Scuba Dive in Mozambique

Mozambique, a former Portuguese colony, is located along the southeast coast of Africa, along the Indian Ocean. This nation of over 19 million residents stretches from South Africa up to Tanzania in the north. The nation is home to a spectacular coastline, a World Heritage Site, and some of the best diving in the world.

Getting to Mozambique

Mozambique’s capital, Maputo, is accessible via Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (LAM) from several points in Africa; via TAP from Lisbon; and via Kenya Airways from Nairobi. You can also reach Maputo from by flying to Johannesburg, South Africa and taking Pelican Air or South African Airways from there.

United States citizens visiting Mozambique are required to have a valid passport with at least six month validity after your scheduled return and a visa stamped in your passport by the Mozambique embassy or consulate. Requirements and forms change frequently. Current information may be obtained by calling the Embassy of Mozambique in Washington DC at 202 293-7146 or the Consulate of Mozambique in New York city at 212 644-5965.

The best time to travel to Mozambique is during the cool season, from May through November.

Diving in Mozambique

Mozambique offers a number of excellent dive sites. Among these are:

  • Ponto do Ouro – The “Point of Gold” is located at the far southern tip of the country. The rolling sand dunes and sparkling waters are home to five dive sites. Adventuresome divers can dive with giant whale sharks, barracuda, and kingfish. Others can enjoy the waters closer to shore and the dolphins and sea turtles that inhabit that area.
  • Pemba – Pemba, in northern Mozambique, is home to the country’s best dive center. The gentle waters and brilliant coral formations there are home to dolphins, whales, and other docile creatures.
  • Bazaruto Archipelego National Park– Located just off shore in central Mozambique, Bazaruto is a complex of several islands and reefs, home to giant manta rays, turtles, and a host of other sea animals.

A Couple of Warnings
Mozambique is an extremely poor country, with over 70 percent of the population living under the poverty level and a life expectancy of just 40 years (source: CIA online data base). The country also has a history of drought and political unrest, although the climate is mostly stable at this writing. Visitors are well-advised not to venture inland, away from the cities, as there are still several mine fields there.

For More Information

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