MOZAMBIQUE is a third world country and most of the local population live in the outlying areas and are subsistence farmers. There is a strong Portuguese and Arab influence where most people speak Portuguese. The food also has a Portuguese influence (peri-peri chicken and prawns are one of the favourites!) Malaria is a concern, but a good mosquito spray and sleeping with a mosquito net is advisable.
Ways of transport: Rent a vehicle or fly.
There are a few popular surf spots in Mozambique namely Ponta do Ouro in the South, which is the nearest to the South African border. Tofinho near Inhambane which is about a days drive North of Ponta. Further up North, situated in one of the most picturesque spots on the Mozambique coast, lies Pomene. However most of the coast remains unexplored.
PONTA DO OURO is a small coastal town with a few shops and restaurants. It is known for its beach, for its dolphins and for its offshore diving and deep-sea fishing. The Point also known as “point of gold’ lives up to it’s name when producing endless days of fun surf. It is a long sand point break with a hollower wave just around the corner. Easy paddle! If the sand is right you can connect all the way and waves of up to 300m are possible. The bay is great for learning to surf, just ask Spigs from Surfs up.
The water is warm and crystal clear most year round. Only a wetsuit top / spring suit is sufficient for winter. There is a local market to buy basic food and drink and plenty restaurants / bars to choose from. Try a R & R (local rum and raspberry drink) at Fernando!
TOFINHO is more rustic and more chilled than Ponta do Ouro.
On the high tide there is a fun longboard wave at Tofo (the main beach) also great for beginners. And on the low tide you surf Tofinho (1 km down the road). Tofino is world class with barrels on offer when the offshore blows.
There are waves all year round but, the best time for surf is from January to August where the NW offshore winds blow from May to August. Cyclone swell is around in Jan-March and then SE swell till August. August to December is also good for kiting. And fishing is very popular too. A few bars and restaurants in the area, always great to support the locals. One warning – Beware of falling coconuts!
POMENE, our little paradise, boasts miles of soft white sandy beaches and a large estuary with crystal clear salt water, home to a magnificent diversity of flamingos, fish and dolphins. Leather back turtles, sailfish and manta rays are seen in the shallow and deep-water reefs. Reef and surf fishing is excellent between October and June. Fish that are most prominent this time of the year is wahoo, Ignobilis Kingfish and king and queen mackerel. The scuba and snorkeling dive sites are outstanding and an amazing variety of marine life can be seen. Most importantly the beach at Pomene offers world class surfing. A right hand point break with clean never ending lines and warm waters! Best in cyclone swell, however it is quite a fickle wave, so check the weather forecast first!
– Must try the prawns and peri-peri chicken
– 4×4 needed for Ponta do Ouro
– Any car will get you to Tofo
– Try the local drink R and R
– Swim with dolphins in Ponta do Ouro (amazing experience!)
– Beware the sand is hot in December/January so bring flip flops
– Don’t forget suncream and mozie spray