Diving in Mozambique
Diving in Mozambique is among the best in the world. The Bazaruto Archipelago, Inhambane Province, Pemba, Medjumbe, and Vamizi Island are just a few places to dive in Mozambique. With these sites comes a variety of different species to see and experience. Below is everything you to take a trip to one of the many beautiful Mozambique beach destinations.
Where is the best diving in Mozambique?
Mozambique has many dive sites for all skill levels, from beginner through advanced certification levels. With many dive destinations in Mozambique, it is not easy to choose where to go. Make sure to read our guide of the best dive sites in Mozambique before booking your trip.
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The Bazaruto Archipelago is a group of four main islands: Bazaruto, Santa Carolina, Vilanculos and Magaruque. The largest and most popular island is Bazaruto. It’s located in the south of Mozambique and has beautiful beaches with white sand where you can go diving to see coral reefs and colourful fish.
There are several diving spots around Bazaruto Island, but one of them is Ponto do Lobo. It’s an offshore reef that starts at about 6 meters deep and goes down to 50 meters (164 feet). In Ponto do Lobo there are soft corals like branching stony corals, sea fans, sea whips as well as hard corals such as gorgonians or black coral trees which grow on top of each other forming small caves for the fish to hide out during daytime when predators come looking for lunch.
Inhambane Mozambique Beach
Inhambane Mozambique beach has some of the best diving spots in Mozambique. The Malagarasi River is one of many rivers that flow into Lake Malawi, which makes up much of Mozambique’s border with Tanzania. The river flows through this city, which was once known as Porto Amélia and then Lourenço Marques before becoming Maputo during colonial rule. The warm waters off Inhambane are perfect for scuba diving expeditions to observe tropical fish and corals in their natural habitat. You can also go snorkeling along the coast if you prefer not to be too deep underwater but still want to get up close with sea creatures like dolphins or whales when they pass by during migration season between May and November each year.
Pemba, Mozambique, is a large island in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Mozambique. The island is home to a number of diving spots, as well as white sand beaches and coral reefs. It’s also known for its unique culture, as the people are known to perform traditional dances and music at festivals.
There are so many great dive sites in this area. The coral reefs here are very healthy, and there’s a good variety of fish. You can see many species, such as sea turtles and hump head wrasse fish.
I recommend Medjumbe Island, which is many a small island off the coast of Mozambique. It’s one of the best diving spots in Mozambique for diving because there are lots of interesting animals here: starfish, seahorses, octopus… You name it. There’s also a popular beach resort on the island Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort where you can spend time relaxing between dives or enjoying other activities like swimming with dolphins or even going fishing.
Vilankulo is a town in the southern part of Mozambique, located in the province of Inhambane. It is the economic capital of this province, as well as its major port and industrial center.
Vilankulo has been attracting tourists since colonial times. In 1996, it was chosen by National Geographic Traveler magazine as one of the 10 best places to visit in Africa that year; other publications such as Lonely Planet also describe Vilankulo’s natural beauty and wildlife attractions.
Quirimbas National Park
Quirimbas National Park is located in Cabo Delgado Province, on Mozambique’s northern coast. At 1,951 square miles (5,060 sq. km), it’s the largest marine protected area in Mozambique and one of Africa’s most extensive marine parks. The park contains over 200 islands and cays that have been formed by tectonic activity, as well as coral reef settlement. The Quirimbas Archipelago is part of the Bazaruto Archipelago: two separate land masses that were joined together by coral growth during periods when sea levels were lower than they are now.
The waters around these islands are teeming with life, ranging from seahorses to dolphins and sharks! You can see everything from angelfish to eels here. There are even some species endemic only to this part of Southern Africa!
Vamizi Island, Mozambique
Vamizi Island, also known as Bazaruto Island, is a great place to see sharks, turtles and dolphins. The water at Vamizi is crystal clear, so you can get up close and personal with these creatures without putting yourself at risk of being attacked by an octopus or stung by a jellyfish (which are both common occurrences in this area). The island is also home to many rays that swim around like aliens from outer space.
Pomene Bay, Mozambique
Pomene Bay is a bay in Mozambique. It’s popular with tourists because the area is a good place to see dolphins and whales, as well as turtles. The name of Pomene Mozambique comes from the word “Pomene”, which means “coconut palm”.
Scuba diving in Mozambique
Mozambique is one of the best scuba diving destinations in Africa. The country’s two major archipelagos offer more than 20 dive sites, and there are several more sites that are accessible only by boat. The northern part of Mozambique is home to most of these dive sites, and it’s easier to get to, but if you want to see whale sharks or other large creatures then you’ll need an extra-long trip south.
If you’re looking for just a few days of fun, or if you’re not interested in spending too much money on your vacation, then northern Mozambique is the perfect place to start your scuba diving adventure.
Diving in Mozambique: Conclusion
There’s no better way to explore Mozambique than diving in its beautiful ocean waters. Mozambique is a great place to dive, with a good deal of different scuba diving sites to choose from. If you are interested in diving in Mozambique, then contact us today for more information about Mozambique diving packages.
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