We had an amazing 2 week vacation in Mozambique with our friends Heather, Donovan and Monica. We hopped on a direct 4 hour flight from Luanda to Maputo with LAM – Mozambique Airlines, rented a 4×4 and headed the northern province of Inhambane (about 450km north of Maputo). We stayed in self-catering cottages in 3 different beach towns and had plenty of time for relaxing, swimming, snorkelling, etc.
Our first stop was at Tofinho beach on a small peninsula where surfing, diving and snorkelling are the main activities. Tofinho best known for its large population of juvenile male whale shark. Many diving companies have “Ocean Safaris” where they go out specifically looking for whale shark and you get to jump in and swim around with them. We went out and were not lucky enough to see any. However, Heather and Donovan persisted and on a second trip out they swam with 2-7 meter long whale shark and 2 manta rays. Damn…we missed it! Tofinho had a nice little village with a market and a couple of bars and restaurants. It was good fun!
The next part of our trip was spent in the town of Vilankulos (roughly 250km north of Tofinho) which is a jumping off point to the Bazaruto Archipelago. There are 5 main islands and again the area is known for its spectacular beaches, diving and snorkelling. We took a couple of boat trips out around the islands and did some snorkelling ourselves. There was incredible visibility and there are many coastal reefs which allowed us to see some awesome fish and coral. We also encountered a family of dolphins and a couple of sea turtles along the way. We were really wishing we had an underwater camera in order to capture some of the cool things we say. Next time!
Our third stop was at Barra beach, back down near Tofinho where we started out. There we met up with a few more co-workers from Luanda and spent our final days relaxing, getting a massage, and chillin out. Finally, we headed back to Maputo for a couple of days of shopping and, well shopping! Maputo has much more to offer in terms of shopping, groceries, etc so we all stocked up on things we can’t get in Luanda (or are just too damn expensive).
All in all, another great holiday here in Africa. I hope you enjoy the pictures!!! Beijinhos a todos.