Mozambique is found in the southeast side of the African region. To its southwest is South Africa; to its east is that warm Indian Ocean, with Tanzania on its north. Mozambique was a colony of Portugal until it became independent in 1975. However, it was not a place to visit because civil war erupted in 1977 and ended only in 1992. This delayed the progress of the country but at the same time, helped the country preserve much of its natural beauty like what you would see in the Manta Coast.
The Manta Coast
Along the southern side of Mozambique is a coastal area where marine life grows abundantly. It isn’t uncommon to find manta rays while scuba diving in Manta Coast or enjoy deep sea fishing in any of the two or more dozen dive sites and fishing charters in the area.
One of the attractive features of Mozambique is its climate. The country goes through 2 seasons: wet and dry. Parts of the Manta Coast are prone to cyclones and storms while the rest like Guinjata Bay are blissfully safer. Since the coastline is along the Indian Ocean, the water temperature is generally warm and pleasant so scuba diving can be enjoyed all year round. The one issue divers may have to deal with during the wet season is the growth of plankton.
Some of the places along Manta Coast to go deep sea fishing and scuba diving are:
Batfish Pinnacle – Located just off Guinjata Bay, it is famous for the batfish. The average depth is 14 meters and maximum depth is at 20 meters with good visibility.
Disneyland – The maximum depth is 30 meters with good visibility up to 20 meters. Some of the species found here are the red bowl sponge, spotted unicorn fish, honeycomb moray, Epaulette soldiers, and Bluestreak cleaner wrasse among many others.
Manta Ray – This dive site is known for its manta ray population. Its maximum depth is 30 meters with good visibility at 20. It is also known among divers for its fantastic topography, scalloped or ragged edges and the Manta Pinnacle with it swim-through an 8 meter wall. It has a strong current which makes the dive site a little unpredictable and dependent on the weather conditions.
When weather conditions are unacceptable for safe scuba diving, there is always the other option of fishing. Fishing in Mozambique is always a great deal of fun spruced with challenges and thrills especially in open waters.
Fishing in Mozambique
In 2012, a news report came out recognizing Mozambique as having the largest of Africa’s coastal marine life. Mozambique has more than 2,500 kilometers of coastline and fishing is one of the main industries in the country and also includes the island, Bazaruto Archipelago. However, it is also highly protected because of the illegal poaching mostly encouraged by Chinese buyers. The efforts of the government and private citizens have been to enforce stricter laws to protect the local fishing industry, the marine life and encourage eco-tourism in the process.
There are funding schemes wherein a certain portion of fees collected from the tourism industry is used to develop communities and the construction of facilities that would provide for basic needs.