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Mozambique’s Top 5 Beachesby Tania Wheeler

Mozambique is definitely one of Southern Africa's best kept secrets and is fast becoming one of the ideal holiday spots preferred by beachcombers, surfers and divers across the world. We choose the top 5 beaches so you can make the most of your holiday... vilanculos.beach

Pemba Pemba Beach is the gateway to the romantic Quirimbas Archipelago, on the northern coastline of Mozambique, and Niassa National Reserve. Pemba is also renowned as being a prime destination for water sport and diving enthusiasts with it house reef lying just off shore. Inhambane and Praia do Tofo Inhambane is a small town in southern Mozambique lying on Inhambane Bay, 470 km northeast of Maputo. The warm waters offer safe bathing and smooth and easy boat launching. Good fishing and beautiful coral reefs are nearby for you to explore.

Right next door, the beach at Tofo is a popular surfing spot (if not THE most popular surfing spot in Mozambique). If it's powerful right point break and warm water are not attractive enough then how about being able to check out the surf from your 'casa' overlooking the beach - without having to leave your front door!

Vilanculos 750km north of Maputo lies Vilanculos, the gateway to the romantic playground of the Bazaruto Archipelago. This idyllic archipelago consists of four islands (Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque and Sta. Carolina). Experience the wonder of a traditional sailing dhow gliding through the Bazaruto Archipelago. complete with azure waters, sandy beaches, palm trees and pristine coral reefs.

Ponta De Ouro This area is one of the best locations for scuba diving in the world and its waters are alive with many species of marine life including Dolphins, Manta Rays and the occasional shark for the more adventurous. The shoals of tropical fish fill the coral reefs with an ever-changing spectrum of color and the azure water and perfect white beaches will keep you coming back to this secluded holiday spot.

Bilene The village of Bilene is situated 160km north of Maputo on the shores of the Uembje Lagoon. The 27km long lagoon is ideal  for family vacations with long, bright, white stretches of sand for beach games and shallow, calm water for safe swimming. This resort is particularly popular with water sports enthusiasts, (for example jet-ski’s, water-skiing and parasailing), and more serene non-motorised sports (such as paddle-ski’s, and windsurfing). The mouth of the lagoon, usually blocked by a massive sand bank, is best reached by boat but a long difficult 4X4 track does allow access to the beach facing the open sea.

For all your Mozambique Overland trip requirements contact the Team at OverlandingAfrica.com or post your comments below.

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