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
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.