Inhambane - Tofo - Barra

Inhambane, lovingly called I’bane by the locals, is Inhambane Province’s charming capital city, located 470 kilometers north of Maputo on one of Mozambique’s most attractive bays, at the mouth of the Matumba River.

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Inhambane Bay is full of bird and marine life, including a small number of dugong. Bird enthusiasts should also keep an eye out for Greater Flamingos on the left when you are travelling into the city center. Incidentally, Inhambane is just 3 kilometers from the coastal town of Maxixe and a ferry connecting the two operates daily from 05.30 a.m. until 9.00 p.m. By road the distance is 60 kilometers. I’bane itself is a scenic town with attractive buildings of Portuguese architecture in refreshingly good condition.

Its estimated 65,000 people are a delightfully laidback mixture of African, Arabian, Indian and European denizens. Alas, most tourists just pass through on their way to see the whale sharks and other fantastic marine life off of the coast of Tofo and Barra.

Welcome to one of Mozambique’s most developed centers of tourism, Tofo Beach. Here you will find a prolific collection of restaurants, cafés, dive centers and lodgings. Mozambique has a coast line of over 2,500 kilometers, so why is Tofo so unique?

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Aside from stunning sandy beaches and dramatic landscapes of black coral rock along Tofinho, the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean off of this spit of land offer much more. Humpback Whales (seasonal) are seen from boats and the shore in large numbers; listen to their songs on dives.

Many reef fish and dolphins, turtles, large schools of game fish, marlin and sailfish are found in Tofo’s waters. A large variety of marine life is found in Tofo as elsewhere all along the coast of Mozambique. Here the main attractions are the megafauna species: the whale shark(Rhincodon typus), and the two manta ray species, the reef manta ray (Manta alfredi) and giant manta ray (M. birostris).

On the Ponta da Barra peninsula with its light house, Farol de Barra, you will find mangrove habitat as well as stunning sandy beaches.

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Barra Beach (Portuguese: Praia da Barra) or simply Barra is a tourist beach in southeastern Mozambique. This holiday settlement lies on the Indian Ocean coast, on the Ponta da Barra peninsula in Inhambane Province, 25 km drive from Inhambane city.

A major Mozambican tourist destination, Barra is home to beach resorts, private vacation homes, restaurants and diving charters.

Snorkeling is popular below the Barra Lighthouse at low tide where there is a natural tidal pool. The wreck of the SS Inharrime, an Italian built cargo ship that ran aground in 1949, lies exposed nearby.

The Barra and Tofo area is one of the global hotspots for divers to see whale sharks, sea turtles and manta rays.