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We run this program annually from June to September in two locations. The first two months ( June and July ) run South of Durban in South Africa in a small town called Scottburgh. The second two months (August and September) run in a bay called Guinjata. Guinjata bay is in the Inhambane district of Mozambique. It is known as ‘the land of the good people’ and here you will find the tropical resort run by the Guinjata Dive Centre. At both centres,  our students are hosted by our sister company Fiona Ayerst Underwater Photography 


Facilities in Durban

Our students and staff are housed in private house with a number of dorms and shared rooms where students stay. The house looks out over the sea and is a safe haven to relax in after a day of learning and fun out at sea.

Blue Wilderness 

This dive centre is right near the waters edge a short drive from the accommodation. The centre offers free tea and coffee for post-dive relaxing, and is set out with a table and chairs, hot showers and other things to make your relaxation time more enjoyable.  The dive centre offers a full range of gear. Cylinders, BCDs, regulators, weight belts, masks, fins and wetsuits are available for our students. the centre uses 2x8m rubber ducks for diving expeditions. There is also a compressor on site to fill cylinders.

Facilities in Mozambique

Casa do Mar

Our students and staff are housed in a hotel named Casa do Mar. The building offers comfortable rustic housing for the program, including a number of dorm and shared rooms where students stay. The building looks out over the reefs and beach of Guinjata bay, and students  wake up daily to the smell of warm local bread and the splashes of humpback whales playing in the bay.

Guinjata Dive Centre 

The Guinjata dive centre is also the centre of the social and beach life of Guinjata. The centre has a full bar for post-dive relaxing, and is set out with deck chairs, a volleyball court and everything needed for the simple beach life of Mozambique. The dive centre offers a full range of expertly maintained ScubaPro gear. cylinders, BCDs, regulators, weight belts, masks, fins, wetsuits and dive computers are available for our students. the centre uses 2x8m rubber ducks for diving expeditions. There are also Bauer compressors and airbanks on site to fill cylinders.

 


 

The dive sites of Guinjata Bay Mozambique

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Dive site of Guinjata bay

Batfish Pinnacle
Average depth 12m – Maximum depth 16m
The reef starts on a shallow depth of 6m and then descends down to 12m. Sharks are spotted often and game fish pass by just as frequently. The reef and coral is brightly coloured and teaming with life and interesting little critters. This is a great night dive where you are almost certain to spot turtles sleeping under the ledges.

Cave
Average depth 9m – Maximum depth 12m
Cave is an amphitheatre with a swim through cave that features a resident dragon moray eel, pufferfish, miniature tobies as well as murex and conch shells.

Coral Gardens
Average depth 10m – Maximum depth 12m
Situated close to Paindane. This is a perfect dive site for open water students. It starts at 5m and you can make your way down to depths of 12m. A reef barrier protects this site, which is also fantastic for snorkeling.

Devils peak
Average depth 12m – Maximum depth 18m
Devils Peak is an almost free standing rock with a swim through and is home to potato bass, banded cleaner shrimp and frogfish.

Disneyland
Average depth 22m – Maximum depth 38m
A perfect spot for the adventure seeker ! This new dive site has a ledge on 20m and drops straight down to 45m. On the way down, keep your eyes to the open waters to see if you can spot the huge schools of game fish prowling along. Named after the abundance of marine life, you will feel like you are in the middle of Disneyland with just as much to see.

Hard Rock
Average depth 15m – maximum depth 22m
Situated only 850m from shore it is a very short boat ride. As you ascend to about 15m you get to the top of the wall and then pass along a table like surface gradually descending to a depth of 18m. keep your eyes open for the most spectacular and interesting creatures you have ever seen ! The reefs main attractions are cleaning shrimp found at the end of the dive. In 2015 the sea moths came back and we had many great dives with those.

Legoland 
Average depth 18m – Maximum depth 24m
This new dive site has been recently found near Guinjata. legoland is located just minutes away from our launching spot at the resort. This abundant reef can be found at 16m and drops to a further 24m. It’s a very interesting and unique dive site.

Pao Rock
Average depth 12m – Maximum depth 18m
Pao Rock and the Pinnacles are a macro photographer’s first choice with brightly coloured nudibranches, well-camouflaged leaf fish and a variety of shrimp not to mention hundreds of nemos.

Turtle Creek 
Average depth 18m -Maximum depth 24m
Experience the amazing feeling when descending onto a reef between families of green turtles, which do not even seem bothered by presence of divers. The depths range from 14m to 20m and it is situated only minutes away from Guinjata resort.

Paindane Reef
Average depth 18m – Maximum depth 35m
The strong current around the reef has earned its nickname “Paindane express”. The reef starts close to shore in about 18m of water and runs rapidly down to 35m. brilliantly coloured Corals, Gorgonian Sea Fans, fast moving game fish occasional sightings of reef sharks make for a particularly interesting dive.

Extacy
Average depth 20m – Maximum depth 30m
This reef has a plateau with steep ledges and deep crevices, ass well as scattered rock formations and arches that form great swim troughs. This is home to Manta Rays with small cleaning stations on the Northern Pinnacle of the reef. Extasy Reef is truly justified by its name and you can expect a great amount of excitement throughout the whole dive.

Green Tree
Average depth 22m – Maximum depth 35m
Green Tree is one of Guinjata resort’s spectacular wall dives. Located only 8km from Guinjata, awaits the most amazing experience. There you will find 14 Green Tree Corals reaching up to 6m in height and 5m in diameter. This reef has many different species of marine life living on its walls and never ceases to thrill.

Manta Reef
Average depth 18m – Maximum depth 24m
Experienced Dive Masters will introduce you to the reef’s inquisitive Manta Rays and diving protocols to interact with them. Manta Reef is one of the most pristine dive sites in the world and is only 10km away from Guinjata Resort. being one of the only two registered Manta-cleaning stations makes this reef known world wide !

KKZEE 
Average depth 27m – Maximum depth 40m
This is one of Guinjata resort’s most recently discovered dive spots. Discovered by Kobi, Koos and Zelda, hence the name KKZEE. An amazing wall dive site with untouched aquatic life at its best. This reef has a sheer drop of 28m and reaches depths of 40m

Island Rock 
Average depth 12m – Maximum depth 14m
Depths range from 6m to 14 m. This reef has a great wall-like topography and lots of swim through ledges that range from 12m in length. Canyons are on both sides and there is fantastic abundance of aquatic life everywhere. This dive is great for divers that enjoy swim throughs and caves.