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Located in southern Mozambique, Ponta do Ouro is a small coastal town popular with scuba divers who visit year round, primarily for bull and hammerhead shark encounters. Whale sharks and humpback whales can also bee seen in season.

There are over 20 dive sites on the reefs of Ponta do Ouro, Ponta Malongane and Ponta Mamoli, home to an amazing and bio-diverse marine life primarily famed for shark encounters. The boats launch through the surf and the popular sites such as Doodles, Paradise and Checkers are only minutes away. Experienced divers will want to head out further to the edge of the continental shelf to sites like Pinnacles where hammerhead, bull and dusky sharks are frequently seen.

A popular time to visit is from October to April and humpback whales migrate past from April to November. Expect to see turtles, dolphin, whale sharks, honeycomb, eagle and manta rays as well as grey reef and leopard sharks. Visability ranges from 30-40 metres and the water temperature from 22-26C.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: bull shark, scalloped hammerhead shark, reef manta ray, eagle ray, humpback whale

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itineraries:

SharkWEEK Diving Adventure

Experience some of the best shark diving in the world! Operating year round, this trip includes dives on Aliwal Shoal and Ponta do Ouro for encounters with ragged tooth, oceanic black-tip, bull, hammerhead and tiger sharks.

  • When to go: Jan-May, Aug-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,975 pp
  • Trip type: Group trip

South Africa & Mozambique Dive Safari

This guided dive safari along the KwaZulu-Natal coast and up into Mozambique offers amazing wildlife experiences both underwater and topside. Expect plenty of shark encounters, whales, rhino and lions!

  • When to go: Jan-May, Aug-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,245 pp
  • Trip type: Group trip
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

ScubaAddicts Lodge & Dive Centre

Located in Ponta do Ouro, this dedicated divers' lodge offers fantastic views of the ocean and is perfectly situated for diving with sharks and on the reefs of Ponta Do Ouro, Ponta Molangane & Ponta Mamoli.