Well known as an Ivory and slave trade centre in the colonial years, Inhambane was the centre of trade for the then Portuguese East Africa. Today Maputo is the capital of Mozambique and the centre of its trade industry. The beaches just outside Inhambane are well known by locals and holiday makers alike for their close proximity to various scuba diving reefs. Today can be spent at leisure enjoying the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, taking a dive to explore the abundant marine life, or browsing the busy “Mecado Central” (central market), or exploring the beach on horseback.
Scuba diving in Inhambane is amongst the best in the world with reefs close to every beach including the famous Manta Reef and Gallaria. Sightings include Manta Rays, Whale Sharks, Turtles and a host of other marine life are the norm. There are many professional scuba diving operators along the coast and dives can be booked with them on arrival at the camp. For those wishing to see the spectacular marine life that are not able to dive, snorkelling is also excellent.