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About scuba diving in Mozambique

Mozambique is a country in southeast Africa that borders the Mozambique Channel, between South Africa and Tanzania. The main airport in the country is Maputo International Airport. Searching for good-quality information about scuba diving in Mozambique? We know all about diving in Mozambique so you came to the right place! Mozambique offers some of the best diving in southern Africa for divers of all skill levels: 2,500 km of beautiful, unspoiled coastline, year-round warm waters, shipwrecks, caverns, walls, pinnacles, many colorful unspoiled coral reefs which are host to some of the most amazing marine life the world has to offer. Over 3,000 fish species live here, representing over 80% of the Indo-Pacific region, including many tropical and game fish, as well as rare creatures like dugongs, 5 marine turtle species, and humpback whales from June until October. Whale sharks and manta rays prowl the plankton-rich water year round (especially in Tofo, which is called the whale shark Mecca of the world, and has the world-famous Manta Reef site). Many professional dive schools, most of which are PADI-affiliated, are found along these waters. The main diving spots are the Quirimbas Archipelago, Pemba, Inhambane Province (Bazaruto Archipelago, Benguerra Island, Tofo, Pomene, and Zavora with its two long reef systems separated by the impressive wreck of the Klipfontein at 52m/177ft deep) and at Maputo Province on the southern coast (Ponta do Ouro, Ponta Malongane, and Inhaca Island). The Quirimbas Archipelago on the north coast consists of over 30 captivating tropical islands, 11 of which are included in Quirimbas National Park, which has 375 species of fish and prolific marine life. Fringing the Quirimbas Archipelago are some of the richest coral reefs in East Africa, often visited by huge game fish, turtles, stingrays, abundant reef fish, and humpbacks, offering a vast range of diving opportunities.The list of dive sites is practically endless here. Some of the best are Rush Hour, Rolas Rainbow, Neptune’s Arm, The Edge of Reason, and Cocoons (named after the abundant giant barrel sponges). There are numerous dive sites in Mozambique, and the depth of the sites varies from 10-40m/32-141ft. Other notable sites include Two Mile Reef on Benguerra Island, Pinnacles in the Ponta do Ouro area (shark dive, 40m/141ft), Doodles, Paradise Reef, and several near Tofo, such as the Office, Giant’s Castle, and the Gap in Pemba. Visibility ranges from 5-35m/16-114ft, influenced by a combination of plankton, currents, winds, and tides.

When to go to Mozambique

Mozambique is a year-round destination with a tropical climate. The rainy season lasts from November to April. The high season is from April to October. The average air temperature ranges between 22-30C/71-86F. The average water temperature ranges from 23C/F to 28C/73-82F. The water visibility varies from 5 to 35m/16-114ft. The currents vary from low to moderate.

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