Mozambique Beaches: Tap your inner beach bum
Celebs have been seen living in up in majestic Mozambique with AKA, Bonang Mathebe and Trevor Noah being the latest two to jump onto the beach bandwagon. You too can live it up like star minus the enormous price tag by hitting these hot Mozambique beaches…
Tofo beach must be one of the most beautiful in the world with picture-perfect white sand, crystal clear warm water and palm trees. The 8km stretch of sandy beach seems to go on forever as it winds and hugs the shores where the Atlantic Ocean and the southern coast of Mozambique meet. Tofinho, or ‘Little Tofo’ is in the same area so a quieter scene is just a 9 min walk away. Both locations are famous for activities like scuba diving, surfing and backpacking which makes the beach and its location in the Inhambane province perfect for any thrill seeker who doesn’t mind the occasional dose of relaxation.
In the Inhambane Province of Mozambique, Massinga Beach sits above a stretch of endless, remarkably private beach overlooking the Indian Ocean. Far from the crowds and offering barefoot luxury, this beach is perfect for honeymooners who want a quiet romantic retreat. While Massinga is perfectly hidden from the world, there are a range of adventure and activities on offer. Take for example, Finger’s Reef, a perfect spot for snorkeling, swimming and secluded picnics that is a mere 4 km walk away. If you’re a newly wed wanting to get as much time with your partner then this is the place to go.
Ponta do Ouro
In the extreme south of Mozambique, south of Maputo and just north of the border with South Africa lies Ponta do Ouro. The town is famous for its beach, dolphins and deep-sea fishing. While there are other places in the world where you can swim with dolphins, Ponta do Ouro‘s dolphin tours stand out as being more personalised and conservation aware. South Africans also flock to this area for some deep-sea diving and with 8 diving centres both beginners and advanced divers get to enjoy the thrilling experience. Beach walks, drinking, shopping and eating can be added to your list of things to do in the area.
Nestled in the dunes of the gorgeous Mozambican peninsula island of Macaneta, lies Macaneta beach the perfect beach destination for South Africans. With the Nkomati River and the Indian Ocean as its borders, Macaneta is the jewel in the crown of the Maputo province, and for centuries has fulfilled the role of weekend getaway and holiday destination for locals. Macaneta offers pristine beaches, whale watching, game fishing and it is also home to the delicate breeding grounds of the giant leatherback turtle. Bring the family, go backpacking or simply slip away for a romantic retreat.
Pemba, formerly known as Porto Amelia, is a stunning gateway to the Quirimbas Archipelago and Quirimbas National Park. With its relaxed feel and gorgeous architecture, it is no wonder that Pemba is such a popular Mozambique tourist destination. Unlike most areas in Mozambique, Pemba offers modern amenities including an airport, banks and traditional markets. Stunning coral reefs lie close to the shore providing wonderful diving and snorkelling adventures while the Boabab forests that surround the beach are a boon for nature lovers. Because of its ideal location near the Quirimbas National Park, Pemba is perfect for a safari, sun, sea and sand experience that everyone can enjoy.
Vilanculos (venturing to Bazaruto Archipelago)
If you have Bazaruto on your bucket list, Vilanculos should be on the agenda. Whether you’re in pursuit of a beach holiday or a break with lots of activities, the extraordinary mix of friendly people and rustic surroundings that Vilanculos has to offer will captivate you. Scuba diving, backpacking, kitesurfing and wildlife watching are a few of the activities you can try in the area. The best activity though is to go island hopping on the dhows that set out to sea all times of the day.
To experience the best beaches of Mozambique, book with Dana Tours. The only Maputo-based tour operator that offers the best accommodation and packages in Mozambique.
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