San Sebastian

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San Sebastian is an excellent dive site for all levels of divers.

San Sebastian is a collection of reefs, ranging from easy dives for open water divers to more technical dives for Advanced Divers.

The following species can be seen at San Sabastian:

  • Manta Rays
  • Grey reef sharks
  • Hammerheads
  • Pelagic fish
  • White & black tip sharks
  • Brindal Bass

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Baluba Reef

Baluba Reef is situated straight out from Dive Bazaruto's launch site, past the line of surf between Margaruque Island and San Sebastian point. It is a large, relatively level, flat topped reef with some lovely caves and gullies. Whilst gliding above the reef, shoals of redfang triggerfish entertain divers by hiding their heads in cracks - leaving their entire bodies exposed. Clown triggerfish are plentiful and look as though an artist has been painting their bodies. Numerous brightly coloured reef fish give the reef a busy appearance and looking down there are sandy pits, much like sink holes. Here there are honey comb morays curled into crevices looking to prey on unsuspecting octopus, which are abundant on this reef. Dropping into the gullies, divers follow winding paths through coral gardens where caves demand to be explored and swim throughs are irresistible. For nudibranch lovers, this is the ultimate dive, with an amazing variety of these small, dainty reef dwellers.

Linene Reef

Linene Reef lies east of San Sebastian point and north east of Linene Island. Here is where great shoals of pelagic fish merge with reef dwellers and divers are often met by a number of potato bass. The reef forms a ridge at 16m, running north west to south east, upon which the coral formations look like fairy castles inhabited by magically coloured wrasse, sea goldies, boxies, anglefish and so much more. South of the ridge the reef slopes down and then drops off in a low wall to "The Caves" at 22m. This site looks like a mini-rift valley with its walled sides, which are undercut and harbour various species of large rockcod. Every type of reef fish seems to exist here, larger and more numerous than on most other reefs. There is a trench which has coral knitted over the top and looking down the openings there are enormous morays hidden in the depths. Swimming eastwards, the valley flattens out and majestic manta rays often glide past. North of the ridge, the reef drops off dramatically into a deap channel where shoals of barracuda, sierra and kingfish hunt. This is also the feeding ground for reef shark and hammerheads. 

Marlin Pinnacle

Marlin Pinnacle is a like small treasure island rising up from the sandy sea bottom at 37m to a depth of 30m. Divers are almost guaranteed huge potato bass and shoals of large pelagic fish, as well as large manta rays and devil rays. Great big turtles circle the divers, checking them out before slowly swimming away to find a secluded resting spot. This is a top fishing site as game fish such as marlin and sailfish are abundant. Shark sightings are numerous and include reef shark, hammerheads, Zambezi and tigers. During the whale season, humpbacks are often seen at the surface and their haunting calls are heard underwater. 

Whale sharks are also frequent visitors. Marlin Pinnacle can only be dived if weather conditions are right, as it is a fairly small reef and the current can be strong.