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Ponto do Ouro overview


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Scuba Diving in Ponto do Ouro, Mozambique

Water temperature:

22°C (72°F) in winter to 27°C (81°F) in summer


3mm - 5mm wetsuit


25 - 40 metres (80 - 130 feet)

Type of diving:

Reef diving, big animal encounters

Marine life:

Whale sharks, dolphins, reef sharks, manta rays, turtles, barracuda, trevally, scorpionfish, lionfish and many other reef fish

When to go:

October to March is the best time to see whale sharks, but it is possible to spot them most of the year. June to September is an ideal time to see migrating humpback whales.

How to get there:

From the UK - The cheapest option is often to fly to Johannesburg in South Africa and then take the bus or train to Maputo in Mozambique.

Ponto do Ouro is situated in southern Mozambique just north of the South African border. The dive sites are hardly known coral reefs ranging from 10m to 30m deep with caves and gullies, giant turtles, whale sharks, a colourful variety of tropical fish, dolphins and sharks. Visibility is generally around 40m. Above water there is warm sunshine, indescribably brilliant night skies, friendly people, exquisite seafood and kilometres of deserted beach. The dive camp lies tucked away in the jungle; only some shrubs separate it from the launch site from where the dive-boats start through the surf. Accommodation is in simple rustic huts under shady trees.

Melt du Plooy, PADI Open Water

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