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Pristine beaches, blue waters, great restaurants and nightlife - it doesn't get any better than this! Welcome to Barra. Situated on a peninsula, opposite Inhambane and protected from the often rough seas of the Indian Ocean, Barra has proved to be one of Mozambique's most popular holiday destinations. Boasting pristine white beaches and turquoise blue waters tourism to Barra has increased substantially over the years and the area now offers a wide range of accommodation and activities designed to suit everyone’s budget and taste. Barra sets a solid benchmark as one of Mozambique's top holiday destinations.
With accommodation ranging from comfortable to luxury, Barra’s lodges and self catering accommodation are found dotted along the coastline. These establishments offer not only great accommodation but a variety of bars and restaurants which are famous for their seafood to wine and dine at.
Barra offers some great nightlife too! And a few lodges provide pubs and clubs for those tourists who want to enjoy a night out with some good music and local beers with friends.
The peninsula that Barra is situated on naturally protects the bay from strong currents and rough sea's of the North making the waters on the West side of Barra's peninsula perfectly calm and clear. The local fishermen prize this area and their catches boast the famous Mozambique King and Queen prawns. Inhambane’s harbour has the largest fleet of operational dhows. The bays calm waters attract the dhow boating community and it is a delight to watch these graceful boats sail gently by.
Although the North side of the Peninsula is not as protected from strong currents as the West facing side, the water remains relatively calm and creates excellent conditions for activities such as swimming and snorkelling. Barra’s beautiful coral reefs offer scuba divers many reefs to explore and the great blue ocean is a must for deep sea fishing enthusiasts who can expect excellent big game fishing!
Catches include: Giant Trevally, Kingfish, Bonito, King & Queen Mackeral, Springer and Kawakawa. Sailfishing is popular between the months of April and August and Marlin fishing between September and January.
Thousands of coconut palms thrive in this part of the Inhambane province and line the pristine white beaches and plenty of coconuts can be found scattered around. They make a delicious snack and if you ask kindly, staff at the lodges will crack open the coconuts for you to enjoy!
The locals are very friendly and every so often can be found selling fresh produce such as pau (Portuguese rolls), prawns and fish. If you use your bargaining skills well you can be sure to bag a great deal! The locals also sell paintings, arts and crafts and other various knick knacks so as well as supporting the local folk you have the opportunity to take something home as a special souvenir! Mozambicans love clothes and if you have unused clothes (especially board shorts), then remember to take them with you, they make for great bartering!
Barra is located within the well known diving hotspot of the Manta Coast offering diving enthusiasts the opportunity to explore an array of beautiful reefs close by.
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