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Inhaca Island is just a stone's throw away from Portuguese Island, an uninhabited island where cruise ships dock! Welcome to Inhaca Island! Located 40km off the Maputo coast line, an inlet of the Indian Ocean at the mouth to Maputo Bay (formerly known as Delagoa Bay). Dive Inhaca's coral reefs, explore underwater caves or go wreck diving!
There are just so many things to do on Inhaca Island - it's the perfect year round holiday destination with a good range of accommodation, activities and areas to explore. If you are looking for an island holiday then Inhaca has it all. Access to the island is via a two to three hours boat or ferry trip or a very short chartered flight from Maputo.
The island has a number of inland villages and fishing villages close to the shores where the local woman harvest oysters and crabs on the low tide and where the local fishermen ready their nets and launch their boats for a day's fishing.
Inhaca offers travellers the opportunity to try out a variety of water sports such as kayaking, and water skiing; big game fishing is also a popular attraction but Inhaca is famed mostly for its diving and snorkelling opportunities.
For families the pristine white beaches and abundant rock pools (accessible at low tide) offer great family fun where picnics and sunset cruises make the most of a family day out.
A popular destination for eco-tourists and researches, Inhaca's wide variety of habitats which include woodlands, evergreen forests, grass plains and freshwater swamps are home to a wide variety of birds such as the Trumpeter Hornbill, Golden Rumped Tinkerbird and Brimstone Canary. The marine habitats such as mud and sand flats and mangrove swamps are home to the Greater Flamingo, Pink Backed Pelicans, Grey Herons and the rare Mangrove Kingfisher.
For avid divers Inhaca's crystal clear water offers unsurpassed diving and snorkelling. The Coral Gardens (Barreira Vermelha) and Hotel Reefs are just a short boat ride away where the waters are shallow and warm and perfect for novice snorkelers and divers – The Coral Gardens comprise of a wall which is approximately 400 metres long and covered in hard and soft coral which attract a multitude of colourful tropical fish such as parrot fish, damsels, bannerfish, trigger fish, octopus and lobsters; with the Hotel Reef being fairly flat and having more sandy patches.
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! Read more about Inhaca Island
More advanced diving sites include Banco de China and the Santa Maria Reef which should only be attempted by experienced divers. Here you will find an astonishing variety of marine life including the majestic Kingfish, turtles, rays, barracuda and painted frog fish to name a few. The Baixo Danae Reef is further out to sea and has a variety of dive sites with caves and crevasses and one having the wrecks of two sunken ships which make for great exploring.
For fishing enthusiasts, you are spoilt for choice. Many of the lodges offer fishing charters with world class fishing spots to choose from where catches include Marlin, Tuna, Barracuda, Dorado and Kingfish.
Other excursions include a visit to the Marine Biology Museum where visitors can learn about the islands marine life and a trip to the Inhaca Lighthouse towards the Northern tip of the island. Portuguese Island is another excursion where by boat you can travel to this uninhabited piece of paradise just 3km from Inhaca Island – here you can enjoy all manner of water sport in the lagoon, go snorkelling or enjoy a picnic lunch.Inhaca Island Accommodation
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Those who are on a tight budget should keep a lookout for this category icon. This type of establishment offers dormitory (shared) bedroom accommodation with other "Backpackers" generally using either single beds or bunk beds with a communal kitchen and shared ablutions.
Meaning the venue has its own bar on-site with staff serving alcohol/non-alcohol beverages and perhaps "pub-grub" included. They may offer satellite TV for bar patrons to follow the latest sporting fixtures live and may also host live music on certain days / evenings.
If an establishment has this icon, this means they either include breakfast in their rates or offer the opportunity for you to choose to include breakfast during your stay which is usually served to guests in an on-site breakfast room dinette or restaurant. Some B&B's offer basic / light (continental) breakfasts, Full English breakfasts or buffet style breakfast options.
Either they offer camping grounds for you to pitch your own tent if on a tight budget and / or they have their own pre-setup tents for you to camp in, some offering private facilities (aka "Glamping") within their tents such as beds, a fridge, sofa and bathroom.
This means the establishment has a dedicated hall room specially arranged and equipped with most facilities to host important business meetings, teambuilding events or any other occasion alike.
Goes without saying. Any establishment marked with this icon and listed under this category offers facilities for those who have reduced mobility. They may have basic facilities for these conditions or advanced. Kindly enquire with them directly for more information and/or specific requirements you may need.
These are dive centres who are a team of qualified dive instructors (PADI which means Professional Association of Diving Instructors) offering SCUBA diving lessons for clients and excursions to some of the best dive sites in the region for an unforgettable underwater adventure.
Environmentally friendly establishments built by local communities using naturally sourced / non-toxic materials with the objective of protecting the surrounding habitat. These types of lodges range from rustic bush and beach to luxury accommodation. Not only does this movement protect the environment, but it also helps support local families.
This means the associated business offers professional paid-for deep sea fishing charters / outings and excursions for those fishing enthusiasts (and for newbies). They generally have a fully equipped fishing boat and all the fishing gear ready for clients to bait up and cast a line. Their expertize, knowledge and experience will reward you with some of the best fishing spots for an action packed deep sea fishing experience.
If you're looking to invest or buy property in Mozambique, keep an eye out for this category for the latest in the property market.
Full Board means breakfast, lunch and dinner (also known as "All Inclusive"). If a venue is listed under this category, then they either offer guests the choice of a full board meal plan during their stay or their rates by default include full board meals. a lot of these establishments will have private personal chefs serving guests top class cuisine.
Because this is a popular search and request amongst many, we have created this specific category for exactly that - group accommodation which is very much the same as our Holiday Homes category. These are establishments that can cater and accommodate for large groups of 8 people and up in the same house / unit offering most self catering facilities as if you are "home away from home".
Similar to a typical B&B, a Guest House is usually a private house offering very few accommodation units all within the main building structure (or some seperately). Some serve home cooked meals within their in-house dining room specially catered to seat all their guests and offer a lounge area where fellow travellers can interact, socialize and share stories.
This type of accommodation is usually ideal for large groups of people going on holiday being a "home away from home" with numerous bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen for your self catering needs, lounge, toilets, braai/BBQ area, some with a swimming pool and some offering exclusive privacy.
Very self-explanatory. A venue will be listed under this category if they offer a specific luxury, private honeymoon suite or because our admin has "hand-picked" the establishment to be perfect for such an occasion based on their location and facilities offered. However, you are the best judge when it comes to planning that special getaway with your loved one anyway. Pssst ... and it doesn't have to be expensive either to enjoy, right?!
A hotel is generally a large premises that can accommodate a large amount of guests in many adjacent rooms grading from standard 2 sleeper units to "executive" luxury suites offering more in-room space and facilities. They generally have a restaurant and bar on-site for all day meals and drinks (quite often offered on a buffet dining basis). Other on-site facilities may include a swimming pool, gym, spa, in/outdoor entertainment area for kids, a conference / wedding room for meetings / ceremonies and a small shop.
This indicates that the establishment has a small / large restaurant on-site for their guests (they may also accept walk-ins for non-guests) or they have on-board catering staff serving guests in their own private space or in a designated dining area.
This type of establishment offers guests facilities required to cater / cook on their own terms whether it be within a holiday home for example or on communal grounds.
This means the establishment has spa facilities and services offered to guests who are looking for personal treatments during their vacation.
These business services can range from swimming with dolphins, horse riding, city tours, boat tours, island tours, dhow tours to game drives and more. You'll have to click on their advert to find out more and what they have to offer.
This means, the venue has all the on-site facilities and catering services to host large or small weddings and ceremonies. Depending on the size of the wedding, some may have enough units to accommodate all wedding guests.