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.