Home to Rich Coral Reefs and a Myriad of Marine Life
Mention Mozambique and most scuba divers immediately think megafauna. Whale sharks and manta rays prowl the plankton rich water year round and humpback whales pass by on their way through the Mozambique Channel from the Antarctic. Mozambique, located on Africa’s southeast coast, has more than 2000 kilometres/1250 miles of coastline bathed by the southerly flowing Aghulhas Current. To the north, the Quirimbas Archipelago is home to the recently designated Primeiras and Segundas Marine Protected Area (MPA). The largest MPA on the African continent, it protects rich coral reefs and mangrove forests and is an important nursery for myriad reef fish and five of the ocean’s seven marine turtles among other notable denizens. To the south, the Maputo Protection Area spans the coast from Ponta de Ouro to the Maputo River providing a haven for nesting marine turtles and conserving the offshore reef ecosystems. Off Praia do Tofo, Inhambane, whale shark alley (a plankton rich current fed corridor) attracts whale sharks all year round. Sightings are almost guaranteed. This alone will put Mozambique on many scuba divers’ bucket lists.
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Visibility – From 10 metres/33 feet and up, affected by tide and current. Plankton rich currents, which are great for abundant marine life, sometimes come with a visibility price.
Water Temperature – Slightly cooler in winter and warmer in summer, water temperatures ranges from 22-28°C/72-82°F
Weather – This tropical climate has sunny days and fresh evenings all year round. The dry season runs from April to late December and the summer season goes from late December to March. Summer season is hotter with higher humidity and occasional short intense showers, usually at night. Daytime temperatures vary from 22-32°C/72-90°F.
Featured Creatures – Whale sharks, manta rays, dugong (though it is rare to encounter them while diving), sea turtles, variety of reef fish and macro fauna.
Recommended Training – Take the AWARE - Fish Identification course to help identify local marine life. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course is also great to record your adventure.
Language – Portuguese is the official language. Swahili, Makhuwa and Sena are also spoken. English is common in tourist areas.
Currency – Mozambican Metical. South African Rand, US Dollar and Euros are accepted. Credit cards are accepted in some places.
Major Airports – Maputo International is the main hub for international flights. Beira, Pemba, Vilankulu and Inhambane Airports also receive international flights.
Electricity and Internet – 220-240 volts, 50 Hz. Internet is available in cities and in most tourist areas – hotels and cafes.
Topside Attractions – Take a hike to a waterfall through a tea plantation. Take in the architecture in Maputo, the capital city. Make time for an African wildlife safari or simply relax on the beach between dives.
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Information links:mozambiquetourism.co.za visitmozambique.net