Diving in the Mozambique Quirimbas National Park is an experience not to be missed. Divers on holiday in this untouched region will still see intact coral reefs, myriad colourful fish and large marine animals such as dolphins and sharks, whale sharks and manta rays.
Diving in the Quirimbas Archipelago means warm waters and high visibility; it means sightings of unbleached coral reefs, game fish including Yellow fin tuna and Marlin, Whale sharks; huge schools of feeding Barracuda, King Fish, Red snappers, Green and Hawksbill turtles, pods of Humpback dolphins as well as the Humpback whales in season.
Diving sites are centred on the islands and their luxurious lodges. Dive Quirimbas on Ibo Island has a resident Padi Dive Instructor, and offers scuba diving to accredited divers as well as several dive training courses. You can book a series of dives or a dedicated dive package as a guest at Ibo Island Lodge. Or a mobile island hopping dive safari – one of the most unique dive and adventure experiences in Africa!
At Azura Benguerra, divers and snorkelers revel in the offshore reefs, some of the most untouched in East Africa with their amazing coral gardens and marine life. The eco-lodge, Guludo, known for its fantastic scuba diving into the Quirimbas Archipelago, also offers a full range of PADI dive courses for beginners and expert divers. Turtles are starting to dive with divers who are super excited to see these water creatures up close!
Off Medjumbe Island, there is a breath taking display of Moray Eels, Stingrays, Barracudas, Kingfish and other large game fish in the warm tropical waters. Medjumbe Private Island PADI Instructors are top of their game and do not conduct technical or deep water dives that warrant a chamber. Try the 12 dives off this tiny island where sloping reef walls harbour amazing fish like Angelfish, Triggerfish, Sweet lips and Puffer fish.
Then there are the healthy coral reefs off Vamizi Island which is a world class diving holiday destination. These reefs supposedly contain about 46 different types of coral and more than 400 species of fish! One of these sites, Neptune’s Arm, has been named as one of the top ten dive sites on the planet and the fascinating Metundo Canyon is a world class reef system that rises about 100 metres from the water where much spear fishing is done.
St Lazarus Bank is one of the only places worldwide where Marlin is known to breed and rises up from a depth of 2400m to 20m and is covered with coral within the Mozambique Channel. Here privileged dives and fishermen can enjoy an experience unlike any other on earth and fishing is out of this world!
St Lazarus Bank is situated in the Mozambique channel, a shallow seamount (approximately 30km long and 20km wide) covering almost 200 square kilometres. This is a biodiversity hotspot for yellow fin tuna, dogtooth tuna and marlin due to its amazing physical and biological characteristics. When it is Mantis Shrimp season during August to December, look for plentiful fish and birds feasting on billions of these crustaceans that rise to the surface to mate every year.