DIVE TOFO IN TROPICAL MOZAMBIQUE

TOFO – MOZAMBIQUE

The home to Whale Sharks, pristine tropical coral reefs, tropical reef fishes, and Manta Ray cleaning stations.

DIVE THE BIG 5’s 5-night / 8- “House” dive package:

Including: All transfers, accommodation on a bed, and “tropical” breakfast basis, hire of tanks, weights, and air-fills (full equipment hire available on request).

 Suggested itinerary based on 2019 rates:

Full year 2019:

Arrive at either Inhambane Airport (INH) or at Vilanculos Airport (VNX), own arrangements. On arrival, you will be met by a representative of Dive The Big 5 for the 45-minute road transfer from Inhambane Airport (INH) to Tofo, or a 4-hour road transfer from Vilanculos Airport (VNX) to Tofo. Before going onto the hotel you will stop by the dive shop to offload any dive gear you may have brought with you, to meet the “dive crew” who will be looking after you during your stay in Tofo, and to select your dive gear in preparation for the following days dive. Remember, on all “domestic” and “international” flights you are restricted to 20-kgs checked in luggage only. We suggest you only bring your mask, computer, and if really necessary, your reg. You can rent all the rest, and being a PADI 5 Star Dive Centre, all rental gear is the latest diving gear, and all gear is serviced regularly. After meeting the crew and selecting your gear you will continue onto Hotel Tofo Mar where you overnight in a Standard Seaview twin / double, en suite, air-conditioned room on a bed and “tropical” breakfast basis.

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Included:

Road transfer from either Inhambane Airport or from Vilanculos Airport to Hotel Tofo Mar
Accommodation at Hotel Tofo Mar in a Standard, Seaview, twin / double, en suite, air-conditioned room, on a bed and “tropical” breakfast basis

Excluded:

International or domestic air into Inhambane Airport or Vilanculos Airport
All applicable airport taxes
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Bar
Items of a personal nature
Gratuities.

Note:

Remember: When considering whether to fly Johannesburg / Maputo / Inhambane and get a 35-minute road transfer from Inhambane to Hotel Tofo Mar in Tofo, or to fly Johannesburg / Vilanculos, and get a 4-hour road transfer from Vilanculos to Hotel Tofo Mar in Tofo. Consider the time spent at the airports, to check-in before the flight departs;

Johannesburg / Maputo / Inhambane / Tofo:

Check-in before the flight departs Johannesburg – 2-hours
Flying time Johannesburg / Maputo – 1-hour.
Layover in Maputo before the flight departs for Inhambane – 2h30
Flying time from Maputo to Inhambane – 1-hour.
Transfer from Inhambane Airport to Hotel Tofo Mar – 35 minutes.
Total travelling time approximately – 7- hours.

VS.

Johannesburg / Vilanculos / Tofo:

Check-in before the flight departs Johannesburg for Vilanculos  – 2-hours
Flying time Johannesburg / Vilanculos – 1h40.
Transfer from Vilanculos to Hotel Tofo Mar – 4-hours.
Total time – 7h40.
The above is an indication and is subject to LAM’s and SA Airlink’s flight timetables applicable at the time of booking the flights.

Full year 2019:

Four full days spent diving the tropical coral reefs off Tofo, weather permitting.

After breakfast, which is served @ 06h30 every morning, at Hotel Tofo Mar, you will walk to the Dive Centre which is only about a 2-minute walk away. After signing the necessary indemnity forms, and kitting up, the Dive Centres staff will load your dive gear onto the dive boat, a “Rubber Duck” / RIB / semi-inflatable, which is then towed the 100-meters to the beach and launch site. Whilst the divers are doing the pre-dive planning and dive briefing the Dive Centre’s staff are loading and securing all the dive gear down the centre of the dive boat. When all are ready, everyone, crew, dive centre staff, and divers help turn the dive boat around, until the nose is pointed to the sea, and push the dive boat into the water. When about waist deep, the ladies are asked to board first and settle themselves opposite their dive gear which has been stowed and fastened down the centre of the dive boat. The men still push the dive boat deeper in, chest high. The skipper open the motors and once everyone is aboard, life jackets are handed out, and the skipper negotiates the breakers until well beyond the backline where he slackens off, checks that everyone is all ok, collects the life jackets, and heads off for the dive site.

For purposes of this itinerary and costing, all dives at Barra / Tofo and Guinjata are costed as “house dives,” and two “house dives” are scheduled for each dive day, weather permitting. Should a diver/group wish to do a “far reef” dive, which Tofo diving is all about, and the main reason why divers come to Tofo to dive, these “far reef” dives must be booked in advance and are subject to a ZAR 80 per diver per far reef dive surcharge. This surcharge is not included in the cost below and must be paid for by the diver directly to the Dive Centre.

All dives at Tofo are two-tank dives. You do not return to shore between the first and second dive. SIT (surface interval time) is spent at sea, either snorkelling or looking for Whale Sharks to snorkel with.

If it’s Whale Shark’s you’ve specifically come to Mozambique to encounter, the best way to encounter Whale Sharks is to trawl the back-line, just beyond the breakers, and look for the tell-tail tail fin of this massive beast. But, because Whale Sharks are so plentiful in these waters, you are likely to encounter these animals on your way to and from the reef. When you do spot a Whale Shark, the skipper will drop you off in front of the animal allowing it to swim up to you. The best way to “dive” with Whale Sharks is on snorkel, as the exhaust bubbles from your regulator, if on scuba, often frighten the animals away. After the animal has passed you by, you will climb back into the boat and the skipper will move off to position you in the path of the on-coming Whale Shark, allowing it to swim past you again. This could carry on ad infinitum until either you or the Whale Shark tire first.

After the second dive for the day has been completed, the dive boat returns to shore. The dive gear is off-loaded from the boat by the Dive Centres staff and is taken back to the dive centre where it is washed, rinsed and hung out to dry in preparation for the following days diving. The divers walk the short 4-minute walk, from the dive boat to the dive centre for a hot shower before returning to Hotel Tofo Mar.

Please don’t expect to do more than two dives a day when diving anywhere in Mozambique. Also, remember that you are thousands of kilometres from the nearest medical facility and recompression chamber with the result that all dive operators in Mozambique do not allow, “pushing the limits” and prefer to err on the side of caution, so as to minimise the possibility of any dive accidents.

The dive operator will obviously try and fit in a 3rd dive if possible, as they derive their income by selling dives, but diver’s safety is of paramount importance.

After the morning’s dives are complete, the rest of the afternoon is free to enjoy the area. Additional activities include:-

  • A catamaran Tour to Pansy Island.
  • Estuary Tours.
  • Sea Kayaking.
  • An Inhambane City Tour.
  • 4×4 Quad biking.
  • Fat bikes for hire to tour the area on your own.
  • Surfing lessons.
  • A visit to the local Spa and Massage Centre.

All the above would be for the client’s own account and should be booked in advance. The folk at the hotel and at the Dive Centre will be more than willing to point you in the right direction for any of the above activities. Overnight at Hotel Tofo Mar, in a Standard, Seaview, twin/double, en-suite, air-conditioned room, on a bed and “tropical” breakfast basis.

Included:

“Tropical” breakfast
Full equipment hire or the hire of tanks, weights and air only, depending on the equipment option you chose
Services of a local dive master to lead all dives
2 x “house dives” weather permitting
Accommodation at Hotel Tofo Mar, in a Standard, Seaview, twin / double, en suite, air-conditioned room, on a bed and breakfast basis

Excluded:

Far reef surcharges @ ZAR 80 per diver per far reef dive
Additional dives, Additional tours, Transfers, Activities
Additional tours and entry fees to places of interest visited
Lunch, Dinner, Bar
Items of a personal nature
Gratuities

Full year 2019:

After the “tropical” breakfast, the morning is free until you are collected from Hotel Tofo Mar by a representative of Dive The Big 5 for the return road transfer to either Inhambane Airport or Vilanculos Airport, to connect with your return flight to OR Tambo International Airport – Johannesburg, own arrangements. This time can be spent shopping at the local market for gifts to take back to the folk back home. End of services.

Included:

“Tropical” breakfast
Return road transfer to Inhambane Airport or Vilanculos Airport

Excluded:

International / Domestic air from either Inhambane or Vilanculos
Airport taxes where applicable
Lunch, Dinner, Bar
Additional tours, touring and entry fees
Overnight accommodation
Items of a personal nature
Gratuities

The above itinerary is subject to change without notice.

Prices can only be guaranteed once booked, and a securing deposit has been received by Dive The Big 5

Please note: The entire Mozambique falls within a “high-risk” Malaria area. To be safe, we strongly suggest that you consult your Doctor for advise on taking prophylactics before travelling to Mozambique!

Costs for the trip:

Cost based on 2-divers sharing with full equipment hire:
Ex Inhambane:

ZAR 13 695

per diver sharing. Remember, you are only allowed 20 kg’s checked-in luggage on LAM.

Cost based on 2-divers sharing with the hire of air cylinders & weights only:

ZAR 12 970

per diver sharing.

Cost based on 2-divers sharing with full equipment hire:
Ex Vilanculos:

ZAR 17 040

per diver sharing. Remember, you are only allowed 20 kg’s checked-in luggage on LAM.

Cost based on 2-divers sharing with the hire of air cylinders & weights only:

ZAR 16 310

per diver sharing.

Additional days can be added to the above itinerary as follows:

With full equipment hire:

ZAR 2 820 per diver, per day, including 2 x “House” dives, beach transfers, & accommodation on a B&B basis. Remember, you are only allowed 20 kg’s checked-in luggage on LAM.

With tanks, weights and air fills only:

ZAR 2 640 per diver, per day, including 2 x “House” dives, beach transfers, & accommodation on a B&B basis.

Water Temperatures in Tofo

Useful Information:

Where is Tofo in Mozambique

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