Humpbacks Mozambique – Southern Africa!

An exciting new WhaleSwim Adventures location! Join us on our new tours and swim with humpback whales as they play off the shores of tropical Mozambique in 2019!

 

We are the first to offer  personally-escorted, all inclusive, small group ‘snorkelling with whales’ eco-tours especially for the adventurers in this extra-ordinary location.
This beautiful area is a humpback whale nursery for the South Indian Ocean humpback population on the east coast of Southern Africa. 200 – 400 humpbacks hang-out in these breeding grounds from August to early November each year.

There is other amazing marine and bird life here during the whale season too – whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins and dugongs in the bays and flamingos on the estuary. Great scuba diving as well!

The vibrant coastal village of Tofo, our home base for these fabulous new tours, has a colourful food and artisan craft market, plus many different restaurants and bars, with live music happening most nights. It’s a fun little town!

Please note: This is an active adventure tour requiring boat beach launches for our whale-watching sessions. Our boat is an inflatable-rib and guests and crew work together to launch it from the beach (photo on right). When out with the whales, you will be slipping off the side of the boat into the ocean and you will need to be able to get back into the boat from the side and un-assisted.

We are offering 3 eco-tours for 2019, with two different accommodation options.
One tour will be staying at The Liquid bungalows – simple and comfortably furnished studio rooms with Ikea furniture, bed and bedlinen and ensuite bathroom. The Liquid is also a dive centre so arranging some scuba diving time is easy.
Two tours will be staying at the up-market Baia Sonumbula Guest House – a luxurious and comfortable accommodation with top quality furnishings and bedlinen, very close to the best swimming beach in Tofo and just a 200m stroll along the sea shore to town.

2019: WhaleSwim Adventures ‘Humpbacks in Mozambique’ Tours

9 Nights:
TOUR #: MZ19A   13 – 22 September 2019    Spaces Available: 7

Staying at Liquid Bungalows on the beach at Tofo.
These simple, stylish and comfortable studio bungalows with ensuite bathrooms are part of Liquid Dive Adventures operation.
They have a fantastic vegetarian eatery, The Happi Cafe and pool onsite and Tofo town is just 250m away.

Prices: per person

Two people share bungalow: Beachside: AUD$4,400
Single Bungalow 
Beachside: AUD$4,960

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Tour Inclusions:

  • 9 nights in a modern Scandinavian-style studio bungalow accommodation with ensuite bathrooms, on the beach.
  • A delicious vegetarian breakfast with great coffee daily |2 evening meals – Welcome and Farewell Dinners (the other 7 nights you are free to experience the local restaurants). We may also offer a sunset picnic option beside the estuary with the flamingos one evening – weather permitting.
  • 8  x whale-safaris guided by certified/experienced/passionate Guide
  • Opportunities to snorkel with whale sharks, manta rays and more . . .
  • Return transfers from Inhambane airport
  • Lots of fun!

Not Included:

  • All international/local flights to/from Inhambane, Mozambique
  • Visas
  • lunches
  • 7 evening meals
  • snorkelling gear
  • alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • travel insurance

Itinerary:

Arrival Day: We meet you at Inhambane airport | transfer to the Liquid Bungalows | Welcome dinner by the pool.
Day 1: Breakfast | Briefing | 50m walk to launch & board the whaleswim boat from the beach | boat briefing | how to swim with whales training (how to have excellent encounters) | whale safari | lots of fun | return to the beach | free afternoon/evening.
Day 2 – 8: Breakfast | 50m to launch & board the whaleswim boat from the beach | whale safari
| lots of fun | return to the beach | free afternoon/evening.  Farewell dinner on the last night.
Day 9: Breakfast | End of tour | transfer to the airport.

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9 nights:
TOUR #: MZ19B   23 Sept – 2 October 2019  Spaces Available: 8

8 nights:
TOUR #: MZ19C    7 – 15 October 2019     Spaces Available: 4

At the Baia Sonambula Guest House, overlooking the magnificent beach . . .

This beautiful small boutique guesthouse, with sea view bungalows available, offers private verandas and 2 large deluxe rooms. It is just a few steps away from Tofo Beach and a few minutes walk from our boat launch area and Tofo village.
After a relaxing nights sleep, wake up to a delicious freshly prepared breakfast.

There are 6 rooms in total, with prices to suit various budgets at this beautiful guesthouse.

Prices: per person

9 nights:
Two people share Beachview bungalow/room: 4  only

Deluxe/Honeymoon Beachview (1): AUD$5,500   Superior Beachview (1): AUD$5,200    Beachview (1): AUD$5,070   Deluxe Standard-room ensuite (1): AUD$4,650

Single Beachview Bungalow/room: (2 rooms only) Superior Beachview (1): AUD$5,650  Gardenview room ensuite (1): AUD$5,080

8 nights:
Two people share Beachview bungalow/room: 4 rooms only
Superior Beachview (1): AUD$4,930    Beachview (1): AUD$4,800   Standard-room ensuite (1): AUD$4,430

Single Beachview Bungalow/room: 2 rooms only
Gardenview room ensuite (1): AUD$4,820

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Tour Inclusions:

  • 9/8 nights at the beautiful Baia Sonambula Guest House bungalow/luxury rooms accommodation with ensuite bathrooms, just above the beach
  • A fresh full breakfast with great coffee daily | 2 evening meals – Welcome and Farewell Dinners (the other 7 nights you are free to experience the local restaurants). We may also offer a sunset picnic option beside the estuary with the flamingos one evening – weather permitting.
  • A total of 10/9 humpback whale-safaris over 8 days/7 days on an open inflatable-rib, guided by certified/experienced/passionate Guides
  • Opportunities to also snorkel with whale sharks, manta rays and more . . .
  • Return transfers from Inhambane airport
  • Lots of fun!

Not Included:

  • All international/local flights to/from Inhambane, Mozambique
  • Visas
  • lunches
  • 7/6 evening meals
  • snorkelling gear
  • alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • travel insurance

Itinerary:

Arrival Day: We meet you at Inhambane airport | transfer to the Baia Sonumbula Guest House | Welcome dinner at local restaurant.
Day 1: Breakfast | a 250m walk along the beach for briefinglaunch & board the whaleswim boat from the beach | boat briefing | how to swim with whales training (how to have excellent encounters) | out with the whales | lots of fun | return to the beach | free afternoon/evening.
Day 2 – 8 or Day 2 – 7: Breakfast | walk to launch & board the whaleswim boat from the beach | whale safari | lots of fun | return to the beach | free afternoon/evening.  Farewell dinner on the last night.
Day 9 or Day 8: Breakfast | End of tour | transfer to the airport.

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Important Information: about travelling to and Booking our Tour in Mozambique – please click here to download . . .

Just briefly. . . .

How to get to Inhambane, where we swim with the whales. . .
You will need to book an international flight to Maputo, Mozambique and a local flight to Inhambane – the local airport 23 kms from where we will be based for our swim with the whales tour.

There are several international airlines flying direct to Maputo International Airport: they are:  Ethiopean Airlines via Addas Abba (new Dreamliner from Europe to Addia Ababba), Turkish Airlines via  Istanbul, TAP Portugal via  (not highly recommended – check reviews…) and Qatar Airlines via Doha.
The nearest major international airport is O.B. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa. Most major airlines/or their ‘partners’ fly into this airport.

NB: New Zealand passport holders!  You will require a South African visa IF you leave the transit area in Johannesburg – make sure you read the Important Information document!

On arrival at Maputo International Airport, you will need to get a 30-day visitors/holiday visa from the visa counter (see details in Visa section in the Important Information document).

You can book a local flight from Maputo to Inhambane with LAM airlines online www.lamairlines.mz – the flight departs daily at 12.35pm.

Please download our ‘Important Information’ document for detailed info about flights and Visas.

Level of Physical Difficulty:

These expeditions are a higher physical level of adventure than our tour locations in Tahiti or Tonga.
There is no wharf, jetty or a calm lagoon to board our whale-watching vessel (an inflatable-rib) and we will be making beach launches through the waves to the open ocean. You need to be strong and flexible and able to assist in pushing the boat in to the deeper water from the waters edge and to get yourself into the boat unassisted when we have launched.
You will need to be able to slide into the water quietly with the whales and when returning to the  boat, be able to propel yourself up over and into the boat by the handles on the sides. You will be using foot-holder straps and boat handles to secure yourself while the boat is moving and you will get wet from the spray as we travel. You will be on a boat out in the sun and on choppy sea for several hours.

What to bring to swim with the humpbacks:

Very little on the boat each day! It is a 8 ft open inflatable rib and can take max. 14 people plus 2 crew.
There is no storage space on board, so all you can bring is a small dry-bag each containing:

  • Sunblock 15+ or 30+
  • a good hat (that stays on and ok to get wet)
  • waterproof jacket in a small pouch
  • a snorkel/mask strapped around your fins.
  • We recommend 2 or 3mm shortie wetsuit or full wetsuit and if you feel the cold and wear a Sharkskin under your wetsuit. A rashie and dive leggings are also advised for protection from the sun. You will be wet for most of the 2 or 3 hours you are on the water.
  • snack bars or a banana.
  • small bottle of mask de-fogger
  • Camera/s: We suggest a GoPro in underwater casing on a short pole (long poles are not permitted) or an underwater camera/housing and/or a topside camera in a sturdy waterproof cover.
  • Bring a reusable glass or stainless steel water bottle (let’s avoid the plastic). Water is provided.

Please download our ‘Important Information’ document for detailed info about gear for the whale safaris. 

Health:

You are advised to take malaria preventative medication when visiting this area of Mozambique.

Please download our ‘Important Information’ document for detailed info about preparing yourself and taking care of your health in Mozambique.

The area:

The humpbacks hangout in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, in the huge sweeping bays of Tofo and Barra. The whales are often easily seen from the white sand beaches of these colourful little villages as they rest and play in the clear waters off the Inhambane Peninsula. The area is known (but not too well known!) for it’s beautiful beaches and spectacular marine life, for it’s great diving, surfing and adventuring opportunities as well as for it’s colourful and lively village culture. 

Languages Spoken:

Local Mozambiqan, Portugese, (Mozambique was colonised by Portugal until 1990’s) and most locals speak English.

What other activities, restaurants and entertainment are available in the area:

Scuba Diving:
Liquid Dive Adventures

Ocean Safaris: Liquid Dive Adventures – diving with a good chance of swimming with mantas and whale sharks too!
Swim with Manatees: in the Barra estuary area
Yoga at 6am with Eva: Liquid Dive Adventures yoga platform

Sumi Bar and Restaurant – Excellent Japanese food and great cocktails and a good wine list. Live music once a week.
Happi Cafe and Bar – excellent vegan and vegetarian food.
Beach Baracas Garden Restaurant & Bar – at the Gallery – great tacos and a variety of international dishes, excellent bar, live music most nights. Fresh juice bar too!
Casa Barry – overlooking Tofo bay – a selection of fresh seafood, pastas burgers and pizza.
Chill Bar: on the beach at Barra, fresh crayfish is delicious, seafood, salads and great cocktails.
Tofo Tofo Bar and Restaurant: Local Mozambican/African, seafood and pasta.
Sunset Picnic on the estuary with the flamingo’s (weather permitting) this can be arranged with a local restaurant.

 

Your WhaleSwim Team:

Annah Evington – Tour Leader

Annah lives in Russell, in the beautiful Bay of Islands she works in her home office in New Zealand with WhaleSwim Adventures through the year as our Customer Services Manager for our tours

Annah has been sharing her passion for the whales with our guests since 2002 in Vava’u, Moorea, the fjords of Norway and now in the Indian ocean in Tofo and Barra, Mozambique.

 

 

Rae Gill – Chief Organiser!

Rae has been operating swim-with-whales tours since 1999 in Vava’u (Tonga), Moorea (Tahiti), Tromso (Norway) and now in Tofo (Mozambique. Its her passion and she experiences great joy in sharing the life-changing experience of being in the ocean with the huge, but gentle giants of the sea.

Rae lives in Kerikeri in the sunny north of New Zealand, when she is not swimming with whales!

Rae has been watching the progress of the whalewatching industry in Mozambique for over 10 years and is very excited to be able to offer tours in this stunning and fun location for the first time. Rae lived and worked in Southern Africa for several years during the 1970’s/80’s and to be back again, is definitely a joy!