Quirimbas and Bazaruto Archipelago Dive

10 day

Between the continent of Africa and the island of Madagascar lies a string of spectacular sub-tropical islands that rank alongside Australia's Great Barrier Reef as one of the earth's superb underwater wildernesses - the Bazaruto Archipelago.
One of the most beautiful places in Africa and famous for its pristine beaches, the world is starting to discover what we here in Africa have known for awhile - that these islands offer world class diving.

Day 1-5 : Fly into Pemba, Northern Mozambique. Transfer to Island. 6 dives all equipment incl.

There are 27 islands that make up the Querimba Archipelago.  They lie between Pemba in Northern Mozambique and the Rio Rovuma - the river that forms the border with Tanzania and Mozambique. This area remains one of the last undeveloped jewels in Africa.

Virtually unknown to the outside world, the people who inhabit the islands have quietly gone about their daily business. Local fishermen build Arab style dhows hand-hewn from trees. They navigate hundreds of kilometres of winding channels and mangrove lagoons casting their nets and lines much as they have done for the last 1000 years.

It is the 'undiscovered' nature of these islands that make it so special for the sport of scuba diving. This is a place in the world where there are no cars, no roads, few hotels and therefore few tourists. For the diver looking for a very special location, this is it!

With upto 30-metre visibility and water temperatures around a balmy 28 degrees C you can expect to see all coral reef species typical of the Indian Ocean region as well as game fish - yellow fin tuna, dogtooth tuna and marlin. There are also manta rays, eight species of shark (to date), whale sharks, huge schools of feeding barracuda, king fish of many species, red snappers, green and hawksbill turtles, pods of humpback dolphins not to mention the humpbacked whales in season. When you are done with diving for the day perhaps you'll even be fortunate enough to see a green turtle coming to lay her eggs on one of the many brilliant white palm fringed beaches.

Day 6-10 : Fly to Vilanculos. Transfer to Bazaruto Archipelago. 5 dives all equipment inc.

Catch a short flight south where you will be met at Vilanculos airport by our representative and whisked off by either light aircraft or motor yacht to Bazaruto Island and the 5 Star Indigo Bay Resort. The lodge is located right on the beach with Indian ocean on one side and towering sand-dunes the other and is constructed of natural materials like reed, thatch and wood to blend harmoniously with the perfect surroundings. Chalets overlook the ocean and are air-conditioned, fully mosquito screened, with en suite shower and or baths, mini-bar, 24 hour power, satellite TV and telephone access.

The luxury is understated, yet elegant and the emphasis is on making the most of the superb location on the golden shores of Bazaruto Island. Indigo Bay specialises in seafood barbecues, themed dinners and local Mozambican Portuguese cuisine, which is served in the restaurant with its breathtaking views of this Indian Ocean island resort. There is also a patio bar, swimming pool and wet pool bar.

Indigo Bay Dive centre will help to plan every diving trip, taking care of all the details from safety precautions to the final dive entry. PADI / NAUI Dive Instructors can assist you from beginner courses in the scuba training pool to more advanced wreck diving.

Optional activities

Game fishing, dune boarding, horse riding, snorkelling, water-skiing, wake snake, wake boarding, kneeboarding, doughnuting powerkiting. Non-motorised water sports like kayaks, wind surfers and hobiecat sailing.

Bazaruto Island

Bazaruto - a beautiful subtropical island is one of five principal islands in the Bazaruto Archipelago, which lies just 30km off the coast of Vilanculos in Inhambane Province. It is the largest of all the islands, approximately 37km long and up to 7km wide.

An ecological paradise - both on land and sea the whole Bazaruto Archipelago National Park falls into the Eastern African Marine Eco-region, which stretches over a 4,600km coastline, from South Africa to Somalia.

With visibility up to 40 m you will discover the world's largest fringing reef teeming with over 2,000 fish species, 100 hard and 27 soft coral species, four whale and five dolphin species, as well as the extremely rare Dugong. Described as a 'sea cow' this big, gentle grass-eating mammal is closely related to the elephant.

Dugong are found in shallow waters along the world's tropical coasts, yet have largely been hunted to the brink of extinction. Bazaruto has the largest remaining population in East Africa, raising the profile of the area to a global marine conservation priority. The island group is also home to all 5 marine turtle species, which annually come to the beaches to breed.

On land, Nile crocodiles can still be seen in the shallow lakes and pools on the islands as well as samango monkey, lesser bushbaby, red duiker, four-toed elephant shrew and the highly endangered black rhino which inhabit the islands precious milkwood, acacia, papaya, hardwoods and mangrove forests. There are more than 180 species of birds, including Palaearctic migrants, vast flocks of pelicans and flamingoes and 26 species of waders.

Day 10

Make the short flight to Johannesburg and catch your flight home or your connecting flight to Hoedspruit for your African safari experience.

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