Scuba Diving (especially photographers and videographers)

Dive etiquette for underwater photographers


Please try to be polite underwater, respect marine life while diving and set a good example for others. These underwater etiquette guidelines are not in any particular order.

•Don’t grab on to coral  

•Don’t damage a reef just to get a shot.

•Be extremely careful when shooting around sea fans, e.g. – pygmy sea horses, not to damage the sea fan.

•If you are getting to close to coral, gently push away with one finger on the area with the least amount of growth, preferable a dead zone, or push away with a lembeh stick.

• Don’t silt up an area before or after taking a photograph. Often I see photographs "flutter kick away" after taking a shot, ruining the shot for others. They usually don't realize they are doing this. Learn how to frog kick, and do it slowly.

• When waiting for another photographer, give them some distance; make sure you wait down current so silt is not carried to the photo subject. Photographers will often change position while taking a shot, sometimes stretching their legs back. This is why you must stay back further than you may think.

•If other photographers are waiting, take turns photographing the subject, everyone's time is valuable; discuss hand signals with your buddy ahead of time if you want to "work" a subject for a while that you found, make sure you let the other person get some shot's first.

•When diving with others, you should always discuss dive etiquette rules ahead of time. Agree on how long each photographer will spend with a subject.

•Regarding buoyancy - I believe that most people don't realize when they have bad buoyancy, or the tendency to silt up the area. If you see your buddy doing this, think of a way to politely mention it to them, and ask them to tell you if they see you doing the same thing.

•Always show your friends interesting subjects that you find. They will really appreciate it.


Dolphin, Whale sharks, Mantas and Whales



Throughout Mozambique special species are subject to human encounters which can be detrimental to their well-being.  Take a stand and follow the code! Be aware & Take care! 

The code of conduct was originally created for Dolphin Encountours and offers participants in commercial dolphin swim programs knowledge and skills that can empower best practice for learning about marine mammals and includes in-water observations of wild dolphins, guided by a strict code of conduct and qualified guides. We refer to this code in preparation for, during and after in-water observations of wild dolphins. The ethical marine mammal code is based on DolphinCare-Africa research findings, obtained from longterm fieldwork that has a reliable, repeatable and recordable methodology for observing dolphins in the wild.


•Vessels are not to approach marine mammals within 300 meters. 

•Approach from the side & leave a seaward gap.

•No person will chase, herd, catch, kill, harass, feed or disturb marine mammals at any time.

•No boats are to trawl through dolphins. Reel in if dolphins are present.

•Keep a slow, steady speed without changing course <5km. Should bow-riding occur, avoid any sudden direction changes.

•Minimize noise disturbance by maintaining a slow, steady speed. 

•Do not approach dolphins/whales with jet skis. 

•Marine mammals have right of way.

•Refrain from interference if signs of disturbance are apparent (change of directional swimming, fast ‘escape’ swimming, extended dive times, erratic directional surfacing, distress-related behaviours).  

•Avoid mother and calf pairs / nursery pods.

•Keep noise levels to a minimum. (No shouting or loud whistling).

•Limit your viewing time to 20 minutes. 

•Do not pursue if they move off.

•Limit the amount of vessels to one within 300mt.

•Refrain from swimming with marine mammals unless with authorized operators. 

•If in the event you find yourself in the company of dolphins or whales in the water remain calm. 

SWIM CODE In-water conduct 

Once in the water stay in a group with your swim guide/facilitator. 

Wait quietly for the dolphins to approach you.

Follow the dolphin swim guide/facilitator who has been trained on how to interact with the wild dolphins and monitor their behavior. 

Do not swim directly at the dolphins or on top of them. 

Do not swim frantically towards the dolphins or after them. 

Swim slowly and calmly causing as little turbulence as possible.

Under no circumstances touch dolphins.

The use of underwater scooters is not permitted.

The use of underwater camera flash is not permitted.

For more info on Ethical Marine Mammal Tourism and Info on the Dolphins of Ponta please visit

For more more information on local rules regarding the marine reserve select HERE

Currently we do not have any regulations but we will update this when we do receive them.

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