Inhaca Island FAQ, Mozambique

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Inhaca Island FAQ

Frequently asked questions about Inhaca Island in Mozambique

  • Is there a petrol station in Inhaca Island?

    No, but there are petrol stations close by in Maputo, which is about about 35km from Inhaca Island.

    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 Inhaca Island?

    No, You can drive a normal sedan car to Maputo Bay, but you will have to take a ferry to get to Inhaca Island.

    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 Inhaca Island?

    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 Inhaca Island?

    No, only Major towns in Mozambique have Banks and ATMS. Maputo been the largest city in Mozambique has all the banks and ATM's you need. Draw money before you head off to Inhaca Island.

    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 Inhaca Island?

    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 Inhaca Island?

    No, but there are Supermarkets and Shopping Centres nearby in Maputo. Do all the neccesary shopping in Maputo before heading off to Inhaca Island

    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 Inhaca Island 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.


Snorkeling in the 'Coral Gardens': Only a short boat trip with snorkels and Goggles will take you to an amazing shallow coral reef called the Coral Gardens or Barreira Vermelha. Staghorn Coral, Brain Coral, Plate Coral and more, give home to a large variety of tropical fish!

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