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Zavora Marine Lab.

managed by Y. Tibirica

About us

In 2009, the Zavora Marine Lab was established to promote and facilitate research and conservation in southern Mozambique. Our lab has since its inception developed vital research for the region and raised environmental awareness through educational programs with local communities and visitors.

Zavora is one of the few places in the world where both species of Manta Rays (Manta birostris and Manta alfredi) can be seen all year around. The sub-tropical reefs are stunning and the diversity of life is impressive. In Zavora, diving tourism still in its infancy and very little is known about Zavora Marine Life. Zavora offers the unique opportunity to study a marine environment that had little to no impact from recreational diving activities and where there remains much reef yet to be explored. Moreover, because Zavora still quite wild and remote our research can be effectively applied to avoid destructive development.

Our research station is under direction of Iemanja, a Mozambican organization and works in partnership and has the full support of Mozdivers ( and Zavora Lodge (


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Y. Tibirica

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