Diving In Mozambique

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Not that I planned to do it when I headed there, but I figured what better place to obtain my Scuba Open Water Certification than in Tofo, Mozambique, home to some of the world’s most diverse collection of aquatic life, including whale sharks, sea turtles, humpback whales, and perhaps most famously, manta rays (in fact Tofo’s home to the Manta & Whale Shark Research Center).

So what’s it like? Amazing. How to describe it? Kind of impossible. Which is why a visual aid would probably work best. The above vid takes place at the legendary Manta Reef, a “cleaning station” where mantas congregate to allow small fish to eat away the dead and infected flesh from any wounds they may have (likely from a shark). The dive is about 30 meters which means you need an advanced diver certification to do it, but the extra work is well worth the hassle. You could also lay around on the empty beach all day and watch as others do all the work. I’m just saying . . .

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