courses from Open Water through to Assistant Instructor and also offer various other watersport activites.
Guinjata Bay

A small bay on a long stretch of sandy coastline. The reefs are sedimentary rock with a covering of hard and soft corals and other invertebrates. Marine life is Indo-Pacific.

Vilanculos and the Bazaruto Archipelago

Dive sites include:

  • The Corner
  • Ray Alley
  • Brindle Bass Ridge
  • Allan's realm
  • Amphitheatre
  • Camel Hump
  • Twelve Mile Reef
  • Turtle Ridge
  • Manta Ray Reef
  • Rainbow Runner
  • Aquarium
  • Greek Temple
  • Ponta Dundo
  • Five Mile Reef


Northern Mozambique

Northern Mozambique includes Municipios of Zambesia, Nampula and Cabo Delgado from the Zambesi river in the south to the northern border with Tanzania at the Rovuma river in the north.

Nampula

Nacala Bay

Dive sites include:

  • Libelula House Reef
  • Napala Drop-off
  • Whip Coral Ridge
  • Paradise Reef
  • Bonito reef (Kwalala House Reef)
  • B.P. Wreck (Baixo do Pinda)
Memba Bay

Dive sites include:

  • The Guardians (Nanatha Pinnacles}
  • Fish Alley
  • Lobster Coves
  • The Gorgonian Forest
  • Anemone Gardens, Gobi Sands and Sea Grass fields
Ilha de Mozambique

Dive sites include:

  • Ilha Steps
  • Goa
  • Chocas Bay

Pemba and the Quirimbas Archipelago

Dive sites include:

Medjumbe
  • The Edge of Reason
  • Sambi Sambi
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Brereton Contours
Matemo
  • Ibo Lighthouse
  • Zala Banks
Pemba
  • The Gap
  • Willy's Ridge
  • Pyro Banks
  • Finger NE
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