Let’s talk about the best beaches in Mozambique.
Mozambique’s beaches are so beautiful that they often go unnoticed, but the reality is that Mozambique has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Mozambique’s beaches are a mix of alluring white sand, palm trees, and crystal-clear waters. Mozambique boasts miles of sandy white beaches with palm trees and clear waters.
Mozambique’s beaches are also well known for their incredible snorkelling and diving opportunities. You are truly missing out if you don’t take the chance to see it yourself.
- Nampula Beach
First up is the hidden gem of Nampula province: it isn’t the most accessible, and the lodges take some time to reach. But as is often the case with the best locations, you’ll feel like you weren’t working hard when you get there.
The Baixo de Phinda peninsula is home to the Nuarro Lodge and Mossuril Bay, where Coral Lodge is situated. Both beaches are beautiful and quiet, making them ideal for a relaxing day at the beach.
If you’re looking for a whale-watching adventure, consider diving from the beach. From July-November, you’ll also be lucky enough to enjoy whale watching from land. Humpback whales make their way through the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
- Quirimbas Archipelago
Another breathtaking spot is the Quirimbas Archipelago, which lies north of Pemba. This island is as isolated as you could imagine, with a desert-like feel.
Although resort styles differ from the more rustic barefoot luxury to contemporary villas, there is one thing they all have in common: breathtaking Mozambique beaches are part of a paradise.
Azura Quililea is named after the goddess of water, beauty, and ecstasy. The resort is perfect for a stylish beach escape and true luxury in a beautiful location.
- Benguerra Island
Benguerra Island is one of the most beautiful islands in the Bazaruto Archipelago, second only to the Great Barrier Reef in size.
The views from this island are breathtaking and can be seen from every angle. Azura Benguerra is an all-resort property that can be reached by helicopter from the mainland.
If you’re lucky, you may get the chance to see a resident humpback dolphin swim beside your boat. If you swim in the clear waters, you might encounter sting rays, white-tip sharks, and green turtles—to name a few of the aquatic creatures that live there.
Benguerra Island is no ordinary beach resort. It has plenty of beaches, to be sure, but it also boasts forests, wetlands, and freshwater lakes—the perfect addition to any tropical resort.
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- Inhaca Island
The Lighthouse Beach is found on the north shore of Inhaca Island, a tropical island off the southern coast of Mozambique. It can be reached by crossing over to Maputo Bay from Matola or farther south along the coast.
This small island has a lot to offer. For just a small donation here, you can get the chance to go up to the top of the lighthouse and experience the 360-degree views of the islands and the ocean.
Although this beach is in the north of Inhaca, there are six major dive sites around the southern and western parts of the island. So many of these beaches offer water sports, fishing, and sunset cruises, sure to delight divers and non-divers alike.
Beira, the second-largest city in Mozambique and home to some of Mozambique’s best beaches, is also home to Maruti Shipwreck. It can be found between Club Náutico and the Maruti Lighthouse.
It would be best if you were sure to get a chance to look at the shipwreck as it is almost entirely submerged at high tide. However, this beach is beautiful and has some fascinating history, making it a popular choice for budget-conscious travellers.
- Ponta Manoli
Ponta Manoli is a beach on the Southern coastline, just south of South Africa’s border with Kwazulu Natal. The beach is wild and untamed, similar to the resorts in Northern Kwazulu Natal, which are truly spectacular.
The White Pearl is one of only a handful of resorts in this area. It’s also an excellent dive spot, with a long sandy beach that you’ll never want to leave. And the site is home to dolphins and turtles—two endangered species that return yearly to lay their eggs on the shore.
We love this beach for its remote location, beautiful scenery, and the chance to see many animals in their natural habitats.
Finally, the coastline at Vilanculos. This one’s a favourite for several reasons. Not only is it gorgeous, but you can combine it with a safari itinerary in a snap! In addition, there are daily flights from Johannesburg and short transfers along the coastline to nearby hotels.
Enjoy the beaches and local cuisine in Vilanculos Town. The hustle and bustle and colours of typical of small African towns. Visit local shops and cafes, and enjoy the atmosphere and the beach.
Why should Mozambique be on your Holiday Destinations List?
Mozambique is the best place to visit in Africa for multiple reasons.
First, Mozambique has a great climate. It’s sunny and warm year-round—and there is no shortage of beaches. The landscape has beautiful mountains, lakes, and rivers.
You can go hiking or kayaking in the mountains or down the coast or even scuba diving! There are many places to see wildlife, like monkeys and hippos, but if you’re looking for something unique, check out the black rhinos near Pemba Island.
Second, Mozambique is not just about beaches and wildlife—it also has some of the most amazing food on earth!
You can find fantastic seafood at any restaurant in Mozambique, but if you want to try something different, head to Nampula Province, where you’ll find delicious flavours from Makua (a spicy peanut sauce) to Capim (a bread with honey) and custard that comes with a piece of coconut.
Third and finally, Mozambique is safe for travellers. The country has been through a lot of turmoil recently due to its civil war in the 1990s and 2000s, but things have significantly improved today. There are no military bases around Maputo City anymore.