Mozambique Diving Holidays: An Overview

Mozambique is a nation with a turbulent history. Located at the crossroads between the Middle East and India on the south-eastern coast of Africa, it was once a trading port for gold, ivory and slaves. Its fortunes took a turn for the worse in the last century: the former Portuguese colony gained independence in 1975, but was officially one of the poorest nations on earth. A period of socialist mismanagement and 15-year civil war did little to help, with peace finally coming only in 1992.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Neptune's Arm, off Vamizi in the Quirimbas, is one of our favourite dives in the world.
  • Wonderful lodges both north and south that still feel wonderfully remote.
  • From July to November, southern right and humpback whales arrive in the warm coastal waters of the Mozambique Channel to mate and calve.

Our Guide to Mozambique Diving Holidays

Mozambique is now a destination on the up, thanks to a period of sustained stability since the civil war ended and a wealth of natural attractions - in particular its long stretches of unspoilt coastline. With their palm-fringed beaches and pristine coral reefs, the beautiful islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago in the south or the Quirimbas Archipelago in the north make the perfect diving holiday destination. The towns of the mainland have attractive Portuguese colonial-era architecture, and a colourful local culture.

The capital, Maputo, has many places of historical and cultural interest to explore, as well as restaurants specialising in seafood for which Mozambique is famous. There are game reserves of varying quality and these are seeing investment as the country aims to take on its neighbours (South Africa and Tanzania) at the 'bush and beach' game. For the time being, however, the prime attraction remains the 'beach' element, and particularly the immaculate lodges on the islands off the coast, all of which we have visited and can strongly recommend.

Mozambique has several marine national parks in the Indian Ocean and several of the Original Diving team have dived here and are in general agreement that these are the best dive sites in Mozambique, in fact they are one of the best dive spots anywhere on the planet. Indeed, one of our favourite hotels has possibly the best site we have ever dived.


Original Highlight

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The thrill of big game fishing was a real surprise and delight, and catching my own lunch while staying on the island of Vamizi was a definite high point in my African travels.

Isabel, Original Diver

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  • Average Temp. — 28°C / 82°F
  • Rainfall — 17cm / 6.7 inches
  • Water Temp. — 28°C / 82°F



Mozambique Metical

Visa Requirements

required-30 day visa available on arrival



Food & Drink

Peri peri chicken, seafood, tinto tinto (the national rum)

What to pack

comfortable light clothing and lots of sunscreen

Flight from London

11:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +2 hrs

Client Reviews


of our Mozambique clients give our holidays a positive rating

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Top picks for Mozambique

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Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago


The remote Quirimbas Archipelago is one of the last untouched wilderness areas on Africa’s Indian Ocean coast. And home to our favourite dive in the world, Neptune's Arm.

Where to go

Picture of boat on the beach Bazaruto Archipelago

Southern Mozambique & Bazaruto Archipelago


The most striking feature of the Bazaruto Archipelago in Southern Mozambique is its remote untouched beauty.

Where to go

Vamizi Island

Vamizi Island

Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago

Vamizi Island is an eight-mile long finger of jungle covered island, fringed by idyllic sandy beaches and pristine coral reefs. It also happens to be about the most idyllic barefoot luxury destination on the planet.

Where to stay

Azura Benguerra Villa

Azura Benguerra

Southern Mozambique & Bazaruto Archipelago

Azura is a boutique beach lodge located on Benguerra Island, part of the Bazaruto Archipelago that lies just off the coast of southern Mozambique. Claiming to be the country’s first eco lodge, the resort was built entirely by hand by the local community and so you are assured of that ‘locale’ feel.

Where to stay

Azura Quilalea Aerial View

Azura Quilalea Private Island

Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago

Azura at Quilálea is an idyllic Mozambique island resort situated in a forgotten corner of Mozambique's Quirimbas Archipelago.

Where to stay

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