Tagging whale sharks in Mozambique
FROM PRICE: $ 5450
Working with the Marine Megafauna Foundation research activities include tagging whale sharks and manta rays among the reefs off Mozambique's world class dive site at Casa Barry.
If shark tagging isn't enough then dive, snorkel, surf and sail
Casa Barry Lodge, Tofo, Mozambique - 11 days/10 nights
Where is it?
Situated on the southern tip of Tofo Point, 22km from Inhambane and covering an area of 13 acres, Casa Barry Lodge consists of charming thatched dwellings which blend perfectly with its surrounding natural splendours.
The property borders on the high-water mark and has a breath-taking view of the entire bay, which is especially enjoyable when viewed from the restaurant deck. This is one of the best seafood restaurants in the vicinity and boasts a fully-stocked bar.
What is the best time of year to go?
Large gatherings of the whale sharks occur in the Seychelles in August and November. Many are seen off East Africa, but the greatest concentration of whale sharks occurs off Mozambique from October through March.
How to get there
You will fly to Johannesburg International Airport, where you will catch a scheduled flight to Inhambane Airport, Mozambique. From here you will do a transfer by road to Casa Barry Lodge, where you will refresh with cocktails while formalising your research activities for the next few days.
Tips and Notes
Whale sharks - the world's largest fish - are truly global travellers, seen across the world in the regions around the equatorial oceans. Casa Barry Lodge and the surrounding marine area is home to hundreds of individuals, with one of the main research activities being the identification, tagging and tracking of the whale sharkss that populate these waters.
The exquisite reefs are also visited, and the chance to view manta rays in their natural habitat presented. Research opportunities are truly fantastic, with a chance to keep tabs on your whale sharks for the rest of their lives once you have returned home from your once-in-a-lifetime eco adventure.
On your way home, why not stop off in Cape Town for a few days to get back into the swing of things before heading back to tell your friends and family about the sharks you met!