Today’s guest post comes from a true nomad, Justin, who started traveling full time 3 years ago and he just didn’t get around to stopping. To read his stories and look through pictures of 51 countries, check out his blog True Nomads. I’m incredibly jealous of his diving experience in Mozambique. That was his first time diving and he was already hanging out with mantas and whale sharks. On my first dive I hung out with Soju bottles and truck tires! Okay, rant over! Here it is, diving in Mozambique.
Well at the time I was backpacking Southern Africa, and when I was in Zambia, I really wanted to get some diving in before I went more north. My options were either the coast of Mozambique or Lake Malawi. I chose to go to both, so I hit the southern most option first, Mozambique. Since I had my eye on some diving, all I had been hearing from other backpackers was that I had to head to Tofo to see whale sharks and giant mantas.
That’s a tough one. I would say that Tofo is only really popular with biologists studying mantas and whale sharks. That and vacationing South Africans. There aren’t many great dive spots in SA, unless you have a wetsuit, so Tofo is to South Africans, as Cancun is to Americans. Besides that, Mozambique is so far from ANYWHERE, that only backpackers really go. I think it was about 24 hours of flying from Colorado, plus 8 hour layover and that was just to Johannesburg.
Well, I would say the diving is really low on the difficulty scale. It is relatively shallow, and very sandy without much current. Since the area is known for it’s big marine fish, like whale sharks, the water is a little murky, which, as you know, is caused by the plankton that attracts the big guys in the first place. So it isn’t first class when it comes to coral or small marine life or visibility, but that said, I actually did see a ton of cool stuff like mantis shrimp, turtles, scorpion, lionfish, and all the regular stuff. It might be a little better for the small stuff farther north at Lake Malawi, with its neon and glowing Cichlids, but I would personally rather swim with a couple big fish than a million little ones.