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The dive site Pao Reef is an inshore tropical rocky reef with some coral in the Guinjata Bay area, near Inhambane in Southern Mozambique.

UnderstandEdit

This is the local reef for Guinjata Bay resorts.

PositionEdit

DepthEdit

Maximum depth is about 21m. and the top of the reef is about (depth)m. Average depth is likely to be about 15m.

VisibilityEdit

Visibility can exceed 20m

TopographyEdit

Rock table reef on sand bottom with irregular boulders and outcrops around edges. Outlying boulders and ridge offshore.

Table reef with

ConditionsEdit

Water temperature may be about 25°C


Get inEdit

The dive site is always accessed by boat.

The site is about (distance)km from Guinjata Bay beach launch site.


SeeEdit

 
Devil firefish
 
Juvenile Emperor angelfish
 
Longnose butterfly fish
 
Moorish idol
 
Paperfish
 
Encrusting sponges
 
Sponges
 
Spotted hawkfish
 
Two-bar anemone fish

Marine lifeEdit

Wide variety of fish and reef invertebrates: Anemone fish, Two bar clownfish , Devil firefish, Emperor angelfish, Scorpionfish, Balloon porcupinefish, Longnose butterfly fish, Whitespotted butterfly fish, bluestreak cleaner wrasse, Spotted hawkfish, Dominoes, Yellowback fusilier, Spotted hogfish, Five lined cardinal fish, Paperfish, Honeycomb moray, Cave bass, Moorish Idols, Blue tangs, dark surgeonfish. Toby, Blacktip kingfish. Cushion stars and other stars, sea cucumbers, nudibranchs, shrimps, lobster, Thistle soft coral, Egg cowrie, yellow bowl sponge, Trumpet fish, zigzag oyster, Fleshy soft coral, giant anemone, Various sponges, Tube anemone with light blue tentacles, Greentree coral, Black feather stars, orange encrusting sponge, small purple, yellow and black colonial squirts, honeycomb coral, Small brown and yellow crabs, Warty off-white cucumber, brown star,


PhotographyEdit

The topography is not very exciting, macro and close-up photography are likely to give good results.

RoutesEdit

Follow the Divemaster who should know the places to go.

Stay safeEdit

HazardsEdit

No site specific hazards, There are scorpionfish and stonefish and fire coral in the region.

SkillsEdit

No special skills required. This site is often where visitors will be taken for a checkout dive to make sure they have adequate buoyancy control before taking them to more sensative reefs.

EquipmentEdit

No special equipment required

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