Ocean Echo SCUBA, Santa Maria Scuba Diving & Dive Sites, Mozambique

Ocean Echo SCUBA

Ocean Echo SCUBA is a Dive Centre and Dive Charter in Santa Maria, Southern Mozambique

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Fact Sheet Facilities & what to expect at Ocean Echo SCUBA

  • Recently opened independent dive center
  • Owned and managed by two PADI Instructors
  • Cater mainly to small groups of 6 ➜ 8 divers but can accommodate up to 16 divers
  • We tailor each dive trip around your personal needs, the tides and the weather
  • Unspoilt reefs
  • Currently the only commercial Diver operator based in the area
  • We offer SCUBA diving courses from the basics (10+ years of age), PADI Open Water Diver Course to PADI Advanced Open Water & Specialities
  • We offer full equipment rental

Other Activities in the Area

  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking through the mangroves
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Shore fishing
  • Whale watching
  • Dolphin encounters
  • Amazing sunsets viewed from the sunset deck on the beach
  • Long walks on the beach
  • Pansy Islands (at low tide)
  • Birding (not guided)
  • Elephant reserve Safari
  • Travelling Masseuse

We are a small, recently opened independent dive center. Owned and managed by two PADI Instructors. We strive to give our clients a customized, personal experience and cater mainly to groups of 6 ➜ 8 divers, but we can accommodate larger groups upon request. We love nothing more than meeting fellow divers and showing off our beautiful reefs. To find out more about us read our story.

We have a hands on approach and strive to keep our groups small and personal to ensure you have the best experience possible. We plan our launching schedule around the tides, the weather and your needs. You only need to come to the dive center once during your visit to fit gear and sign papers, after that we meet you on the beach at the agreed upon time.

About Us

We had a dream, with a love for adventure and a passion for diving. Now we are living our best life!

We are a husband and wife team, passionate about diving and tired of the rat race.

Both having spent our entire working lives in corporate we decided to hang up our ties, toss away the high heels and simplify our lives.

Having started a small dive club in Johannesburg in 2007 we knew that diving was something that made us really happy, but we also knew it was going to be a lot of hard work. So we started working towards our goal of early retirement and a dream of running a dive center in Mozambique. In December 2021, after a few hit and miss "partnerships" and false starts, we were finally ready to open our doors and welcomed or first "official clients".

We would love to show you our reefs, and introducing people to the strange and fascinating world below the ocean surface. We tailor each dive trip around your personal needs, the tides and the weather.

We can't wait to dive with you!

Dive Sites

The area is relatively unexplored and therefore unspoilt. We are constantly on the lookout for new reefs and diving new areas. If you are interested in joining our explorative dives pop us a message and we will give you details on when the next expedition is and how you can join ... Pssst, I will let you in on a secret, these exploration dives are discounted.

Inhaca Reserve Dive Site

Situated in the Inhaca marine reserve, this reef is a sanctuary for many different species of fish. Perfect for beginners or divers who need to ease their way back into the water after a long sabbatical from diving.

  • Max depth 15m
  • Shore entry
  • 5 minute boat ride

Baxio Danae Dive Site

Due to the distance, we suggest a double tank dive on this reef. There are various dive sites on this reef, no long surface interval necessary between dives.

  • Max depth 12 ➜ 15m
  • 60 minute boat ride
  • Coral reef with wrecks

Baxio De Santa Maria Dive Site

Our deep reef, ideal for spotting sharks, rays and other pelagic species.

  • Max depth 26 ➜ 35m
  • 15 minute boat ride

Ray Alley Dive Site

Due to the distance, we suggest a double tank dive on this reef. There are various dive sites on the reef. No long surface interval necessary between dives.

  • Max depth 12 ➜ 15m
  • 30 minute boat ride
  • Coral reef dive

Scuba Diving Courses

Discover SCUBA Experience

The PADI Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) is a short try-diving experience for adults and children aged 10+. This course introduces you to the basics of scuba diving without certifying you as a diver.

Duration: 4 hours


  • Full gear hire.
  • 1 x theory session.
  • 1 x Swimming pool session.
  • 1 x Inhaca Reserve dive.
  • Inhaca diving tax.
  • Valid for 14 days

Does not include Inhaca Island Tax
Upon completion of the experience you will be able to do additional Ocean Echo SCUBA instructor supervised dives, to a depth of 12 meters.

PADI Open Water

On successful completion of the PADI Open Water Diver Course, you'll be certified to dive independently up to 18m/60ft, anywhere in the world.

Duration: 3 ➜ 4 full days

The course consists of:

  • Online knowledge development, comprising video lessons, knowledge reviews, quizzes, and a final exam
  • Confined water dives in a pool (or pool-like environment)
  • Open water dives at the Inhaca reserve reef.
  • You'll also learn how to assemble and disassemble your own kit, and how to care for it properly.


  • PADI e-Certification.
  • Online e-learning.
  • Full gear hire.
  • All air fills.
  • 5 x pool sessions.
  • 4 x Dives sea dives.
  • Inhaca diving tax.

Does not include Inhaca Island tax

PADI Advanced Open Water & Specialities

We are able to offer further training to enhance your diving skills and experiences.

The PADI Advanced Open water consists of 5 adventure dives:

  • Deep
  • Navigation
  • 3 x adventure dives

Contact us to discuss your interests and we will customize a package to suit your needs and interests

We also offer a wide variety of PADI specialty courses.
Let us know what you are interested in and we will plan our dives based around your interests and customize your package.

Where are we?

Our little slice of paradise is situated on the tip of the Machangulo Peninsula. Just to the south of Inhaca Island. We are on the main land side of the channel known as Hell's Gate which separates Inhaca from the main land.

To get to us you can either cross the Maputo Bay by boat, or you can drive (4x4 only) by car.

Note: Southern Mozambique is considered a low risk malaria area, please consult your physician.

Option 1: Boat Charter

The quickest and most direct way to visit us, is to charter a private transfer boat, or a slightly cheaper option, jump a "public charter shared boat" heading to Santa Maria. There are a number of different companies that one can use.

These charter boats leave from either Maputo Marina or Porto De Pesca and come directly to Santa Maria, about 40km, they usually drop you off as close as possible to your accommodation.

Some lodges can arrange a transfer for you and some will even do the transfer themselves - chat to your lodge to discuss your options.

You can park your car at the port for a nominal daily fee. It is generally very safe as they have guards watching over the cars.

Option 2: Ferry

There is a public ferry that leaves from Catembe ferry pier in Maputo and goes to Inhaca. It will drop you off at the Inhaca village. You can park your car at the Afrin hotel for a nominal daily fee. It is generally very safe as there are guards watching over the cars. Once the ferry arrives at Inhaca you disembark onto a "Banana boat" which transfers you to the Island. Make sure to have a 100Mzn to pay for this.

Once on the Island you can either:

Catch a local boat from Inhaca pier to Santa Maria.


a 30 minute car transfer to the "Reserve" on the south end of the Island where you will be met by a pre-arranged Banana boat who will transfer you to the main land aka Santa Maria. Usually your accommodation will assist you with the final transfer boat. See below for contact details for people who can assist you with the car transfer.

Victor: + 258 87 915 9942
Amos: + 258 84 533 5568

Option 3: Drive

By road, through the Maputo special reserve aka Maputo Elephant reserve.

On the Maputo - Ponta road, 70KM south of the Katembe bridge (40km North of the Farazul / Kosibay border post) you turn off the tar road and enter the park at the Futi Gate (NB - The DeGala (Southern Gate) is closed).

The road is a total of 67km of thick, soft sand and requires a high clearance 4x4 vehicle. 39km through the Elephant reserve and 28km beyond the reserve through rural villages.

The drive can take anywhere from 3 to 5 hours.

Ocean Echo SCUBA 2023 Rates:*Rates are subject to change without prior notice

From Mt2650 Per Person Sharing:

Based per person for at least 2 people diving in the Inhaca Reserve. See rates for more information.

Reminder, there's a handy calculator at the bottom left-hand side of your screen (under 'Useful Tools' if you're on a mobile device)

Ocean Echo Scuba

Prices are per person sharing

Inhaca Reserve
Single Dive (Min 2 Divers): Mt2650 per person sharing
Single / One Diver: Mt2000 surcharge
Baixo Santa Maria
Single Dive (Min 2 Divers): Mt3700 per person sharing
Single / One Diver: Mt2500 surcharge
Ray Alley
Single Dive (Min 2 Divers): Mt5500 per person sharing
Double Tank Dive (Min 2 - Max 8 Divers): Mt7700 per person sharing
*Surcharge levied for smaller groups
Baixo Denae
Single Dive (Min 4 Divers): Mt5400 per person sharing
Double Tank Dive (Min 4 - Max 8 Divers): Mt6700 per person sharing
*Surcharge levied for smaller groups
Gear Hire
Soft Gear: Mt700
Hard Gear: Mt1100
Air Fills: Mt700
Discover SCUBA: Mt6500
PADI Open Water: Mt24,000

Terms and Conditions


  1. All divers are required to sign a Liability release form prior to their first dive.
  2. All divers must present proof of dive certification prior to their first dive - No Exceptions. We are only able to check PADI qualifications online.
  3. If you have a valid dive qualification but have not dived for over 6 months, you will be required to complete a refresher course prior to your first dive.
  4. Divers under 18 must have their indemnity form signed by their legal guardian. If the legal guardian will not be present on the day of the dive, they must request a copy of the indemnity form at the time of booking, so that it is signed prior to the dive.
  5. Parents are required to be present during any activity with children under the age of 13.
  6. All dives must be paid prior to departure.
  7. Dive package prices do not include reef tax, cylinder hire, gear hire or surcharges for long distance reefs - unless otherwise stated.
  8. Dive courses are to be paid in full prior to arrival or start of the course - No Exceptions.
  9. A 5% levy is payable with all credit card and foreign currency payments.

Cancellation Policy

  1. Dive credits (refunds) will only be issued for valid medical reasons or if the dive is cancelled by Ocean Echo SCUBA.
  2. Should you cancel your dive on the day of the dive, you will forfeit the entire dive fee. No refund will be given unless it's due to medical reasons and you can provide proof, e.g. a medical certificate.

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-26.095732, 32.947663

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For better understanding, we have put together a brief summary guide of what each category means and to also give you an idea of what each associated icon refers to when you see them on listings & adverts.

Listed in alphabetical order

Backpackers Lodge:

Those who are on a tight budget should keep a lookout for this category icon. This type of establishment offers dormitory (shared) bedroom accommodation with other "Backpackers" generally using either single beds or bunk beds with a communal kitchen and shared ablutions.

Bar On-Site:

Meaning the venue has its own bar on-site with staff serving alcohol/non-alcohol beverages and perhaps "pub-grub" included. They may offer satellite TV for bar patrons to follow the latest sporting fixtures live and may also host live music on certain days / evenings.

Bed & Breakfast:

If an establishment has this icon, this means they either include breakfast in their rates or offer the opportunity for you to choose to include breakfast during your stay which is usually served to guests in an on-site breakfast room dinette or restaurant. Some B&B's offer basic / light (continental) breakfasts, Full English breakfasts or buffet style breakfast options.

Campsite / Glamping:

Either they offer camping grounds for you to pitch your own tent if on a tight budget and / or they have their own pre-setup tents for you to camp in, some offering private facilities (aka "Glamping") within their tents such as beds, a fridge, sofa and bathroom.

Conference Venue:

This means the establishment has a dedicated hall room specially arranged and equipped with most facilities to host important business meetings, teambuilding events or any other occasion alike.

Disabled Friendly Accommodation:

Goes without saying. Any establishment marked with this icon and listed under this category offers facilities for those who have reduced mobility. They may have basic facilities for these conditions or advanced. Kindly enquire with them directly for more information and/or specific requirements you may need.

Dive Charter:

These are dive centres who are a team of qualified dive instructors (PADI which means Professional Association of Diving Instructors) offering SCUBA diving lessons for clients and excursions to some of the best dive sites in the region for an unforgettable underwater adventure.

Eco Lodges:

Environmentally friendly establishments built by local communities using naturally sourced / non-toxic materials with the objective of protecting the surrounding habitat. These types of lodges range from rustic bush and beach to luxury accommodation. Not only does this movement protect the environment, but it also helps support local families.

Fishing Charter:

This means the associated business offers professional paid-for deep sea fishing charters / outings and excursions for those fishing enthusiasts (and for newbies). They generally have a fully equipped fishing boat and all the fishing gear ready for clients to bait up and cast a line. Their expertize, knowledge and experience will reward you with some of the best fishing spots for an action packed deep sea fishing experience.

For Sale:

If you're looking to invest or buy property in Mozambique, keep an eye out for this category for the latest in the property market.

Full Board Accommodation:

Full Board means breakfast, lunch and dinner (also known as "All Inclusive"). If a venue is listed under this category, then they either offer guests the choice of a full board meal plan during their stay or their rates by default include full board meals. a lot of these establishments will have private personal chefs serving guests top class cuisine.

Group Accommodation:

Because this is a popular search and request amongst many, we have created this specific category for exactly that - group accommodation which is very much the same as our Holiday Homes category. These are establishments that can cater and accommodate for large groups of 8 people and up in the same house / unit offering most self catering facilities as if you are "home away from home".

Guest House:

Similar to a typical B&B, a Guest House is usually a private house offering very few accommodation units all within the main building structure (or some seperately). Some serve home cooked meals within their in-house dining room specially catered to seat all their guests and offer a lounge area where fellow travellers can interact, socialize and share stories.

Holiday Home:

This type of accommodation is usually ideal for large groups of people going on holiday being a "home away from home" with numerous bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen for your self catering needs, lounge, toilets, braai/BBQ area, some with a swimming pool and some offering exclusive privacy.

Honeymoon / Romantic Accommodation:

Very self-explanatory. A venue will be listed under this category if they offer a specific luxury, private honeymoon suite or because our admin has "hand-picked" the establishment to be perfect for such an occasion based on their location and facilities offered. However, you are the best judge when it comes to planning that special getaway with your loved one anyway. Pssst ... and it doesn't have to be expensive either to enjoy, right?!


A hotel is generally a large premises that can accommodate a large amount of guests in many adjacent rooms grading from standard 2 sleeper units to "executive" luxury suites offering more in-room space and facilities. They generally have a restaurant and bar on-site for all day meals and drinks (quite often offered on a buffet dining basis). Other on-site facilities may include a swimming pool, gym, spa, in/outdoor entertainment area for kids, a conference / wedding room for meetings / ceremonies and a small shop.

Restaurant / Personal Chef(s) On-Site:

This indicates that the establishment has a small / large restaurant on-site for their guests (they may also accept walk-ins for non-guests) or they have on-board catering staff serving guests in their own private space or in a designated dining area.

Self Catering:

This type of establishment offers guests facilities required to cater / cook on their own terms whether it be within a holiday home for example or on communal grounds.


This means the establishment has spa facilities and services offered to guests who are looking for personal treatments during their vacation.

Tours & Safaris:

These business services can range from swimming with dolphins, horse riding, city tours, boat tours, island tours, dhow tours to game drives and more. You'll have to click on their advert to find out more and what they have to offer.

Wedding Venue:

This means, the venue has all the on-site facilities and catering services to host large or small weddings and ceremonies. Depending on the size of the wedding, some may have enough units to accommodate all wedding guests.