Mozambique is a country of spectacular beauty. It has 2500 km of inspirit coastline, with pristine beaches and virgin reefs. Having been colonized by the Portuguese, it has a rich and diverse culture, a smelting pot of African, Arab and European influences. Hear the Afro-lating beat of the local music. Since peace in 1992, the country has come a long way in restoring its infrastructure, and roads and communications are good, and are getting better all the time. Walk on miles of deserted beach, surrounded by coconut palms leaning in the breeze, and you’ll know you’ve truly come to paradise! Underwater Adventures specialises in all aspects of travel to Mozambique-having been involved in the country since 1995, we are experts of the do’s and the don’ts of travel in the country.
Ponte do Oura and Ponta Malongane(how to get there)
Ponta do Oura (also referred as point of gold, because of the golden colour of the dunes at the southern point).It is situated at the southern tip of Mozambique, just 5km from the South African border and approx 10km from Kosi Bay. To reach the town of Ponta do Oura, and camp of Malongane, you enter at the Kosi bay border post and travel +- 11km on sand road (4x4 required). If you haven’t got a 4x4 Underwater Adventures will arrange collection at the border. The town of Ponta do Oura consist of a Motel, petrol station (petrol/diesel), three café’s (basic), Mozambique bank and curios shops. Ponta Malongane is approx 10km to the north of Ponta do Oura.
What type of accommodation can you expect
The town Ponta do Oara is a quaint little town where many of the houses are being restored to there former glory. Some of these houses can be rented from the owners, which rent them as holiday apartments. At the resort Ponta do Oura and Malongane you can make use of luxury serviced cabanas nestled amongst shady casuarina trees right on the beach front. They can sleep up to 4 people. Each cabana has en-suit bathroom, snack kitchen with fridge/freezer and parking for the vechile.
The dive camp at Ponta do Oara and Malongane consist of 80- 3x3m tents under reed waterproof shade cover, each equipped with 2 mattresses.(bring your own sleeping bag or duvet with pillows.
There is a 200 square meter dinning area incorporating the self cook kitchen. The kitchen has got the entire cutlery and cooking utensils needed. Limited fridge/freezer space is also available for self-catering groups. Adjoining the dinning area is one large braai facility, allowing for the perfect environment to sit around the fire and relax at night after an exiting days diving. The ablution facilities are all close to the tents.
The motel cabanas at Ponta do Oara consist of one large room, split in two, the front room has a bunk bed, a 4 seater table, kitchenette with a 2 plate gas stove, fridge/freezer, sink, crockery, cooking utensils and linen. The rear room has 2 single beds with linen. The bathroom has a washbasin, toilet and a bath with hot water.
What to do at Ponta Malongane and Ponta do Oura
Owners of 4x4 vehicles can go for a scenic drive through the dense pristine dune forest, enjoying the bird live, on soft sand tracks – don’t underestimate what challenges this route can offer you. No 4x4 driving are allowed on the beach, except for launching a boat.
If that’s not for you, go for a walk on the miles and miles of unspoiled beach. This might bring you face to face with a turtle laying eggs.(October – December)
Whale sharks are often spotted in the bay, once found you will be able to swim these magnificent creatures, or just go for a sunset cruise in the bay and perhaps a swim with the dolphins if spotted.
The Maputo Elephant reserve is about 50km north of Ponta do Oura, so if you feel like a day out in nature, this is the one for you.
Mozambique is known for its abundance of fish live. Anglers can use their own boats or make use of a fishing charter. You do need a license, which you can purchase from the maritime office in town.
Then there is the diving
This is what Ponte do Oura and Malongane is known for. Mozambique’s coral reefs rank with the world’s best and extensive. With the country being isolated for so many years, these reefs are still in pestine condition. In the vicinity of Ponta do Oara and Malongane there are in the region of 22 different dive locations. These sites vary in depth from 12m – 40m, which makes it possible for all cert levels to dive. The visibility varies between 10 – 30m in the summer with little or no current with good surface conditions.
Some of the most popular sites are Doodles, which is a shallow reef (12m) with plenty fish life, and Bert a localized Brindle bass which enjoys himself whenever divers are in the region. He will be your local guide, or buddy and will accompany you along your entire dive.
Then there is Texas reef, 3 sisters and Pinnacles that is one of the deep reefs (40m). Here your chances are good to swim with Manta Rays.
For the non-divers, snorkeling at low tide at Molongane will surely temp them to enroll for a scuba course.
Underwater Adventures offers various inclusive packages for divers. Dive packages can range from 2 nights 3 dive packages, 3nights 5 dive packages, or you can decide what you want to do.
Other packages can be to do your scuba course with us while on holiday, or even specialty courses.
Alternatively, yoin us on a dive safari to one of the remote places that are fully self contained with compressor and boat. Your very own reef on which to dive!
Some of the resorts or places we can visit
Set right on the beach amidst hundreds of coconut palms, just meters away from the rolling swells of the Indian Ocean. The scuba diving and snorkeling is excellent, with dozens of reefs from which to choose.
The deep Mozambican channel begins just meters from the coast, allowing for some of the best game fishing in the world. Set right on the beach, the resort has reed chalets, a campsite and thatched restaurant and bar area.
Bilene (San Martinho):
A beautiful little town set on a huge lagoon, Bilene is the ideal place for a family holiday, with safe swimming, snorkeling and excellent fishing. The town has numerous restaurants, bars and markets.
Is a quaint little village set on the beach! Known as the best swimming beach in Mozambique, the snorkeling, spear fishing, surfing and fishing are excellent. Nearby is the town of Inhambane, which was a Arab trading center dating back to 1534. The town has numerous restaurants and bars, and a colorful market where provisions may be bought.
Are just north of Barra and close to Inhambane.Guinjata bay are known for the excellent deep sea fishing, fly fishing and scuba diving. ”A dive in a million” is the general response of all divers after diving Manta reef. Manta rays, whale sharks and innumerable species of fish in their thousands are the rule.
For a unforgettable self-drive safari join us on a trip to Pomene just 250km north of Inhambane. But be very careful! You will find it difficult to adopt to the hustle and bustle of everyday live again.
Whatever your needs to have fun in the sun in Mozambique, you have came to the right place. Underwater Adventures will help you get rid of the stress. For booking or making enquiries for such a safari, complete the form and send it back for a ittinerary and price.