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A Mozambique holiday spent diving with whale sharks


Wildlife

Why you need to go on a Mozambique holiday

Famous for being a safari destination, many travellers overlook Africa as one of the best scuba-diving destinations in the world. A Mozambique holiday is not only the perfect location for a beach getaway but it is also one of the most prominent diving spots in the world where you can swim alongside the largest fish in the ocean. The opportunity to swim alongside Whale Sharks on your Mozambique holiday is inevitable – due to its abundant supply of plankton, Mozambique is home to one of the largest concentrations of whale sharks in Africa. Ker & Downey Africa considers a Mozambique holiday and diving with whale sharks as a bucket list experience that should be at the top of every traveller’s itinerary when travelling to Africa.

whale shark diving

The whale shark is an endangered species that is classified as the largest living fish in the world. They can reach lengths of up to 46 feet, but remain graceful and harmless in nature, which is why you don’t have to be a qualified diver to get the chance to swim alongside them on your Mozambique holiday.

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When to go to Mozambique

Whale sharks can be spotted in Mozambique throughout the year, however,  we suggest planning your Mozambique holiday in the summer, between the months of October and March. During these months, groups of up to 50 whale sharks have been sighted during the course of one dive experience, which makes for a bucket list experience like no other.

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Where to go in Mozambique

Although whale sharks can be sighted all along the coast of Mozambique, we suggest two hotspots for viewing whale sharks while scuba diving or snorkeling. If you are travelling during the months of September to February we would suggest staying close to Praia do Tofo, 400km north of the capital of Mozambique, Maputo. Praia do Tofo is a small, secluded haven for divers consisting of beach villas and diving retreats. We love it for its never-ending Indian Ocean beachfront, its remoteness and its reefs which lures beautiful marine life including sea turtles, manta rays and, of course, whale sharks.

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If you are planning your Mozambique holiday during the months of October and April, we suggest you travel to Bazaruto Archipelago, a cluster of six islands in the North of Mozambique, near the city of Vilankulo. This destination is perfect for travellers seeking utter seclusion such as honeymooners.

Joey Cameron
Written by
Joseph Cameron

NYC based, South African transplant, Joey Cameron, is a freelance writer, travel-nerd, natural food enthusiast, personal trainer and brand owner. Characterised by an insatiable hunger for passport stamps and a somewhat strange (non)sense of humour, he can found regularly scanning the skies for ways to up, up and getaway.


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