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Tofo vs. Vilanculos for diving?

Seattle
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Tofo vs. Vilanculos for diving?

Have a week in August, trying to decide between the two (or both).

Anyone dived both that could comment? Most appreciated!

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UK
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1. Re: Tofo vs. Vilanculos for diving?

Tofo has more big stuff (mantas, whale sharks, various other ray and shark species), Viluanculos is more about pretty coral reefs.

Matola, Mozambique
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2. Re: Tofo vs. Vilanculos for diving?

agree with Christopher. Vilankulo is a lot more expensive too as the boats have to go a lot further

Maputo, Mozambique
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3. Re: Tofo vs. Vilanculos for diving?

Hard to beat Tofo

Seattle
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4. Re: Tofo vs. Vilanculos for diving?

We had the chance to dive both areas last summer. They have a very different feel. Agree with comments that Tofo has more big stuff although in our 3 days of diving we didn't have a whale shark encounter (bad luck, they said they saw them almost every day the last two months.) BTW we thought Peri Peri divers did a great job. While Tofo has big stuff, Vilanculos has some big stuff (we saw many breaching whales) as well as interesting coral and rock formations, and the islands that you boat out to (and take breaks on) are absolutely special and beautiful in their own right. (Try to find some pictures.)

The other think I'll mention is that Tofo is pretty much a small tourist town (and a nice one!) whereas Vilanculos is a legit working town that is interesting culturally, we wish we had more time to explore it.

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