Diving in Mozambique/Manta Reef
The dive site Manta Reef is an offshore rocky reef with coral in the Guinjata Bay area, near Inhambane in Southern Mozambique.
This is a site with lots of fish and invertebrates, and is a manta cleaning station.
The name "Manta Reef" is a reference to the Mnata rays thet are often seen there.
Maximum depth is about 26.0m. and the top of the reef is about 18m.
20m visibility is not uncommon.
Tabular rock reef on sand bottom. About 3 or 4m high with relatively flat top. Edges quite scalloped and ragged with outcrops and boulders with crevices and overhangs
Geology: Soft sedimentary rock, probably sandstone. Strike unknown, Dip almost horizontal.
This is an area which sometimes has a current, which may make it difficult to follow a planned dive profile, and the dive plan may be altered to suit conditions.
The site is only accessible by boat
The site is 4.2 km from Coconut Bay Beach Launch Site and about 10.2km from Guinjata Bay beach launch site.
Mantas! Large variety of reef fish and various invertebrates.
Fish seen at this site include: Potato bass, Bluebanded snapper, Guitarfish, Parrot fish, Scorpion fish, Coachman, Big scale soldier, Trumpet fish, Two bar clownfish, Longnose butterfly fish, Raccoon butterfly fish, Threadfin butterflyfish, White spotted butterflyfish, Gorgeous gussy, Pearly butterfly fish, Goldies, Brownspotted rock cod, Moorish idol, Chocolate chip, Devil ray. Boxy, Longhead flathead (Crocodile fish), Leopard moray, Scorpionfish, Flame goatfish, Powder blue surgeon, Blue tangs,
Invertebrates seen at this site include: Thistle soft coral, Daisy soft coral, Pink arch sponge, plate corals, Turret coral, Mushroom coral. Blocked starfish, Crown of thorns star, Olive green warty star, Black long spined urchin, banded feather stars, Black sea cucumber, Sandy sea cucumber, Pinkish cucumber with dark blotchy back, Giant anemone, various sponges, sea squirts, White feather duster worms, Peacock shrimp, Spanish dancer,
Macro, wide angle, and anything in between. Artificial lighting will bring back the true colour.
Follow the divemaster. Dives at this site are almost exclusively organised by operators who supply a divemaster to guide the dive, and who will show you the route.
No site specific hazards known
Good buoyancy control recommended.
DSMB and reel can be useful if you have to surface away from the group.
Back to Diving in Mozambique