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Welcome to another one of Mozambique's hidden gems, Mossuril and surrounding rustic coastal beach villages of Cabaceira and Chocas Mar. These remote and quiet tropical holiday destinations are only ±43km from the UNESCO world heritage site of Ilha de Mozambique (Island of Mozambique) with over 500 years of historical monuments, churches and other interesting structures.
Mossuril, Chocas Mar and on the Cabaceira Peninsula blossom with coconut trees and the exotic beaches are known for its beautiful coral, fine white sand and crystal clear turquoise waters where local communities catch fresh fish, shrimp, lobster and king size prawns to sell to resorts, bypassers and to anyone who's taste buds are itching to cook a delicious seafood meal.
Enjoy leisurely mangrove or ocean excursions on a traditional local dhow to Ilha de Mozambique and Sete Paus Island for a reasonable fee with a local guide especially during whale season or kayak up the mangrove estuary on the Southern side of the Cabaceira peninsula where hundreds of Siri Siri plants brighten up the scenery.
Beach walks is another popular activity amongst visitors. Walk amongst beautiful mangroves, through shallow clear waters, discover little beach coves, shells and admire the sights of fishing dhows and islands on the horizon. Full moon beach walks is also a must where some say the landscape is somewhat "eerie" but so stunning at the same time. The tide heights between low and high vary drastically. One can walk up to 600 meters before reaching water during low tide and water levels are right up on the beach during high tide.
To help sustain and support the local community, it would be appreciated if you bring unwanted supplies along such as clothes, toys for kids, medical supplies (bandages, medicine etc), school stationary or anything else you could think of that would put a smile on the communities faces. Every bit counts! Read more about Mossuril Bay
Don't forget to pack some goggles and snorkels before you leave because the crystal clear azure waters and natural tidal pools are perfect for snorkeling and spotting various species of marine life. A must do activity in the area!
You can't visit Mossuril Bay without witnessing one of the oldest European structures in the Southern hemisphere with beautiful architecture located isolated amongst mangroves in Cabaceira village, called Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Church of our Lady of Remedies) which was erected over 400 years ago in 1579 by Pedro de Castro - a once Captain-General of Sofala and Mozambique. The church is still used today!
Other historical structures to admire is the old Govenor's summer palace and the watering well of Vasco da Gama near Cabaceira Village.
If you happen to be around in August, you can partake in the annual End of the Road Festival (Festival Fim do Caminho) which is held in Ilha de Mozambique, Nampula & Mossuril. This is a festival of film and literature including literary events, film screenings, masterclass film workshops to name a few.
If you are on a self catering based holiday plan but would still like to treat yourself with fine Mozambican cuisine, then head North up the East coast of the Cabaceira Peninsula to the upmarket Seven Restaurante & Bar in Chocas Village where one can indulge in top class chef-style seafood dishes including lobster, king size prawns, crab, calamari, fish, pizzas, curries, cakes and more - all beautifully plated!
The locations of Mossuril, Cabaceira Village & Chocas Mar are highly recommended holiday destinations with numerous exciting activities to do, attractions, bays and beautiful beaches to endlessly explore nearby especially if you have a vehicle to travel beyond.Mossuril Bay Accommodation
Step back in time to the 1400's where it was once an Arab port and boat building hub, and where later Vasco da Gama visited. Welcome to Ilha de Mozambique (Island of Mozambique) just off the shores of Nkala - a UNESCO world heritage site ...View Details
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Imagine an unspoilt island within a Marine National Park, deserted beaches of pure white sand that extend for miles, sparkling turquoise seas criss-crossed by local dhows plying their trade, sunny days and star-studded nights. This is the enchanting island escape you always imagined ...View Accommodation
For better understanding, we have put together a brief summary guide of what each category means and to also give you an idea of what each associated icon refers to when you see them on listings & adverts.
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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.