Dive with the Ocean Giants of Tofo!

Overall Rating

8.9

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JulienHilt
FR
Julien H verified review
Divemaster
100+ dives
9.5/10
almost 4 years ago

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An extraordinary spot, a great team. Please note that the dives are reserved for initiates ... I recommend +++

GilbertBurbach
FR
Gilbert B verified review
Plongeur 2 étoiles
100+ dives
8.3/10
almost 4 years ago

Already 10 months ago ! A very enjoyable trip ! Lovely experience ! Wonderful organisation ! Perfect equipment ! Positive attitude ! All this thanks to Steve and Nick, with whom I dived, and who were both so professional ! I hope to see you in 2020 !

Why We Love It

In South-eastern Mozambique, Tofo is one of the pearls of Africa. You won't find big resorts there, but accommodation ranging from the backpacker to the small boutique hotel. With world-class diving and surfing spots, it attracts a well-traveled international crowd. Dive in the morning and, if you're lucky, you'll get to see giant manta rays, whale sharks, or even humpback whales in season. In the afternoon, rent a quad to explore the sand dunes, get a massage, or just chill on the beach. At night, hang out with locals in Tofo's sandy streets and try its local foods and drinks. Have two extra days? Extend your trip and get to know the work of the Marine Megafauna Foundation.

Conservation

The dive center is a partner of the Marine Megafauna Foundation (MMF), a globally renowned NGO for their scientific research on manta rays and whale sharks.

Who Is It For?

For both advanced and beginner divers who love big and small marine life. Adventurous spirits who enjoy laid-back atmospheres. Non-diving partners can do yoga, massages, walks on the beach, enjoying restaurants, quad explorations, snorkeling, weekly cinema, scientific talks, surfing, and paddle boarding...

Prices and Dates

Dives are possible seven days a week. Contact us for more dives, if you wish to do a Discover Scuba Diving, a course, or a specialty.

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What's included?
  • 7 nights in a boutique hotel located in front of the beach, and two minutes' walk to the dive shop
  • Seaview bungalow with breakfasts
  • 10 dives
  • Dive equipment
  • Inhambane airport transfers
What's not included?
  • Maritime park fee of MZN 300 (about ... EUR) per week for all divers.
  • Dive sites that require an additional "far-away reef" charge of $6 (about ... EUR): Outback, Manta, Greentree, Robs Bottom, Amazon, Office, Hospital, Cavern, Reggies and EN1
  • Any flights, transfers, accommodation, or other elements that are not mentioned in the above section
Dive Briefing!

Marine Life

  • Located on an 8 km stretch of sandy beach on the Indian Ocean, Tofo benefits from an upwelling phenomenon that attracts manta rays and whale sharks.
  • The Big 5 of the underwater world can be seen here: whale sharks, giant and reef mantas, turtles, dolphins, and humpback whales.
  • Divers may also encounter giant batfish, greater barracuda, huge shoaling kingfish, and many species of ray, including the 'small eye stingray' - the largest and rarest stingray in the world.
  • Macro divers will have the opportunity to capture leaf fish, frog fish, impressive sea moths, banded pipefish, and a wide variety of shrimp - the list is truly endless.

Dive Conditions

  • Season: All year long for manta rays; June-November for humpback whales; October-March for whale sharks.
  • Currents: Can be strong in some sites
  • Visibility: 5 to 30 m (16 to 98 ft)
  • Water Temperature: 23° to 29°C (73° to 84°F)
  • Depth: Deep and shallow dives available.

Dive Sites

  • Up to three boat dives a day.
  • Over 25 differing reefs, some with amazing structures such as overhangs, small caves, and pinnacles.
  • 'Lemon & Herb' sites, at 18 meters of depth, are great for beginning divers and usually take place from 12:30pm to 1:30pm daily.
  • 'Hot' reefs, 25 meters (80 ft) deep, make Tofo the amazing diving destination it is today. Aimed at advanced divers with some experience, these dives feature current and negative water entries, and make for an exciting adventure. They usually leave in the morning, varying times from 7:30am to 8:30 am, with double or single tank dives available.
  • Dive sites include: Amazon, Amphitheatre, Anchor bay, Buddies reef, Chimney reef, Clownfish reef, Giants castle, Hospital, Krakatoa, Lions den, Manta reef, Marble arch, Mikes cupboard, Outback, Praia do Rocha, Salon, Sherwood forest, Tabletop, The Cavern, and The Office.
  • Note that there is no boat deck in Tofo, so launching and arriving is done on the beach - it can be sporty!

The Team

  • Operation created 15 years ago
  • Number of boats: 4
  • SCUBAPRO dive center
  • Courses up to Divemaster offered - please ask us
  • Maximum number of divers per guide: 5

Safety Information

  • Equipment Recommended: The usual diving equipment.
  • Insurance: Both dive insurance and travel insurance are mandatory. We recommend DAN Europe, which has plans to cover both - ask us for a quote.
  • Nearest Hyperbaric Chamber: Durban, South Africa.
Visas, Flights, and More!

Visa Requirements

  • Most visitors need to have a visa before departing for Mozambique. If you plan to visit Kruger National Park, you might consider getting a multiple-entry visa (versus a single-entry visa)
  • Electronic visa should be soon available to promote further tourism.
  • Please check the current visa policy that applies for your country with the Mozambican embassy.

How to Get There

  • Pretty much everyone arrives from the south via Maputo Airport (MPM) (the capital of Mozambique). Then, either take a transfer by minivan (6-8 hrs; SeaCrush can help you arrange it) or take a local flight to Inhambane (INH), which is a half-hour from Tofo.
  • The biggest international airlines flying to Mozambique are TAP Air Portugal, South African Airways, and Turkish Airlines.

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  • Tofo is subject to malaria; take necessary precautions to avoid it.
  • Bring sunscreen, a hat, a rash guard, a sweater or a light-weight jacket, some walking shoes, insect repellent, a mask and snorkel, and any prescription medicine you need.
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