• Vamizi Island Diving
  • Diving at Vamizi Island
  • Vamizi Island Fishing
  • Vamizi Island Yoga
  • Fishing Vamizi Island
  • Vamizi Island Fishing Boat

Diving at Vamizi - Weird Coral World

Advanced divers will love the sheer drop-offs featuring weird canyons and pinnacles. Beginners can muck about in shallow water ogling corals and other bright visions. Diving at Vamizi island is like opening a door to another world. Check out the 46 different coral species and more than 400 species of fish - more than half the reef species in Mozambique! Vamizi is ideally situated in specific sea currents which contain huge reserves of minute plankton, a major food source for most species living within this complex coral reef system.

Best Time to Dive

The best time of year for diving off Vamizi Island is from September to November. The sea is calmer, ocean currents are not as strong and water temperature is a pleasant 26 to 28 ºC.  It is thought that fish nurseries in the mangrove forests and the rich sea grass covering the sea bed off Vamizi Island are some of the most important breeding grounds for the rest of the Mozambique ocean.

Healthy Coral Reefs

And divers will relish the idea that they are diving in one of the healthiest known coral reef ecosystems where “indicator species” abound. Such species are the first to disappear if there is an imbalance in their sensitive marine environment: temperature, pH, over-fishing and other reef or human causes.

Conserving Ocean Biodiversity

Vamizi Island divers will enter a much-needed refuge for marine biodiversity. The corals flourish in the natural upwelling of cool deep waters which prevents thermal stress. And thermal stress causes coral bleaching - here is a sanctuary for the remaining 5% of unbleached reefs worldwide.

Divers will tune into the monsoon wind seasons to understand which times of the year bring which fish species. The Kusi (Southern monsoon) blows from April to November and the Kaskazi (Northern monsoon) blows from December through to March.

Dive Site for all Levels

  • Panga Panga: a shallow dive site ideal for new and inexperienced divers. Get close to the reef without having to dive too deep. The best place to see two species of giant clams, the largest living bivalve mollusc in the world.
  • The Abyss, Cave Wall, Ponta Pappagaio, Skunk Alley, Chamonix Express: ideal for seeing some of the larger flora and fauna whilst still being shallow enough for novice divers. Eagle rays, large Napoleon wrasse and colourful Parrotfish are common here, as well as Vamizi’s Green and Hawksbill turtles. Shoals of Barracuda are common here in September.
  • Kizingozinga Canal Walk, Volcano, South Beach, Abyss & Ponta Papagaio: suitable for “macro- dives”, looking at the smaller and more delicate and camouflaged flora and fauna which make up the reef. Beautifully jewelled Nudibranchs brighten up the corals and, if you look carefully, there are camouflaged Stone fish and Leaf scorpionfish, and lobsters hiding in nooks and crannies.

 Dive Sites for Pro Divers

  • The Abyss & Ponta Papagaio: situated right in the middle of the point where the southern equatorial current diverges to form the Mozambique current and the Somali current. There is a huge sea wall, which descends to depths over 150 metres, from which cling huge Gorgonian sea fans. Find abundant coral and fish species close to the deep waters, which often attract the larger bill fish - which then prey on the numerous reef fish.
  • Babylon: a very secluded spot within Vamizi’s waters, boasting some of the most spectacular unbleached and constantly flowering corals. See a number of different species of Pufferfish which blow themselves up into round spiny balls when threatened.
  • Neptune’s Arm: situated on the edge of a spectacular drop-off about an hour’s boat ride from Vamizi, Neptune’s Arm is the jewel in the crown. The wall starts at 10 metres below sea level, plunging dramatically to below 200 metres. A feeding zone for Grey Reef sharks and pelagic fish, such as tuna, sailfish, barracuda and marlin.

Delightful Dive Courses

  • DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING/RESORT DIVE: Your first experience of the underwater world starts with a brief explanation and then your first underwater breaths in the lagoon, followed by a reef dive from the boat.
  • PADI SCUBA DIVER: In 2-3 days you can obtain a diving license to dive to a maximum depth of 12 metres under the supervision of a Dive Master or a Dive Instructor. You get a lifetime certification valid worldwide. PADI manual, logbook and certification fees are included.
  • PADI OPEN WATER DIVER: In 4-5 days you can obtain a full license to scuba dive independently in buddy teams to a maximum depth of 18 metres. You get a lifetime certification valid worldwide. PADI manual, logbook and certification fees are included.
  • PADI ADVENTURE DIVER: The next step: three adventure dives of your choice. You get a lifetime certification valid worldwide. PADI manual, logbook and certification fees are included.
  • PADI ADVANCED OPEN WATER DIVER: For certified divers only. Obtain a license to dive to a maximum depth of 30 metres. PADI manual, logbook and certification fees are included.
  • SINGLE TRAINING DIVE: Interested in trying a deep dive, a drift dive or any other dive of your choice? We give you the proper training and it will be credited towards your Adventure Diver or Advanced Open Water Diver certification.
  • GROUPS: Diving is organised as a group activity. Private trips can be discussed, dependant on availability, cost and discretion of the island management. 

Mozambique Travel Specialists