Self catering accommodation in Guinjata bay - Inhambane province - Mozambique.

Best dive sites in Guinjata Bay

By Ollie Rood, NAUI instructor

Coral Gardens outer edge

12 meter

A short swim takes you to the outer edge, dropping to 12m. A perfect amphitheatre provides sea-life out of this world. The soft corals are quite beautiful offering unbelievably good photographic opportunities. Nudibranches that are not catalogued are often seen here.

Anglerís Alley.

Swimming seawards we run down Anglerís Alley. Obviously a favourite spot with the fishermen, hence its name. Itís important to dive this spot as the tide begins to rise, letting the current do the work for you. Masses of fish live here as well as a good chance of finding the latest fishing lure.

Paindane Express

19-40 meter

This is game fish paradise with an unbelievable array of smaller creatures hiding behind the reefs out of the current. Brindle bass the size of a small car patrol up and down. Sharks love it here, especially in the deeper areas Ė Zambezi, Dusky and Blacktip. Mantas and whale shark lazily hang above in the current, filter feeding. Itís not often that we donít find whale shark in this area.

Other unusual sightings include the harlequin shrimp hiding in coral heads and lion fish by the tens. Itís not uncommon to see over 50 at a time. You need to be a competent diver to get value out of this dive. Buoyancy and control need to be to spot on, DM in sight at all times. You have been warned!!

Jangamo Reef

8-22 meter

A large reef about 600m long offering caves, gullies and drop-offs with several dive sites. Pao Rock, Nemoís, Caves, Lobsterpot and Batfish Point to mention but a few.

Depths range from 8-22m on the outer edge. The place to see nudibranches, small fry, cuttle-fish, mantis shrimp, pipe fish, cleaner shrimp, crocodile fish, scorpion fish, leaf fish, sea moths, frog fish, stone fish, turtles, white-tip reef sharks and a multitude of reef fish plus cowries and cone shells. Donít rush these dive sites, the smaller creatures are hard to find!

Itís not uncommon to look up and see a manta or whale shark gliding by! The Lobsterpot has a resident giant moray, the largest I have ever seen!

Kingfisher Reef

A much larger deeper reef broken up with large sand patches in between the reef formations. Spectacular sites include Manta Point (20-25m+), Green Tree (25-30m+) and Ecstasy (25-30m+).

Manta Point

Named after the deep manta cleaning station, is frequented by large mantas. Sand sharks and rays lurk around the sandy fringes. Giant morays hide in the caves and crevasses. Hundreds of snappers and triggerfish cover the reef like a shower of confetti and rise up from the reef to meet you! An unusual creature frequently found here is the Sea Apple, a large purple and yellow nudibranch-like animal with retractable gills.

This is an excellent dive site for advanced divers. A perfectly planned dive profile will reward you with amazing sightings of mantas and devil rays while drifting at your safety stop.

Manta Reef

A large slab of rock rising out of the sandy floor offering fantastic walls, caves and canyons. This reef is in the main current with the top rising to 15m and dropping down to 35m on the edges. Dive sites include the Fish Bowl (17-22m). The fish life here is unbelievable Ė Spanish dancers, dragon morays, tiger cowrie shells, egg shell cowrie shells, crown of thorns, nasty sea urchins, cleaner shrimps, masses of reef fish and of course, the majestic mantas and devil rays gliding overhead as well as regular sightings of whale shark. Two tame and extremely large honeycomb morays currently reside in this area.

Moving around the outer edge and up onto the plateau, we come to our first Manta Cleaning Station. This is a flat wall to wall area of soft coral where the mantas queue to move onto, allowing a multitude of small reef fish to rise up and clean their massive host, swimming right into their gaping mouths and open gills. Of particular importance is the cleaning of shark bites. Many mantas have chunks taken out of their wings by sharks, probably Zambezi and Tiger sharks. Mantas are incredibly inquisitive creatures and will soon investigate patiently waiting divers. These cleaning stations offer amazing photographic opportunities; Iím sure, some of the best in the world. Please be considerate to the environment, other divers and especially the mantas. Itís their home into which we are intruding.


A fantastic wall, dropping down to 35m on the sand. Fish life wherever you look: potato bass, snappers, eels, Spanish dancers and even the occasional sea apple. Drifting down the edge, we find yet another cleaning station, probably the best. Mantas cue in single formation waiting for their turn.

Island Rock

This is a vastly different reef to anything else we have. Conditions need to be perfectly calm. The shallow reef has been carved up into huge chunks offering amazing alleyways and swim through. Mantas often glide up and down. This is a perfect reef for juvenile nurseries and the magnificent Triton shell.

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