Mozambique is of course well known for its amazing diving and snorkeling, but did you know it is also an up-and-coming surfing destination? The best season to visit Mozambique with your surf board is from June to August, so get out your board and enjoy the warm, uncrowded beaches and fast waves of the Indian Ocean. And if you catch a flat day or you just need a break from the surf, make sure to bring your snorkel equipment to take advantage of the clear water and the sheltered bays all along the white coast in Mozambique.
Where to go:
Ponta d’Ouro is probably the most popular surf spot in Mozambique. With easy access from the South African border, it can get a little more crowded than other areas in Mozambique, but you will still have ample space to catch the waves.
Another good spot is he Inhambane coastline, which has all the makings of a world-class surf-spot; an ideal mix of warm water, consistent swells, sandy headlands and reefs, with often dolphins offering the only competition for a surfer. There are a wide variety of spots in the vicinity, with the sand point at Tofo beach point being perfect for beginners and long-boarders. The waves around the corner at Tofino draw the serious surfers, where a shallow reef ledge offers advanced surfers the ride of a lifetime. Surfing lessons are available in Tofo for people keen to start.
A bit further north, between the town of Inhambane and Vilankulo, you can find the relatively unknown spot of Pomene. Like so many other surf spots in Mozambique, surfing here has an adventurous feel, and you can enjoy the rare pleasure of enjoying the pick of the waves all to yourself.
When to go:
The most consistent surf is to be found in the winter months, from May through to August, mainly due to the cold fronts that sweep up the coast from the Cape, bringing solid six to eight-foot swells. In summer the swell tends to be a bit smaller with fun surf available at the many beach breaks.
Much of the coastline hasn’t really been explored, and you will find other world class breaks elsewhere. This and the truly breathtaking, unspoiled beauty of the landscape make Mozambique a perfect country for surfers to discover.
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