Serving scientific research through consulting, logistics and training

The scientific dive center supports technical and scientific diving with the aim to support researchers conducting field projects, carrying out surveys, filming documentaries or location scouting. Our team is able to train new research divers, assist in planning and leading scientific expeditions. Support is also available for media crews, e.g. documentaries or photographers. All visitors wishing to dive at BCSS need to provide existing diving qualifications and paperwork. The pristine and well conserved reefs of the Bazaruto Archipelago offer some of the best environments in the world for observing a diverse variety of fauna.

• 25-mile
• Lighthouse reef
• 6-mile
• 5-mile
• 2-mile
• Magaruque
• Marlin Pinnacle
• San Sebastian

8 BCD + regulator sets
12 wetsuits
14 sets of scuba fins
10 sets of freediving fins
20 pairs of booties
15 masks
6 SMBs
5 slates

Mauro Jije, Marine Operations Manager and Dive Instructor
Manuel Lourenco, Dive Master
Maria da Graça, Dive Instructor
Mario Lebrato, Research Diver
Francisco Massane, Head Skipper
Ginela Massane, Skipper
Americo Jose Boane, Skipper/Rescue Diver


1 dry lab
1 wet lab
1 workshop
1 fishing gear room
2 storage rooms
1 conference room
1 welding facility
1 recycling facility

Glassware & Flasks (various)
Borosilicate flasks (250 ml)
Falcon & Eppendorf Tubes (2, 15, 50 ml)
2 centrifuges
2 precision balances
3 hot baths
1 YSI multi-probe
1 Delta OHM multiprobe
1 plankton filtration system
3 plankton nets (50-200 µm mesh)
2 drying ovens
2 metal sinks
3 microscopes
4 working tables
4 fridges (4-8 ºC)
3 freezers (-20 ºC)
5 white boards
5 Wi-Fi hotspots
10 identification guides

1 Lowrance 12” HDS LIVE plotter
1 transductor Active Imaging 3 in 1
1 transductor Airmar TM185HW 150-250 khz
1 Raymarine 9” A62 plotter
1 MaxSea timezero 2D/3D sidescan software
2 Nansen bottles (water sampling)
1 Van Veen grabber (sediment sampler)
2 sediment corers (russian)
16 moorings (40-60 kg)
20 buoys (various)
6 counting quadrats (50 and 100 cm2)
30 fishing rods & reels
6 tagging applicators
20 HOBO sensors (temperature-light)
10 VEMCO Receivers
2 ST600 SoundTraps
1 weather station
1 crane (2-tone)
1 crane (50 kg)
4 towing cameras
6 camera frames (rated 200 m)
2 deep-sea lights (rated 200 m)
2 luna-tubes (running water feed)


Conduct fieldwork efficiently with on site labs and facilities

The BCSS research facility represents a unique field station model with sustainability principles in its core. Scientists are welcome to visit BCSS to conduct their research while using the facilities and the fully equipped laboratory. BCSS recommends scientists to bring their own equipment, where possible. Please note that a permit is required from ANAC and the BANP to conduct research activity inside the Park, and a permit is also required from MIMAIP/InOM for research outside the Park. This process can take up to three months.


Focus on your media projects with professional logistics and scientific consult

As a scientific marine field station in the heart of Bazaruto Archipelago National Park, BCSS has a solid background in scientific organisation and documentary filming logistics – making sure all logistics are in place so you can work on your media project without a worry. Our logistical support runs from local guides and scientific knowledge to location scouting and a know-how on how to work with animals.  BCSS has helped with produced work for National Geographic, the BBC, Netflix, TVE and Mozambican National TV, among others.

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