The African continent and surrounding islands are renown among divers the world over for their pristine waters and abundance of marine life, and the southeastern country of Mozambique is a prime spot to see some of the larger creatures. With more than 1,400 miles of coastline, there are ample opportunities to dive in and see what this part of the Indian Ocean has to offer.

Coral reefs are prolific and thriving in Mozambique's waters, offering a closer look at some of the reefs' smallest denizens. It is not unusual to see harlequin shrimp, peacock mantis shrimp, many types of moray eels, and innumerable species of nudibranchs on these reefs, among thousands of brightly colored tropical and bait fish. Coral formations include pinnacles, walls, caverns, and swim-throughs.

Fans of large marine life will certainly be rewarded by diving in Mozambique. Species like leopard sharks, guitar sharks, whale sharks, manta rays, grouper, manatees, sunfish, humpback whales, potato bass, and sea turtles are all regular residents of or visitors to the reefs.

Since this is a tropical destination, water temps are generally between 72-82F (22-28C), with cooler temperatures prevailing during winter months. Depending on tides and currents, visibility can be outstanding when diving in Mozambique, typically starting at 33 feet and exceeding 100 feet in the best conditions. On land, temperatures range from 72-90F (22-32C), with the summer season falling December through March. Although there is no monsoon season in Mozambique, they do experience some tropical rain, so hit their dry season from April to late December if you wish to avoid rain.

This footage of diving in Mozambique is so full of macro life and megafauna, it is sure to inspire you to think about taking a trip to one of the world's premiere destinations!

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