Northern Mozambique Dive Adventure

12 day

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Summary of this Northern Mozambique Diving Adventure:

  • Accommodation: Hotel and camping
  • Activities: Catch sight of Turtles, Sharks, Dolphins, Whales and amazing species of fish. Safe swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and diving
  • Destinations: Johannesburg, South Africa, Pemba, Mozambique

What you can expect from this 12 day Northern Mozambique Dive Adventure:

Explore Northern Mozambique, almost untouched by tourists - a remote and beautiful paradise. There are 27 islands (the Quirimbas Archipelago) between Pemba and the Rio Rovuma, the river that forms the border with Tanzania. This area remains one of the last undiscovered jewels of Africa.

Discover some of the most exciting and undiscovered dive sites anywhere on the planet on this safari tour in Mozambique. Visit islands with pristine turquoise waters, swim in water averaging a perfect 28 degrees all year round. Catch sight of Turtles, Sharks, Dolphins, Whales and amazing species of fish. Perhaps you'll catch a glimpse of the green Turtle coming to lay her eggs on the beach.

Voyage to Ibo Island (part of the archipelago), formerly the capital of Cabo Delgado, the Northern province. Ibo's fantastic architecture and history rank closely to Ilha de Mozambique but its atmosphere and rustic charm are unique. This is a hands on Adventure where it must be understood that facilities are rustic, but the diving unrivalled!'

Day 1: Johannesburg

Most clients arrive a day or so prior to the official start day. This is to give them plenty of time to enjoy all that Johannesburg has to offer. Any accommodation or activities can be organised that you may require if you want to arrive early or stay on in Africa after your safari tour in Mozambique ends.

On the first day of the Northern Mozambique Dive Adventure (Day 1), you will be transferred to the hotel in Johannesburg. The Cullinan Hotel is located 5 minutes from the airport - 100 North Rand Road, Bardene, Boksberg North. Cullinan Hotel has comfortable rooms with luxury bathrooms and separate shower. There is a TV in the room. Available is a cocktail bar, restaurant and access to a Gym on the premises.

Please note the following things to bring with you for your transfer to Pemba, Mozambique:- your passport with relevant visa's and evidence of medical and personal insurance. Please also bring the local payment. This must be paid to the tour leader on arrival in Pemba and must be paid in US$ Cash. A single entry visa is required for Mozambique.

Days 2 & 3: Pemba

This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Pemba, where a representative will meet you. Please note that this flight is via Maputo and Beira and you will be required to change planes and clear customs in Maputo. Upon arrival in Pemba, you will be transferred to the Nautilus Hotel complex, or similar, situated right on the wonderful 'Wimbe' (meaning waves) beach, a short meeting will be held to brief you for the rest of your safari tour in Mozambique.

A PADI dive school and other water sports are available at the hotel. The reef is within striking distance of Pemba's perfect beach, allowing safe swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and diving. The Nautilus Hotel has a number of sea- facing, air-conditioned and thatched bungalows with 2 bedrooms, and a shared bathroom. Day 3 is at your leisure to enjoy the beach, explore Pemba or partake in optional water sports or dives.

There is a restaurant at the Nautilus, which offers various seafood dishes as well as beef and chicken. In town there are various restaurants to choose from. At the time of writing the new Wimbe Beach hotel, Pemba had just been completed with good options for meals and optional activities. Ask your guide for an update with full details.

Please Note: Pemba is a developing tourism destination which forms part of the charm of Mozambique and this undiscovered region, however facilities are therefore basic. Nautilus Hotel (or similar) Wimbe Beach, Pemba. Breakfast. All other meals to your own account. Wimbe Beach, Pemba.

Days 4, 5 & 6: Ibo Island

Today you head for the mysterious and historical Ibo Island. Weather dependent you will cross over directly to Ibo Island via motorized boat from Pemba bay. Alternatively you will travel north via vehicle through awesome thick pristine bush and villages to the coastal village of Quissanga. Here you board traditional dhows bound for Ibo Island, and the WildLife Adventures private waterfront camp.

Your camp is situated on the waterfront and has warm showers and is very close to the main fort. Explore an ancient island where Muslim traders operated in the 15th century, before it became a major slave market and trading post for the Portuguese in the 18th Century. Historic buildings, 3 forts, and a beautiful old Catholic Church still remain.

Ibo provides a chance to interact with the amazing island people and observe their unique island culture. Traditional silversmiths still operate from the main fort, and you are free to wander about this beautiful island and explore. Day 5 can be spent at your leisure or partake in some optional activities.

During days 5 and 6 you will enjoy 3 included dives in the waters surrounding historic Ibo. Optional activities include dives, crab and fishing expeditions, mangrove excursions, snorkeling, swimming, and historical dhow cruises. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on all days. Camping (WildLife Adventures Private camp) Rua Bella Vista.

Days 7,8 & 9: Island Hopping in the archipelago

Climb aboard the 17th meter teak motorized boat for a dive safari exploring the islands and coral coast around Ibo. Traveling through Mangroves tree's you will step back in time and observe a way of life that has not changed for thousands of years.

Local fishermen catch Prawns and giant Crabs in these mangroves. Brilliant bird life exists with Storks, Egrets and Herons roosting in the mangrove trees. Excellent snorkeling and diving opportunities, great beaches and a chance to travel and explore the remote coral coast surrounding Ibo.

There will be 5 included dives during these days and the itinerary will be kept flexible according to weather conditions. Overnight accommodation will be beach camps set up on various islands allowing you to camp out on the beach and savor your days unique diving. The fishing during these days is always a highlight. Expect to catch large game fish like Tuna and Kingfish.


Expect to see all coral reef species typical of the Indian Ocean region. Game fish are the feature, with sightings of Yellow Fin, Tuna, Dogtooth Tuna, Marlin, Manta Rays, 6 species of shark (to date), huge schools of feeding Barracuda, King fish of many species, red Snappers, green and Hawksbill Turtles, hump backed Whales in season (July to September). Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 10: Return to Pemba

You transfer by boat to Pemba and your hotel - Nautilus Hotel. Breakfast and Lunch. Dinner will be to the client's own account.

Day 11: Johannesburg

You are transferred to the airport for your flight to Maputo and your connecting flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel - The Cullinan Hotel. Breakfast.

Day 12: Tour Ends

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your connecting flight home. Most people add on a few days in order to visit Cape Town, Kruger National Park or other parts of South Africa.

Included in the tour price:

  • Itinerary as specified
  • Fully equipped vehicle and boat
  • Services of tour leader
  • All accommodation, all boat transfers, all camping and catering equipment
  • Please note that due to limited facilities in Mozambique, chalet and lodge accommodation may be on a sharing basis
  • Breakfast Lunch Dinner where specified. Meals not shown will be to the clients own account

Not included in the tour price:

  • All Airfares, travel and medical insurance
  • Personal spending money
  • Visas, passports, vaccinations
  • Personal taxes (including departure and border taxes) all optional activities
  • Unscheduled or optional national / game parks and other activities, gratuities
  • Sleeping bag if required
  • Restaurant meals and all other items of a personal nature
  • All drinks, even on days with full board basis
  • The Johannesburg - Pemba - Johannesburg flight is not included. (Budget approx US$ 250.00 per person)

Optional activities:


  • PADI scuba dive school and dives, snorkeling and other water sports
  • Excursions up or down the coast
  • Transfers to Pemba town to explore


  • Fishing excursions by boat
  • Extra dives


  • Guided walks, extra dives, fishing excursions, dhow cruises
  • All participants will require a Mozambique visa

Itinerary Days:

Day 1: Arrive at Johannesburg. Airport transfer. Hotel accommodation
Day 2: Airport transfer for your flight to Pemba. Overnight at the Nautilus Beach Hotel or similar. Breakfast
Day 3: Day in Pemba at leisure. Breakfast
Days 4-6: Boat transfer to Ibo Island. Three nights private camp with guided tour of historical Ibo Island. Three included dives. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 7-9: 3 magic days - mobile island safaris, exploring the archipelago. 5 included dives. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: Boat crossing from Ibo to Quissanga and vehicle transfer to Pemba, or direct boat transfer to Pemba. Hotel accommodation. Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11: Transfer to airport for return flight to Johannesburg. Overnight hotel accommodation in Johannesburg. Breakfast
Day 12: Transfer to airport for connecting flight. Or add on optional days to Kruger National Park, Cape Town or Victoria Falls.

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