With 2 500km of tropical coastline stretching from South Africa in the south to Tanzania in the north, Mozambique’s coastline is a PADI playground comprising pristine coral reefs and year-round warm waters.
Here are Dana Tours’ picks for top diving holidays in Mozambique:
Beautiful reefs in southern Mozambique
About 15km from the Kosi Bay border between South Africa and Mozambique, you’ll discover the small coastal town called Ponta do Ouro. Its beautiful reefs and quiet blue ocean will mesmerise divers – no matter what the weather looks like top side.
Coco Rico is the place to stay if you are traveling with friends. It’s located right on the beach with multi-room units. Kaya Kweru has a wide range of accommodation from dorm rooms to en-suite double rooms with verandas on the beach.
Shipwrecks and caverns at Inhambane
Diving in the Inhambane region offers something for everyone; from beginners to the advanced technical diver. You will see stunning shallow reefs, shipwrecks, caverns and amazing pinnacles. The reef system stretches from the coast of Chidenguele to Inhassoro, north of the Bazuruto Archipelago. Large areas of these reefs remain unexplored!
Places to stay at these world-class diving destinations in Inhambane include Dunes de Dovela, an eco-lodge to fall in love with. Guests staying here dive with the well-known fully PADI-certified Zavora diving centre Mozdivers. Further north in the Tofo and Barra regions you can stay at Barra Lodge which caters to families with children and divers who would like to experience Manta Coast diving.
Barracuda and rays in Bazaruto
The Bazaruto Archipelago is home to no fewer than 19 dive sites where divers can explore a colourful diversity of hard and soft corals with anemone fish peeking out of their rocky abodes. You’ll also come across large pelagic and reef fish species such as potato bass, barracuda, guitar fish, and several ray species.
Casa Rex is a small hotel with luxurious rooms and a great view of the archipelago. Guests here dive with (PADI) Odyssea Dive. The Vilanculos Beach Lodge offers luxury accommodation, state-of-the-art diving facilities and experienced staff. Benguerra Lodge is an established lodge with personalised service and a fully PADI-certified dive operation diving at six top dive sites.
Mangrove forests in northern Mozambique
Northern Mozambique is superbly remote and the diving there is truly exclusive. This coast boasts mangrove forests and rare coastal forest habitats that are essential breeding sites for five of the world’s seven marine turtle species. There are several locations where shore entries are possible, such as Memba Bay, where Nuarro Lodge is located.
The direct access to the sea right next to the continental shelf and the many undiscovered sites near the lodge are exceptional enough, coupled with the fully certified and equipped PADI dive centre which caters to all levels of recreational divers, makes Nuarro a diver’s dream.
Curious turtles and coral gardens in the Quirimbas
Divers of all levels will enjoy the experience of a lifetime in the Quirimbas National Park. The diversity of dive sites is increased by the variations in submerged topography – each of which is worth exploring. Majestic sting rays, abundant reef fish and curious turtles can be seen within shallow coral gardens, but there are also dives with sheer drops into the deep blue.
The award-winning Guludo Beach Lodge, located on the mainland, is an ideal choice for those who want to take advantage of the bush, beach and diving facilities. Ibo Island Lodge will host your stay in one of several magnificent mansions lovingly restored to their original elegance. Top dive masters will take you on a dive in the deep blue or a snorkelling excursion along the coral reefs. You can also opt in for an eight-hour luxury yacht trip from Ibo to the legendary St. Lazarus Banks – one of the best dive spots in the Quirimbas Archipelago.
Contact Dana Tours today to book a diving holiday tailored specifically to your every need.