Getting to know Maputo: Inhaca Island

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Sunday has turned in to our “beach day”. Normally we head to Macaneta Beach (just north of Maputo), but today we went on a new adventure to Inhaca Island.

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I won’t waste much time with words on this post–the pictures will do this magical place better justice than my descriptions.

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Inhaca Island is less than an hour across Maputo Bay by motorboat. When we arrived at 9 am this morning, we were the only ones at this beautiful beach reserve.

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A coral reef lines the coast and is a perfect location for snorkeling. We spotted several large schools of fish, saw a stone fish (so strange!), and even glimpsed a dolphin! The current was quite strong around the reef though so we had to be careful not to get swept away.

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As midday drew closer, other boats slowly docked along the shore and the beach gradually became more populated by small groups of people. The tide receded, exposing more of the coral.

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We left shortly after noon, when the tide was low, and headed for lunch at a nearby beach bar for some grilled prawns, redfish and lobster.

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Our boat ride back at high tide was quite choppy, but that didn’t stop our son from falling asleep in my lap. 🙂

We keep discovering places of breathtaking beauty in and around Maputo, and today might have been my favorite spot yet!

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