INHAMBANE DIVING HOLIDAYS

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Diving Holidays In Inhambane

Inhambane is a province of Mozambique and it's the gateway to southern Mozambique, with miles of unspoiled shores and turquoise and warm waters. Inhambane has several of the finest beaches in Mozambique, as well as excellent scuba diving. You can spot manta rays, turtles and various other reef fish. Chances of whale shark sightings are also particularly good in this area. This area is also one of the few in southern Mozambique where the last remaining Dugong can be seen. The most popular resorts and dive sites are around Tofo and Vilanculos.

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Diving The Inhambane Peninsula

Dive sites around the Inhambane Peninsula and Tofo Beach range in depth from 10 meters to 37 meters, catering for all experience levels. 

The big attraction of diving off the Inhambane Peninsula are the abundance of Manta Rays and Whale Sharks. Mozambique's summer, October to March, is the best time to see Whale Sharks, though it is possible to encounter Whale Sharks at any time. During the winter months, Europe's summer, large numbers of Humpback Whales migrate along the coastline and come very close to shore in the Tofo area, and large pods of Dolphins can be seen all year round. The reefs are teeming with other life including a huge diversity of fish species, nudibranchs, octopus, eels, turtles and much more.

The sea conditions can vary from very calm to quite choppy. Generally the visibility is between 10 and 30 metres with an average of 20 metres. The water temperature in the Indian Ocean varies from 29 to 23 C.

Summer months are October to April. Winter months are May to September. Windy months are usually February (high chance of cyclones) and August, although, again this is not always the case. When winds are strong, the sea can become rough but diving is still possible.

Diving The Bazaruto Archipelago

The idyllic islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique are known for their unspoiled beauty and diverse ecologies. There are actually 6 islands within the Bazaruto Archipelago. From north to south, these islands are: Bazaruto, Santa Carolina (aka Paradise Island), Benguerra, Margaruque and Bangue. The islands are reached by boat or light aircraft from the mainland town of Vilanculos
 
The coral reefs of the Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique are known for being incredibly varied and are home to more than 2000 fish species. Visibility is excellent in these crystal clear waters. Beginners can also get into the swing of things at the dive school while more experienced divers explore depths of up to 30 metres. There are a number of dive sites around the islands, generally on the seaward side. These sites may be on either Two Mile Reef or Five Mile Reef. San Sebastian is on the seaward side, south of the islands on the mainland peninsular, and generally thought of as an area for the more experienced diver.

Diving Vilanculos

Vilanculos Bay has calm and shallow waters which are ideal for watersports. Just beyond the bay is the magnificent Bazaruto Archipelago. Vilanculos Bay offers an incredible variety of dive sites and diving options which will suit everyone, including beginners and newly qualified divers. In the bay dolphins are frequently encountered and for the luckier it is also possible to see a dugong (the very rare sea cow or manatee). The variety of marine life is outstanding: rays, sharks, turtles, giant groupers, massive morays and the nasty black cheek morays, big shoals of surgeon fish, fusiliers and all the reef fish you can imagine, nudibranchs. Whether you like them small or big, colourful or funny shaped, you'll find them here. For experienced divers staying in Vilanculos the diving of the Bazaruto Archipelago is a 45 minute boat trip away. 
 
Water temperatures are generally between 22°C in winter and 27°C in summer. A 3mm-5mm wetsuit is more than adequate. Visibility is from 25 - 40 metres. The best times to go is from June to September and it is also the time to see migrating humpback whales. Whale sharks can be seen during most of the year but the best time to see them is from October to March.

Resort Summary

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