Use Indopacificimages’ Guide to diving Tofo in Southern Mozambique to help you plan your trip to this quite special location on the south-east coast of Africa. Praia Do Tofo (Tofo Beach…) is located around a very picturesque curved beach, some 16 km from the provincial capital of Inhambane, and has an excellent combination of rich, vibrant reefs and the opportunity for incredible encounters with manta rays and whale sharks.
Tofo owes its amazing biodiversity to its location at the southern end of the 1600 km long Mozambique Channel, between the east coast of Mozambique and the large island of Madagascar.
Flowing through that channel is the complex Mozambique Current, a phenomenal flow of water, that produces several huge counter-cyclonic eddies as it exits the channel – near Tofo…
Those eddies basically suck up the rich nutrients from the deep waters to the south, creating the life-force for Tofo’s vibrant reefs and its megafauna visitors!
Founded in Tofo, back in 2008, by Simon Pierce and Andrea Marshall in 2008 MMF has grown significantly each year. It now plays a major role in the understanding and conservation of whale sharks, manta rays and other creatures such as the small-eye stingray. MMF staff conduct briefings on different aspects of their work three evenings each week which are great ways to understand a lot more about these special creatures!
Tofo itself is a laid-back place, with has an assortment of restaurants and local watering holes that make for some pleasant evenings after the days diving is done. Check out the Need to Know: Tofo and Need to Know: Diving Tofo pages for more information.
On the southeastern seaboard of Africa, Mother Nature has created what can only really be described as a perfect underwater biological storm.
Here in this remote area several major ocean currents converge, creating huge quantities of zooplankton, the life source of oceanic megafauna. – Read more
What is special about Tofo is the number of manta rays in the general area. With about 750 individuals specifically identified.
Plus an estimated total population of around 1400 – whereas at other major aggregations 300 to 400 manta rays is the norm… Read more
Whale sharks are almost a fixture in the Tofo area. Drawn there by the seemingly constant availability of zooplankton – their principal food source.
Understanding the migration of whale sharks is still work in progress, but it seems very clear that the Tofo area plays a significant role… Read more
There are two things that are really special about Tofo. First being that it is a fantastic place to see manta rays and whale sharks!
But the second one is that Tofo is the “corporate headquarters” of the quite exceptional Marine Megafauna Foundation Read more
There are about 15 significant sites dived on a regular basis in the general area around Tofo. Those sites can be divided into two main groups
Offshore sites, involving boat journeys of between 30 to 60 minutes. And the inshore ones which are only 10 to 15 minutes away from shore… Read more
Before you go – what you need to know to dive Tofo… First of all the diving is done “South African style” with rigid inflatable boats (RIB’s).
The boats are beach-launched through the surf, then ran up the beach at full speed on the way back. Quite exciting the first few times you do it… Read more
The first thing to know about Tofo is that its location is simply fantastic. At the southern end of one the finest beaches in Southern Mozambique.
By local standards Tofo is a prosperous place. And it owes that prosperity to the rich currents of the Mozambique Channel to the north… Read more
The Mozambique megafauna was what I went to Tofo for. But what I discovered there was a lot more, with vibrant reefs and excellent biodiversity.
But Mozambique is a poor country recovering from years of civil war. It has serious “issues” that impact on the very existence of the megafauna… Read more
The southern end of Tofo beach is where the fishermen drag their boats up on the sand when they return from their trips to the offshore reefs.
It is a busy but still peaceful place early morning and the last thing I expected to see was death on the beach like I did… Read more