CABO DELGADO DIVING HOLIDAYS

 
 

Diving Holidays In Cabo Delgado

Cabo Delgado is the most northerly province of Mozambique. The Capital of Cabo Delgado is Pemba, which is situated at the mouth of a large bay of the same name. Pemba Bay is considered to be the world largest inland bay and it is 375 sq kms in size with beautiful blue water that is uniformly 24 metres deep.

There has never been much trading activity at Pemba with the result that there is not much industry at Pemba and this has proved beneficial as the natural beauty has been kept and the magnificent beaches are not polluted.

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Diving Quirimbas Archipelago

The small coastal city of Pemba, in Mozambique's northernmost province Cabo Delgado, is the gateway to diving the Quirimbas Archipelago. The Quirimbas Archipelago is a largely unexplored chain of 32 Indian Ocean islands along the northern Mozambique coast. It is a delightful eco-holiday destination with warm azure waters, untouched coral reefs, white sandy beaches, wildlife and historical significance.

The northern Mozambican coastline around Pemba boasts an astounding diversity of marine species, such as Moray Eels, Stingrays, Barracuda, Kingfish and other pelagic gamefish. Dolphins are frequently encountered, and Leatherback, Loggerhead and Green turtles are often seen in the water, whilst humpback whales can be sighted offshore between August and October.

The reefs are fairly unexplored and the diving is unexpected. Around the outer edges of the massive bay are small cliff walls, lush mangroves and beautiful white sand beaches that lead to prolific, small reefs consisting of hard corals and masses of small fish.

Most dives are shallow but there are a variety of sites and even some incredible muck diving if you head inside the bay and past the shipping port. The visibility tends to be low, especially in the rainy season as several rivers dump freshwater and sediment into the bay, but the critter life is unbelievable.

Diving Baixo Do Pinda Peninsula

In Mozambique's northernmost province of Cabo Delgado, the  turquoise peninsula of Baixo do Pinda juts out from the mainland forming the large Memba Bay to the north. At the southern end of Memba Bay is the smaller Nanatha Half Moon Bay and its here that you will find Nuarro, our base for diving Memba Bay and the stunning walls on the ocean side of Baixo do Pinda. The direct access to the sea, the closeness of the continental shelf and undiscovered sites make Nuarro a perfect diving location.
 
The proximity to the continental shelf allows for extraordinary shore dives and boat dives within Memba Bay. The more challenging dives are along the stunning Baixo do Pinda wall, running the complete circumference of Baixo. There is 15km of wall diving with an endless amount of dive sites. There are several wrecks on this wall and some spectacular wall features. Large pelagic life is found along the Baixo do Pinda wall where currents are stronger and so generally done as drift dives
 
For the learner or diver looking for a mellow experience, the shallow areas (10 to 15 metres) of Nanatha Bay are full of life. These areas are full of coral bommies, sandy stretches and sea grasses. The proximity to the mangrove, optimal water temperature and visibility is reflected in the great diversity of coral and coral dependent species here. 

How To Get There

There are daily flights from Johannesburg International airport (via Maputo) to Nampula and Pemba. Twice per week direct flights from Johannesburg to Pemba. And three times per week from Dar Es Salam and Nairobi. Transfer time from Nampula Airport to Nuarro is 45 minutes.

Resort Summary

  • Beginners
  • Advanced
  • Technical Diving
  • Family Friendly
  • Single Friendly
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
  • Un spolit
  • Culture
  • Luxury Hotel
  • Multi Activity
  • Spa

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