Africa Diving Holidays: An Overview

Africa is a continent of astounding natural beauty, from the endless Serengeti plains to the marine parks of Mozambique. If you're looking for a combination of safari, beach and diving, you've come to the right place.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Remote and undiscovered dive sites in Mozambique. Oh, and whale sharks and mantas and...
  • Madagascar is a destination apart, both physically and culturally, with influences from across the globe, from Europe to Arabia and, of course, Africa.

Our Guide to Africa Diving Holidays

Through our parent company, Original Travel, we can arrange your entire African adventure. Whether you want to horseback ride across the luscious Okavango Delta, bungee jump at Victoria Falls, tiger fish on the Zambezi river or follow the Great Wildebeest Migration in Kenya and Tanzania, we can plan the perfect African adventure to suit your needs.

Did you know

  • The world's longest river, the Nile, is in Africa
  • It is also home to the world's largest desert, the Sahara
  • A quarter of the world's languages are spoken only in Africa - there are 1,500 spoken across the continent

And then onto the diving. Mozambique is perhaps the most obvious dive option in Africa with its plankton-rich waters and the associated majestic mega marine life - whale sharks, humpback whales and manta rays, among others. Then there's Madagascar, which is unlike anywhere else on the planet. Mostly because 80% of the flora and fauna here is endemic, but also because culturally it's a massive conflation of European, Asian and Arabic influences. The diversity doesn't stop when you hit the ocean either and there is great diving to be had around the Nosy Be archipelago, where you can expect to see large pelagics like dolphins, sharks and mantas, a whole host of macro life and some seriously colourful coral.


Top picks for Africa

Mother and calf whale

Mozambique

Africa

Untouched beauty along with some of our favourite dive sites. What's not to like about Mozambique?

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Tanzanian Sunset

Tanzania

Africa

Combine great safari experiences with some of the best diving in East Africa.

Where to go

Picture of Baixo do Pinda Mozambique

Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago

Mozambique

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

Mozambique

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

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Picture of Boats in the sea Mafia Island

Mafia Island

Tanzania

Little known Mafia is one of the only places you are virtually guaranteed whale sharks at the right time of year.

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Picture of Boat in the sea Pemba Island

Pemba Island

Tanzania

Stay at an eco-lodge and enjoy some of East Africa's best diving in the Pemba Channel.

Where to go

Vamizi Island Lodge

Vamizi Island Lodge

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.

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Azura Quilalea Aerial View

Azura at Quilalea

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

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

The exterior at Pole Pole, luxury hotel in Africa

Pole Pole

Mafia Island

Pole Pole means ‘slowly, slowly’ in Swahili, and this laidback bolthole on Mafia Island is set in a shady, breezy spot facing the sea and overlooking the islands of Chole, Juani and Jibondo.

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Lodge overlooking the ocean at Chole Mijini, luxury hotel in Africa

Chole Mjini

Mafia Island

Chole Mjini is a unique island lodge whose seven tree house chalets offer a lofty luxury adventure.

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Fundu Lagoon

Fundu Lagoon

Pemba Island

Located on Pemba Island, just to the north of Zanzibar, Fundu Lagoon is the essence of ‘barefoot luxury’ and a secluded and peaceful retreat with over two miles of private beach and stunning ocean views.

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Mnemba Island Lodge

Mnemba Island Lodge

Zanzibar

Mnemba Island Lodge is an idyllic, award-wining jewel sitting in this untouched tropical atoll, a beachcomber’s ultimate paradise, located just off the north-east coast of Zanzibar.

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