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
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.
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.
From the gallery
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.