Why We Love Villa Martins

Villa Martins on Inhaca Island is a new kid on the block offering great value for money and easy access from Maputo. The lodge, a secluded haven is nestled on the southernmost tip of the island.

It’s on the beach and just up from the high tide mark with a 60 - minute boat transfer from the Maputo Marina. So, fly or drive into Maputo and you will be on the beach in no time.

With only ten rooms the stay at Villa Martins Inhaca is intimate and it’s the perfect place for couples wanting an easy and affordable Mozambique holiday.

Discover the natural biodiversity and cultural history of the island of Inhaca. Enjoy a great range of activities on offer from snorkelling to deep sea fishing.

Great Value accommodation and experience at Villa Martins on Inhaca Island

Inhaca Island is best described a tropical paradise that’s close to Maputo and really easy to get to. The island offers a magical mix of incredible biodiversity and natural beauty. Villa Martin also offers a wide range of great marine and beach activities including world class snorkelling on the adjoining Portuguese Island, cultural tours to discover the rich history of Inhaca and you can indulge yourself in a boat trip to Santa Maria with some deep-sea fishing along the way. It is the perfect destination for couples or families looking for a tranquil escape to a beach destination easily accessible from Maputo.

If you are thinking of driving from Natal and Kosi Bay border post the new tar road and Catembe bridge makes it an easy journey with little stress. Leave your vehicle at safe parking in Maputo, hop on a speedboat and within 60 minutes you can be sipping your first cocktail from the restaurant overlooking the bay.


Idyllic Ocean views from your beachfront accommodation at Villa Martin

Just 80 meters from the high tide mark means you are literally in paradise whilst sitting on your villa veranda overlooking the Indian Ocean. Watch dhows built to ancient designs a thousand years old sail past in the afternoon breeze and enjoy year-round sightings of large flocks of flamingos. With just ten well-appointed rooms don’t expect crowds, rather personal and intimate service and attention to detail. Six of the rooms are especially equipped for couples wanting privacy. The additional four rooms accommodate two adults and one child comfortably. An additional bed can be provided for smaller children if needed.

All ten rooms at Villa Martins have air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. Drinking water is provided as well as a well-stocked tea and coffee station. Theres a great ala carte restaurant and bar that focusses on local dishes as well as international cuisine. If you don’t fancy a dip in the ocean there’s a beautiful pool to relax around and spend the afternoon chilling.

Activities at Villa Martins Inhaca Island

  • There is world class snorkelling on your doorstep including a number of remarkable house reefs that are easily accessible
  • Sea kayak adventures around the coastline of Inhaca
  • The local culture and history are well worth a tour as part of your stay on Inhaca Island
  • For deep sea fishing enthusiasts this is the place to be. Go search for marlin and tuna on a catch and release basis
  • Whale watching tours in season are not to be missed. From June to October enjoy the annual migration of the humpback whales move to the tropical breeding grounds of the Mozambique Channel
  • Theres also a good chance of seeing dolphins on your whale tours so keep a look out
  • The Portuguese Islands are a mere stone throw away and a great excursion with outstanding snorkelling

Getting to Inhaca and Villa Martins

  • Villa Martins is easily accessed from Maputo and this should be your starting point for your holiday. Its an easy drive from South Africa via Kosi Bay on the new tar road, or from Komatipoort.
  • There are numerous flights into Maputo daily from Johannesburg, a direct flight from Cape Town daily and some weekly international flight arrivals from Europe.
  • The lodge operates one scheduled boat transfer a day that takes between 60 and 80 minutes and allows breathtaking views of the coastline and Maputo Bay.
  • Please note that there is a single scheduled daily boat transfer from Villa Martins and one from Maputo Marina daily. Transfer times are tide dependent and cannot be altered at short notice. So be punctual and don’t miss the boat. Transfer times cannot be altered at short notice.
  • Transfer times are scheduled at the time of reservation. When booking your flights try for morning arrivals to tie in with the scheduled boat transfer to Villa Martins.
  • Private boat or light air transfers to Inhaca can be arranged by Mozambique Travel for an additional cost at the time of booking.
  • Finally, please be aware on arrival at Villa Martins the boat will anchor in shallow water and guests will need to wade ashore in ankle deep water. Assistance can be provided to those who require help disembarking.