After a long year of hard work and stress, spending a few days on the warm, sunny beaches of Mozambique exploring the abundant sea life sounds like the perfect remedy.
There are many top snorkelling spots in Mozambique to choose from, in terms of accommodation, to ensure that your snorkelling trip suits your lifestyle and your budget. Here are a few tips to turn your snorkelling holiday into your best adventure yet.
Best locations for snorkelling in Mozambique:
The most well-known area in Mozambique, Ponta D’Oura, boasts expansive reefs and diverse marine life including reef sharks and sea bass.
Matemo Island, part of the Quirimbas Islands in northern Mozambique, is also a popular snorkelling destination. In Matemo you’ll find sea turtles, breath-taking coral reefs, and you may even spot some whales during migration season, which happens from July to December annually. Dubbed “The Caribbean of Africa,” located only a 20-minute flight away from mainland Pemba, Matemo is unlikely to disappoint.
Most resorts in the country can arrange your snorkelling adventures for you, so be sure to enquire when booking your Mozambique accommodation.
What to Pack:
• Mask, snorkel and fins but most resorts do rent them out to guests
• Rash vest to prevent sunburn
• Reef shoes to prevent slipping/cutting feet
• Factor 50 sunblock
• Antiseptic cream in the unfortunate case that you cut yourself on the reef
• An underwater camera to capture your encounters with rays, angel fish, bass, sea turtles, clownfish (hello Nemo!) and if you’re lucky perhaps even a reef shark.
One of the most highly rated tour operators in the area is Ilha Blue. A magical 3 hour trip in kayaking around the Ilha area will give you a taste for the local culture and picturesque local sights, which includes some fascinating old ruins. When you hop off at your snorkelling site in Ilha Gardens, you will find coral reefs, starfish and a kaleidoscope of colour as the tropical fish swim around you.
Another popular tour operator is Diversity Scuba in the Tofo area, who offer 2 hour trips they refer to as ‘ocean safari’s.’ They provide you with all your gear and also give you a quick rundown on some do’s and don’ts to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable experience. They promise whaleshark sightings, and between June and October, humpback whales. The tour is open to all ages, so even the kids can join in on the fun.
Mozambique is the perfect place for your next snorkelling holiday, book yours with Venues4Africa today!