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The dive site Paindane Express is an offshore rocky reef with coral in the Paindane area, near Inhambane in Southern Mozambique




The name "Paindane Express" refers to the locality Paindane and the current past the reef.


Maximum depth is about 28m.


Visibility of more than 10m can be expected.


Tabular stone reef with wall to seaward. Current quite strong setting south along wall. Lots of rocky outcrops.


Water temperature may be about 24°C

Get in[edit]

Access to this site is by boat.


Basket star
Blue sea cucumber
Sea fan

Marine life[edit]

Nudibranchs, Blue and yellow sea cucumber, Feather stars, Bushy yellow/black hydroid colonies, whip corals, blue stars, pinky orange stars, gorgonians, plate corals, "daisy" and other soft corals, red sea fans, various sponges, Spotted hawkfish, white feather duster worms, zigzag oysters, turtles, greenish whelk, Goldies, Greentree coral, Basket star, Olive warty star, Blocked star, Emperor angelfish,



Follow the divemaster, stay in the group unless planned otherwise. You should be briefed on what you may hold onto. Dives are usually drift dives along the wall and boulders at the offshore side of the reef.

Stay safe[edit]


Strong current possible,it may be difficult to stay with the group. If a negative entry is done be sure to check your cylinder valve is open.


Good buoyancy control, reasonable fitness and the ability to stay with the group are recommended. Ability to deploy a DSMB is recommended in case you get separated from the dive leader.


A DSMB and reel are recommended in case you are separated from the group and have to surface alone. This will allow the boat to keep track of your position and find you when you surface.

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