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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 Africa.
info@divethebig5.com
http://www.divethebig5.com/



Quilálea
Quilalea Island
Arquipelago Das Quirimbas Lda
Rua Do Porto 82
CP 323
PEMBA
Cabo Delgado
Mozambique
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.
http://quilalea.co.za/



Scuba Mozambique
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 come true.
Email: info@scubamozambique.com
Website: http://www.scubamozambique.com


About Mozambique

Mozambique 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 Mozambique has.

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)

Airports
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 and TAP Air Portugal.

Flight Times

Approximate flight times
From Maputo to London is 14 hours, including stopover in Johannesburg.

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 cities.

Many of the local charter flight companies now have scheduled flights around the country and to the islands.

Visa Requirements
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.

Departure tax
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 on foot).
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.

Medical Services
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.

Language
Portuguese (official), indigenous dialects

Religion
Indigenous beliefs 50%, Christian 30%, Muslim 20%

Climate
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.

Local Time
Mozambique is two hours ahead of GMT

Electricity
220V running at 50Hz. The Plug types used are :
Round pin attachment plug
"Schuko" plug and receptacle with side grounding contacts
"South African" Plug (found especially near the border with South Africa, Maputo)

Car Hire
Most major towns have both international and national Car rental companies including: Avis Rent-A-Car, Hertz, Imperial, 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)

Currency
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 process.

Business Hours
Banking: Monday to Friday: 0730-1115 and 1500-1630
Shops: Monday to Friday: 0900-1300 and 1500-1830. Saturday: 0900-1300
Governmental offices: Monday to Friday: 0900-1200 and 1400-1730

Banks
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.

Postal Services
The post offices are open Monday to Friday, 7h45 - 12h00 and 14h00 - 17h00 and Saturday mornings.

Telephones
Most major towns are served by a satellite telephone system. Direct dialling is available to South Africa and Swaziland.

Water
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.

 
 

 


 










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