Mozambique is an emerging tourist destination – a diamond in the rough that is quickly being polished to a sunny sparkle, attracting tourists from all over the world. Scuba divers love it for its world-class diving. Beach lovers love it for its pristine beaches. Backpackers love it for its hostels and accommodations on its beaches. Luxury lovers love it for its privacy and upscale, idyllic lodges and resorts.
Travelers who enjoy activities such as scuba 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 challenging to find new and unique places to accommodate your buddies – so perhaps 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. Its nearly 2,500km (1,550 miles) of pristine beauty and palm-fringed beaches are greeted by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, along with its lagoons, coral reefs and hundreds of pristine islands. In addition to scuba diving and snorkeling, there are a host of other activities including sailing, sport fishing, salt water fly fishing, canoeing, water skiing, jet skiing and windsurfing.
Mozambique is a former Portuguese colony on the southeastern 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 nature photography. Learn about the area’s environmental concerns and the rules and regulations in place to protect and preserve its natural beauty,
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When traveling to less developed countries it is always important to remember that the medical facilities may be below the standard we are used to. In Mozambique, serious problems may necessitate medical evacuation to South Africa. Therefore, when choosing travel insurance, make sure that it includes medical evacuation by trauma helicopter and emergency repatriation. Carefully check the wording of the insurance policy for any exclusions or limitations on diving and water sports activities – especially with regard to liability. There is no question that any type of insurance has bewildering terminology that is difficult to read, so always call for clarification when in doubt.
In the unlikely event that the beaches and islands get boring, there are plenty of other activities to explore. Try a dhow cruise or safari tour, 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.
Accessing 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 time to visit is between May and November when the climate is slightly cooler and temperatures in the coastal areas range from 24-27%u02DAC.
Most visitors and backpackers head north of Maputo to the beautiful beaches and backpacker lodges in Tofo and beyond to places like Vilankulo and the Bazaruto archipelago. The adventure seekers or those seeking the ultimate in privacy and exclusivity may prefer to take the road less traveled and venture further north into the country where the landscape becomes even more natural and unspoiled and there are fewer tourists.
This jewel 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 busy packing the snorkel, fins and sunscreen, don’t forget your sunglasses – because so much beauty can be dazzling!
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