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Dive Review of Various Operators/Various Hotels in
Africa/Mozambique

Various Operators/Various Hotels: "An Interesting and Different Experience", May, 2015,

by Gary & Robin Schiendelman, PA, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 10 Helpful votes). Report 8270.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation N/A Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We'll begin by saying that all of the diving here is from RIB's with no ladders and a beach launch. Most of the beach launches were easy as the surf was not heavy while we were there. All of the operators offered only 2 morning dives per day. All divers were required to stay with the DM.

We started in Zavora, in the southern portion of the country. Stayed at Zavora Lodge, very rustic, good food, good service. They have a variety of accommodations to offer...some better than others! They have an in house dive shop and all diving was only about a 15 min boat ride. Unfortunately, the vis was not great while we were there. Most dives the vis was only about 30'. Bottom temps 72-74F. But we saw a lot of unusual things including a bow mouth guitar shark, electric ray and many mantas. We left Zavora and traveled by car about an hour and half north to our next stop, Tofo Beach. This is the home of the Marine Megafauna Foundation and it's a hopping little place! We stayed at Baia Sonambula guesthouse and it was just beautiful. Very small (5 rooms) they served breakfast every morning and had amazing grounds. Short walk to the dive shop & to the market in town. Again, we didn't have great vis but the quantity of fish was astounding. We saw many species of rays including both reef and giant pacific mantas. Leatherback and loggerhead turtles were seen, sharks, dolphins, tuna and much more. We dove with Peri Peri Divers. They work with the MMF so that any spots on their boat not taken by paying guests were used by researchers and volunteers. Nice to meet many of them but it resulted in very crowded boats every day. We would probably opt to use another operation in the future. Many small restaurants in town to eat and we found the food to be good (and cheap). From Tofo we returned to the Inhambane airport and flew north to Vilancoulos. From there we had a charter flight to Bazaruto Island. We stayed at Pestana Bazaruto resort and dove with their in house dive operator. The vis was better here and the water a little warmer at 76F. Diving not quite as good here although they did have one site that was excellent.

Needless to say, we could write a whole lot more on each of these places and would be happy to respond to anyone having any questions.

The short story is...this is a great place to go if you are an adventurous traveler/diver who wants to do something completely different. But, be careful about when you go. Both water and air temp's can vary greatly through out the year. Many hotels do not have heat or a/c. Depending on the season, you can see both species of mantas, whale sharks, humpbacks and they've even seen orcas. Some of the dive operators used questionable practices like not requiring surface markers and allowing divers to share computers. But, if you are an experienced and prepared diver, you won't have any problems.

We booked the trip through Reef and Rainforest and, as usual, Jenny and her team did a great job. They have a good knowledge of the country and they worked with a company who has local people in Mozambique so there was always someone in personal contact with us to assist with anything we needed.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, PNG, Solomon Isl, Red Sea, Maldives, South Africa, Cocos Isl, Galapagos, Socorro, Var Caribbean locations, New Jersey, Florida, No Carolina
Closest Airport Getting There JFK-Jo'burg,SA-Inhambane-Vilancoulos

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 72-76°F / 22-24°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 15-60 Ft/ 5-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Do decompression diving. Follow the DM.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments
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