02 June 2005

Scuba dive sites in South Africa: Ponta Malongane

Ponta Malongane is situated in southern Mozambique just north of the South African border. Dive any of the hardly known coral reefs, 10m to 30m deep, with caves and gullies, giant turtles, scorpion fish and whale sharks, a colourful variety of tropical fish, dolphins and sharks. Visibility is generally around 40m.

Warm sunshine and kilometres of deserted beach. The dive camp lies tucked away in the jungle; only some shrubs separate it from the launch site from where the dive-boats start through the surf. Accommodation in simple rustic huts under shady trees. Indescribably brilliant night skies, friendly people and exquisite seafood.

Dive sites:

Bread Loaf:
If you want to explore and see pinnacle rocks, sand gullies, plate coral and a variety of fish life especially rays and scorpion fish then this is the reef to experience. Depth 10 - 12m

This dive is ideal for student & novice divers or those people who would like to dive a shallow reef. It has been named cr�che due to the abundance and wide variety of juvenile fish that can be seen. Depth 10 - 12m

A fantastic dive with a massive variety of marine life. Octopus, mantis shrimp, potato bass, rays, honeycomb moral eels and game fish. Depth 15 - 17m

For the chance to experience paradise under the sea - superlative corals, moray eels, tremendous gullies and overhangs await you, not to mention the wide variety of reef fish. Depth 12 - 18m

Here is the chance to discover a ledge, which is approximately 4m high with plenty of magnificent corals (soft and hard). Also discover the cave on this reef. The marine life is plentiful and you have a chance to spot the turtles and kingfish. Depth 12 - 16m

Shallow Malongane:
The opportunity to see all types of corals, grand turtles and large crayfish. On the southern part of this reef there are many gullies and caves that await your investigation. Depth 12 - 14m

As the name indicates this is one of our larger reefs. For the adventurous diver, central to this reef is a large gully with swim thoughts, overhangs and arches. Turtles, scorpion fish, rays, eels and soft corals can also be found. Depth 12 - 16m

One of Malongane's deeper dives. In the middle of the sand is a awesome pinnacle rock that is 20m across & 30m long with its residents. Find honeycomb morays, smaller morays, leaf fish and other sea wonders. Depth 25 - 28m

Three Sisters:
The 3 sisters of the sea are 3 pinnacle rocks about 50m apart. A prospect not to be missed where there are huge amounts of fish life - black cheek moray eels, honeycomb morays, lionfish and large rays are just some of the examples. Depth 21 - 25m

Not only do you get the joy of exploring the anchor on the southern end of Kev's Ledge that gave this reef its name but also 2 parallel ledges with an abundance and variety of reef fish. Depth 18 - 21m

Imagine being able to dive on the edge of a continental shelf with sharks - Hammerheads, Zambezi and Dusky not to mention large game fish and manta rays. Summer is the ideal time to dive this reef. Depth 28 - 42m

Bass City:
Bert is famous throughout the waters of southern Mozambique and is in residence at Bass City. There are 4 other large potato bass on the 5 out croppings of rock that make up this reef but Bert is the only one who will come and swim with you. Come and discover other sights. Depth 20 - 25m

Rianna's Arch:
Your dream of swimming through an awesome arch with a rich and spectacular variety of fish is possible on the northern side of Kev's Ledge. Depth 18 - 24m

Kev's Ledge:
For the inquisitive person - the many and varied crevices of a 6m rocky ledge is heaven and is yours to explore with its wide and varied marine life. It is similar to a wall dive. Depth 21 - 24m

Source: Scuba diving South Africa


At 7:09 PM, Anonymous remo said...

I dived in Ponta Malongane back in 1997. It was incredible and is still my best diving experience ever. We saw manta rays, turtles, every kinds of fishes and rays and above all we had the chance to meet and swim with a whale shark about 25 ft long. It was incredible. My best diving week-end ever. To add to the adventure, the beach start with the boat is also quite thrilling.
We drove from Maputo to Ponta Malongane with 4WD pickup trucks and it was also part of the adventure !


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