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The dive site Island Rock is an inshore rocky reef with coral in the Paindane area near Inhambane in Southern Mozambique




Visibility can exceed 15 to 20m


Small islet/Large rock, probably covered at high tide, more or less crescent shaped with bay facing seaward. Bay full of big outcrops, boulders, overhangs, gullies, arches etc on sand bottom.


Get inEdit

Access to this site is by boat.


Rock arch at Island Rock
Soft coral or zooanthids
Encrusting sponges
Geometric moray
Longnose butterfly fish
Nudibranch Halgerda wasinensis
Orange starfish
Reef scene with diver
Sponges and a few small corals

Marine lifeEdit

Variety of fish and a wider range of seaweeds than most other dive sites in the area. Orange starfish, Olive green starfish, feather stars, Small white and Red/yellow sea fans, Orange ridge sponge, mottled sponge, wall sponge, Feathery hydroids, grey sponge, Goldies, grey moray, Banded and Purple feather duster worms, Yellow zoanthids, small bushy Green, Brown and Red algae, twiggy coralline algae, small tubular white sponges, Chocolate dip, Toby, Freckled hawkfish, 6 stripe soapfish, Parrot fish, Spotted moray, Semicircle angelfish, Pearly butterfly fish, Longnose butterfly fish, Dusky sweepers, nudibranchs.



No particular route recommended.

Stay safeEdit


No site specific hazards known.


No special skills required.


No special equipment recommended.

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