Founded by Vasco da Gama in 1534, Inhambane is one of the most atmospheric, relaxed and agreeable towns in Mozambique. The Inhambane Peninsula has several of the finest beaches in Mozambique, as well as excellent scuba diving off a number of offshore reefs.
The most famous of which is known as Manta Reef, described as a ‘manta ray cleaning station’ where in addition to manta rays, you can also see turtles and various other reef fish. Chances of whale shark sightings are also particularly good in this area.
Inhambane is one of the oldest settlements in Mozambique, and the town itself is one of the prettiest with its colonial architecture and colourful buildings. With one of the largest working dhow fleets in East Africa, Inhambane has an ancient, timeless charm.
The Inhambane coastline is an unspoilt and untouched destination with a superb selection of beaches. Most visitors head 30kms from Inhambane town to the azure blue waters of Tofo with its idyllic stretch of white sandy beach.
It is also home to some of Mozambique's best diving - Tofo offers a unique chance to snorkel or dive alongside whale sharks and manta rays as well as amongst other diverse marine life, corals, and practically pristine reefs.
The southern coast of Mozambique is the single best place on earth for whale shark sightings. Although these gentle giants can grow up to 65ft, most sharks identified around Tofo Beach, are adolescent males up to 33ft.