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Dive Review of Azura in
Africa/Benguerra Island

Azura: "Azura Benguerra Island Mozambique", Jun, 2017,

by Victor A Bary, NJ, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports). Report 9677.

No photos available at this time

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation N/A Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The dive operation is run by Azura, which is a very upscale resort mostly attended by European, South African and US vacationers not interested in diving. The resort is simply the best we've ever been to and we've been to a lot of upscale ones.

The PADI 5-star dive operation is owned and operated by the resort. SCUBA PRO Equipment is more than adequate but somewhat limited (no XL, XXL BCs) and the boats more than adequate but suited for 6 divers or less. The dive masters are superb. The boat staff is very attentive, but not divers.

Azura is located in part of a marine park and all diving is done along two-mile reef. Marine life is incredibly dense and varied. Viz in June (their winter) was only 40'-50'. We and our two marine scientist couple friends were the only ones of the boat - 4 people in all. We were quickly marked as experienced and reasonable divers and allowed to make lengthy computer dives.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Sidpidan, Malaysia, Bermuda, Aruba, Curacao, Bonnaire, Bahamas, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac, Bermuda, Roatan, Fiji, Phillipines
Closest Airport Getting There fly to Mozambique across from Benguerra, then short helicopter flight to Benguerra Island

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 74-76°F / 23-24°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-50 Ft/ 12-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Don't remember any, but two mile reef doesn't offer depths greater than 75'.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Camera tank on boat, but this is a small operation, I don't recall any special facilities. Of course with Go Pro and digital cameras, how much do you really need?
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