Barra Dive Resort
Barra Dive Resort
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JulieW
Cape Town Central, South Africa16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
Had an excellent dive with this company. Took great care with checking everything, safety first. Would recommend.
Written 3 January 2017
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reddog-terry
jhb17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
I've used 3 different dive operators in the Barra / Tofo area and Barra Dive Resort are the most professional. I think they may be a little more expensive than some of the others, but you get wghat you pay for. Even though, at times I was the only diver, no dives were cancelled because the boat wasn't full enough. They have a fair range of rental kit, which is in good condition. In busy times you may struggle to hire a dive computer, so best to book in advance.
The dive leaders/masters were very knowledgeable about both macro & micro fauna, and actively sought out "lifers" for me.
Written 7 May 2015
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We are so pleased you enjoyed your time diving with us. We certainly do have some incredible diving and really enjoy sharing our experiences with our guests.
Written 11 May 2015
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motraveling
London, UK144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Friends
This is the second time I have come to Barra Dive Resort (first time was 4 years ago, and it was great then too). Always a pleasure to dive with professional and friendly staff who know the dive sites well and very accommodating.

They are very organised and their equipment is in great shape, fees are middle to higher range than other dive companies I have dove with, but their service is top class, so I don't mind it so much.

Dive sites are fantastic, visibility is great on the deep dives. So many amazing creatures seen on the dives here, including the amazing whale shark.

Beach is beautiful, where the sand is so fine it squeaks under your feet.

Definitely one of my favourite dive companies.
Written 11 May 2014
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We are so pleased you enjoyed diving with our dive team and we look forward to welcoming you back.
Written 12 May 2014
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Julie G
Johannesburg, South Africa175 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Friends
Found this group not to be as good as tofu divers, the were not as friendly and lost some of my friends equipment without being bothered. Maybe just a bad day but won't go back there
Written 17 October 2015
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Tristan117
Antwerp, Belgium1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Couples
My girlfriend Elisha and I just spent a month diving at Barra Lodge Dive Centre. We had rented our own accommodation down by the Barra lighthouse so this review only applies to the actual dive centre.

For me it was the third time diving with Barra Dive Centre. In 2009 a friend took me here to do a couple of dives and I was immediately convinced that this was the best place to dive at. I returned in April 2012 to do my Rescue Diver and my Master Diver course. It was amazing and I realized I wanted to continue diving at a higher level. That's when Elisha and I decided to spend November diving here. I obtained my Divemaster and Elisha got her Open Water with Dive Instructor Lobo.

Barra Dive Centre is such an amazing place to dive. The staff and the Instructors are not only super people, they are extremely professional. You will always feel safe and in good hands. I particularly enjoyed the diversity of the staff as well. Richie is from Ireland, Donovan and Tyler from SA, Drew from England, Predi from Zimbabwe, Lobo and Bambo from Maputo and Inhambane respectively. All of them are very dedicated to professionalism and the well-being of everybody diving that it makes the experience so worthwile.

Elisha had never dived before so it was an exciting experience for her. Lobo gave her such a good course that after just a few days she could't get enough of diving and wanted to be on every launch during the whole month.

I did my Divesmater together with Elin, a Swedish girl, under the supervision of Donovan. We have all become good friends now and I will surely return next year to begin my Instructor course. The divesmaster course offered me such a great scope of what diving is: unlimited diving, leading and sweeping dives, setting up the dive centre, helping clients, maintaining the gear, learning about the local marine life, safety procedures, etc. It was so interesting and Barra Dive Centre only helped me more in realizing where my passion lies.

Thank you so much to all of you. We will be back and we sure hope to see all of you still there.
Much love and greetings from Belgium.
Written 21 December 2013
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It's always good to hear that we have lived up to the high standards which we set. Enjoy your scuba diving wherever it may take you and we look forward to welcoming you back to Barra in the future
Written 24 December 2013
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GYeh514
Montreal, Canada110 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
First off, I just want to clarify that my review is only for the dive center. Although I enjoyed my stay at Barra Lodge, the highlight for me was definitely the diving. I'm not a picky traveler and as long as I've got a bed and a shower, I'm happy. So the accommodations were more than adequate for my taste.

I went diving with the Barra Dive Resorts team for three consecutive days in mid-July. Conveniently located on-site at Barra Resorts, the dive center was the obvious choice for someone who was staying at the resort itself.

Let me start by saying that even though I was there during the Mozambique winter, the diving was still world-class.

Diving with Barra is just a matter of registering at the front-desk between 6PM and 7PM the night before your dives. Typically the instructor leading the dives will be there to greet you, answer any question you might have and provide you with logistical details. If it is your first time diving with Barra, they will also have you fill in the usual release forms and rental forms should you require the rental of gear.

A typical day for me began by meeting at the shop at 8AM. I was usually met by Tonja and Thomas, the divemaster trainees at the time, as well as by Lobo, my dive leader at the time. There, I would get my gear ready, suit up and wait for the briefing. After that, we would all hop onto a flat-bed truck and the staff would drive us right up to the beach, only about a couple of minutes from the shop.

Launching the boat tended to be the roughest part of our dives. The lack of a dock meant that the dingy we were diving off of needed to be backed into the water and then pushed into the ocean, often against modestly strong waves. Thus, all the divers and staff members would push the boat into the water and then jump into the boat when the water was about waist high. Not a bad way to burn off breakfast, if you had time to eat!

In July, the seas were rough. The dingy was often at the mercy of choppy waves, so those of you prone to sea-sickness will most likely be sick or close to it. Definitely take whatever pills, medication or remedies you are used to taking, otherwise you will not enjoy the 15 to 20 minute ride out to most sites.

Overall, I would say that you need to be a pretty comfortable diver to be able to dive in Inhambane. Back-rolls into the water off the dingy and negative entries where you descend head-first straight down to depths of about 20 meters / 66 feet were the norm for our dives so this isn’t the time of year to float about at the surface or in shallow waters taking in the sights. When the captain yells go, you go! The dive leader always brings down a buoy line, so you have a visual reference when descending. The buoy line is used to mark the position of the dive group and it is what the captain uses to identify where the divers are from the surface.

Despite the relatively cooler waters (about 22°C), I dove with a 2mm shortie wetsuit. I don’t recommend this unless you are used to diving in cold waters like the ones I often dive in Canada. Go with a 3mm to 5mm full-length wetsuit for maximum comfort. Anything more would be overkill, unless you are the type that is always freezing, even in bath water.

In terms of sea life, you will see a lot of it in Inhambane. On most dives, I was treated to the sights of everything from nudibranchs to black-tip sharks. At one point, we even caught sight of a pod of a dozen dolphins. Manta rays are also pretty common so you will likely see one or two during your time there. The winter months are also when humpback whales are most common, so you will likely see them when on the boat and hear them when underwater. If you are lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of them during your dive or safety stop. Alas, we were only fortunate enough to see them at the surface. Something to look forward to next time, I guess!

Our first dive of the day usually ended by 11AM and we would be back at the shop by noon. Save for your camera, wetsuit and maybe your mask, the rest of your gear is brought back to the shop by the Barra staff. They rinse, hose and hang up all of the gear for you, even if it’s your own gear. Those of you who are picky and would rather do this yourself are more than welcome. But the Barra team is there to make your diving as easy (and lazy) as possible.

If you chose to do a second dive, the meeting time was often at around 1:30PM, just enough time to grab lunch and relax. What a tough life J

The only negative thing I will point out about my experience with Barra is that there were often surcharges for the dive sites chosen by the dive team. These surcharges were usually around 150 Meticals to 200 Meticals, which at the time of this review was about 5 USD to 7 USD. During the dive briefings, the staff does make it clear that is a surcharge, so this shouldn’t come as a surprise on your final bill. In the grand scheme of things, the more you dive with Barra, the cheaper your overall per-dive cost becomes. Thus, for seasoned divers, you probably won’t be too picky about the surcharge.

Overall, I had a great time diving with Barra. The staff was very friendly, everything was professionally run and the quality of the diving was awesome. In short, Barra did everything by the book and their strongest assets were the staff that brings life to the shop. As I always say, in the end, one diver’s experience underwater can be completely different from that of another diver’s. That being said, if you are looking for a dive shop that will make your diving convenient, fun and memorable, you will not regret giving Barra a look.
Written 9 August 2013
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nadiens2017
Pretoria, South Africa30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
I had a great dive with Russel. He was professional and kind and very well equipped.
Thank you Russel
Written 10 May 2019
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Eric J
Johannesburg, South Africa442 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
We were recommended to Barra Dive resort by my friend Mark.
The staff were very nice and very helpful especially Jackie ( who is calm and super competent ) and Riaan ( who is super helpful ) Nothing was to much trouble for them but if you expect to leave on time or at a set time then rather go and dive at a first world resort.
The resort moves at Mozambican time .... Slowly and very chilled.
Unfortunately the Vis was super poor so we only got three dives in so we are going back in April / May when it's at its best.
The sea safari was awesome saw Dolphins, Whales and calves breaching.
No whale sharks but hey it is the wild ocean !!! Not a zoo !!!
Written 31 August 2016
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Juliette R
Durban, South Africa48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015
Although the resort was quiet, the dive centre staff were very helpful, even taking only 2 of us out on the boat for a dive. The divemaster was qualified and we enjoyed the experience very much. The dive centre is looking a bit tired and could do with a little revamp, but the friendly reception more than made up for it.
Written 28 March 2016
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DorliVienna
Vienna9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Couples
With an Open Water they only let you go down to 12 Meters but even there you can see so much and the sea has 29° which means you dive with a shorty. We have seen Leo Sharks, Zebra Sharks, Turtels, Mureens, Mantas and a lot of other fishes - really beautiful
Written 11 January 2016
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