Just off the coast at Vilanculos, The Bazaruto islands lie like pearls in the Indian Ocean and there are many coral reefs and old ship wrecks to explore.
There are 3 main islands, Bazaruto, Benguerra and Margaruque. Bazaruto Marine National Park is a protected area and offers superb diving in crystal clear waters away from other divers and boats.
Visibility can be as far as 30 metres (98 feet) especially in the winter months. Marine life is abundant and you'll encounter Dolphins, a range of Rays, reef sharks, Zambezi Sharks and even Whale Sharks. This is one of the few places left in the world to see the endangered Dugongs. Sea turtles and Humpback Whales can also be seen in season.
Canyon Deep and Marlin Pinnacles (Vilanculos) is an amazing dive but only for advanced divers with lots of drift experience. You'll see all the biggies here - an astonishing amount of fish, large outcrops of coral and lots of colours everywhere. The pinnacles rise up from the deep and the currents can be strong. The Canyon reaches 33 metres (108 feet) in depth and the Pinnacles just a bit less than that.
Baluba Reef (Vilanculos) has many small dive sites over an extensive reef and sandy patches in between. It's a relaxing Open Water level dive reaching up to 16 metres (52 feet) where you'll see Rays, sea turtles and game fish.
Caves, Ampitheatre and San Sebastian together offer an excellent reef structure with walls, caves and overhangs for Open Water divers. You'll see plenty of rays, sea turtles and also game fish at the back of the reef. Depths vary up to 30 metres (98 feet).
Linene Reef lies next to San Sebastian and features interesting coral formations that look like fairy castles. You'll see pelagic fish and Potato Bass.
Potholes is for advanced divers and can only be dived at low tide. You can explore a series of potholes and tunnels which host soft corals and marine life. The maximum depth is about 12 metres (39 feet).
Brindle Bass Ridge is for advanced divers and is a large reef with a depth of 18 metres (59 feet). You'll see Angel Fish, Snappers and Rubber Lips, reef sharks and Brindle Bass. The Toilet Bowl is a feature of the reef and lined with brilliant soft corals.
Manta Ray Reef is flat and has a depth of about 15 metres (49 feet) where you can keep a look out for schools of fish, Green turtles, Clownfish and beautiful anemones. Good for beginners.
Rainbow Runner Reef is great for observing marine life passing through above the sea floor. You could see Mantas in season as well as Spotted Eagle Rays, Kingfish, Potato and Brindle Bass, Rainbow Runners and Zambezi Sharks. The reef can reach about 25 metres (49 feet) in depth at spring high tide. Good for advanced divers.
At Turtle Ridge you could see game fish such as Barracuda and also sea turtles. The reef is narrow and reaches depths of 14 metres (45 feet). Good for beginners and photographers.
Greek Temple can reach depths of 18 metres (59 feet) but it is a good dive for all skill levels and best dived at low tide. Expect a relaxed and scenic experience with plenty of nooks and crannies sheltering marine life.
South Point is great for beginners and features a shallow rocky reef with corals and lots of crevices, small caves and boulders with depths of up to 20 metres (59 feet). Divers can spot Kingfish, Lion Fish and reef sharks.
Zenguelemo Point is home to reef fish, Crocodile Fish, Scorpion Fish and more. The depth reaches about 21 metres (65 feet) and the site is suitable for advanced divers and up.
Fossil Reef has a lot of fossilised trees coming up from the sea floor at Benguerra and provides depths of up to 13 metres (65 feet) for Open Water level and up. This is a good spot for taking pictures of Lion Fish and Moray Eels.
Two-Mile Reef is a flat-topped barrier reef renowned for its fantastic snorkelling at sites such as the Aquarium as well as exciting dive sites on the outer edge. The dives vary from 6 to 21 metres in depth (65 feet). Highlights include a variety of hard and soft corals and many schools of reef and pelagic fish passing through. The reef caters for various skill levels depending on what section is dived.
Five-Mile Reef is not as popular as Two-Mile Reef but it has an interesting bottom structure and reaches depths of 10 metres (32 feet). Open water and advanced will enjoy this reef.
Nine-Mile Reef has a 20 metre (59 feet) drop off on the outside slope which can extend the dive to 30 metres (98 feet). Advanced divers with deep experience will see Angel Fish, reef sharks and sea turtles as well as game fish.
12-Mile Reef is a big reef consisting of 4 sets of ridges, overhangs and large caves which start at 27 metres (88 feet) and drop down to 44 metres (144 feet). This dive is only for advanced divers with drift experience. It is possible to see Hammerhead and Silvertip Sharks here, also Potato and Brindle Bass.
Margaruque is easily accessible and popular for snorkelling and also suitable for Open Water level and up. The depth reaches about 10 metres (32 feet) and becomes the Margruque Express with exhilarating currents at the change of the tide. The rock reef is right off the island and you can explore lots of cavities and walls while keeping a lookout for plenty of reef fish including big Brindle Bass.