I have two top choices for diving and snorkeling adventures; the Indian ocean and Lake Malawi.
The Indian ocean, off Africa’s tropical coast, has an incredible variety, quality and quantity of marine life. Manta rays, whale sharks, five species of turtle, over 400 species of fish, dugongs, dolphins and porpoises, whales and endless tropical reefs.
|Indian Ocean, off coast of Mozambique|
The most pristine reefs are found around Mozambique’s Quirimbas and Bazaruto archipelgos. Many swimmers are the first to discover sites as the areas are isolated away from mass tourism making it a rare priveledge indeed. We like to stay at Vamizi Island, Quilelea and Benguerra Island Lodge.
|Mnemba Island, Zanzibar|
Zanzibar’s Mnemba Island, Chumbe Island and Menai Bay also offer excellent diving and snorkeling while the Seychelles is best for huge range of fish (although it must be noted that many of the reefs near the main islands in Seychelles show signs of bleaching).
While South Africa’s waters are not as tropical as further up the coast, there is very good wreck and fast drift diving off of Kynsna.
Away from the Indian ocean, for something completely different, nothing, NOTHING beats Lake Malawi’s fresh water.
|snorkelling & kayaking at Kaya Mawa, Lake Malawi|
With a rocky underwater environment, home to hundreds of endemic brightly colored cichlids, otters and other marine life, the enhanced alkalinity of this water enables the longest visibility that our team has ever dived in. Plus Malawi is renowned as the friendliest nation in Africa with the warmest welcome smiles you’ll see anywhere – as well as spectacular wood craft. Carvings on display here will make your heart smile and soul sing.
|Pumulani, Lake Malawi|
We love Kaya Mawa, Nkwichi and Pumulani.