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  • Mozambique – The Scuba Diving Destination

    Mon, Feb 1, 2010


    The Republic of Mozambique is situated on east coast of the African continent.  The country has vast pristine palm-fringed beaches along with largely untouched dive sites.

    The best part of Mozambique is one can experience the best of Africa in terms of abundant marine life without the crowds as seen in some popular dive sites worldwide.

    Mozambique has been largely influenced by the Portuguese culture. You will find friendly locals here and there is a lot to discover in this country.  The waters of the country are largely unexplored.  The waters are home to the migrating whale sharks and humpback whales.  Also, there are many locations where diving with manta rays is gaining popularity and its reefs are beaming with life.  You can get up close and personal with marine creatures and it a delight for any diver.  Let’s have a look at some of the popular dive sites in this upcoming tourist hot spot.

    Bazaruto Archipelago:
    This place is situated near Vilanculos and consists of four islands. The islands are Benguerra Island, Bazaruto Island, Santa Carolina Island and Magaruque Island.  Some of the natives of these waters are dugongs, dolphins, giant lobsters and several types of turtles.

    Ponta Malongane:
    This is a premier dive destination on account of being just 10 km from the north eastern Mozambique-South Africa border.  The area has 18 reefs and the dives range from a few meters to some 40 meters deep.

    Ponto do Ouro:
    When translated in simple English, the place means Point of Gold.  This place lies just south of Ponto Malongane. This place provides a visitor with miles and miles of virgin white sand beaches.  Here one can experience dolphins, sharks, and giant whale sharks. One can also expect to see potato bass, hammerheads, and kingfish.  The months from October through March are considered the best to see these beauties.

    Querimbas Archipelago:
    One can explore pleasing reefs in relatively empty waters.  Some divers have claimed to have seen dolphins and whales in the waters.

    Tofo beach:
    This beach is considered to be the best in the world when it comes to experiencing manta rays and whale sharks.

    Inhaca Island:
    This place is located 40 km offshore from Mozambique’s capital city, Maputo.  The island boasts of world class diving facilities.

    Some other popular spots include:

    Lighthouse Reef:
    This spot is situated on the S Africa-Mozambique border and hence diving is not allowed here.

    Atlantis dive site:
    This is a favorite for experienced divers and as a result of the deep waters, very few people have dived here.

    Doodles dive site:
    This site boasts of a large variety of marine life in and around the reef.  Mantis shrim, Octopus, and game fish are some of the natives of the waters here.

    This is a small reef and has plenty of seagrass in and around and lots of small things to see.  Ghost Pipe Fish, Eels, Nudibranchs and Potatoe Bass are found in abundance here.

    Steve’s Ledge:
    This spot is famous for Rock Cod or Grouper.

    This reef spots a variety of fish species.  Some of the frequent visitors include Rays.

    This reef is an ideal diving spot when the current is strong as it is quite narrow in length (10-20 m) and runs for about 4 km.

    As regards to water temperature, a 3mm-5mm wetsuit is more than enough to enjoy the waters.  The temperatures are in the range of 22 degree Celsius in winter to 27 degree Celsius in summer. Also as there are no major rivers entering the sea, the visibility is in the range of 25-40 meters.

    In general, Mozambique is the place to be for a scuba diver.  This is the right time to visit the country as there are no crowds and the place is still not a famous dive site. It is expected that the next few years will see the growth of Mozambique as a scuba diving site and a tourism destination as a whole.   The marine life is wonderful and some of the natives include whale sharks, turtles, scorpion fish, lionfish, and a variety of sharks, Barracuda, dolphins, and loads of other reef fish.  It is recommended, that one visit the country between June and September as you get to see the migrating humpback sharks.  While whale sharks can be noticed throughout the year, the best time recommended for the same is from October to March.

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