Scuba Diving in Shallow Malongane Reef, Ponta Do Ouro, Maputo Mozambique

Water Temperatures:
20-26°C / 68-78.8°F
Ponta Do Ouro is the southern most village in Mozambique and is a popular holiday destination. It lies on the Mozambique Channel, southern of Maputo and just northern of the border with South Africa. Ponta Do Ouro boasts pristine beaches and is well known for its long stretches of white beaches. There are no tarred roads, therefore it is only accessible by 4x4 vehicles.

Shallow Malongane is a flat reef characterized by immaculate hard and soft corals. The spot has a vast area, covered by Stag Horn coral and stretches at about 3 km/1.9 mi into the Malongane Bay with sand patches along the reef edges.

It begins on the in-shore side at 16 m/52 ft making its way up to 13 m/42 ft then fades into the sand at 17 m/55 ft on the seaward side. In general, the dive depths range between 13-17 m/42-55 ft and due to its shallow depths and nearness to the beach, it is home to juvenile and game fish alike.

Some of the fish species to be seen here include the pickhandle barracuda and the eagle rays.