Live aboard Mozambique

Live-aboard Dive Charters

Live aboard dive charters, fishing charters
Lazarus Banks Charters

Traditional Dhow, Quirimbas

The Quirimbas Archipelago describes a chain of 32 islands stretching north from Pemba on mainland Mozambique for some 80 nautical miles to the border with Tanzania. The Islands are known for their pristine reef systems and exclusive lodges, offering the adventurous traveler some of the best wild diving and fishing in Africa.

Live aboard Mozambique: We offer an unparalleled opportunity to experience “wildest Africa” in comfort and style aboard the luxury 66ft catamaran “Michelle Rose” while exploring extensive mangrove systems and coral reef and discovering the archipelagos fascinating history of Arab trade and early Portuguese settlement. The remote mainland supports populations of elephant, lion, wild dog, leopard and hopping off for a quick safari in one of a number of National parks in Tanzania and Mozambique can easily be arranged.

Dive Lazarus Banks
Dive Lazarus Banks

Lazarus Bank Charters: The Quirimbas also provide access to the renowned Lazarus banks. Lazarus Banks is a large sea-mount rising from thousands of meters to just below the surface. The banks lie approximately 60 Nm from Ibo Island and are a magnet for large pelagic species. Dog-tooth tuna, giant kingfish, sailfish, marlin, sharks and rays can be found cruising the ledges and drop-offs. Lazarus Banks is one of those mythical dive destinations few divers get to experience. A live aboard charter is the only way to explore this magnificent site in comfort and safety and the crew of the Michelle Rose are the ones to get you there.

Whale Watching in the Quirimbas: Humpback whales arrive in large numbers from July to November. Seeking the warmer waters off Mozambique, the whales come into the area to calve and mate. Cruising  around Pemba and the Quirimbas at this time you are almost guaranteed to encounter whales as well as the local populations of dolphins, spinner, bottlenose and the more elusive humpbacked dolphins.


Live aboard Quirimbas

“Michelle Rose” is a one of a kind yacht charter platform. 20.3m (66ft) long and 10.9m (35.7ft) wide she provides an amazing amount of space to spread out and relax. She sleeps 10 guests in 5 on suite doubles with queen size beds, with ample cupboard space and well over 2 meters of headroom.

A massive bar area seats 14 around a teak table and provides a perfect place to wind down in the air-conditioning, sipping cocktails whilst your chef whips up another fantastic meal. The aft deck can seat all in comfort for alfresco dining while here is ample freezer and fridge space, so no need to worry about running short on supplies on those long remote charters. A flat screen tv and on-board entertainment system with a great selection of movies and music ensures that you still have all the entertainment you need on-board.

Satellite excursions are taken care of with her two tenders, and two double kayaks. So no one will feel left out and all can pursue their own form of entertainment. The sugar scoops are massive and are a great platform on which to just relax and take the occasional dip. Her fore and upper decks have mattresses for sunbathing and the trampolines are always a favorite to soak up sum African sun.

Diving the Quirimbas

ON-BOARD ACTIVITIES: “Michelle Rose” has a phenomenal amount of deck and stowage space. And this has allowed us to pack in a massive amount of fun in the guise of toys for kids and adults alike. There are two double kayaks rigged with trolling gear, for the serious fishermen or to explore the islands and mangroves more intimately. Twelve sets of snorkeling gear. A great selection of professional fishing gear. From 80W and 50W Shimano reels for Bill-fish to a great cross section of spinning and jigging rigs. Scuba pro dive gear. With a 240 Liter Bauer compressor for 7 minute fills. A modest range of inflatable toys for lazing away the afternoons. 3.5m rib with 35hp Yamaha 5.5m hard chine ski boat with twin motors for satellite dive and fishing excursions. Whilst we have enough equipment to go around we always recommend that guests who are keen divers or fisherman to bring their own soft gear and lucky rod/ lures.

SAFETY: Safety is paramount in remote destination sailing and so “Michelle Rose” carries all the required gear, from an emergency positioning radio beacon to satellite phones. She holds a valid safety certificate and undergoes annual international charter surveys as well as monthly surveys by the management company to make sure there are no issues.

CREW: Our crew are all internationally certified and are experienced in remote destination sailing. This allows you, the guest, to relax in comfort and be assured that you will have the experience you dreamed of. The team consists of a Captain / Dive master, hostess/deck hand and a locally trained chef. The crew is accommodated in their own cabins with their own heads. This allows them to offer an unobtrusive service. Giving you a fresh and unique perspective of the islands and, being experienced divers, fishermen and raconteurs, your stay with them will leave you with lasting
memories and friendships.

Included: Full room and board. (Local beers and spirits) All satellite excursions to islands, dive sites and fishing locations. All fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling and kayaking gear. We can accommodate 2 to 3 dives per day depending on itinerary. Crew, including Skipper/ dive master, hostess and chef/ deckhand. All national park fee’s and vessel fee’s for the islands and the Quirimba’s National park.

Excluded:  All flights, premium drinks, these must be ordered during the booking process and paid for prior to charter. Items of a personal nature. Anything else we haven’t mentioned.

Terms and Conditions: Prices are correct at time of posting but may change at any time without notice with ZAR exchange fluctuations. Discounted rates available for extended charters on application . Payment in full secures booking. Please read full terms and conditions for all tours with Oceans Africa.

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