Gorgeous, healthy and untouched reef.

Guided or Independent Snorkelling – Weather & experience levels permitting.

Snorkelling is the perfect activity for both experienced and new comers to the ocean. Guests can experience some good relaxed snorkelling as both a guided or independent experience.

For those who may be a little overwhelmed at the thought of scuba diving, reef snorkeling is something all Ossimba Beach Lodge guests should indulge in.

The marine protected coral reef bordering the Ossimba Beach Lodge shoreline is exclusively available to lodge guests, meaning that some of the most gorgeous, healthy and untouched reef in Mozambique is located right on your doorstep. Grab your snorkel gear and spend a few hours observing sea life from just below the ocean’s surface but be sure to check the tides first!

Snorkeling Sites

Ossimba House Reef (2-10m)

A perfect, easy to reach snorkelling site situated directly in front of the lodge. Being a formalized marine protected area, one will see beautiful corals and an abundance of tropical fish as well as some of the bigger reef fish species found in the area i.e.: Triton trigger fish, green job fish and a couple of emperors. Best snorkelled on a low tide (though it is not a rule of thumb) allowing one to explore a multitude of gully’s, nooks and crannies.

São Miguel e Almas Santos (6-7m)

The São Miguel e Almas Santos was an old Portuguese galleon that ran aground and sunk in 1771. Nothing of the vessel remains to be seen except for 13 iron canons that lie scattered in a shallow gully in front of the Ponta Melano lighthouse, which is not far from the lodge.

Diving down and touching one of these pieces of history is special and conjures mental images of a time forgotten.

Both sides of the gully have interesting nooks and crannies begging to be explored.

T-Hert (1-25m)

This is another piece of history worth visiting if one is in the vicinity. The T-Hert was a Dutch vessel that sank in 1622 just inside of the estuary system of Quissimajulo. Allegedly she was hunting down a Portuguese ship when she ran aground, thankfully with no lives lost. At the time she was carrying a cargo of clay bricks supposedly to be used in the construction of a lighthouse somewhere along the coastline.

Nothing is left of the ship except for her cargo of bricks and an old anchor, which lies in a depth of around 16m, never the less looking at the bricks and knowing they were made prior to 1622 is pretty special.