The coastline of Mozambique offers some of the finest diving in the world with untouched coral reefs and an astounding diversity of marine species to discover.
A dazzling array of fish, from moray eels and stingrays to barracuda, kingfish and other pelagic game fish can be spotted whilst diving here in tropical waters that seldom drop below 26c degrees. Above the water dolphins are frequently encountered whilst Humpback Whales can be sighted between August and October.
Leatherback, loggerhead and green turtles are often seen in the water, coming ashore to lay their eggs on the sandy island beaches – sometimes right in front of our beach chalet rooms.

The tropical waters of the Quirimbas islands are one of the country’s best-kept secrets. Here in clear waters that reach 30c degrees in summer, you will discover a marine ecosystem that is absolutely pristine. Medjumbe Private Island’s spectacular coral reef remains little explored, and apart from 12 known dive sites, intrepid divers can set out to explore a host of new dive sites that await discovery. Matemo Island provides excellent diving on coral “bombs” which lie dotted around the island, whilst wreck-diving and an exciting wall dive are for advanced divers wanting a challenge. Pemba Beach Hotel and Spa on the mainland also provides excellent diving with an extensive variety of hard and soft coral and associated marine species to explore.

Further south, within the protected Bazaruto Marine National Park, Indigo Bay Island and Spa offers superb diving, with dazzling soft coral ridges and reefs to explore. A host of exciting dives can be experienced here at sites such as Two-Mile and Five-Mile Reef reef, where reef fish such as Snapper and Surgeon, as well as Potato Bass, Kingfish, Barracuda, Manta Rays and Reef Sharks can be seen.

Some of the best PADI Dive Centres:
Rani Resorts Dive centres and Tofo Scuba Near Inhambane

Mozambique Dive Sites

Rani Resorts’ PADI Dive Centres:
The tropical waters of the Quirimbas islands are one of the country’s best-kept secrets. Here in clear waters that reach 30c degrees in summer, you will discover a marine ecosystem that is absolutely pristine. Medjumbe Private Island’s spectacular coral reef remains little explored, and apart from 12 known dive sites, intrepid divers can set out to explore a host of new dive sites that await discovery. Matemo Island provides excellent diving on coral “bombs” which lie dotted around the island, whilst wreck-diving and an exciting wall dive are for advanced divers wanting a challenge. Pemba Beach Hotel and Spa on the mainland also provides excellent diving with an extensive variety of hard and soft coral and associated marine species to explore.

Further south, within the protected Bazaruto Marine National Park, Indigo Bay Island and Spa offers superb diving, with dazzling soft coral ridges and reefs to explore. A host of exciting dives can be experienced here at sites such as Two-Mile and Five-Mile Reef reef, where reef fish such as Snapper and Surgeon, as well as Potato Bass, Kingfish, Barracuda, Manta Rays and Reef Sharks can be seen.

Tofo Scuba Diving Sites:
Amazon Dive Site
Distance to Travel: 18km, depth: 22 – 28 meters, max: 28 meters, bottom time: 26 minutes
It is one of the very few places here where sharks are seen. These include Leopard sharks, Whitetips, Blacktips, and very occasionally Tiger Sharks. Mantas, Giant Eagle Rays and Ribbon Tail Rays are seen on most dives. Amazon is also home to a huge resident Loggerhead Turtle.
Because of the distance and the quality of the dive you will often “Double tank “ this reef.

The Office Dive Site
Distance to Travel: 14km from Tofo Beach, depth: 19 – 24 meters/ max: 24 meters, bottom Time: 28 minutes; visibility: Ranges from 15m to 40m
Degree of Difficulty: A more difficult dive, due to current, therefore we recommend that you have at least 20 open water sea dives.
This is primarily a drift dive with the current running from North to South. The cleaning station is situated on the Northern point of the reef and divers will be treated to the sight of Mantas being cleaned by Cleaner Wrasse. Also seen on this reef are a number of resident Leopard Sharks, White Tip Sharks and Potato Bass.

Buddies Reef Dive Site
Distance to Travel: 2km; depth: 7 – 10 meters/max: 10 meters, bottom Time: 50 minutes
Visibility: 10 to 20m
With a shallow average depth, this reef along with Clownfish and Anchor Bay offers a perfect training ground.
Clownfish and other Anemone fish are common, often with young. Black Spotted and Honeycomb Morays lurk under the ledges and Lobsters and Crays hide in the gullies. Coachmen, Moorish Idols, the magnificent Juvenile Emperor and other Angel Fish move in clouds above the reef.
The coral is rich and varied: Cnidarians (Whip corals and Fan corals), Hard Corals (Clustered Finger, Staghorn) Anemones (Magnificent Anemone – home of the clownfish).
A good place for Fish I.D. specialty or brushing up on the wildlife you’ve forgotten.

Clownfish Reef Dive Site
Distance to Travel: 600m from Tofo Beach. Depth: 9 – 10 meters/max: 10 meters
Bottom Time: 50 minutes
A fairly flat reef with a lot of living Rock and Plate Coral and small tropical fish. Not recommended for advanced divers, but good for those who are diving for the first time or after a long layoff.

Sherwood Forest Dive Site
Distance to Travel: 3km from Tofo Beach. Depth: 27 – 39 meters/max: 39 meters
Bottom Time: 18 minutes
An 80 meter dome cut away around the bottom and covered with green coral trees (hence the name Sherwood Forest). These coral trees are home to millions of Goldie’s, and are a spectacular sight, especially for the keen photographer. Also seen under the dome are large Potato Bass and a resident Brindle Bass (aptly named Robin Hood), Mantas, Devil Rays and a variety of game fish.
Degree of Difficulty: This is a difficult dive and is only suitable for advanced divers.
Visibility: Ranges from 10m to 30m

Giants Castle Dive Site
Distance to Travel: 9km, depth: 26 – 33 meters/max: 33 meters; bottom time: 21 minutes
Visibility: 10 to 30m
The wall drops from 26 to 33 metres and runs North/South with the predominant current.
The crenellated wall is inhabited by Giant Potato Bass and features several Manta cleaning stations. Although only ten minutes journey from the dive center this is definitely a pelagic dive. A proliferation of game fish: Great Barracuda, Kingfish, Pick Handle Pike as well as various rays (Manta, Eagle, Devil) Bowmouth Guitar Sharks, and, uniquely in Tofo, Blue Marlin.

Simons Town Dive Site
Distance to Travel: 7km from Tofo Beach. Depth: 14 – 18 meters/max: 18 meters
Bottom Time: 40 minutes
Large chimneys of rock with an amazing amount of holes and gullies running outwards in all directions.
An intriguing reef with varying topography, home to many game fish and also often spotted on this reef is the Whale Shark.

Praia Da Rocha Dive Site
Distance to Travel: 8km from Tofo Beach. Depth: 10 – 15 meters/max: 15 meters
Bottom Time: 50 minutes
This reef is made up of lots of huge boulders, all cut away on the bottom to form a maze of gullies and swim-throughs to the point where it resembles a grotto. A vast variety of soft coral can also be found on this reef. All the usual small Tropical Fish can be seen.
Degree of Difficulty: This is an easy dive and is suitable for all levels of experience.

Krakatoa Dive Site
Distance to Travel: 15 km; depth: 14 – 18 meters/ max: 18 meters
Bottom Time: 40 minutes
Visibility: 10 to 30m
This inshore reef resembles a sunken volcano crater or caldera.
The “crater” is on average 2-4 metres lower than the surrounding rock creating a wall around the site.
This dive also offers one of the best chances to see and snorkel with Whale Sharks on the journey to and from the dive site.
Manta Reef Dive Site
Distance to Travel: 22 km; depth: 21 – 26 meters/max: 26 meters
Visibility: 10 to 30m
World famous for the two Manta cleaning stations, first discovered by Carlos do Rocha in the 1960’s. Since then this site has attracted marine biologists, cameramen and divers from around the world.

The dive progresses through a series of pinnacles before the first cleaning station is reached, a shallower (21m) sandy area. At this cleaning station Mantas circle overhead to be cleaned by Goldies, Cleaner Wrasse and Butterfly fish.
At the end of the dive your ascent is often accompanied by groups of inquisitive Devil Rays wheeling about your safety stop.

PADI Dive Courses

  1. At Scuba Tofo
  2. PADI Scuba Review
  3. PADI Scuba Review + 1 dive
  4. PADI Discover Scuba Diving
  5. PADI Scuba Diver
  6. PADI Open Water
  7. PADI Adventure Dive-DEEP
  8. PADI Advanced Open Water
  9. PADI Rescue Diver
  10. PADI Divemaster
  11. PADI Assistant Instructor
  12. PADI EFR
  13. IANTD Nitrox
  14. PADI Nitrox
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