Scuba Diving in Mozambique

The Republic of Mozambique is a country in Southeastern Africa. It is washed by the waters of the Mozambique Channel and the Indian Ocean. This is an amazing place with s scenic wildlife and a long coastline. Divers from all over the world come here to plunge into the world of megafauna. Mozambique has many thrilling diving spots. For example, Kirimbas and Bazarutto marine reserves with their unique underwater landscapes and untouched nature. Another popular destination is Tofo Beach, where the Manta Reef is located. As the name suggests, manta rays are the frequent guests in these waters. During dives, you will meet humpback whales and different types of sharks. On the Wimbe beach in Pemba you will get close to dolphins, you can see humphead wrasse and sea turtles. Ponta de Ouro Reef became home to shrimps, snappers and huge rockfish.

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Divers and snorkelers will enjoy an exciting dive in Pemba. Pemba Dive Reef hides various types of colourful corals. Pemba Bay is home to vibrant exotic fish, humphead wrasses, turtles and other underwater inhabitants. The picturesque beaches are not filled with tourists yet, and a result, here you can enjoy the unity with nature.
Manta Reef is one of the most popular dive sites in the world. This is an amazing place where manta rays, whale sharks and humpback whales live among a variety of corals and tropical fish. You dive on a small reef amphitheatre with a kind of sewage treatment plant: flocks of goldfish, Labrus wrasses and butterflyfish clean large manta ray bodies. It is a fantastic show to see more than a dozen fluttering manta rays above your head.
If you want to catch a sight of a humpback whale migration, it is better to come in August and October. They appear here on their way from Antarctica and pass several times in full flocks. Meeting whale sharks is guaranteed in any season. They roam in the plankton-rich waters of Mozambique all year round. Pinnakles and Ponta de Oro are deep reefs inhabited by rare Zambezi sharks and hammerhead sharks.
Visit the marine reserves with beautiful views and virgin nature! Kirimbas is located in the north of the country, Bazaruto — in the south. More than 100 species of corals and 5 species of dolphins inhabit its waters. In the Bazaruto archipelago, you can try night diving and dive with bull sharks. From spring to mid-autumn, divers are guaranteed to meet magnificent manta rays, large whale sharks, suckerfish, sawfish and lobsters.
Divers from all over the world come to Mozambique to get adrenaline rush and to swim with sea predators. Experienced divers can make dangerous dives with hammerhead sharks, bull sharks, tiger sharks, greyJava and whale sharks. To see the full range of different types of sharks, visit Mozambique from March to November. But plan a trip for a few days, as the weather at this time is unpredictable.
Memo Notes
Currency MZN - Mozambican Metical
Languages Portuguese
Timezone UTC +2
Phone code 258
Emergency Help 119
Electricity

Type C - 220 V, 50 Hz

Type F - 220 V, 50 Hz

Type M - 220 V, 50 Hz

Dive Shops in Mozambique

Most of the dive shops are located in the city of Inhambane and on the coast of Tofu beach. You can book a dive tour or a diving safari. Equipment rental, instructor-guide services and special courses are also available.

Сlimate & Seasonality
Spring

Spring (from September to November) is the time of the southeastern winds. For these three months, it is a warm, sunny, windy weather. The air temperature ranges from +25 to 29°С, the water temperature fluctuates between +24 and 27 °С.

Summer

Summer in Mozambique is a wet season. From December to January, the weather is warm and rainy with high humidity levels. However, In February the rains stop. The air temperature is + 28-31 °С, while the water warms up to + 26-29 °С.

Autumn

Autumn (from March to May) is a beautiful time of the year, with stable warm weather and small amounts of precipitation. April comes snaps into a bit of a colder weather. The air temperature drops to + 24-30 °С, water settles at + 24-27 °С.

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Winter is a warm season without rain. July is considered the coldest and the driest month. The air temperature is + 22-25 °С, meanwhile, water temperature ranges between +21 and 23 °С.

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The Best Dive Sites

There are many dive sites in Mozambique: Rush Hour, Rolas Rainbow, Neptune’s Arm, The Edge of Reason, Cocoons, Two Mile Reef, Pinnacles, Doodles, Paradise Reef, the Office, Giant’s Castle and the Gap in Pemba.

Health & Safety

Medical services in Mozambique are limited. The service is cheap, but it is necessary to make an advance payment even if you have an insurance. Malaria, filariasis and plague are common. It is recommended to get vaccinated against malaria and avoid mosquito bites. High risk to get HIV, cholera, hepatitis, tuberculosis and rabies. It is recommended to buy bottled water or boil it, do not add ice. The country is not safe, you need to be vigilant and careful, especially on the streets. There have been many cases of fraud and petty theft. Nighttime walks are not recommended, it is better to take a taxi.

Dangerous Marine Life

The Indian Ocean is inhabited by many dangerous marine creatures. Follow standard safety procedures during dives. You should beware of sharks, poisonous moray eels and jellyfish Physalia.

Eat & Drinks

The basis of the local cuisine is seafood, cooked in the traditions of the Bantu people, with a mixture of Arab and Portuguese dishes. We recommend trying Matapa, the main ingredients of which are crabs or shrimp, pickled in spicy piri-piri sauce, with a side of rice and cassava. Take time to taste the seafood kebabs and salada de polvo — a salad with octopus and chickpeas. After eating, drinking freshly brewed coffee or Rooibos tea is a traditional habit. As for alcohol, you could try a local craft beer 2M, gin and tonic made with local vodka produced from cashew nuts. Boil tap water or drink bottled water only