Coconut Bay FAQ, Mozambique

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Coconut Bay FAQ

Frequently asked questions about Coconut Bay in Mozambique

  • Is there a petrol station in Coconut Bay?

    No, but there are petrol station close by and en-route like Xai Xai, Quissico, Inharrime and Lindela which is the last Petrol Station before the Jangamo / Coconut Bay turn-off. Make sure you fill your tank in larger towns / cities like Maputo and Xai Xai as the smaller towns may run out of fuel (especially in High Season)

    Keep in mind that it's best to pay for petrol in local currency (Meticais) as it is more expensive to pay for petrol in Rands or Dollars. Petrol is more expensive the further north you travel!

  • Do I need a 4x4 to get to Coconut Bay?

    Yes, a 4x4 is required from the Jangamo. The best route to take with better 4x4 road conditions is 21km North of Jangamo en-route to Inhambane, where you will see sign posts pointing right to Jangamo, Coconut Bay & Coconut Bay.

    We always recommend that you do take a 4x4, because you won't be limited to exploration and you will be able to get around much easier without the possibility of getting stuck.

    Tyres should be deflated to -800 bar to be able to drive on the soft sand.

  • Is it okay to drive at night?

    We advise you not to drive at night.

  • Can I hire a 4x4 in Coconut Bay?

    No, but you can Hire a 4x4 in Maputo.

    Contact Euro Rent / Imperial or Expresso Rent a Car for more information.

  • Are there Banks or ATMS in Coconut Bay?

    No, but you can draw money en-route and towns nearby like Xai Xai, Maxixe and Inhambane.

    Be prepared and draw more than enough money in South Africa to avoid inconveniences. Keep the money in a safe / discreet place.

  • Are there credit card facilities in Coconut Bay?

    You will have to check with the lodge that you are staying at if they have credit card facilities.

    Best to check first to avoid dissapointment.

  • Is there a shopping mall or can I buy groceries in Coconut Bay?

    No, but there are Markets that sell fresh produce, meat and fish in Inhambane. Though we advise that you purchase Fish and other Seafood from the local fisherman in Tofo and not from the Market. Pau (Portugese rolls) and other bread is sold at the local Bakery in Inhambane.

    We also advise that you buy and take your own vacuum packed meat from South Africa for the first night or 2 (if you are going to be self catering) in a cooler box with ice so that you can ground and get to know the area. Check with the Lodge if they sell ice or if they have a freezer to store your meat during your stay.

  • Is Coconut Bay a Malaria area? Do I need to take Malaria Tablets?

    Yes, Mozambique as a whole is a Malaria risk Area / Country. We recommend you take precautions and visit your nearest Doctor (you now need a prescription for Malaria Tablets) to prescribe you with what's recommended.

    Be prepared and take other Prophylactics like Insect Repellent sprays, Mosquito Coils, light long sleeve tops and bottoms to further prevent bites.

Tip:

Mozambicans love clothes and if you have spare clothes (especially board shorts), then remember to take some with you, to trade with!

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