Are you contemplating on diving the Quirimbas Archipelago Islands but are not sure where to go? You want to know whether you need to bring your own gear and be qualified before diving the Quirimbas Islands in Mozambique.The Dive Quirimba’s activity centre on Ibo Island will clear up some of these queries for you.

Can I dive all year round?

Diving the Quirimbas Islands is possible all year round! All you need is some warm turquoise ocean depths, some sun and some good unruffled, even seas on the surface. You can plan your diving trip in the summer time – or in the winter when it is somewhat cooler but windy.

The whales come to the Ilha Quirimbas between August and October and it is truly amazing to see these gentle giants breach, glide and lob tail, and listen to their magnificent music underwater. The rest of the year is dedicated to some mind-boggling sightings of Dolphins, Turtles, Reef sharks, colossal Grouper and Napoleon Wrasse. The reefs are immensely unspoiled and beautiful, so there is plenty to see at all times!

Do I need to be certified before I arrive?

No, you don’t. Ibo Island has an onsite Dive Instructor based at the Dive Quirimbas activity centre, who offers you a selection of courses, try dives and dive experiences. This also happens on Vamizi, Quilalea and Medjumbe Islands. Although Dive Quirimbas is based at Ibo Island Lodge, it does offer diving to anyone staying or visiting Ibo.

Do I need my own equipment?

Yes and no! Dive Quirimba’s always recommends guests to bring their own fins and masks but this is not essential. Dive Quirimba’s offers a full range of Subpar gear to kit you out with!

Do I need to pre-book my dives?

This is not necessary but it is highly recommended. Dive Quirimba’s offers dive packages which take you diving on distant and local reefs. Contact for more info or visit for the latest prices.

Do I need diving insurance?

Definitely. Most travel insurance packages generally include diving, but please check to see if you are covered before you travel to the Quirimbas.

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