Where to stay in Inhaca Island, Mozambique

Inhaca Island, also known as Ilha da Inhaca in Portuguese is a subtropical paradise island just off the capital city Maputo. There is a wide array of accommodation on Inhaca to choose from and they are situated along the western and south western coastline. The island is flanked by protected coral reefs that allow exceptional snorkeling and marine activities. Most of the island has been declared a marine reserve.

The island is roughly 12km by 7km square and is a must-see destination for ecotourists and researchers because of its biodiversity. There are good examples of semi preserved sub-tropical evergreen forest, extensive mangroves and two inland swamps. With over 300 recorded bird species it is a birders paradise.

Villa Martins

Villa Martins

Villa Martins is the perfect place for a great value Mozambique holiday and experience on Inhaca Island. Very easy to get to from Maputo and the perfect self-drive destination for families and couples from South Africa.
Nahyeeni Lodge Inhaca Island

Nahyeeni Lodge Inhaca Island

Nahyeeni Lodge offers sublime accommodation for up to 13 guests in a thatched main house and two thatched cottages in the indigenous garden. Enjoy panoramic views of Portuguese Island and the Bay of Maputo while you sip cocktails around the swimming pool while staff light the braai.

Getting to Inhaca Island

There is a daily ferry that docks at the recently refurbished Inhaca Pier which allows for easy access. Most of our guests opt for a quick 20-minute speedboat transfer to lodges like Villa Martins. These are organized by the hotels on a private basis.

For those with time constraints charter flights to the island can be arranged from Maputo International Airport with Mozambique Travel.

Activities on Inhaca Island

One of the most popular excursions is a day trip to Portuguese Island from Inhaca. Expect miles of uninhabited sand spits at low tide and exceptional snorkeling on the reefs surrounding the island.

Inhaca is the ideal destination for guests wanting to scuba dive or snorkel the rich reefs nearby. This is easily arranged from your hotel. There are some great easy hiking trails including one to Inhaca lighthouse – and deep-sea fishing is in a class of its own.