Dive The Big 5
PO Box 2209
White River 1240
Republic of South Africa
Tel.: +27 13 750 1832
Fax.: +27 13 750 0018
Dive The Big 5, based in South Africa, specialises in
scuba diving safaris and wildlife safaris encompassing
the entire coastline and length and breadth of Southern
Arquipelago Das Quirimbas Lda
Rua Do Porto 82
Tel.: +258 272 21808
Fax.: +258 272 21808
Quilálea is an idyllic Mozambique island resort
nestling in a forgotten corner of Mozambique's Quirimbas
Archipelago in the tropical Indian Ocean. Completely
uninhabited, this Indian Ocean island offers complete
exclusivity and unparalleled natural beauty. Quilálea
is a water-lover's delight with activities ranging from
superb diving, snorkelling, fly-fishing, sport fishing,
canoeing, sailing, swimming and bird watching.
Phone from South Africa 0283843763
Phone from overseas 0027283843763
Phone from UK 10p/min 08714749647
Mozambique, a country spoilt with white beaches and
pristine reefs, is a definite favorite amongst divers
from across the world. Scuba Mozambique represents more
than 30 resorts, so whatever your taste in diving and
accommodations may be, we can make your holiday dreams
has a coastline of more than 2500km and is located on
the southeastern coast of Africa and is bordered by
Tanzania to the North, South Africa and Swaziland to
the South, Zimbabwe to the West and Zambia and Malawi
to the northwest.
Diving is good all year in Mozambique, in the clear,
warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Both land based and
liveaboard adventures are possible.
The reefs are varied with a profusion of colorful soft
corals which are host to some of the most amazing marine
life the world has to offer. Colorful tropical fish
such as angel, butterfly, surgeonfish and graceful Moorish
Idols are found in abundance. Large yellow trumpet fish
and trigger fish are found in many sites.
Excellent dive sites are within short range of most
dive operators. You can spend the extra time lounging
on the beautiful beaches or if your in for some excitement,
head inland and discover the above water big animals
The tourist industry is still very small, therefore
the infrastructure is not that of many, more popular
destinations. But if you prefer smaller crowds and pristine
diving, Mozambique has much to offer.
Average Climate (Maputo): 55 to 75 F (13 to 24 C) in
July 72 to 88 F (22 to 31C) in February.
Water Temp: October to April (Summer) 81F (27C) May
to September (Winter) 71F (22 C)
Visibility: 16 - 100ft (5 - 31m)
Maputo International (MPM) (Maputo) is 3km (1.8 miles)
northwest of the city. Bus and taxi services run to
the centre (travel time - 15 minutes). Airport facilities
include bank, restaurant, bar, snack bar, car hire (Avis,
Hertz and Imperial) and post office.
Beira (BEW) is 13km (8 miles) from the city (travel
time - 15 minutes). Beira receives flights from Continental
Europe, other African countries and America. Airport
facilities include restaurant, shops and a post office.
International Air Travel
Mozambique’s national airline is LAM-Linhas
Aéreas de Moçambique (TM). Other airlines
serving Mozambique include Air
France, Air Mauritius, Ethiopian
Airlines, South African Airways
Approximate flight times
From Maputo to London is 14 hours, including stopover
Domestic Air Travel
There are flights linking Maputo with Beira, Blantyre
(Malawi), Inhambane, Lichinga, Nampula, Pemba, Quelimane
and Tete. Flights depart from Maputo between 0500 and
0730 and are subject to seasonal alterations. Flights
are frequently delayed or cancelled and baggage is often
lost or tampered with. Air-taxi services are also available,
and are the safest means of transport outside the main
Many of the local charter flight companies now have
scheduled flights around the country and to the islands.
All visitors must have a valid passport and visa. Tourist
Visas are issued on arrival in Pemba or Maputo.
If entering the country with more than $US5000( or equivalent)
, a "Declaration of entry of foreign currency"
must be completed at the customs desk. The Declaration
must be shown if leaving with more than $US( or equivalent).
The gift allowance is $US 100, import duty must be paid
on gifts above $US100 in value.
Note: No drugs, firearms, or explosive materials can
be brought into Mozambique.
US$20 if destination is outside Africa; US$10 if destination
is within Africa. Infants under two years of age and
transit passengers are exempt.
Travelling by Rail
A train runs six times a week from Johannesburg to the
Mozambique border at Komatipoort where there is a connection
to Maputo (travel time – 15 hours). An overnight train
runs regularly from Durban to Maputo. There is a service
from Harare to Beira. There are connections from Malawi
to Beira (although the border still has to be crossed
Note: Rail services are sometimes sporadic and unreliable.
Travelling by Road
There are good road links with all neighbouring countries
except Tanzania. However, road travel can be dangerous
and should only be undertaken in daylight. Highjacking
and robberies do occur. Bus: There is a daily
bus service from Maputo to Johannesburg, and there are
good bus links to other South African cities. Minibuses
run between Maputo and towns in Swaziland, crossing
the border at Namaacha.
Maputo and Beira have medical facilities. Pemba has
a private clinic: Clinica de Cabo Delgado. Otherwise,
medical facilities are scarce and medicines are not
easily available. It is recommended you carry a good
supply of medicines you may need, as well as a first
aid kit. Doctors expect cash payment, so ensure your
medical insurance covers your trip to Moçambique.
Portuguese (official), indigenous dialects
Indigenous beliefs 50%, Christian 30%, Muslim 20%
There are two main seasons - one wet and the other dry.
The wet season, from November to March, has a monthly
average temperature of between 26.6°C and 29.4°C
(80°F and 85°F), with cooler temperatures in
the interior uplands. The dry season lasts from April
to October and has June and July temperatures averaging
18.4° to 20°C (65° - 68°F). The average
annual rainfall is greatest (about 56 inches) over the
western hills and the central areas, and lowest in the
Zambezi lowlands averaging 16 to 32 inches.
Mozambique is two hours ahead of GMT
220V running at 50Hz. The Plug types used are :
Round pin attachment plug
"Schuko" plug and receptacle with side grounding
"South African" Plug (found especially near
the border with South Africa, Maputo)
Most major towns have both international and national
Car rental companies including: Avis
Interfranca and Ibérica Rent-A-Car. Moti rent
a car Safi
Rent a car are located in Pemba, but many taxis
roam the streets. Current driver‘s license or International
driver’s license is required. (a Mozambican driver’s
license is required if staying for more than 6 months)
Mozambique´s local currency is the Metical, however
US dollars are widely accepted. Visa and Mastercard
are accepted throughout Mozambique, but Traveller's
Cheques are not accepted. Obtaining a cash advance on
a credit card in a bank can be a costly and time consuming
Banking: Monday to Friday: 0730-1115 and 1500-1630
Shops: Monday to Friday: 0900-1300 and 1500-1830. Saturday:
Governmental offices: Monday to Friday: 0900-1200 and
Mozambique´s commercial banks - Bank Standard
Totta de Moçambique, Banco de Fomento e Exterior,
Banco Popular de Desenvolvimento, Banco Internacional
de Moçambique and Banco Comercial de Moçambique
- offer exchange services in their main Maputo branches.
Banks in Pemba are Banco Austral (linked to ABSA) Standard
Bank (Linked Standard in SA) BCI and BIM.
The post offices are open Monday to Friday, 7h45 - 12h00
and 14h00 - 17h00 and Saturday mornings.
Most major towns are served by a satellite telephone
system. Direct dialling is available to South Africa
Tap water is usually safe to drink, but bottled water
is available should you prefer this. Avoid eating food
which has not been cooked or peeled.