We have a thing about diving. You see, when we were just seventeen years old, we had the chance to dive the Great Barrier Reef and we never looked back.
So, when we heard that Marlin Lodge in Mozambique was named a five-star dive resort by PADI, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, we had to let our readers know.
The earth is warming and the reefs around the world are under threat so next time you consider a vacation, consider one that helps preserve the natural beauty of the seas (pretty please). One of our picks is Marlin Lodge because the waters around Marlin Lodge offer a range of diving sites and depths for all levels of experience. These include:
2 Mile Reef: Provides a variety of dive locations with abundant hard and soft corals, reef fish, turtle, reef shark, moray eel, grouper, stingray and devil ray. Seasonal whale sharks and manta rays can also be seen.
The Wreck: Manmade reef including a sunken yacht and tractor.
Aquarium (Low tide only): Pool within 2 Mile Reef.
5 Mile Reef: Provides divers with the opportunity to sight pelagic fish and nurse sharks.
Magaruque Express (Drift Dive): Located off the Island of Magaruque, where a strong current provides a brisk drift dive.
Cabo San Sebastio: Ideal for advanced divers, this reef is known for sightings of the seasonal whale shark and manta ray.
Pipe Reef (House Reef): Popular for night dives. The rare Spanish dancer nudibranch and frogfish can be seen here.
Situated on a private island in the Bazaruto Archipelago, off the coast of Mozambique, Marlin Lodge has 14 Luxury Beach Suites and three Executive Beach Suites, each one just steps away from the turquoise waters of Flamingo Bay. Each chalet is also built from natural Mozambican hardwood, reed-clad brick walls and thatched ‘jecca’ roofs and the cuisine at the Lodge is carefully crafted by a team of world-class chefs. Traditionally Mozambique, that means an abundance of seafood infused with Asian and Portuguese flavors.
Aside from diving, you can also snorkel, windsurf, do some hobycat sailing, and kayak. Guests can also horseback ride across the white sand beach and into the water, or enjoy a cruise on a Mozambique Dhow cruise. We think that all sounds pretty romantique.
Rates are $580 for Luxury Beach Suites and $742 for Executive Beach Suites (per person per night, based on double occupancy and includes all meals, non-alcoholic beverages, house wines, local beers, selected spirits, a daily sunset cocktail, fully stocked mini bar, and all non-motorized water sports).
Phone: +27 (0) 12 460 9410.