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Inhaca Island

Situated almost 25 miles (40km) off the coast of Maputo, Inhaca Island is an immensely popular African resort destination boasting beautiful beaches, some of the Mozambique Channel's best coral reefs, a historic lighthouse, marine biology museum and large areas of protected forest. Easily accessible from the capital, it is a favourite amongst snorkellers and divers who usually head for the reefs at Santa Maria or to the lighthouse, or instead explore the surrounding sunken wrecks. The Santa Maria reef has a strong drift current that runs parallel to the shore and is fantastic for snorkelling, while the Wall is a rocky ledge that drops 66ft (20m) to the bottom and harbours numerous caves and ledges filled with a variety of marine life. Game fishing is also popular on Inhaca Island.

Information & Facts

Activities

Inhaca is a paradise for scuba diving, along with water sports like waterskiing, parasailing, windsurfing, sea kayaking and sailing, along with big-game fishing and more relaxing activities like sunset cruises. The island is ringed with beautiful beaches, and visitors can also take a boat across to the deserted Portuguese Island. The resort has a tennis court and swimming pool, and excursions can be arranged to the biology station, light house beach, the mangrove swamps, as well as the Santa Maria Wall. There are a few villages to visit as well.

Language

Portuguese is the official language, and there are 13 main national languages spoken. English is taught in secondary schools, but is only spoken in the southern tourist regions.

Money

The official currency is the New Metical (MZN), which is divided into 100 centavos. In the southern parts of the country, South African Rand, US Dollars and Pounds Sterling are also accepted to pay for accommodation. Credit cards are accepted in some upmarket hotels in Maputo, but facilities throughout the rest of the country are limited; it is advisable to carry cash or travellers cheques. ATMs are limited and tend to be unreliable, but local banks have branches in most cities.

Negatives

Inhaca has no nightlife, and there are few shopping and restaurant options. The beaches are occasionally inundated with Portuguese Man-O-Wars.

Night Life

There is no nightlife on Inhaca Island, though the lodge has a bar.

Restaurants

Restaurants on Inhaca are mostly limited to the lodge, however the nearby village has a takeaway burger stand and an attached seafood restaurant.

Shopping

The small village near the lodge has a few small shops selling typical tourist tat like sarongs and seashells.

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