Tofo, Praia do Tofo to be specific, is a small fishing town in Southeastern Mozambique. Across the Indian ocean lies Madagascar, although not close enough to be visible. Shame. In recent years it has become a foreign tourist centre, and is strongly recognised as one of the most outstanding places to dive so therefore top of the list for any SCUBA enthusiast. This is partly due to the mega-fauna that consistently inhabit the waters, namely Manta Rays, Whalesharks and Turtles.
Mozambique is a very popular resort for South African holiday makers, probably because it is so close and easy to get to. Think of what the Costa Brava is to Britons and you’ll be fairly close. However it is very easy for people who holiday there, to not leave the lush shores of Mozambique. In Tofo itself, many have started up businesses in the form of Hostels, dive centres and surf schools which provide a most beneficial and idyllic lifestyle. This has led to the boom in tourism, even accommodating a school for the youngsters of the expat community. Tofo is by no means large, you can walk from one end to the other in 20 minutes however, as I understand, it was only a few years ago when this walk only took 5 minutes. There is plenty of evidence that the beauty of this place will soon be lost. New houses are being built all around, more and more backpackers come every year, and after the backpackers, come the 5* demanding, rich western foreigners.
Baring all of this in mind, I am touched and privileged that I have seen Tofo in this moment, and not in 5 years time when I can only imagine it would be unrecognisable. Though beautiful it will remain.
It took 3 flights altogether via Dubai and Jo’burg, to arrive in Inhambane. I believe this must be one of the smallest international airports in the world, it looked like a bus stop. The plane even acted like a bus in that, some passengers stayed on the flight to get to the next destination. An interesting routine. I was picked up by one of the dive centre staff and Tofo was around a 45 minute drive (22km).
When we arrived at Liquid Adventures Dive Centre, I was welcomed like I was already one of the family. It was fantastic! I was put so much at ease, that any pre departure stresses and en route worries instantly melted away. I was ready to go diving……..
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