Tofo Scuba
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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.
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Gloria I
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 16 February 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 18 February 2020
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CraigVMilner
White River, South Africa20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
We have dived all over the world, and Nelson, the divemaster, is the best we have ever had. We wish him all the best in his journey to becoming an instructor. Very impressed with this fantastic team, including the skippers and Liv, the dive instructor. We can't wait to return.
Written 18 December 2022
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Hi Craig, It was lovely having you and Lisa here! Im glad you had such a great time, hopefully see you both soon!
Written 12 January 2023
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Charles B
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
The restaurant here is amazing and the staff, especially Tinga are exceptional. This is an example of a place that really knows what they're doing. Excellent food and service. Unlike other places, not one time did they make a mistake with food or and an order. Recommend.
Written 22 April 2023
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Hi Charles, Thanks for the reviews, we are glad you enjoyed your food and service. Thanks Ross
Written 6 August 2023
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Mike G
San Francisco, CA1 234 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 24 April 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 2 May 2022
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Rien
Heiloo, The Netherlands7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 19 March 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 22 March 2020
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Hailsk2411
1 286 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 29 May 2022
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Hi Hayley, Thank you for the great review, it was a pleasure having you and Summer here. Thanks
Written 5 August 2022
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Karin J
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 12 February 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 13 February 2020
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Robyn V
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
My daughter and I have just done our open water 1 with Tofo scuba. What an amazing experience. Our instructor was Liv who was thoroughly professional and awesome. Our divemaster was Nelson who was born for the role. He helped me through a panic attack ( I have a huge fear of the ocean this brilliant course for my daughter)and his compassion and patience pulled me through. And I was able to complete the course and the dives and conquer my fears because of him and Liv. What an excellent set up and wonderful people that run this dive operation. I recommend them and if o could give them 10 stars I would. Thank you guys!!
Written 13 December 2022
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Hi Robyn, Thank you for review, it was great having you and Jenna here. Hope to see you all here again soon! Thanks Ross
Written 12 January 2023
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enviander
Bridgwater, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 29 January 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 31 January 2020
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ChristopherBartlett
UK34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
“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 9 May 2009
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