do Mar Visitors Hints & Guide
thanks for booking with us we certainly value your support and will
try and do everything to make your stay with us as enjoyable as
also report to reception on arrival, to get allocated your room, and key
a key deposit is required. Your name will be on a list, if you
booked directly through Africa Scuba Travel, Scuba Adventures, or maybe
under the Dive School you booked through.
SCUBA TRAVEL CENTRE HAS AN ON SITE REPRESENTATIVE, WHO STAYS IN ROOM 1
AT THE ENTRANCE. If he is not there you can contact Mary at Fishmonger
Restaurant for assistance, or Louis or Tanya in the Scuba Adventures
Dive Camp opposite the entrance reception in the public campsite.
are some tips you might find useful - please read through carefully
before departure and contact Katya at the office should you have any
border is open from 8am 5pm. On arrival, first clear SA immigration,
(brick building on left) and then cross over to the Mozambican side and
building on right ask for forms from counter first so you can fill
in while queuing) All persons entering Mocambique require a valid
visa. If you intend taking a vehicle over the border, get one of
your party to sort out the temporary importation permit, (corrugated
iron building on the left - obtain necessary forms before queuing.)
normal weekends its possible to drive through to the Mocambique side of
the border, unpack your vehicle with the stuff you are taking to Ponta,
then drive back to the vehicle park on the SA side of the border
(fenced, shade cloth are on left as you arrive) Walk back to join your
weekends are sometimes a problem with the number of people trying to get
through the border. If possible try to follow the same procedure, but
sometimes the SA authorities might change procedures to control traffic.
make contact with driver of the collection vehicle on your arrival!!
note that the vehicle usually used for collections is a Land Rover...
While perhaps not offering the air-conditioning, it certainly is rugged
and are required to get through to Ponta with all the luggage.
any event it is only a 12-Km ride so enjoy the open-air ride &
or last day of Long Weekend
collection vehicle will wait for 30 minutes after the collection time
you not arrive within this time he will return to Ponta. Should he have
to later return to the border to collect you, you will be required to
pay an additional R80.00 pp collection fee. Please also note that should
it require additional trips to transport everyone, these will be done
strictly on a first come basis. These collection times may be changed
should circumstances warrant please confirm with booking office.
Charter Operators Scuba Adventures
Adventures operates from the wooden deck / gazebo situated on the lawn
between the road and the restaurant complex, and between the 2 rows of
cabanas. The equipment wash up tanks are also situated there.
during the week when it is quiet, our resident skipper / manager
will contact you and arrange your dives.
planning Weekdays From
Friday to Sundays dive planning takes place on the Deck every night at
5.00PM. If you arrive during the day, please go to the deck after
unpacking, and the manager will arrange to book you on a dive.
time from Gauteng to Ponta is, depending on stops and how you drive,
between 6 and 9 hours. From Durban it is approximately 5 - 6 hours. Make
allowance for unforeseen contingencies like fog, cows in the road, etc.
When traveling at night please beware of cows in the road, and potholes
on either side of Pongola Town, and for a short section around the
Pongola River bridge at Ndumu. The road from Josini to the Kosi Bay
border is generally very good.
Cards and cheques are not accepted anywhere at Ponta. Please ensure you
take sufficient cash for your extra dives, drinks, etc. SA Rands is the
main currency used at Ponta.
Motel has 24 hour mains electricity, however the rooms do not have
plugpoints to connect appliances to, except in the bathrooms where there
is a 2 pin plug for hairdryers.
Cabana has a small bar fridge in the kitchenette, and ice is available
from the FISHMONGER RESTAURANT above the CREDICOOP Bank in the village.
like Sodwana, the Kruger Park, and virtually the whole East Coast of
Africa from Empangeni northwards, falls in a Malaria belt. Although we
have no knowledge of any of our clients ever contracting Malaria, we
suggest you take the necessary precautions.
Tabard, Mosquito sprays, coils, etc. Should you forget, insect repellant
is available from the dive shop. Contact British Airways travel clinic
for recommended prophylactic.
Beach shop in the bank building sells mosquito nets and sprays.
Motel consists of 3 rows of self contained Cabanas, situated in 3 rows
around the central restaurant / bar complex. Each Cabana consists of a
bedroom with 2 beds, and a living room / kitchenette area with an
are a further 2 bunk beds (up & down) in the living area. The beds
have linen, and the rooms are serviced each day. Bath towels are
kitchenette has a bar fridge, hot plate, and crockery / cutlery for 4
note that some of the upstairs sea facing units do not have kitchenettes
please confirm when booking.
Motel chalets are essentially self-catering, but for those that do not
want to self cater, there is a restaurant that serves everything from
light snacks and toasted sandwiches, to full meals.
are also a few other good restaurants in town.
Fishmonger, on the top floor of the Marlin Centre (one of the few
buildings in town) is probably the best particularly for seafood.
are a few local shops in Ponta selling a limited range of groceries and
drink. Because of importation tax these tend to be expensive, and it is
recommended that you bring all supplies with you from RSA.
Rugby and Sporting events:
African DSTV is available at the Fishmonger Restaurant. All major rugby,
football, and sporting events are screened live.
Scuba & Adventure Centre, & Shopping:
scuba equipment and beachwear is available from Mozambique Scuba
& Adventure Centre situated in the Marlim center in the town
square. The Famous Dive Sites T-shirt series, featuring all the
well-known reefs of Ponta, including Pinnacles and Bass City, are
available from the shop as well.
equipment, and cylinders, are available for rental, from the dive
operators, Scuba Adventures. You will be required to leave your passport
as security when renting equipment. Please note it is essential that
this equipment be pre booked when booking your dive package in
What to take
important take sufficient cash for all your needs
Cards & Cheques are not accepted anywhere in Ponta