Tofo and Barra

The small fishing village of Tofo is located on the eastern shores of the Inhambane Peninsula between the Indian Ocean and a small inland reed – lake system. This small town has a unique “island style” atmosphere, with a great mixture of a local market, local arts and positive Latin vibes. The crystal clear waters and white sand beaches attract holiday makers, backpackers, scuba divers and relaxation seekers from around the globe. A few kilometres north of Tofo, at the northern tip of the Inhambane Peninsula, is the town of Barra. Barra is a 7km stretch of beautiful white sand beach perfectly positioned between the Indian Ocean on one side, and a fascinating mangrove estuary on the other. Both Tofo and Barra offer beautiful beaches and numerous accommodation options, but definitely have their own unique character and vibe.

Where to stay in Tofo

Baia Sonambula Guesthouse

Baia Sonambula Guesthouse is a centrally located accommodation establishment in Tofo. The guesthouse is a 5-minute walk away from the village centre and is located directly behind the swimming beach of Tofo. The Guesthouse consists of three sea view chalets and two non sea view chalets. The sea view chalets all have their own terraces and guarantee a high level of relaxation provided by the sun chairs on the terrace.

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Corasiida Guesthouse

Corasiida Guesthouse is a new accommodation option in Tofo Beach. The rooms are stylishly decorated, and the entertainment area and private swimming pool will ensure that guests have a relaxing beach holiday. Corasiida is suitable for families, group of friends, or small dive groups, who want to rent out the entire house and enjoy privacy in a stylish beach holiday house.

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Where to stay in Barra

Blue Footprints Eco Lodge

Blue Footprints is a unique luxury eco-lodge, offering guests a fresh take on beach accommodation and luxury. Blue Footprints has 5 villas, each with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean.  The villas combine both rustic and luxury elements, and are strategically placed to ensure privacy.  The villas all feature en suite facilities with an outside deck, day bed and outdoor shower. The villas do not have air-conditioning as it is an Eco Lodge, but they are designed to catch the fresh sea breezes. All power to the lodge is supplied by solar energy.

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For a full list of accommodation options in the Tofo and Barra area, check our accommodation index.

 

Things to Do

For the Dive Adventurers

The main activity in Tofo is scuba diving and ocean safaris.The reefs are pristine, providing divers the opportunity of seeing fascinating creatures, both big and small. Whale sharks and manta rays are the main attraction of the underwater world, with both of these magnificent creatures being sighted throughout the year. Scuba diving in Tofo is possible all year round. There are up to 16 scuba dive sites that can be explored, and new sites are being discovered regularly. Depths may vary between 10 to 40 meters; and every scuba diver will be able to dive in Tofo, even though deeper dives are for advanced scuba divers only. Visibilitydepends on the daily conditions with regards to plankton, currents, wind and tides, but is usually between 5 and 30 meters. The watertemperaturevaries from 23 to 29 degrees Celsius depending on the time of the year. The underwater world around Tofo Beach carries large amounts of nutritious plankton, attracting many different species of marine life. Leopard sharks, sea turtles, devil rays, honeycomb morays, potato groupers, sea moths, frog fish, Spanish dancers, scorpion fish, barracudas, crocodile fish, nudibranches, and harlequin shrimps are just a few examples of what can be spotted.

 

For the Kitesurf Challengers

Tofo is a great area for kitesurfers, with a few different options available. For the more experienced, there is Tofo beach, which offers a long bay which sometimes receives good swell and breaking waves. For the freestylers looking for flat water, there is a lagoon north of Tofo offering good cross shore winds on an easterly. There are currently no instructors in the area, or equipment for hire.

 

For the Colourful Mixtures

Tofinho is located just south of Tofo and is regarded by surfers as one of the best point breaks along the entire east African coastline. Tofinho also has an interesting monument, called the Frelimo Monument to Fallen Heroes. In colonial times, victims of the civil war would be thrown into a nearby sea cave on a rising tide. If you’re not into extreme sports, Tofo has many other activities to offer, such as kayaking through the estuary or taking a guided tour around the culturally rich city of Inhambane. One can also take part in horse riding, ocean safaris and snorkelling, quad biking or a day visit to one of the islands nearby, where you can expect to be the only inhabitants!

 

Did You Know?

Due to the frequent sightings of manta rays and whale sharks along this stretch of coastline, Tofo has a research centre specialising in marine research and conservation. The Marine Megafauna Foundation was founded in 2009, and visitors can attend weekly presentations to learn about these fascinating creatures.