Mozambique Guide for Tourist

Cabo Delgado is the most northerly province of Mozambique. To the east of it lies the Quirimbas Archipelago, comprising 32 islands that stretch southwards for approximately 200km. The islands, which are rich in marine life, run along the coast, some tenuously linked to the mainland by sand bars, coral reefs and mangroves.

The archipelago is considered outstanding for the diversity of its marine life and serves as an important nursery area for dolphins and whales.

The diving around the islands varies tremendously, with peaceful and beautiful coral gardens for beginners and photographers, and vast drop-offs with strong currents for experienced and adventurous divers.

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The resorts on these private islands offer luxurious accommodation and state-of-the-art diving facilities. Often you and your companions will be the only people on the boat, and the only boat at a pristine dive site. In addition to the resorts on the islands, there are dive resorts on the mainland of Cabo Delgado, which tend to be more affordable.

As this region lies close to the equator, the weather is always warm, and the sea temperature varies between 24 and 28°C.

Depending on the season, the rich marine life includes humpback whales, Napoleon wrasse, dolphins, dugongs, game fish, turtles and many vividly colourful fish and corals.

The table that follows provides some broad guidelines on when to visit Cabo Delgado and the Quirimbas area and indicates what you are likely to see. For more specific information, check the tables for the individual dive resorts in their own sections.

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