Find out why Ibo Island is the best diving spot in Mozambique
A diving holiday at Mozambique’s Ibo Island in the Quirimbas Archipelago is full of adventure and variety. All around this historical island, divers are treated to up to 30-metre visibility and warm 28 degree Celsius waters.
Dive Quirimbas teamwork
The resident Padi Dive Instructor at Dive Quirimbas Activity Centre offers scuba diving to accredited divers as well as PADI DSD’s, Open Water and Advanced dive training courses. Guests can book a series of dives at Ibo Island Lodge, or a dedicated dive package or a mobile island hopping dive safari – one of the most unique dive and adventure experiences in Africa!
The Dive Quirimba’s team is small and hugely passionate. The main aim at this top class activity centre is customer service – professional divers make sure your Mozambique dive experience is the best and safest it can be.
Lighthouses and ship wreck dives
It is all about giving divers the unique opportunity to dive newly-discovered sites in some of the most beautiful coral reefs in Africa – without all the crowds. Try out the light house dive site off Ibo Island – dive off a long wall that covers an area of one square kilometre. Starting at seven metres deep, drift through large gardens of coral tables, soft corals, bucket corals and green tree corals.
The wall falls away to a coral bottom at 21 metres where divers are likely to see a good range of tropical fish. Highlights for most divers include angel fish, massive napoleon wrasse, trumpet fish, damsel fishes, leaf fish, praying mantis shrimp, ribbon eels and garden eels. Dolphins could be cruising around here or will be seen on the way to and from the dive site around the boat.
There are some wonderful shallow dives at the 19th century coal steamer wreck just north of the sandbank beach off Ibo. Take a boat out to Matemo and Rolas Islands near Ibo, Cocoons, the fantastic Zala Banks at Mogundula Island. Ibo Island falls into the remarkable 1 500 square kilometre marine area of the Quirimbas National Park – 11 coral islands feature phenomenal vertical drop-offs, some up to 400 metres. These walls are abundant with coral covered caves and tropical fish ranging from goldies to enormous Napoleon wrasse and game fish including kingfish, barracuda and Spanish mackerel.
Divers need at least a week to discover the myriad dive sites in this region of northern Mozambique.