Top Things to do in Vilanculos

There is truly nothing better than seaside village getaway because more often than not islands, snorkling, sunning and boating await. For the small town of Vilanculos in Mozambique, it’s no different and there’s a wealth of water and land activities to enjoy while visiting. Some of my favorites include:

Standup paddle boarding

If you know how, rent a board from Mark’s Kite Surfing centre and savor a tranquil paddle out on flat turquoise ocean. If you’re a newbie, their instructors will show you how it’s done and advise on the best time of day when it’s less windy ( which will differ with each season). Once you’ve engaged your core and got the hang of standing up; you’ll be addicted!

Visit kitesurfingcentre.com  to book your SUPPing lesson.

Learn how to Kitesurf

So on those windy days when SUPPing is not the best option, kitesurfing is. This is definitely a trickier water sport to master but I recommend everyone try it at least once. And if you’re going to try it, it may as well be in the paradise of Vilanculos. Mark and his team have been doing this and teaching for year so you’re in the best possible hands.

Book your lesson with kitesurfingcentre.com

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Yoga

Once you arrive in Vilanculos, you’ll realize that there is no better place to slow down and focus on your body, mind and soul and give them all a break (and a stretch). While there, I signed up for group yoga classes at Bahia Mar hotel. Aside from their aerobics, anti-gravitational training and yoga, they also boast a world-class spa and offer fitness retreats over a few days. Wellness begins here…

Visit Bahia Mar Club  for more info.

Diving

When you’re ready, it’s time to explore beneath the aqua-marine ocean surface. If you have your underwater certificate you’re all set to go, else you can get certified here…with warm temperatures and great visibility ( depending on the day and season), there’s no better place to learn and spot devil rays, garden eels and maybe even a dugong.

Visit Odysseadive.com  to get certified while in Vilanculos.

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Snorkeling

Not as keen to go to great depths, but want to discover the magnificent marine life here? Rent snorkels, goggles and fins with Odyssea Dive and head out by boat to the two mile reef where turtles, fish and all manner of marine life awaits.

Get snorkeling odysseadive.com

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Dhow cruises

You really can’t visit Mozambique, especially this part of it and and not experience the iconic Dhow- a boat used throughout the arabic african trade routes and as a main fishing vessel for locals. Sailaway Safaris offers camping safaris and sunset safaris ( including drinks and snacks), so don’t miss out on exploring the islands and ocean in this way.

Visit sailaway.co.za  for more info.

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Top 10 Activities in Inhambane.

This attractive city (and province) in Mozambique has a whole lot of heart. Not only does it offer some wonderful history, marine life and vibrant eateries but it is blessed with some glorious beaches, picture-perfect scenery and wonderful adventures for all to enjoy.

Here are some of the top activities to experience in Inhambane:

#1 Snorkel at Two Mile Reef

If you are a snorkeling enthusiast, you will adore Two Mile Reef. It’s rated by some as one of East Africa’s best snorkeling areas and, with schools of fish, frolicking humpback whales (usually visible around August) and the occasional hawksbill turtle, it’s not hard to see why it’s so well-loved… So go on, dive on in!

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Website: www.inspirock.com

Address: Two Mile Reef, Bazaruto Island, Inhambane Province, Mozambique

#2 Catch a tan on Barra Beach

This pristine beach is the place to go for some quality relaxation and, above all, to escape from the madding crowd.

You can swim in deliciously clear waters, go for a night swim with fluorescent sea critters or simply kick back and relax (preferably with a book), as you soak up the surrounds. Nearby local stalls offer handy drinks and snacks for sale.

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Website: www.inspirock.com

Address: Barra Beach, Inhambane Province, Mozambique

#3 Travel to Praia do Tofo 

The charming town, Tofo, is well worth visiting when you visit Inhambane province and, in that same vein, you should definitely try visit Tofo beach.

This vast, beautiful beach offers plenty of fun and hives of activity, thanks to local stalls, amazing nature (including some epic marine life, like sharks, dolphins and humpbacks), surfing and swimming too!

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Address: Praia do Tofo, Tofo, Mozambique

#4 Discover Machilla Magic curios

No holiday or stay in Mozambique is complete without doing some gift or curio shopping – and in Machilla Magic, visitors find a truly special place to indulge their shopping needs.

Browse all kinds of goods – like locally made African furniture and keepsakes from across the country – and take home some gems at affordable rates, which support local communities. It is located in the small fishing town of Macunhe, so make a day of it and enjoy a fun drive there and back again.

Contact: +258 82 393 3428

Website: www.machillamagic.com

Address: Machilla Magic Gallery, 19 de Outubro, Mahaque, Vilanculos, Mozambique

#5 Gain insight into the Marine Megafauna Foundation

Marine Megafauna Foundation (or MMF) works hand-in-hand with popular local diving company, Peri-Peri, to conserve the marine life.

During your visit to Mozambique, experience an insightful lecture, support the research through donations or head on a fun diving trip with Peri-Peri.

Contact: info@marinemegafauna.org

Website: www.marinemegafauna.org

Address: MMF, Baia Sonambula, Praia Tofo, Mozambique

#6 Take a boat to Maxixe 

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The largest city in Inhambane province, Maxixe, is a great place to explore. To get to the city, you can easily catch a dhow boat across the bay; locals offer ‘dhow transport services for tourists, making this a relatively accessible and easy travel option.

Once across, take time to explore the city, enjoy its beautiful beaches and then, when it’s time to go home, embark on a fun ferry ride back to Inhambane town.

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Website: www.accommodationmozambique.co.za

Address: Maxixe, Inhambane Province Mozambique

#7 Savour seafood at Bistro Pescador

No visit to Mozambique is complete without sampling some fine seafood offerings.

At Bistro Pescador,because they boast an array of seafood-orientated dishes, visitors can dine on seafood platters, prawn curry (with rice) and mouth-watering crayfish to their heart’s content. Head here for a relaxed, yet wholesome seafood meal.

Contact: +258 84 251 0911

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Address: Bistro Pescador, Inhambane, Mozambique

#8 Check out Vasco da Gama’s statue

Inhambane had a special place in the heart of famed Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama, who arrived here in 1498 and now, to this day, his statue proudly watches over the town.

The statue is worth a visit, as it’s found quite nearby to the regional museum, and is its own take on ‘art through history’.

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Website: afrotourism.com

Address: Inhambane, Mozambique

#9 Explore the Museu Regional Inhambane

This regional museum is one for the history buffs and culture vultures among us… Here, visitors can view a range of diverse exhibits and artefacts, many of which detail Inhambane’s history, dating as far back as its pre-colonial era.

For your history fix, browse farming implements, worship totems, instruments of war and much more at Museu Regional Imhambane.

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Website: afrotourism.com

Address: Museu Regional Imhambane, Avenida de Vigilancia, Inhambane, Mozambique

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#10 Grab a meal at Branko’s

Last but certainly not least, we have Branko’s: a casual shack-style eatery that offers arguably the best mix of food in Inhambane province.

And, because it’s situated behind the local central market, it allows visitors to experience a healthy blend of bustling, local life, as they tuck into an assortment of drool-worthy pizzas, meat and seafood dishes.

Contact: +258 84 066 6470

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Address: Branko’s, Tofo Beach, Inhambane Province, Mozambique

These are some of the best experiences and activities to enjoy in Inhambane!