10 Beach Holidays for Every Kind of Traveller

Mozambique Beaches

1. For the Conservationist – Vamizi Island

Vamizi Island is big on conservation and the preservation of the marine and island wildlife. Fly to the Quirimbas Archipelago and learn more how the community monitors turtle populations and manages the surrounding marine sanctuary. This could be the most meaningful Mozambique island holiday you have ever experienced. Vamizi is ideally situated in specific sea currents which contain huge reserves of minute plankton, a major food source for most species living within this complex coral reef system. Divers should look out for huge groups of Giant Potato Cod, Grey Reef Sharks, Snapper, Batfish, Turtles, Barracuda and more. Dive sites such as Neptune’s Arm, Fraggle Rock and Skunk Alley suit both beginners and experienced divers.

2. For the Camping Expert – Ibo Island Dhow Safaris 

Ibo Island dhow safaris It is all about snorkelling off deserted white sandbanks into clear blue seas then camping overnight on secluded Quirimbas beaches eating fresh seafood on the fire. Yes, Ibo Island Lodge is the only Mozambique island holiday resort offering fully tailor made Mozambique Dhow Safaris into the Quirimbas Archipelago. Look out for indigenous fishermen drying their sardines on the sands,  whales frolicking in the lake-like ocean and turtles digging out a sandy nest.

You will be under the eye of an expert professional guide and local crew who will erect tents, arrange the food in an elegant picnic and ensure you are left alone in a discreet manner. Go for the standard recommended minimum itinerary of four nights island hopping by dhow or kayak and three nights at Ibo Island Lodge – but you are free to tailor make your perfect adventure and include some diving and snorkelling too.

3. For the Party Animals – Maputo 

If you are looking for a trendy place for a weekend break, fly into the capital city of Mozambique, Maputo. All travellers love its diverse accommodation, cosmopolitan vibes and stunning setting of harbour and beaches. The architecture is a wonderful blend of Arab, French, Oriental, Portuguese and African, as well as fashionable Art Deco. Meet people gathering to eat great food in diverse restaurants, and to unwind in great nightclubs after long working days. Maputo is a place of music, dancing and great seafood. People are friendly and most places are safe. From exclusive hotels and restaurants to the more lowly, local and very real eating places, this is the place to be for fun and great tastes.

4. For Lovers of Sailing and Water Sports – Bazaruto Archipelago 

Benguerra Island floats in the Bazaruto Archipelago like a diamond in the sun. Go and see for yourself an authentic Mozambique lifestyle with plenty of luxury thrown in. You can relax in your private villa at the edge of the sea or get out and scuba dive, walk, snorkel or enjoy ocean safaris to see dolphins and whales. The island is part of the Marine National Park which makes it a diver’s dream destination -offshore coral reefs, inshore sea grass beds, large stocks of pelagic fish and long stretches of pristine sandy beaches. Dolphins come regularly to the beach and whales migrate seasonally past these shores.

Go snorkelling to see underwater sights that take your breath away. Helicopter flips to overnight dhow safaris and ocean safaris to dive with the dolphins. The best way to get around between islands is by motorised boat or traditional sailing dhow – and island hopping safaris are now a popular way to get to see more than one island in this splendid Bazaruto Archipelago.

5. For those who are exhausted – Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa 

For a very laid back, chilled Mozambique hotel, look for the Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort on Bazaruto Island. Book a chic island style room and enjoy swish island style cuisine – far from predictable, your holiday in the Bazaruto Archipelago will be so remarkable that you will never want to leave this paradise!

Think hammocks swinging in the breeze, cocktails served around the lovely pool area and a deep tissue massage at the spa while the ocean view dominates your vision. All of this enriched by the genuine smiles of the staff, the genuine dedication to good service that is Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort and Spa.

The beach is pristine – leave only your footprints as you stroll daily along white sands, picking up shells and forgetting what happened yesterday. Tons of fresh air and sunlight spark that appetite so be ready to indulge in pancakes for breakfast, fresh salads for lunch from the hotel’s own garden, and seafood to die for in the starry evenings.

6. For Bird Lovers – Ibo Island Lodge 

Ibo Island is not just any island – it is a floristic wonderland where all kinds of birds come to play, breed and feed. The headquarters of the Quirimbas National Park, surrounded by the Indian Ocean, find the isle in front of one of Africa’s largest mangrove forests. So, whether you are a dedicated ornithologist or an amateur bird-watcher, you will marvel at the wealth of beautiful, and often rare, birds in Mozambique.

Explore the wooded areas on Ibo and get there when the tides are coming in or going out. The lush, low-lying ocean mangrove forests are a special adventure for ardent bird-watchers. Settle in quietly at sunset when hundreds of birds fly in to roost – what an impressive sight! More than 700 different bird species, 10 of these being threatened, have made their home on Ibo. Goliath Herons, Fish Eagles, Egrets, Flamingo’s and Pelicans are all regular visitors and the tropical gardens at the lodge support a large range of Sunbirds, Wood peckers and the beautiful lilac breasted Roller. Trained guides teach you about every little Ibo flitter and flutter.

7. For Culture – Ilha de Mozambique 

Your holiday on Ilha de Mozambique, an historical island and famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, guarantees unforgettable experiences. Discover numerous relics of its ancient past. Book an awesome accommodation special package and spend your holiday exploring ancient ruins, taking a traditional dhow cruise out to sea and watching local people go about their daily business.

Ilha de Mozambique is famous for its Stone Town and Fort São Sebastião, a reminder of an interesting past. Originally the capital of Mozambique, for 400 years, before the Portuguese decided to make their capital Lourenco Marques (now called Maputo) this island is a unique blend of cultural times gone by and breath-taking beauty. Book a few days at the unique Hotel Escondidinho, a renovated 19th century house – once a trading house where slaves were housed.

Or the house of Terraco das Quitandas which is more than 300 years old, located in the heart of the island’s Stone Town. This gracious old colonial building dates back to a rich past of Portuguese, African and Arab influences. It was once home to many different merchants and traders, followed by Portuguese rulers and oozes with history and authenticity.

8. For Furious Fitness Freaks – Tofo 

From scuba diving and surfing, snorkelling and deep sea fishing, Tofo offers perfect outdoor activity for those who love moving. Horse riding, bird watching, quad biking and dhow cruises are also fantastic fun on beaches and sand tracks around the region.

Explore some 15 pristine dive sites which are part of a renowned coral reef, one being Manta Reef. Come between October and February and catch a gigantic Black Marlin trophy. Catch a ride with big game fishermen to see how they do it. You may see Humpback whales breaching while out at sea and can also try your hand at sea and lagoon kayaking, kitesurfing, windsurfing, surfing / bodyboarding, parasailing and jet-skiing. Afterwards, book your dhow cruise to Inhambane and see Tofo from a different angle completely.

9. For the romantic – Massinga Beach Lodge 

Mozambique is the quintessential honeymoon hideaway, surrounded by aquamarine waters, beautiful beaches, tropical forests and fresh water lakes.  For here you will find luxury island resorts and hotel accommodation, sunny skies, moonlit walks and candlelit dinners on a beach stretching for miles. At Massinga Beach Lodge couples are treated like royalty and respond well to five-star service, the huge lobsters grilled to perfection, the secluded beaches. Stay for longer in an Ocean View Villa complete with phenomenal views, beautiful decor, crisp white linen on comfy beds, rain showers and free standing baths. The private deck and plunge pool promote relaxation and romance.

Massinga Beach Lodge

Enjoy special meals served to you on your deck – or enjoy the elevated restaurant and bar. Cuisine at Massinga includes fresh seafood and other delicious dishes. A real hit with honeymooners are the private beach picnics – choose a secluded spot, sip a glass of bubbly and enjoy a swim in the warm Indian Ocean.

10. For Anglers and Scuba Divers – Machangulo Beach Lodge 

High tide at Machangulo is a wild time of natural energies and surging waters. Fishermen love the deep channels here and all kinds of fishing are on offer. Guided offshore and channel fishing will teach anglers new tricks while rock and surf fishing is up to you although you can request a guide. This is great fly fishing territory and the lodge can assist with tackle and setting up. Fishing, like some of the other activities, is dependent on the weather and tides. Machangulo Beach Lodge uses two modern and safe powerboats designed for diving and fishing.

Diving is very rewarding at this lodge, the estuary and sea coming in to create a unique setting. Within the marine reserves lie some excellent visuals of protected marine species that create that ideal and sublime diving experience. The lodge offers courses for novice divers and some wonderful shipwreck sites for those in the know. The PADI instructor is one of the first Mozambicans to ever attain his Instructor Level with PADI!

We have mentioned 10 different beach holidays for all kinds of travellers. Mozambique has it all. We could go on until we reach 100 so allow this sample to whet your appetite to travel into Mozambique for your next holiday.

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7 Great Excuses to Holiday in Inhambane

Castelo do Mar

Inhambane – beach destination and soulful sanctuary. Mozambique’s stunning coastal paradise for honeymoons, families, couple’s breaks and business meetings. Who needs an excuse to holiday in Inhambane when it seems the only place to go next summer? Check out these 7 great excuses to holiday in Inhambane and don’t feel bad about wanting to book your plane tickets today:

Blue Footprints Eco Lodge

Time for a perfectly romantic and relaxing getaway at this fantastic beach lodge in a fabulous and peaceful setting. Wake up to see whales playing in the ocean and fall asleep with the sky brimming with stars and the sounds of the waves lulling you into dreamland. Enjoy perfect and personal service and food that is delightfully plentiful and delicious. Staying at this eco-lodge is a welcome bonus and the fish and seafood are caught in a sustainable way. You will agree that once you have experienced Blue Footprints Eco Lodge you have arrived.  You won’t find anywhere better around the popular Tofo and Barra beaches. Stunning accommodation with breath-taking ocean views and spectacular dives to see the gentle Whale sharks.

Barra Beach Club

You will love your stay at this Inhambane hotel where large clean rooms offer great comfy beds and other facilities.  Step out onto the pristine beach close to your suite and the ocean water can only be described as superb. Make an excuse to visit Barra Beach Club soon where friendly staff and great cuisine entice travellers to return for more fun in the sun. Air conditioning and mosquito netting, great swimming pool on the property and a second pool at the bar next door where cocktails and light lunches are served daily. Take part in the many activities – quad biking, catamaran sailing with a guide and dive boats offering ocean safaris from Tofu. Set off on a boat cruise to find Whale sharks and Manta rays then swim with them for an unforgettable memory.  What a wonderful experience.

Castelo Do Mar

Now here is an Inhambane destination and experience well above expectation. Here at Castelo do Mar the rooms are great, the food is delicious and the water activities stimulating to say the least. The most romantic sunsets and amazing tranquility as the waves gently lap the shore. This Inhambane holiday retreat is a must for couples who wish for a romantic getaway and a pleasant surprise. Try the new sea front rooms, right on the beach with lovely private balconies, air conditioning, en suite bathrooms and modern features. Tuck into outstanding fish dishes and set off on an idyllic Pansy Island tour or the sunset cruise.  A beautiful find off the beaten track, with lovely views and beach walks in all directions.

Guinjata Dive Centre

It is the people of Guinjata Dive Centre who make your holiday in Inhambane so worthwhile – excellent service, warm smiles and so very helpful. Go and have a great time in a special dive region and even if you have tried it, go again – it is always great to re-dive sites and to compare your experiences and sightings. This part of the coast is fantastic for diving and the great staff at Guinjata will make your experience even more amazing. Briefings are so detailed to the extent that when you’re in the water you can remember where you are under the water and what to look out for. The dive-masters show you the most amazing sights, their passion tangible. This will be one of your best diving experiences ever and you can make great excuses to holiday in Inhambane forever after. You meet as a client but leave as part of the family…

Walkonwater 

Visiting Walkonwater is something you simply have to experience for here you do everything associated with water. When you have tried kayaking, snorkelling, some awesome surf lessons and a boat trip to Pansy island, it is time for something completely different. This great team boasts informative guides, offers great value for money and is a safe and fun place for children. When you try the snorkelling with Walkonwater you get to see lots of interesting marine life including lovely sea horses. Get a few good photos in this great introduction to the underwater world. You can also go kayaking through the mangrove swamps to view loads of bird species including Kingfishers and Parrots.  Go for the exciting other water excursions such as surfing and jet skiing.

The Green Turtle Restaurant

You will continue to dream about the wonderfully inventive fresh seafood you will be served at this small restaurant located right on Barra Beach for days after your meal there. Fresh clams, fresh crab salads, Barracuda steaks, succulent octopus – all outstanding and the menu is written on a blackboard, changing daily according to availability of fresh produce. Even the desserts, especially the coconut ice cream, are sublime at this foody heaven. For an amazing dining experience head for The Green Turtle in Inhambane and you will find top class food in a fabulous setting – on a gorgeous stretch of white beach near Tofo beach.  The restaurant specialises in fresh, local seafood so tuck into a tasty crab and avocado salad for a starter.  Enjoy a glass of chilled coconut water with your meal then make an excuse to return again one summer.

Snorkelling at Massinga Beach Lodge

While Massinga Beach is the perfect “put your feet up” destination, the beach and surf cannot be bettered so choose to do as little or as much as you want to. Go snorkelling for hours off the beach in the rocks or experience an exhilarating scuba dive on the surrounding reefs frequented by Manta Rays, Whale Sharks, giant sea turtles and game fish. This area offers some of the best whale shark diving in the world. Yes, Massinga Beach Lodge is simply a little piece of Eden where warm staff have created a recipe for decadent indulgence. Enjoy attention to detail, stunning decor and gentle snorkelling at Fingers.  Indulge in fresh coconuts every day and swim it off in great waves or walk along endless beaches – what a beach holiday should be all about!

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Best Mozambique Holiday and Tour Ideas for 2017

Just-in-Time-sunset

The year is about the end and 2017 is around the corner. Soon, Christmas bells will be ringing and your plans for a holiday will have to wait until after the January rush. We can offer you great package deals this Christmas and January, moving into the rest of next  year – if you book now, with one of our professional consultants. We know all there is to know about Mozambique and we have the best holiday and tour ideas for you, for 2017!

Diamonds for Sale

Starting with this Festive Season, head to Pemba and the all new Diamonds Mequfi Hotel on the beachfront. No extra charge for your Xmas Lunch and New Year’s dinner when you choose the beautiful Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort for your celebrations. Rooms are filling up quickly, so book this all-inclusive package as soon as possible. Prices valid from 23 December til 7 January 2017.

Your Christmas break includes your return road transfer from Pemba airport, all meals in the Assinatura Restaurant, your Christmas lunch and New Year’s Eve dinner, most drinks, in-room Wi-Fi and mini bar, beach and pool amenities, beach games, a 30-minute windsurfing lesson and a 30-minute Blokart lesson.

Club and Lodge Combo Package Holiday

One of the best ways to enjoy the best of Mozambique while on holiday is to combine two hotels for maximum fun in the sun. Now South African residents can enjoy 3 nights in a Deluxe Lodge Room at Barra Beach Club enjoying sunsets over nearby mangroves, then end this ideal holiday with 4 nights at Massinga Beach Lodge in a luxurious beach chalet with panoramic views of the ocean.

Find Barra Beach Club on a north-facing beach offering calm protected waters and coconut palm lined beaches. Spend 3 nights in a deluxe lodge room at this exclusive and luxurious gem, enjoying sunsets over the nearby mangroves. And you still get return airport transfers, breakfasts and dinners and much more! Barra Beach Club has been designed with guests in mind. Everyone is treated like an individual with personal needs and tastes. And we care about your budget too! If you happen to choose the Presidential suite, you are bound to want to return: king size bed, unforgettable ocean views, huge bathroom with deep bath and outside shower, private patio and access to your own bit of stunning beach.

And then you get Massinga Beach Lodge, the perfect “put your feet up” destination where the beach and surf cannot be bettered – do as little or as much as you want to. Or experience an exhilarating scuba dive on the surrounding reefs frequented by Manta Rays, Whale Sharks, giant sea turtles and game fish. This area offers some of the best whale shark diving in the world. Find your little piece of Eden here where staff have created a recipe for decadent indulgence.

Honeymoon Heaven 

If you choose to honeymoon at Massinga, you are in for the perfect romantic experience brimming with seclusion, privacy and luxury. A real hit with honeymooners are the private beach picnics. Select your secluded spot, sip a glass of bubbly and enjoy a swim in the warm Indian Ocean. Enjoy a romantic turndown on your arrival, a private dinner in  your room, a beach picnic and a beach gift.

Great Guludo

We have so many best Mozambique holiday and tour ideas for 2017 and one of these is the wonderful Guludo Beach Lodge. Choose the amazing Stay Pay deal where you bank on seclusion and stunning natural beauty/ makes Guludo Beach Lodge is the ultimate destination for guests who want a paradise island break not overflowing with tourists. Guludo encourages you to stay longer with fantastic free night offers.

Make Time to Relax

On a different level altogether, Just in Time is a delightful holiday venue in Bilene. Because it is your time to experience its unique luxury and hospitality. And rates start at only R500 per night.  Just in Time is just that – a miraculous find that provides a real escape from life’s commercialism and materialism. Find it on the shores of Lake Uembje, only 12 km from Bilene, a small resort surrounded by lush gardens and tall palm trees.

Take a short walk from your room to the famous Bilene Coconut Bar right on the beach and meet the locals. Choose your log cabin and enjoy great facilities including air conditioning, fully equipped kitchen, all necessary linen, lockable safe and outside braai and patio area. There are also 2 campsites under shady trees with great ablutions. There is plenty to do at Just in Time on the lake in Bilene. Try quad biking, biking and go karting but obey all safety and noise rules. Try boating and fishing and of course, swimming and all non-motorised water sports.