General

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Best bits:

  • Year-round chance of encounters with Whale Sharks & Mantas
  • Humpback whale migration June – November
  • Beachfront accommodation
  • Close to local restaurants

The Adventure

There are not many places in the world where you can see the ‘Big Stuff’ like Mantas, Whale Sharks, Humpback Whales, Turtles, Sharks, Rays and Dolphins. Tofo in Mozambique offers you the best chance to see these magnificent creatures without having to go on a liveaboard, instead stay in air conditioned beachfront accommodation on Africa’s breath-taking east coast. With this trip you’ll have the chance to experience the best diving Mozambique has to offer over 7 nights & 10 dives!

This adventure includes:

  • Transfers to and from Inhambane airport
  • Beachfront accommodation with breakfast
  • On site dive centre
  • 10 dives (including guide, cylinders & weights)
  • 2 Ocean Safari’s
  • All taxes & diving permits

Availability

This Dive & Stay adventure is possible year-round. Please contact us with your preferred dates and we will be more than happy to help!

Requirements:

  • PADI Advanced Open Water qualification or equivalent
  • There is no minimum amount of dives required; however we recommend 30+ dives logged.
  • Diving insurance such as DAN or equivalent

Non-Divers:

This adventure can be enjoyed by non-divers too! Tofo has a lot to offer non-divers who are adventurous or want to relax and unwind.

The dive centre swimming pool and sun loungers offer a great place to soak up the warm African sun while the divers are diving! For the more adventurous why not join a Ocean Safari to snorkel with Mantas & Whale Sharks or book a surf lesson.

Mozambique

MozambiqueIn Mozabique we offer adventures in two locations, they are Ponta Do Ouro and Tofo. Each of these destinations has much to offer divers, from big things to little awesome diving is guaranteed! Ponta Do Ouro The quaint little town of Ponta do Ouro is situated in Southern Mozambique just 10 km from the South Read more

Bottlenose Dolphin

Bottlenose DolphinThe most common species of dolphin found almost worldwide, these mammals have been known to man probably before ancient Greek and roman times. Bottlenose dolphins give birth about once every three years, sometimes longer. The gestation period lasts about one year. Calves, as the young are referred to, are not fully weaned until about 18-20 Read more

Manta Ray

Manta RayManta, proportionally, the largest brain of any fish, and we truly believe that you can see evidence of this when you look into their eyes during a close up ‘moment’ with these creatures. There are two species of Manta which differ in appearance and preferred habitat, they are the Giant Oceanic Manta and Reef Manta. Read more

Nurse Shark

Nurse SharkNurse sharks have a very large second dorsal fin, long paddle shaped caudle fin and very small dotty eyes. Its pectoral fins look almost “angel like” if viewed from above. They grow to lengths of 9-10 feet and can be found in shallow waters, reefs, rubble bottoms, and are mostly seen lying on the bottom Read more

Oceanic Blacktip Shark

Oceanic Blacktip SharkNot to be confused with the smaller Blacktip Reef Shark, this species is a larger more confident predator. Oceanic Blacktip Sharks can be seen in both South Africa & Mozambique, they are very inquisitive and they often approach divers offering some great encounters & photo opportunities. Why not take a look at our ‘Dive & Read more

Whale Shark

Whale SharkThe Whale Shark is a true icon of the oceans, the world largest fish! Weighing in at up to 20+ tonnes, it can grow to lengths in excess of 14m – a true ocean giant. Whale Sharks are thought to live to over 70 years old, and do not reach sexual maturity until around 30. Read more

Whitetip Reef Shark

Whitetip Reef SharkWhitetip reef sharks are a commonly spotted shark whilst diving reefs. They usually are not bothered by the presence of scuba divers so you can tend to get quite close as they rest on the bottom or in their caves. This allows for excellent photographic opportunities. They are most active at night and in some Read more

Other notable marine life in Tofo

Other notable marine life in TofoTurtles The Turtles are generally not shy, they are usually chilled out dudes! They usually totally ignore divers and carry on with their business, which is great for photo opportunities. We must respect them for letting us get so close by NEVER touching them, never chasing them and never holding them. Other Sharks The most Read more

Itinerary & Sites

Day 1

Arrive at Inhambane airport & Transfer to Tofo. Spend the day getting settled and exploring the local area.

Day 2

Two dives in the morning & afternoon at leisure to relax and explore

Day 3

Two dives in the morning & afternoon at leisure to relax and explore

Day 4

One dive then an Ocean Safari searching for Whale Sharks & Mantas, afternoon at leisure to relax and explore

Day 5

Two dives in the morning & afternoon at leisure to relax and explore

Day 6

Two dives in the morning & afternoon at leisure to relax and explore

Day 7

One dive, then an Ocean Safari searching for Whale Sharks & Mantas, afternoon at leisure to relax and explore

Day 8

Transfer to Inhambane airport

Some of our favourite dive sites here include:

Amazon (26m – 30m)

The reef is home to a colourful array of Butterflyfish, Angelfish and schools of Banner fish, however it’s the Sharks that make Amazon most appealing. You can find White Tip Reef Sharks, Leopard Sharks and Nurse Sharks sleeping on the sandy bottom or in the various caves Amazon offers.

Marble Arch (14m – 19m)

Marble Arch is the closest dive site to Whale Shark Alley so keeping a eye in the blue at this site is a must! It gains its name from a beautiful swim through between the inside and outside of the donut shaped reef, the reef walls rising from 6 – 8m from the sandy bottom. Another swim through leads back inside the reef to a small canyon which is covered with marine life on both sides. The abundance of caves, crevices and overhangs provide shelter for Lobster, Moray, Stingrays and lots of reef fish. On top of the reef you’ll find schools of Bluestriped Snapper, Yellow Goatfish while Blacktip Treyvallys and Kingfish often patrol above looking for food.

Reggies (25m – 30m)

This dive site get’s it’s name from a big cave which is often guarded by a sleepy Leopard Shark. Another apparent resident of this reef is an old Loggerhead Turtle who loves to pose for cameras! This is another dive site where once again one eye must be kept out in the blue as White Tip & Grey Reefs Sharks are often seen patrolling this site. There is also two known Manta cleaning stations at Reggies.

Hogwarts (23m – 30m)

Hogwarts provides yet another chance to spot one of the main attractions of Tofo: its Mantas! Hogwarts has more than one cleaning station, so the chances of an encounter are good. You will drop onto a pinnacle just off the main reef before heading over to the wall and then following it along drifting with the current, there is overhangs and a swim through; be sure to check every nook and cranny because Loggerhead Turtles can be found having a snooze here. This site also offers good macro life with chances to see cryptic Frogfish, Leaf fish and many types of Nudibranch.

Giants Castle (25m – 30m)

Giant's Castle is a deep site that lies just outside of Tofo Bay. It consists of a ridge that runs north to south at a depth of 25 - 30 metres. This is one of the best sites in the area to encounter the majestic Manta Ray, as well as the rare Smalleye Stingray: the world's largest stingray. If lucky the Mantas and Smalleyes hover over the cleaning stations while schools of Butterflyfish and Wrasses clean them of parasites. Everything seems to be on steroids on this site. Huge Potato Groupers often come in for a curious look, and then follow divers around just for the fun of it. Big Honeycomb Moray Eels lie about on the reef and even the Parrotfish are whoppers! As we drift with the current it is always worth staying eagle-eyed on the ascent since there is every chance of spotting Devil Rays, maybe even a Marlin, and during the winter months Humpback Whales may cruise by!

The Office (26m - 34m)

Another deep site, The Office lies north of Tofo Beach and well out in the Mozambique Channel. Consequently, the visibility is often better here than at the sites closer to shore. We descend through schools of Redtooth Triggerfish and Surgeonfish into a sandy bowl. From there we move south with the current keeping our eyes out for Grey Reef Sharks, Bowmouth Guitarsharks, Mantas and other smaller rays. The reef is home to numerous species of moray eel including honeycomb and giant Morays. It also teems with Butterflyfish, Angelfish, Groupers, Wrasses and Triggerfish. Both Loggerhead and Green Turtles are found here. It is often possible to surprise sleeping Whitetip Reef Sharks in the sandy bowl at the south end of the site. Leopard Sharks and Nurse Sharks are also seen here. It also offers some of the best chances to encounter Humpback Whales on scuba during the season.

Chamber of Secrets (14m – 18m)

Chamber of Secrets is another shallow site that lies in Whale Shark Alley so keep a eye in the blue. It forms a horseshoe with dramatic walls rising 6 - 8 m above the sandy bottom. There are a number of challenging swim-throughs and crevices to explore and numerous caves, after which the site is named, that provide shelter for Turtles, Lobsters, Shrimp and shy reef fish. Practically every nook and cranny has a hiding Porcupine fish wedged in it. Always be on the look out for baby White Tip Reef Sharks since this site acts as a nursery.

Manta Reef (19m – 26m)

A World Class dive site by any measure. Always fish-filled, Manta Reef boasts three cleaning stations where Manta Rays come to have small reef fish remove parasites and dead skin. The Mantas can be quite curious and will often come right up to divers watching them circle over the stations.

The site consists of a flat reef plate bordered by 5 - 10m walls to the north and south. The cleaning stations are found on the top edge of the reef so excellent buoyancy control is needed in order to not damage the reef or disturb the Mantas.

While the Mantas are the highlight of this site, they are by no means the only attraction. Large schools of Redtooth Triggerfish, Yellow and Humphead Snappers, Soldierfish and Trevally congregate on the north wall. The caves and pinnacles provide shelter for Potato Groupers, Loggerhead Turtles and Giant Morays. The reef is also home to numerous smaller reef fish, Morays, Groupers, and colourful Nudibranches. Even on the safety stop, it is wise to stay alert. Schools of Devil Rays often circle below and occasionally a whale shark will cruise by before disappearing again into the blue.

Simon’s Town

This site lies right in the heart of Whale Shark Alley south of Tofo. The reef makes a large amphitheatre that provides protection for numerous species of Wrasse, Butterflyfish and Angelfish. Schools of Snapper and Bigeye suspend above the reef. Yellowfin and Bluefin Trevally will come in and check out divers. Colourful Nudibranches dot the walls and the top of the reef. Torpedo Rays are often found sleeping in caves or hunting over the reef while Kuhl's Rays lie buried in the sand. Lion Fish hunt over the reef. Small Morays and Snake Eels can be found throughout the site. Parrotfish feed on the reef. Octopus hunt Lobster while Cleaner Shrimp hide in the small nooks and crannies. Colourful juvenile reef fish abound. The safety stop on this dive represents one of the best chances to see Whale sharks on scuba.

As divers we know that safety comes first, we also know dives can be affected due to factors outside of our control, such as poor weather and sea conditions. All effort will be made for all diving activities to take place, however if weather, sea conditions or any other circumstances out of Adventure Dive Travel or our suppliers’ control can mean some diving activities have to be cancelled. If dives are missed, we will attempt if possible to reschedule the dive within the remaining time on your trip, however this is not always possible and therefore it is not guaranteed.

Dive Info

During this trip you’ll be doing 10 dives & 2 Ocean Safari’s. This gives you the best chance to have encounters with Tofo’s megafauna.

Scuba dives

Tofo Beach is not known for its reefs or coral, however some areas of the reefs are really quite pretty. It goes without saying the main attraction certainly is the Whale Sharks and Manta Rays and other big marine life like Dolphins, Sharks, Turtles & much more! Believed to be one of very few only places in the World where both Whale Sharks & Mantas are residents year-round, this makes Tofu an excellent dive spot for divers wishing to see both giant plankton feeders up close. For more info on what Tofos dive sites offer, please see our dive site descriptions below.

The dive sites are all reached on semi rigid inflatable boats which launch through the surf, which can be quite an adventure on its own especially when there is a bit of wind! The travel time to most of the sites is 20-40mins from the beach, but it is worth the extra effort once you are underwater exploring these amazing sites.

Each dive is led by guide who will be either an instructor or dive master. Before each dive a full briefing will be given which will include boat launching and full safety procedures. All dive sites are blue water drops and the dive guide will always have a reel with a surface marker for safety and so the surface boat staff can follow the divers.

Ocean Safari’s

Ocean Safari’s are essentially a search along the coast of Tofo looking for Whale Sharks, Manta’s, Dolphins and when in season Humpback Whales. On this 2-hour trip once the target species have been found, you will have the chance to jump in and snorkel alongside these magnificent creatures! Each of these trips is lead by an experienced guide who will brief you and explain the proper code of conduct for non-intrusive interactions with marine life.

Dive Centre

Being a PADI 5* IDC Liquid Dive Adventures offer the highest level of service and expertise. The dive centre has recently been re-furbished in 2017 and has a fresh stylish modern vibe but without losing the feeling of being in Africa. It has a beachfront pool, a restaurant and wellness area.

During your stay at Liquid Dive Adventures why not take advantage of some of the additional services they offer for your afternoons when you are not diving such as:

  • Surfing lessons
  • Mangrove kayak adventure
  • Yoga & wellness classes
  • Massage and sauna

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Water temperature:

  • April – October 20 – 24 ℃
  • November – March 24 – 28 ℃

Dive Insurance

Please note, it is mandatory that you have a dive specific insurance that covers evacuation. We strongly recommend that passengers have valid Divers Alert Network insurance (or equivalent) to provide coverage in the event of an accident. This location is a very remote area and the cost involved in evacuating a diver is very high. The D.A.N. policy is a vital protection to have. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need assistance with obtaining dive insurance (at least one week prior to the trip).

Accommodation

All rooms are onsite at the dive centre and are all beach front; the beautiful beach and warm Indian Ocean is just steps from your front door! The dive centre is in a secluded part of the beach which is close to Tofo’s restaurants and bars.

All rooms have:

  • Double or twin beds
  • Air conditioning
  • Sea views
  • Private terraces
  • Ensuite with shower
  • Modern Scandinavian interiors
  • Wifi
  • Access to the beachfront pool
  • Mosquito nets

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What's Included

This adventure includes:

  • Transfers to and from Inhambane airport
  • Beachfront accommodation with breakfast
  • On site dive centre
  • 10 dives (including guide, cylinders & weights)
  • 2 Ocean Safari’s
  • All taxes & diving permits

Not included but needed:

Dive Insurance

Please note, it is mandatory that you have a dive specific insurance that covers evacuation. We strongly recommend that passengers have valid Divers Alert Network insurance (or equivalent) to provide coverage in the event of an accident. This location is a very remote area and the cost involved in evacuating a diver is very high. The D.A.N. policy is a vital protection to have. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need assistance with obtaining dive insurance (at least one week prior to the trip).

Travel Insurance

This is important and highly recommended but not mandatory. Travel insurance ensures you won’t have any stress or worries if something goes wrong whether it’s a cancelled flight or a medical emergency.

As divers we know that safety comes first, we also know dives can be affected due to factors outside of our control, such as poor weather and sea conditions. All effort will be made for all diving activities to take place, however if weather, sea conditions or any other circumstances out of Adventure Dive Travel or our suppliers control can mean some diving activities have to be cancelled. If dives are missed we will attempt if possible to reschedule the dive within the remaining time on your trip, however this is not always possible and therefore it is not guaranteed.

Travel Info

Your adventure begins and finishes at Inhambane airport Mozambique.

Great news! We can arrange your flights too! Please ask for quote at time of booking and we will happily handle the arrangements.

As a responsible and reputable business, any flights you book with us will be ATOL protected so your money is safe, it’s always worth booking with the professionals.

If we are not arranging your flights, then please wait for us to confirm your booking before booking your own flights.

Your adventure begins and finishes at Inhambane airport Mozambique.

How to get to Inhambane airport

To fly to Inhambane airport from the UK and other European international airports the simplest and most cost-effective route is to fly to Johannesburg and then fly onto Inhambane from Johannesburg.

This trip starts on a Sunday and finishes the following Sunday at Inhambane airport, so this means your outbound flight from the UK and other European countries would need to depart the day before.

Here’s our step by step guide:

  1. Book your flight from the UK to Johannesburg separately to your flight from Johannesburg to Inhambane. You will get a much lower fare rate as you are able to book the different legs of the trip with different airlines.
  2. Book a direct return flight to Johannesburg, this will need to leave on the Saturday to arrive in Johannesburg the following morning (Sunday) and depart the following Sunday evening from Johannesburg. Virgin Atlantic, British Airways & South African Airways all fly direct to Johannesburg from London Heathrow, your flight will need to arrive in Johannesburg before 08:30am.
  3. Make a separate return flight booking for the Sunday morning on Skyscanner for Johannesburg to Inhambane, the return flight will leave Inhambane for Johannesburg the following Sunday. On Sunday mornings have a few options for flying to Inhambane, the quickest flight leaves at 11:30am and arrives at Inhambane at 15:00 (with a small changeover at Vilanculos). All return flights from Inhambane leave at 15:25 and arrives in Johannesburg at 18:30 (with a small stop at Maputo).

*We try to update flight guides as soon as possible but airlines can change their routings at any time, this is a guide only which is correct at the time of publishing.