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When is the best time to visit?
It depends on what you want to see! If you’re interested in seeing Humpback Whales then
the best time is the end of June to the end of September. We are very lucky to have Whale
Sharks and Giant Mantas all year round. The water temperature ranges from around 20
degrees in Winter to 28 degrees in Summer. The windiest months are generally February
and August which can affect whether we can launch the boat or not.
Is Mozambique safe?
Yes! Of course as with all countries, it's important to be vigilant and take necessary safety precautions but as a country it is very safe. Tofo and Inhambane are especially safe with incredibly warm and welcoming people.
What is included in the packages?
Our packages vary but all dive packages include all equipment hire (BCD, Regulator, Mask,
Wetsuit, Fins and Snorkel) and Government Taxes. Please check our Dive and Stay Packages
for what is included in each one.
Is Nitrox available?
Yes, we can offer diving with Nitrox for 10€. per tank. We also offer Nitrox speciality
training so you can learn to dive with Nitrox with us. The cost to do your Nitrox speciality is
I am not a diver, what can I do during my stay?
We have lots on offer for non-divers! We have an Ocean Safari which leaves daily and is a 2
hour boat ride looking for Whale Sharks, Giant Mantas, Dolphins, Turtles and Humpback
Whales (when they’re in season). If we see one of these amazing animals, we will lower you
into the water so that you can snorkel with them.
We can also take you snorkelling in the shallow water of the estuary in the neighbouring bay
to see Seahorses, Juvenile Frogfish and many more micro marine life.
We also offer 2 kayaking trips: 1 half day in the mangroves and 1 full day visiting a nearby
island and having lunch on the island.
We have a dhow boat (a traditional sailing boat) where we can take you out on the estuary
where the water is very calm and shallow. We can offer tailor-made tours but our most
popular tour is the Sundowners cruise where you can enjoy an unrivalled view of the African
sunset whilst enjoying a refreshing drink and some local snacks.
Is Wifi available?
Yes, we have wifi available for our clients to use for free at the Dive Centre. Being in
Mozambique means our Broadband isn’t very quick so we won’t allow downloading or
streaming. For that we’d recommend buying a local SIM card and loading data onto your
SIM card for reasonable prices. It is very simple and cheap to do this.
What valves do you have on your tanks?
We have both DIN and Yoke (international) valves so you can use any regulator!
What type of electric plug do you have?
We use type C, also known as the standard “Euro” plug. Some places also use type M which
is the most common plug in South Africa.
How much is the Government Tax?
The Government Tax is 5€ per week.
I am not a diver but would like to learn. What courses do you offer?
Yes we do. We are a 5* PADI Dive Centre. We offer a large number of courses including
entry level and professional courses. Everything from your Open Water Diver to Staff
Instructor Course. Please check our website for all the courses we offer.
Do I need to take something special into account if I haven’t dived for a while or if I am a
newly qualified diver?
If you’ve not dived within the last 12 months, we strongly recommend doing a Scuba Review
before you dive. Tofo diving can be challenging at times: we do boat diving with mostly
negative entry; there can be a strong current on the surface and on the dives; the visibility
can sometimes make it a little disorientating, so better to be safe than sorry!
The Scuba Review is ideal if you have had a short break from diving or if you are a newly
qualified diver that has not been diving for a few months. It allows you to refresh your skills
and theory and promotes your safety as a diver.
What safety equipment do you have on the dive boats?
We have a first aid kit, emergency aid oxygen (DAN system), tools, compass, GPS, mobile
phones and a marine radio.
Can I do night dives or wreck dives?
We don’t have wrecks in Tofo and we’re not equipped to do night diving as we don’t have
lights on the beach or on the boats.
Can I do decompression dives?
We only do recreational diving in Tofo.
You mention that you’re eco-friendly, what are you doing for conservation?
We are the first dive centre in Mozambique to have achieved a PADI Green Star Award for
“dedication to environmentally-responsible business practices and commitment to
conservation of underwater habitats”.
We are an ECO-Operator (Explore; Conserve; Observe) as part of PADI’s Project AWARE. We
offer Project AWARE Specialty courses to clients that teach customers about ecology and
We also have an on-site vegetarian (often vegan) restaurant reflecting our attitude towards
sustainability and conservation. The menu changes daily to offer variety and to ensure we
are providing locally sourced ingredients with no wastage.
How do I get to Tofo?
From South Africa, you can fly directly to Vilankulos which is approximately 4 hours' drive from Tofo. We are approximately 1000km from Johannesburg so you can get here by bus, car or plane. We also have a local airport (Inhambane) which is 25km from Tofo. There are daily flights to Inhambane from Johannesburg and Maputo.
There is a bus tour operator called Tours2Moz who do regular journeys between South Africa and Mozambique.
From Maputo, we are approximately 500km so you can drive, take the bus or fly via Vilanculos with a domestic flight with LAM to Inhambane. There are a couple of operators from Maputo but the most common is the “Fatima’s Bus” which takes about 9-10 hours from Maputo and runs daily and costs around €10 each way. There are also big buses from Maputo with a new company, Etrago, which takes approximately 10 hours and costs around €10.
The drive is quite straightforward but it's important that you drive in the day time because there are no street lights and it makes it very difficult to see people, animals and potholes! If you are driving you'll need to make sure you have your driving license, car papers and insurance. You should join the DriveMoz Facebook group before travelling.
How do I book with you?
For bookings, you can book directly from our website or through emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can book with one of our international approved agents.
What methods of payment can I use?
You can either do a bank transfer; pay with Paypal; pay in cash when you arrive (we accept USD, Euros, Mzn); or pay with a debit/credit card but there is a 5% charge to cover Mozambican bank charges. There is an ATM at the local petrol station 5km from Tofo. You can use Visa or Master card. Cash is king generally in Tofo, not many places accept cards. You can easily change US dollars, Rand & Euros locally in the market at a good rate.
What is the cost of living in Tofo?
The cost of living in Tofo is very low: you can budget around €10 - €15 per day for food and drink.
Do I need a visa?
Travellers with citizenship of an SADC country do not need a visa (Botswana, Cape Verde, Malawi, Mauritius, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe) to travel for leisure. From other countries you will need a visa that can be obtained at immigration at the airport or on the border. You will need proof of return ticket, accommodation confirmation and/or invitation letter. We can provide clients with an invitation letter. To obtain a visa on arrival, it is a approximately $50 and is for 30 days. If you want to stay in Mozambique more than 30 days, you need to apply a vision advance. Only visas applied in advance from your own embassy, can be renewed twice at the immigration centre in nearby Maxixe. Please check the latest information with us as it can change from time to time.
What do I need to bring with me?
It is essential you bring your Dive Certification card. If you wish to use Nitrox, you’ll also need your Nitrox Certification card. If you haven’t got Nitrox Certification and you want it, you can do the course with us.
It is recommended that you have Dive Insurance. We recommend DAN (Diver Alert Network) as they are specialists in diver safety.
We can offer discount for bringing your own equipment (BCD, Regulator, Wetsuit). We have everything you need here and all dive prices include full equipment rental. It is 800mzn per day to rent a dive computer.
We can provide mask, snorkel and closed heel fins but we’d recommend bringing your own for comfort and fit.
Insect Repellent and Medications: you can get common medicines in nearby Inhambane but if you require specific medication, you should bring it with you. Tofo is also a high malarial area so we strongly advise taking anti-malaria medicine for the duration of your stay. We recommend Malarone or Doxycycline but NOT Larium.
We recommend bringing a supply of broad spectrum antibiotics, painkillers, anti-diarrhoea tablets, antihistamines, antiseptic cream, cold and flu medicine, swimmers ear, antibiotic ear/eye drops, antibacterial handwash.
Sun protection, hat and sunglasses. The sun is extremely strong here.
What language is spoken in Mozambique?
Portuguese is the national language of Mozambique but conversational English is known across the country. Most Mozambicans can speak a little or a lot of English. The local language in Tofo is Bitonga so you can say "Bon Geeday" to thank anyone when you arrive!
What if I get sick or injured?
Your safety and health are of the highest importance to us. We advise all guests to have travel and dive insurance that covers emergency and medical assistance.
We have emergency and first aid equipment and we aim to prevent as many accidents as possible and to minimise risk. The nearest hospital is 25km from the dive centre in Inhambane. The closest hyperbaric chamber is in Durban, South Africa which is approximately 1000km from Tofo. We ensure that our divers dive conservatively, and stay safely within no-decompression diving limits.