Diving In Mozambique

Diving In Mozambique

Blue Footprints welcomes you to Inhambane, Mozambique. The stretch of Indian Ocean, between the beaches of Barra and Tofo, has become a world renowned scuba diving haven. This area of Mozambique is fast becoming one of the most famous places in the world to visit for many reasons, but namely for the outstanding diversity of marine life.

We are lucky enough to be situated close to Tofo where there are 4 professional, safe and friendly dive centres that will be able to cater to your diving needs. They offer a full diving service, from an array of courses and dives to full gear rental and Nitrox fills.

It was here that Dr. Andrea Marshall discovered that there are two different species of Manta Ray, and it is here that Dr. Simon Pierce is conducting his research on the world’s largest aggregation of Whalesharks. Both these magnificent animals are on every marine enthusiast’s wish list, and we have the honour of being able to offer the possibility of encounters with both. During our winter months, from the end of July until November we have the privilege of being located on the Humpback Whale’s migratory route. You can even watch their acrobatics and displays from our Blue Footprints Lodge.

This coastline is also home to two species of Dolphins, the much loved Bottlenose and the more elusive Humpback Dolphin. Unbelievably, this is the only place in the world where the legendary Smalleye Stingrays, which are the largest of all the sting rays, have been seen and photographed alive, a curious and friendly animal. We also have Leopard Sharks, White-tip and Grey reef sharks, and often Devil Rays and Ribbontails. The pelagic fish life is also spectacular with huge schools of Big-Eyed Jacks and Barracuda.

Our reefs are made up of a volcanic rock base and are covered in a variety of hard and soft corals. These not only provide a healthy splash of colour but are home to all the usual reef fish and our special small creatures. Rare and colourful Harlequin Shrimps. The incredibly powerful Peacock Mantis Shrimp. The transparent Periclemines Shrimp. There are also Frogfish, Paperfish, Octopus, Squid, and big fish and big eels, and small fish and small eels. Actually, all that we have is innumerable and indescribable and you’ll just have to come and see it all for yourself!

If you would prefer not to scuba dive, we offer you our ‘Ocean Safari’. On this excursion we launch on the same boats that we use for scuba diving and we equip all our safariers with mask, snorkel and fins. The boat will have a Skipper and a DiveMaster, both of which are very experienced in finding the big animals listed above. The minimum age is eight years old. We have no maximum age for this trip, but it can be quite adventurous and

The waters off the Mozambican coastline are some of the most nutrient rich and diverse marine environments. The Inhambane area in particular boasts a wealth of marine life from the largest fish in the sea, to the smallest crustaceans.

What makes the scuba diving here even more exciting is the extremely variable and unpredictable dive conditions. Some of the scuba diving here can be challenging depending on the conditions and there is more to offer the Advanced diver. However, our more protected, shallower reefs offer a treasure trove of macro-life as well as a kaleidoscope of colourful reef fish and corals, and some of the bigger marine life such as Whalesharks, Manta Rays and Humpback Whales can sometimes be encountered just as easily on our ocean safaris. The scuba diving here has something to offer every level of scuba diver, as well as non-divers. Please contact us directly to discuss your diving requirements.

MARINE LIFE INTERACTION
The philosophy at all the dive centres in the area is to minimize our impact on the underwater environment as much as we can. We strongly believe in passive interaction, allowing the marine creatures to guide and control the interaction.

We have found that, by giving these creatures space and by interacting with them in a non-threatening way, scuba divers are able to enjoy far longer and spectacular encounters with them. More importantly, we minimize our impact on their natural behavior.

Our ultimate goal is to protect and conserve the marine environment in the Inhambane area in Mozambique. We invite scuba divers to join us in this objective.

We strongly advocate the following guidelines while scuba diving or snorkeling:

  • Avoid chasing any marine life, rather wait patiently and allow them to come to us.
  • Avoid touching the reef or any of the marine life in order not to damage it.
  • Be aware of buoyancy and be aware not to accidentally knock or kick the reef.
  • We ask scuba divers not to wear gloves as this can encourage touching the reef.
  • Avoid taking anything from the underwater environment (even if it looks dead) as it may be someone else’s house.
  • Don’t tease the marine life.
  • Don’t provoke the marine life.
  • Don’t touch the marine life.

Although all marine life needs to be respected, there are some special considerations when interacting with some of our larger residents. The Inhambane area is believed to be a critical habitat for some of these creatures and it is vital that we minimize any disturbance of their natural behavior while they are in our area. Specific codes of conduct, designed with the help of leading marine biologists in the area in an attempt to reduce negative impact on the marine environment.

Authentic Eco-Luxury

For those who want to make a difference, know that by staying at Blue Footprints Eco Lodge, we are completely off-grid and have minimised our carbon footprints without compromising on service and luxury.

Perfect Romantic Getaway

With the sound of the ocean and white sandy beaches, it is impossible for Blue Footprints not to be romantic.

Get in Touch

Email: info@bluefootprints.com

Telephone: +25 884 8900507