WHAT TO DO
It is well worth exploring the palm tree dotted area around Mahale, mainly on the coastal stretch with its tropical island feel. However, Guinjata Bay, is best known for its lovely beaches, safe swimming in warm temperate waters as well as for excellent diving spots, frequent whale shark and whale (calving in latter half of the year) sightings and deep sea game fishing.
A five minute walk gets you to relaxed atmosphere restaurants on the beach. Here you can enjoy anything from a scrumptious breakfast to fish, prawns, crayfish, steak, pizzas or even hamburgers and chips while drinks are never in short supply. In high season it is advisable to make bookings, but, otherwise just step in and enjoy. In the same area you will find diving operators with a wide range of activities on offer - scuba diving trips, training courses from resort to advanced PADI, snorkel and sea safaris as well equipment hire. This is definitely the ideal spot to introduce not only yourself, but also your children to the underwater wonder world. Mahale's neighbours, Jeff's Palm Resort & Guinjata Diving Centre, are situated within 400 - 800 meters to the south of Mahale, they do daily diving excursions and offer a variety of courses. The area is known for its excellent diving sites (including the renowned Manta Reef).
All other requirements are locally available, either from the well-stocked Taurus supermarket (within walking distance from Mahale) or from the fresh product market, pharmacies and shops in Inhambane and Maxixe. At Taurus supermarket you will find virtually everything - from bread, milk, cheese ,spirits, wine, beer and soft drinks to good meat (from Sparta Beef in South Africa), chicken, cigarettes, toothpaste, mosquito repellent and vegetables. Fresh fish, prawns and crayfish are generally available from local fisherman, just ask the Mahale staff who will gladly assist. Within 2,5km there is a filling station with diesel, petrol and tyre inflation equipment and within 500 m, a supermarket, restaurants, scuba diving and deep sea fishing charter operations can be found.
INHAMBANE AND AREA
Inhambane lies on the eastern bank of a beautiful, shallow lagoon stretching in-land for 25 km. On the western bank is Maxixe, a busy trading town, only 3 km away across the lagoon which can be reached by motorised ferries, traditional dhows or alternative by 60 km tarred road. The area around Inhambane is a scenic, low lying, primarily sandy area with thousands of square kilometres of coconut palm trees. Today Inhambane is the capital city of the province by the same name and has a population of around 70 000 people. Inhambane boasts a large number of Government offices, schools, banks, modern hotel, International Airport and a large number of businesses where one can find just about everything. Businesses include pharmacies, bakeries, general dealers, internet cafes, restaurants as well as liquor and hardware shops amongst others. Not to be missed is the central market (Mercado Central). The coastal resorts at Barra and Tofu (20 kilometres to the east via a tarred road), are well worth a visit.