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Ibo Island Dive Sites

Dive Mozambique – dive the Quirimbas

From dolphins to sharks, novice divers can explore the shallow, clear, warm water while experienced divers can head for the more serious drop-offs. Scuba diving with Dive Quirimbas at Ibo Island Lodge is about entering another universe of wild underwater landscapes where rainbow fish swim.

The Quirimbas Archipelago is a combination of diverse marine life, untouched coral reefs and tropical ocean currents. We don’t mind if you are a novice or accomplished, we just want to show you our sweet lips and angelfish, our dolphins and turtles, not to mention the hump backed whales which you could view in season (July to September).

Dive Sites 

Juwa

A new dive site on the Eastern side of Ibo Island...

Lighthouse Reef North (local reef)

Found on the northern tip of Ibo Island, Lighthouse reef is a popular, slowly sloping reef littered with soft pink, blue and green corals. Picture whip corals curling upwards to the surface and the enchanting pulsating soft corals scattered among a large variety of sponges. Blue spotted sting ray hide from the sunlight under large table corals and Moray Eels peek their heads out of holes. Schools of Surgeon fish, Unicorn fish and Parrot fish swim above the reef with its many nooks and crannies hiding all sorts of marine life waiting to be found. The very interesting-looking Leaf Scorpion Fish can be found hiding under, and feeding within, the corals and many anemones. There are also plenty of different types of crabs. Clown, Picasso and Red toothed trigger fish are all regular visitors to these reefs. Listen for the whales during July to October as you dive these stunning reefs.

Lighthouse Reef South (local reef)

Home to Bob the huge resident Napoleon Wrasse and several smaller members of his family; this reef boasts an incredible array of tropical fish and corals, on the Lighthouse wall. Large areas of the reef are covered in gigantic table corals and big areas of plate corals. Abundant Stag horn, Daisy, Brain, Mushroom, Honeycomb and Leaf Corals grow here including many different types of sea anemones. Large schools of Blue Lined Snapper and Harlequin Sweet lips relax in these waters. Nudibranchs and Flatworms slowly slither along amongst the Garden Eels with the occasional Turtles swimming by. Mantis Shrimps are often seen ducking into holes and scuttling along the reef. Banded Shrimp, Cleaner Shrimp and the very pretty Anemone Shrimp all inhabit this reef. White and Black Tip Reef Sharks also call this beautiful reef their home.

Pachamba (local Reef)

East of the Coal Steamer Wreck, starting at 5 metres and slowly dropping down to 18 metres, these pristine reefs are teaming with a huge array of marine life and corals. Running North and South you can find lots of tropical reef fish such as Moorish Idols, Banner Fish, Parrot Fish, Surgeon Fish, Butterfly Fish, Angel Fish, Puffers, Clown Fish and various kinds of Trigger Fish. Divers can regularly see diverse Nudibranchs and Octopus, Cuttlefish and Squid. Dolphins have also been known to swim past and check out divers. Turtles, various kinds of Grouper, Blue Spotted Sting Ray’s and Bat Fish are regular visitors, as well as the camouflaged Scorpion Fish and Geometric and Garden Eels.

Maria Manuel D'Silva (local reef)

This site lies at a small island, East of Matemo Island. It starts at 5 metres and gently slopes down to a wall that begins at 11 metres and drops down to 20 metres. The shallow slope features a huge abundance of hard and soft corals, plus a beautiful variety of tropical reef fish including the Orbicular Batfish and Teira Batfish.  Lionfish and many types of Grouper also inhabit this reef. The wall has some great overhangs and caves where divers can see Potato Bass as well as White Banded Cleaner Shrimp and Ghost Shrimp. Abundant Coral Porcelain Crabs and Anemone Crabs as well as the Pink Leaf Scorpion Fish can also been seen here.

Matemo Island (local reef)

Matemo lies west of Maria Manuel D’Silva and offers some stunning slowly sloping shallow reefs with a slightly deeper wall that lies at around 16 metres and drops down to 22 metres. A large variety of shallow hard and soft corals offer plentiful reef fish and colours. In some interesting areas away from the reef divers will find Leopard Eels, Octopus and Ghost Shrimp hiding out. Some very colourful Nudibranchs and Leaf Scorpian Fish have been seen here too.

Kingfish Alley (Matemo) (local reef)

Matemo Island has a deep channel 35-40 metres with strong currents - a great drift dive for the more experienced diver. Kingfish are often seen darting up and down this channel. The shallow reefs surrounding the island are a great place to rest and relax on divers’ safety stops.

Rolas Island west (far reef)

Rolas is a small un-inhabited island north of Ibo and Matemo. It is a really easy, shallow and pretty dive site. Home to huge areas of hard corals, this dives site boasts many baby and juvenile fish. Baby Lionfish hide amongst the corals with Spider Crabs and tiny Butterfly Fish and Angel Fish. Allan the resident Stone Fish is huge and not to be missed! Trumpet Fish and Crocodile Needle Fish dart along through the stunning turquoise waters surrounding this island. Huge coral bommies, each playing host to its own ecosystem, are great for camera enthusiasts. 

Zala Banks – (far reef)

South-East of the un-inhabited Mogundula Island lies the wonderful Zala Banks. Choose from several dive spots here, ranging from 5 metres to 30 metres. Kingfish and Tuna are often seen racing through the diverse and plentiful corals here which are found off the deeper sides. In the shallows, small tropical reef fish relax and baby Reef Sharks can seen casually swimming north along Matemo Channel north.