Mozambique Diving Holidays

Destination Overview

Located on South Africa’s east coast, Mozambique boasts over 1250 miles of stunning coastline and a luscious tropical climate. The country is famous for its stunning beaches, island archipelagos, friendly people, and vibrant culture. For divers wanting to see whale sharks, manta rays and humpbacks this destination cannot be missed. September to February are the warmest months, with March to August bringing slightly lower temperatures and calmer sea conditions.

Aside from its incredible scuba diving, Mozambique is an exciting and intriguing place to visit. The diverse mix of cultures from Africa, China, India, and Portugal has resulted in a variety of archaeological wonders, alongside a mouth-watering palette of cuisines. The markets bustle with life and are a feast for the senses with spices, dry fruit and nuts, local produce, handmade crafts, and clothes. Music and dance are an integral part of life here, with colourful ceremonies offering a fascinating insight into the local culture.

Gorongosa National Park is a must see for wildlife enthusiasts as its forests and savannahs are home to hippos, lions, buffaloes and over 500 species of birds, and for those who like to get active Mozambique has loads to offer with adrenaline filled off road driving experiences, horse riding on swathes of golden sand, and an abundance of action-packed water sports. Sailing is a popular activity in the town of Inhambane due to its wide inlet with a vivid natural landscape that will provide a backdrop that will be hard to forget.

If you are looking for an experience of a lifetime, we offer combination tours to include diving in both Mozambique and South Africa along with a Big-5 Safari. The 3-night safari gives you the chance to experience Africa's wildlife. You will enjoy 2 days on Open Vehicle Safari in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Reserve and a Hippo and Crocodile River Cruise in St Lucia, South Africa.

Average temperatures in Summer (October- April) Air 27-34°c / Sea 24-26°c

Average temperatures in Winter (May - September) Air 18-26°c / Sea 20-24°c

Diving Information

The diving in Mozambique is diverse, in the south you are most likely to be diving with large sharks, whilst in the middle it would be manta rays and whale sharks. Diving generally takes place in the mornings, however when weather permits an afternoon dive is sometimes possible. There are no ports in Mozambique, tractors are used to push RIBs into the water, then once afloat everyone hops in and holds on as you head through the surf zone so even the launches are exciting!

Tofo is in south-eastern Mozambique and is famous for its stunning beach that runs in a long arc. The surrounding plankton-rich waters are brimming with biodiversity meaning that it is possible to encounter whale sharks, giant manta ray and dolphins year-round, along with seasonal humpback whale sightings during the winter months (May-October) as they migrate along the coastline. They can frequently be seen from the boat, but underwater encounters are also possible for some lucky divers who can come face to face with these huge creatures.

Aside from these gentle giants Tofo also offers pristine reefs with an abundance of marine life such as turtles, giant moray eels, shrimps, nudibranchs, and soft and hard corals. Sightings of many species of shark are common such as white tip, black tip, leopard, and grey reef sharks. Manta Reef is Tofo’s showcase dive with its two huge cleaning stations and circling manta rays, the pinnacles and caves are home to turtles, giant morays, and groupers, with triggerfish, yellow and humphead snappers congregating on the north wall. This adventurous deep dive is certainly one for the bucket list for divers visiting Mozambique.

Ponta do Oura is in southern Mozambique and is popular throughout the year with divers wanting to come up close and personal with apex predators, as this area is famous for being amongst the top shark diving sites in the world! The reefs of Ponta Do Oura, Ponta Mamoli and Ponta Malongane are renown for their many shark species and abundance of marine life. The shark dives take place on the Pinnacles, and the deep blue water is the perfect place for fantastic shark sighting including tiger sharks, hammerheads, bull sharks, silvertip, and blacktip sharks. Humpback whales, marlin, sailfish, manta rays, eagle rays and devil rays can also be spotted.