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Diving in Mozambique/Manta Reef

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Diving in Mozambique/Manta Reef

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The dive site Manta Reef is an offshore rocky reef with coral in the Guinjata Bay area, near Inhambane in Southern Mozambique.


Understand

This is a site with lots of fish and invertebrates, and is a manta cleaning station.

Position

  • S23°58.930' E035°31.342'
  • About 4km north of Ponta Gumula and 10.5km north of the launch site at Guinjata Bay



Manta ray at the cleaning station at Manta Reef

Name

The name "Manta Reef" is a reference to the Mnata rays thet are often seen there.

Depth

Maximum depth is about 26.0m. and the top of the reef is about 18m.

Visibility

20m visibility is not uncommon.

Topography

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.

Conditions

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.


Get in

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.


See

Coral
Crown of thorns starfish
The aptly named and well camouflaged Longhead flathead
Peacock Mantis shrimp
Pearly butterfly fish
Potato bass
The Spanish dancer nudibranch
Orange starfish
Whale shark near Manta Reef
Two-bar anemone fish on giant anemone

Marine life

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,


Photography

Macro, wide angle, and anything in between. Artificial lighting will bring back the true colour.

Routes

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.

Stay safe

Hazards

No site specific hazards known

Skills

Good buoyancy control recommended.

Equipment

DSMB and reel can be useful if you have to surface away from the group.

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