Mozambique is an emerging tourist destination – a diamond in the rough that is quickly polished to a sunny brilliance, attracting tourists from all over the world. Divers love it for its world-class diving. Beach lovers love it for its pristine beaches. Backpackers love it for the hostels and accommodations on the beaches. Lovers of luxury love the privacy and the luxurious, idyllic lodges and resorts.
Travelers who enjoy activities such as diving, water sports and adventure travel are always hungry for new places to explore and conquer. In these days of easy travel, it can be a challenge to find new and unique places to please your friends – so maybe Mozambique offers the solution.
Mozambique is a diverse and still developing country and there is no doubt that the spectacular Mozambican coastline is the main reason for its rising popularity. The nearly 2500km of pristine beauty and palm fringed beaches are reached along with the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, along with its lagoons, coral reefs and hundreds of pristine islands. There are plenty of activities other than diving and snorkeling, including sailing, sport fishing, saltwater fly fishing, canoeing, water skiing, jet skiing, and windsurfing.
Mozambique is a former Portuguese colony on the southeast coast of Africa on the Indian Ocean and separated from Madagascar by the Mozambique Channel. Divers can swim with whale sharks, humpback whales, dolphins, manta rays, turtles and dugongs – and the brave can opt for shark encounters. It is also popular with nature lovers and those interested in bird watching and wildlife photography. Please be aware of the environmental issues in the area and the rules and regulations in place to protect and preserve its natural beauty,
When traveling to less developed countries it is always important to remember that medical facilities may be below the standard we are used to. In Mozambique, serious problems may require medical evacuation to South Africa. Therefore, when choosing travel insurance, make sure that medical evacuation by trauma helicopter and emergency repatriation are included. Carefully check the wording of the insurance policy for exclusions or limitations on diving and water sports – especially with regard to liability. There’s no question that any type of insurance has mind-boggling terminology that can be hard to read, so when in doubt, always call to get clarification.
In the unlikely event that the beaches and islands get boring, there are plenty of other activities to explore. Try a dhow cruise or game drive, or browse the colorful markets. Many visitors prefer to stay in the south of the country, close to the capital Maputo, where the roads and transport systems are better and there is access to a wider range of modern facilities. When it comes to nightlife, there is plenty to do with the jazz bars and street cafes or dance the night away to the exciting Mozambican marrabenta rhythms.
Access to funds can be difficult without prior research and planning. Check out the best way to carry currency or access your money in Mozambique. The best times to visit are between May and November, when the climate is a bit cooler and temperatures range from 24-27%u02DAC in coastal areas.
Most visitors and backpackers head north of Maputo to the beautiful beaches and backpacker lodges near Tofo and beyond to places like Vilankulo and the Bazaruto Archipelago. Adventurers or those seeking ultimate privacy and exclusivity may prefer to take the road less traveled and head further north into the country where the scenery becomes even more natural, unspoilt and fewer tourists.
This gem of a country with its dreamy beaches, islands and coral reefs is a place to visit while still relatively undiscovered by mainstream tourism. The locals are friendly and eager to give visitors a big smile and a warm welcome. While you’re packing the snorkel, fins and sunscreen, don’t forget your sunglasses – because so much beauty can be dazzling!