A fusion of tropical beauty blends the worlds above and below these protected waters. The vast coastline curves from its golden reaches in the Tanzanian north, to a far-south rendezvous with South Africa, while shadowing the Mozambique Channel en route. Off-shore, the archipelagos of Quirimbas and Bazaruto, together with the southern reserve of Ponto do Ouro, provide sanctuary to a marine world of threatened magnificence and global importance.
Change tempo and relax
The soothing tropical-ocean rhythms of a beach holiday in Mozambique offer a perfect counter to the proximate bush safari experiences of Tanzania and southern Africa.
This is time out. The sand is soft, the water warm and the cocktails sensational. Perhaps a gentle walk or horse ride later; perhaps a sundowner Dhow cruise; perhaps a skin-cooling deep massage – if the inclination takes you.
Immerse yourself in the beauty
You are surrounded by some of the world’s most pristine reefs and dive sites, suitable for all levels of expertise.
In the warm shallows
You might catch a glimpse of the endangered dugong: an enigmatic creature that has birthed the myths and legends of mermaids and sirens.
An underwater festival of colours
Streamers of reef fish set against an array of hard and soft corals; neon pops of invertebrate nudibranchs, spectacular gatherings of anemones, attended by their barred and striped clown fish.
Premium dive sites
Site names like ‘Brindle Bass Ridge’, ‘Manta Ray Reef’, ‘Barra Lagoon’ and ‘Chamber of Secrets’ leave little doubt that there are thrilling apex-predator encounters in store.
Feisty Tag & Release Game Fishing
These waters host a collection of game fishing’s “Top 100” defined by their speed, stamina and aerial acrobatics: Giant trevally (GT), king, queen and Spanish mackerel, sailfish, black and striped marlin, and holder of the number 1 position, the blue marlin.
In addition to the engaging exuberance of resident dolphin pods, seasonal sightings include large schools of hammerhead sharks, gentle-giant congregations of whale sharks and the breaching spectacle of migrating humpbacks.
Southern Mozambique has a wealth of leatherback (Critically Endangered) and loggerhead (Endangered) turtle nesting sites. Decades of dedicated and co-operative conservation efforts between Mozambique and South Africa have resulted in significant increases in this nesting population.
Traveller’s Note: In a country where fishing is the main source of income for over 70% of households, community skill development, support of local ventures, employment and community facility upliftment are integral to the success of all marine conservation endeavours.