Marine protected coral reef.

A formalized marine protected coral reef sits just a few metres out from the lodge and offers one the chance to see beautiful corals and an abundance of tropical fish as well as some of the bigger reef fish species found in the area.

The area is known as the coral coast, which makes snorkeling or scuba diving an absolute must when visiting Ossimba Beach Lodge.

There are various wrecks, wall dives and other stunning locations within easy access, suitable for any dive qualification, from the anxious beginner to the highly experienced explorer. It is a macro photographers dream!!

Divers are bound to be awestruck by the bright and beautiful underwater coral community teeming with a huge array of marine life. Expect to come face to face with a diverse array of marine tropicals, reef fish, shrimps, moray eels, garden eels, Regal angelfish, turtles and even the sought after Nudibranch! The reefs on the northern side of Mozambique near Nacala Bay are known as Baixe do Pinda and offer some of the most diverse diving in the country.

In addition to our house reef, which is just in front of the lodge and which is a perfect night dive site, there are a number of deep wall dives and wrecks.

All our scuba divers are led by a highly qualified dive guide / PADI instructor, who all have a passion for the marine environment. Maximum depth and dive- site’s are dependent on our guest’s level of qualification and will be chosen at the instructor’s discretion.

Our Dive Centre

Ossimba Beach Lodge is a PADI dive resort and a DAN industry partner.

Our Diving Vessels

Ossimba Beach lodge has a 9m Feral RIB with a specialized full canvas bimini cover, powered by 2 x 140 hp Suzuki 4 stroke outboards and fitted with GPS, sounder, VHF radio and all the necessary safety equipment as is required by SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authorities) standards.

We also have a 6 metre Gemini RIB, powered by two 60 hp Yamaha motors, and fitted with GPS, VHF radio and all the necessary safety equipment.

An Oxygen tank and a full medical kit is carried onboard our diving vessel and all crew have basic first aid training.

Our Scuba Gear

Our on-site PADI resort dive centre is an Aqualung branded dive centre equipped with:

  • Aqualung BCD’s
  • Aqualung Regulators
  • Both 10ltr & 12ltr steel cylinders
  • Aqualung masks, snorkels & fins
  • A large variety of both long and shortie Rob Allen 3mm branded wetsuits to fit most

All scuba divers must be fully qualified and proof of qualification must be presented on arrival.

Dive Sites

Ossimba House Reef (5-12m)

Situated directly in front of the lodge, approximately 200m from the beach. The house reef extends the entire length of the lodge boundaries and has been formalized as a marine reserve with the local communities for the past ten years the reef has been left to nature only.

The western end has an interesting steep slope covered in hard and soft corals and drops from 6 – 12m onto a sandy bottom. As one heads eastwards along the ‘wall’ one will come across some really interesting and deep gullies, home to a juvenile Potato bass and some really big Triton triggerfish. A few big Green job fish hang over the sand in this area waiting to pounce on their prey. Shoals of Fusilier’s roam up and down the entire stretch creating a colourful kaleidoscope.

The house reef is the perfect location for snorkelling, DSD’s, skills training on open water courses…..and offers incredible night dives.

Coral Maze (8-20m)

This site is suitable for all certification levels and has some incredible topography.

Large rock structures are covered in both hard and soft corals creating overhangs and a couple of swim throughs separated by sandy gully’s, creating a diverse environment for both sand dwelling marine species as well as a massive array of topicals. Crocodile fish are also regularly seen here.

One stands the opportunity of seeing huge painted lobsters, various ray species, moray eels and occasionally larger predators like blue spot and yellow fin kingfish.

Ideally dived halfway through an incoming or outgoing tide.

Occasionally a current is present, though the reef is extensive allowing one to do a great drift dive.

The dive site name originates from the amount of sandy gullies that intersect the reef surrounded by an abundance of coral, both hard and soft.

Relanzapo Express (10-15m)

This site is suitable for all certification levels and consists of a long ridge running north to south.

The dive is conducted on the outside edge of the ridge and averages out at around 15 m on the sand. A huge array of both soft and hard corals covers this system and is also home to a large variety of tropicals, moray eels and occasional pelagic predatory species if one is globally aware.

Occasionally a strong current can be encountered here though but with the ridge being extensive, one can easily ride the drift and cover an extensive area.

Mutiva Wall (10-25m+)

This is an interesting wall dive close to Ossimba and can be dived by all certification levels, although it is ideal for advanced + divers. The wall starts at around 10m and drops down to over 60m. Diving along the wall all the usual reef fish are there, plenty of Regal angelfish, stone fish, angelfish and normally a large array of colourful fusiliers frequent this location, a really great dive and well worth a visit. A variety of large pelagic predatory fish species regularly visit this site including Dogtooth tuna.

Outcrops (10-35m)

As the name implies, there are a series of big rocky outcrops situated on the edge of a prominent wall each separated by a steep sandy slope. The shallower section of this site consists of a seagrass meadow, home to both pipefish, sea horses and numerous starfish. The deeper outer edge has some interesting coral fans and sponges. There is a large variety of general reef fish and tropical’s that are resident to this site and on occasion, shoals of pelagic predators are seen passing through. Can be dived by all certification levels.

Baxia De Pinda Shipwreck (15-20m)

This is a great dive site well worth a visit and can be dived by all certification levels. This is an old steel ship that sunk sometime in the 1940’s. She was carrying a load of metal bars when she ran aground. The remains of the vessel lie off the eastern edge of Baixa de Pinda and is scattered over a fairly large area. Ribbing, plates and a whole array of remnants are visible as well as the vessels boilers creating a home for a big variety of reef fish, moray eels, potato bass, rays and of course a multitude of tropical’s. The southern end of the wreck lies close to some incredible reef topography consisting of mini amphitheatres and swim throughs. A must dive site that is dived on an incoming tide.

Russian Mig 15 Wreck (36m)

A little piece of history lying in 36 m of water and only 2.5 km from the lodge.

This is a small, though interesting site. Downed in 1986, the aircraft is very broken up (as it would be hitting the water at over 300 km an hour). The turbine engine is still intact, tail flaps, a very small portion of the cockpit and other odds and ends can still be seen. These remnants have become home to an interesting variety of reef fish and tropicals.

Interestingly enough the pilot of this fighter plane is still alive and living in Nacala town.

Fingers (6-12m)

This site is situated just south of the lighthouse and is ideal for DSD’s and beginner divers. It is an extensive ridge that drops onto a sandy bottom scattered with bommies in a depth of 12m. Numerous large cracks and gully’s run vertically towards the shore, into the shallows which gives this site its name.

It is home to blue ribbon rays, numerous blue tangs, emperor angelfish and a vast array of colourful marine tropicals. If one keeps a lookout above one stands a chance of seeing rainbow runners and skipjacks.

Gorgonian Forest (9-50m)

This site is an absolutely stunning vertical wall starting in about 9m of water dropping down to around 50m.

The wall itself is covered with massive white and beige sea fans…some the size of double doors.

Numerous species of marine tropicals and larger reef fish call this wall home and if one is globally aware you stand a good chance of seeing pelagic predators scouting the outer edge of the wall.

Great site for all certification levels of divers.

Castle (6-45m)

This is a spectacular wall with numerous rocky outcrops jutting out of it and deep clefts cut into it. The outcrops are covered in a variety of soft and hard corals and teem with literally thousands of sea goldies and various chromis species.

A variety of large shoaling fish species inhabite this incredible site. Big shoals of Unicorn surgeons, snapper and grey chubs are seen daily here and if ones lucky shoals of pelagic fish like wahoo and dogtooth tuna can be seen.

A great site for all levels of diver certification.