Inhaca is a precious almost untouched marine reserve. It's an island 30km from Maputo with two distinct sides, the one turned at the Indian Ocean with sandy beaches, and another turned to the Mainland, which is where Pestana lodge is situated. The lodge itself is rather old, but relatively well maintained. Its probably the fanciest in the island, but way too expensive for what it offers.
You sleep in small chalets that are comfortable and nicely decorated. The food is nice (buffet) but not great as there could be more seafood or fish dishes. The architecture of the main building stands out for being very distinctive and makes a nice visual impact.
The best part of the lodge is the pool area where you can relax under the sun in nice chairs with just palm trees and the ocean with a couple of fishing boats on the horizon. Very relaxing.
There's not much to do in the island, but you can take organized trips to the Lighthouse, tour the island by boat, and you can also dive as there is a diving center in the facilities. Inhaca is one of the best spots in the world for diving, and you can see live coral reefs and tons of sea life. Just outside the perimeter is a small village and every saturday is party night so expect tons of noise and loud music into the night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the beach front, amongst coconut palm groves and luxuriant tropical vegetation, Pestana Inhaca Lodge is famous for its wonderful gardens, food and its warm hospitality. The island is a secure and quiet location that is a port of call for yachts, sailing boats and cruise ships seeking out a tropical option in the turquoise and crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Inhaca Island has been protected since 1976 and still boasts huge areas of untouched vegetation and expanses of velvety water. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pestana Inhaca Hotel Inhaca Island
- Pestana Inhaca Island Hotel
- Inhaca Hotel
- Pestana Inhaca Island Resort