Tofo Scuba
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About
TOFO SCUBA is a 5 star PADI resort centre located on Tofo beach metres from the Indian Ocean. We offer everything from one-day Discover Scuba Diving through to 3-month Divemaster courses. We offer unlimited NITROX for a fixed price & have deals on the NITROX specialty course! We offer Ocean Safari's; 2-hour snorkeling trips with a chance to watch and swim with whale sharks, mantas, dolphins and turtles all year. Humpback whales are also in Tofo June-Nov. We arrange dive packages, transfers & accommodation - please email for more info. Tofo Scuba boasts 3 zodiac boats, new & well-maintained equipment & Tofo's only heated pool! Lockers are on site. Safety is priority, delivered by the friendliest knowledgeable staff. 23DegSouth is our beautiful restaurant on the beach hosting breakfast & lunch with free wifi. We have an extensive & exquisite menu inspired from Italy to the Far East. Expect fresh & sustainable dishes, humble service & serene atmosphere.
Tofo, Mozambique
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Gloria I
5 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
The dive shop is very well organised. Sarah is so kind and tries to help with any issue and everything is organised excellent. The dive-instructors/masters are all super friendly, helpful and I felt safe at any time!
What I liked the most actually was that Tofo scuba also have local students, who are doing their dive master or instructor there. I think it’s a great way to support young local people here in Mozambique and give them a chance.
I had a great time here.
I saw a wale shark, leopard shark, octopus and much more.
Thank you so much!!!
Written February 16, 2020
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Hi Gloria, Thank you so much for the great view. Was a pleasure having you here and glad you got to see whale shark (on scuba YAY). Hopefully see you again in future. Thanks Ross
Written February 18, 2020
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Mike G
San Francisco, CA1,164 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
A friend and I just spent two weeks diving at Tofo Scuba, also staying at Tilak Lodge. We had an exceptional time, as Brodie, Dan, and the dive instructors took fantastic care of us. They were very safe and professional, with equipment in top shape, but they were also laid-back, which was a great combination. And the location right on the beach was lovely. We had so many fantastic dives, with lots of mantas, different type of sharks, guitarfish, and a wide variety of other fish. And we got to snorkel with several whale sharks!

They offer discounts if you stay and dive with them, which was superb! It was so nice to have one crew taking care of everything. They arranged a snorkeling trip to see sea horses, as well as our PCR tests and transfers.

Also, just in general, Tofo was so safe, and there were some nice restaurants when we wanted to mix things up. I'm really sad to be leaving, as it definitely became a home away from home. Hopefully I can return someday.
Written April 24, 2022
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Hi Mike, thanks for the great review, it was a pleasure having you and Sean here. Hopefully see you guys again!
Written May 2, 2022
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Hailsk2411
824 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
We spent the week here for Eid. Although the water was a little chilly, we had a great time. 3 dives a day seeing a wide variety of different sites, whale sharks, giant mantas, guitar sharks, blue spotted stingrays, marble rays, octopus, lobster. And this dive centre has NITROX! Which is an absolute must for this type of diving!

Such a fab week -
Thank you to Brodie, James, Liv and the team for making our trip a good one!
Written May 29, 2022
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Hi Hayley, Thank you for the great review, it was a pleasure having you and Summer here. Thanks
Written August 5, 2022
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Rien
Heiloo, The Netherlands8 contributions
Mar 2020
For the second time we had a perfect stay at Tofo Scuba. It felt like coming home. Meeting all those nice staf. Diving is very nice and safe. The skippers, divemasters knwo what they do. They even get you out of the water with a dislocated arm.
Just advice you to go there and even more, go there as soon as you can travel again. Let's support them in this bad corona period!
Written March 19, 2020
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Hi Rien, Thank you so much for the review, it was a please to have you and Marianne back here again. Look forward to seeing you in the future!
Written March 22, 2020
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Karin J
7 contributions
Feb 2020
Very professional run dive operation right on the beach. All members of the staff are very friendly and helpful.
Thank you Andre, Ross and Nelson for being such fantastic guides! Thank you for your infectious enthusiasm and thank you for sharing with us the many special places the ocean at Tofo Beach has to offer!

We are looking forward to our next diving appointment with Tofo Scuba next year!
Ronny & Karin
Written February 12, 2020
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Hi Ronny and Karin, Thank you for such a great review, it was great to have you guys diving with us, we cant wait to see you guys next year for some humpback fun. Thanks
Written February 13, 2020
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enviander
Bridgwater, UK5 contributions
Jan 2020
Fantastically run dive operation right on the beach. The staff are friendly, knowledgable quick to help with any problems or requests you might have! The diving here is exceptional and all three instructors are fantastic guides who clearly love what they do and want to share this special place with you.

Would highly reccomend for both new and experienced divers, and will certainly be returning to Tofo Scuba in the future.
Written January 29, 2020
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Hi Enviander, Thank you so much for your kind review, we look forward to seeing you again in future! Happy bubbles until then.
Written January 31, 2020
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ChristopherBartlett
United Kingdom31 contributions
“Three, two, one go!”
Rolling backwards off the pontoon of the RIB, I delighted in the slow-motion freefall from a negative entry, going straight down with Carlos, our Dive Master. “At last” I thought, “this is the life”. Yet I had little time to contemplate the hue of the blue and the visibility, as the instant I looked down I saw a giant manta moving slowly over the cleaning station 20 metres below. It slid graciously and effortlessly through the water, butterflyfish, goldies, and wrasses nibbling it clean of the parasites it had picked up on its oceanic wanderings. We unobtrusively dropped behind a wall next to the cleaning station and watched as a second and then a third manta glided in, whilst a large green turtle settled into a hollow. What a start!
As we drifted gently along the dive site, the oddly-named Hogwarts, 100 kilos of potato grouper gave us the eye, kingfish cruised past, and a school of barracuda zipped along. My grin was so wide I nearly lost my regulator when a unique small-eyed stingray, the largest of all stingrays and only ever seen alive here, 5000 kilometres from the edge of its previously considered range, flapped its two-metre wide wings and slid past nonchalantly. It was undoubtedly the best first dive of a trip ever, and there were some big smiles on the surface, dive leader Carlos beaming even more than normal..
450 kilometres north of Maputo, Mozambique’s capital, and half an hour from the historic Portuguese trading town of Inhambane and it’s airport, Tofo is a laid-back village popular for its endless pristine beaches and, of course, SCUBA diving. The warm waters of the Indian Ocean provide sustenance for an abundance of marine life here, but the mantas and the whale sharks are the stars of the show.
On the boat after the first dive, the crew changed our cylinders and we moved close to the coast and started cruising slowly, looking for the biggest fish in the ocean, the beautiful and docile whale shark. Within an hour skipper Ernesto’s eagle eye picked out the outline of one of these giant planktivores. Donning fins and masks we slid over the side and snorkelled alongside a six-metre specimen, the sun’s rays highlighting the white spotted patterns that cover its body from the tip of its tail to its super-wide terminal mouth.
Attracted by the plankton blooms that occur in the vicinity, Junior opened wide to filter out the nutrients with the spongy tissue near its gill arches. As we did our best to keep up, he progressed effortlessly seemingly not moving his tail at all, staying just below the surface for 10 minutes, before he disappeared from view.
And Junior is not alone; according to research scientist and Whale Shark specialist Dr Simon Pierce, Tofo has the world’s largest population of the species, present year round, making it an ideal place for a sighting or two. Non-divers can also enjoy an amazing encounter with this behemoth on a two-hour ocean safari run by Tofo Scuba. I swam with them on four occasions in two weeks.
There are three dive centres in Tofo, with similar prices, but Tofo Scuba (www.tofoscuba.co.za) has an attractive, purpose-built dive centre on the beach, a training pool, an on-site restaurant, and very professional and friendly staff. They are an eclectic mix of nationalities who make you feel at home straight away, and with smiles everywhere it is impossible to not have a good time. The rates are the best in town too: On a 10-dive package with your own equipment, a dive comes to a very reasonable 22 pounds. Some of the further reefs are subject to a small surcharge, but are well worth it.
To the north, Amazon with its strong currents has a good mix of macrolife, lionfish, honeycomb morays, and groupers, and never has it such a pleasure to be informed that it is time to go to The Office. David Brent was happily absent but his chair is often filled by a leopard shark, some whitetips, and the wierdly beautiful bowmouth guitarfish. Colosseum has only ever been dived a handful of times but should be renamed The Hospital for its schools of eye-stripe surgeonfish.
Straight out of the bay lies Giant's Castle. Dropping next to a Manta cleaning station, we drifted along the battlements as spectre-like silhouettes appeared from the blue, before dropping down to find the crawling sea moth or short dragonfish, morays, and ribbon eels. Often the second dive of the day, it has a relatively short bottom time despite a 90-minute surface interval, but it's an action packed half-an-hour. As the bottom slopes downwards peppered with green coral trees, a big school of pelagic big-eye kingfish cruised into view circling us for a minute, and as we rose to our safety stop a school of devil rays ambled past. Giant's also seems to be a favourite haunt of the small-eye stingray and I was fortunate enough to see it there on two occasions.
To the south though, next to the impressive Hogwarts, lies the jewel in Tofo's crown. The aptly-named Manta Reef is as vibrant a piece of underwater eye candy that I would happily dive over and over. From the surface swathes of yellow and striped snapper, red soldierfish, and blue red-fang triggerfish covering the pinnacles can be seen. Dropping into an ampitheatre that starts at 18 metres and bottoms out at 28, it is impossible to know where to look. Whilst taking in the stunning colours of the schooling fish, my eye is caught by a coral whip goby, and then I spy African and Potato Grouper under different overhangs. Back over the edge of the wide bowl, countless mantas (the resident and world-leading manta researcher Dr Andrea Marshall, identified 22 different individuals there the previous day), both giant and "normal", glided gracefully over the numerous cleaning stations, as a myriad of goldies, damsels, and butterflyfish picked them clean. They danced over us, around us, and even between us, as if courting each other. I was certainly smitten. And that was before meeting the monster.
I have seen many a fair-sized giant moray, as thick as a large man's head, but, standing proudly on one-third of its three metres at the back of a cave like a dragon in its lair, was a beast with a head the size of a horse. Unsurprisingly I could not convince my buddy to go in with a torch to help me focus my camera and give a sense of scale, but the image of this goliath of morays will stay with me until I return, as return I will. Manta Reef is definitely up there with the best.
Tofo has a range of accommodation options from camping to lodges, but right next to the dive centre the independently owned and run Aquaticos Beachside Casitas provide conveniently located, good value for money self-catering with friendly staff who take care of dishwashing and free laundry to boot. A short walk along the beach or sand roads to the market and several restaurants and bars, and an even shorter walk to Tofo on-line for email junkies, or to Dino's bar for pizza or prawns, everything is close by. Meals at Tofo Scuba, Dino's, or Fatima's go for around four pounds, a pizza will set you back a fiver.
The market has fresh fruit and veg, cashews, fish, and basic groceries, and, hidden in the centre behind the colourful batiks, some local lunch eateries serving rice with fish, chicken, or beef cooked on coals for a pound. If your Portugese or Bitongo isn't up to much, pointing at a pot and saying "que es, por favor?" Will get you a look inside. In the evening ask for Mr Bamboo's for grilled chicken or fish with a mountain of rice and fresh tomato salsa and wash it down with a 500 ml Manica, a Dois M, or Mozambique's stout, Laurentina Preta, and you'll get change from three pounds..
It's perfectly safe to walk around day or night, and the curiously squeeky sand is a delight to stroll along. Just remember to pack the sunscreen, as even in early May the air temperature is in the low thirties, and the sea at 25-27C, although it can drop to the low twenties in July.
LAM fly between Inhambane and Johannesburg on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, or it's an eight-hour ride on a shuttle bus from departing from outside Fatima's in Maputo at 5 a.m everyday. The cost is 11 euros and there is more information at www.fatimasnest.co.mz. The LAM ticket office is difficult to deal with and it's best to go through an agent like Tofo Scuba Safaris (www.tofo-scubasafaris.com). Ask for Lucie and she'll be delighted to interrupt her endless coffee consumption to answer your queries. A Joburg-Inhambane return is around 300 to 350 pounds. Both Lucy and Sharon at Acquaticos (info@aquaticolodge.com) can organise airport transfers.
As I write this in the bus heading south, Maputo then London-bound, taking in the palm trees, acacias, and the villages with cassava crops and roadside vendors, I wonder when I'll be back. Tofo and it's megafauna have enchanted me.
Written May 9, 2009
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Hippolyta67
Johannesburg, South Africa31 contributions
May 2014 • Friends
Spent an amazing week in Tofo, and Tofo scuba was one of the highlights. I don't dive, but people I was with do, and they said it was some of the best diving they'd ever done, in terms of organisation as well as local knowledge and cool fish!
I, on the other hand, hung out at the dive school taking full advantage of the excellent amenities - cold beer, friendly service and really nice food - I particularly recommend the stuffed crab.
The people who run the school were friendly and helpful, with lots of assistance in navigating the various challenges of being on holiday, such as where to change money for the best rate, which restaurants to try etc.
An extra special highlight was a trip to the lagoon, where I snorkelled and saw seahorses.
Written June 4, 2014
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Thank you for your kind review. It is always nice to know that our clients had a good time and our staff helped in making your holiday a success. Look forward to seeing you next time!
Written June 7, 2014
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Scags83
New York City, NY42 contributions
Oct 2016
Up front info: This is not leisure scuba, this is adventure scuba. While the staff makes every attempt to make it painless, it is not effortless. If you are expecting to saunter down a pier, hop in a boat, arrive at a buoy, giant stride into the water, adjust your gear, and then descend, you will be in for a shock. As many reviews have noted, you prep your gear in the shop, it is loaded on the boats, you then meet the boat on the beach after a dive brief, then everyone works to move the boat past the break zone. Once on site, you gear up, do a safety check, then once the boat is in position everyone goes at once and immediately crash descends to the bottom with the DM. It is called negative entry, and it can take some getting used to.

About the shop: The staff were exceptionally friendly. Every email I sent was promptly responded to, and with accurate and useful information. They assisted me with arranging my lodging and my airport transfers. Everything that was under their direct control was effortless. Most of my gear was assembled and ready for me to simply review before each dive. The majority of the staff are on the younger side, and occasionally their excitement about diving can get the better of them. This is not a criticism, I happen to enjoy being around people who still have a zest for what they are doing, however if you are expecting older sun backed staff who are all business all the time, you may want to adjust your expectations.

This area of he earth has highly variable dive conditions. The seas can go from flat calm to choppy and rough over the course of a day. Visibility can also switch quickly from stunning to low. As all the dive sites are reached by rigid inflatable boats, this can present a challenge if you don't handle motion sickness well. It can also mean sites that you may wish to visit, quickly become off limits. As much as they would like to always make the customer happy, they have a strange desire to also keep them safe and alive.

As stated for all the things within the control of the dive shop, I had an excellent visit. As far as the weather, the wildlife, and sea conditions.... well pretty sure they are not personally responsible for any of that, and anyone rating them as such should be considered suspect.

If you plan to visit Tofo, I highly recommend diving with this crew. They are excited to be in the water, friendly when you are not, and very open in their communications.
Written November 7, 2016
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Marine C
Lyon, France2 contributions
Jun 2015 • Couples
Hi,
I’ve dived 4 times with Tofo Scuba. 1 dive up to 4 was OK the other … Quite quick as we spent only 35 minutes under water. But it was "OK" as they were deep dives and the dive spot couldn't offer alternatives as there is not much between 20meters and above in some spot.
The third dive was ok! Lukily, we’ve spent 43 minutes under water.
For the second dive of the second day, we’ve spent not much than 10 minutes at the bottom, and then 20 minutes into the blue waiting for what ??? I don’t really know… And we didn’t have any explainations back into the boat. The instructor was playing doing bubbles into the blue while some people where trying to stay at the same level, other where almost low on air and had to go up using the octopus of one of the divemaster who was supervising the dive… It was a complete mess totally not safe !
Back to the shop, all the divers of the session were complaining, and wondering why we spent that much time into the blue doing nothing. We were not really willing to pay the dive as we litteraly didn’t dive, we’ve stayed into the blue doing nothing.
At the shop, we’ve got as an explainantion from the women of the front desk that the current was too strong, and that was why we’ve stayed that little time at the bottom. And on top of that, she told us that we had a propper dive time – 31 minutes is according to her a propper dive time. Well, i’ve more than 200 dives experiences and I'm certified, and that was the first time i’ve experinced so little time under water exept for the trainnig dives. But then when we were asking why did we stay so long into the blue doing nothing, she was not able to answer and she was always arguing about the dive time which was a propper dive time. She actually didn’t have that much to say. So we ask for not paying the dive or at least just the air we’ve taken. She didn’t want to ear anything and she decided to make us pay half of the price of the dive, which we found unapropriate and unprofessional.
I definitely don’t recommand this dive school … It was a really bad experience for me.
Written July 7, 2015
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On behalf of everyone here at Tofo Scuba I would like to apologize for the circumstances of that dive and how it was handled. As the owner of Tofo Scuba I was regrettably not in Tofo that day and was unable to address this until after you had left. As soon as I was back in the shop all the other divers on that boat were fully reimbursed. The lady on the reception that you dealt with that day did not feel comfortable giving a free dive to all the clients. She has since been given the freedom to do so if she sees fit. As I said, you would have been refunded on the day if I was there. I have since reiterated to my dive staff that, as we are the local experienced professionals, when there is ANY doubt then there is NO doubt. With more advanced and demanding dive conditions here in Tofo we cannot always let the customer choose which sites they can dive. That day the clients insisted on not diving Giants and instead go to a neighboring site. I have made it clear to my staff that sometimes we must overrule the decision of the group in the interests of ensuring that our clients have a safe and enjoyable dive experience. The decision to change the site is the reason all the other issues happened and as I mentioned earlier, went directly against our normal policy here at Tofo scuba. Again a regrettable decision. As you can see from our other reviews we are consistently praised for our commitment to safety and our constant attention to customer service. It is regrettable that this dive turned out the way it did and we can only learn from the experience to ensure that it is never repeated. Please contact me directly so that I can reimburse you for your dive and more personally communicate my apologies.
Written July 13, 2015
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