There is always something going on in Tofo day and night. It is a modest village in Mozambique, yes, but outside its waters there is a world of pleasure and there are many activities to enjoy under the African sun.
When the sun dips into the wetlands in the west, the culinary scene of the city and its surprising nightlife are highlighted.
Diving and Snorkeling: Meeting with the giants of the ocean
Tofo is one of the few places in the world where you can see elegant manta rays and sweet whale sharks all year round, meaning that diving in this region of Mozambique is always in the company of giants. Between October and March it is not uncommon to see 50 communities. Enthusiastic stories shared in Tofo’s dating bars with these peaceful beasts have even led casual travelers to choose PADI certification locally – Liquid Dive Adventures and Peri-Peri Divers offer several PADI accredited courses.
If diving is not for you, you can admire the patterns of skylarks scattered in the largest fish in the world, the whale shark, while snorkeling in the ocean. It looks like these giant creatures are sluggishly dragging across the waves next to you, but this assumption is soon refuted by the burning of lactic acid in your tired legs when shooting, keeping a safe distance of at least 4m. During the winter season (June to October), humpback whales will enthusiastically swarm, beat and splash the rough waters around your boat.
While all divers in the city offer underwater and ocean safaris, Peri-Peri Divers is unique as a Marine Megafauna Foundation (MMF) researcher accompanies each trip. This means that you have an expert on your boat who is ready to answer all your questions about the creatures you see under the waves. The MMF also organizes informative conferences on marine conservation on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Surf: from start to finish
There is nothing like the joy of catching a wave of mischievous dolphins while driving. Sure, when you’re new to surfing, reality could plant more faces in glittering water than admiring the devouring whales. Nevertheless, this relatively unexplored beach destination attracts a handful of well-known surfers from around the world. The city does not have crowded breaks that are suitable for all levels.
Protected from the elements, the protected area within the bay provides gentle waves for advanced surfers and those who have never been surfed. The most advanced surfers, ready to take on the challenge, can face the main waves and the reef break, just steps away from Tofo, along the beach.
You can rent surfboards and book small group lessons (up to eight people). If you need a bit more support, individual lessons can be arranged upon request. You will probably find the space you will meet on the beach to give you some tips.
Sailing: Do a traditional dhow on Pig Island
If you want to explore further, book a trip to Dink Island. On these traditional African sailboats, some of which are equipped with old advertising posters for the sails, you will slip on the shallow water. Once on the island, where less than a thousand people live, you will meet the cook, wander his limits and have lunch with various seafood. Returning to Tofo, the Dhow makes a few stops for snorkeling. This tour can be booked through Diversity Scuba or Liquid Dive Adventures.
Paddleboarding, kayaking and cross-country skiing: explore the tranquil bay
The water sports in Tofo do not end with surfing, diving and snorkeling. You can also rent kayaks in The Surf Shack or in diving schools, then sail at sea and try to see marine life as you gently sink into the bay. Among the telltale signs that you are not alone are changes in color or movement in the water, such as the fin of a whale shark breaking the surface, the flapping wings of a paddle, or the head of a whale. a turtle breaking through the waves. Air. A Word of Warning: The sea conditions can sometimes become rough, so it is best to only go when the ocean is calm, with no big waves or waves.
For a change, you can also surf on Wellenski. Similar to a sit-on-top kayak, these large surfboards with seating can be easily maneuvered with a double-ended paddle so you can catch waves or surf or fly an ice lolly when you capsize. Or you can try Stand Up Paddle. When you try to sit on your board for the first time, your legs can become jelly, but stick with it and you will soon get used to the strange feeling of the waves rolling under you. It will not be long before you gain confidence and get on board like a pro – if you’re adventurous enough, you can even face a wave on the shore.
Quad: speed on dusty roads
Although it is easy to spend the days in the water, Tofo is not limited to the beach, the sea and the sea giants under the waves. If you prefer earthy adrenaline, ask Diversity Scuba to book a quad tour. Stroll the wind on bumpy dirt roads as your guide takes you to Tofo and Barra. Some of the vehicles seem to have been around for a while, so it’s best to brake and control quickly before you hit the road.
Kitchen: a taste of local life
To get an insight into the daily life of the people in Tofo, visit a local community on the Tofo Life Ecotour. The project revenues, set up and managed by 10 village women, help reduce their dependence on the sea for their livelihoods and make their fishing habits more sustainable. During the half-day visit, you will have the opportunity to make matapa, a traditional dish of manioc leaves, peanuts and coconut milk. It’s a pretty exhausting job, especially in the heat. Just a minute to hit the manioc leaves with a giant wooden pestle will make you thirsty. It is a good thing that the recipe for coconut milk is made from scratch because you will soon be offered a welcome drink of refreshing water in the coconuts, after the women have seen a machete. Sitting on plaited straw mats on the dusty ground, you will then bombard the peanuts and help to grate and soak the coconut meat to make your milk. The best part, of course, is to sit down for lunch and eat a plate of matapa with a spicy-spicy peri peri sauce.
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Celebrate: food and nightlife
With a day of activities behind you, the evening is the time to refuel. Enjoy rice dishes stacked with fish or beef at Branko’s Bar. The latter is prepared on hot “hot stones” at the table. Guju’s Sunset Bar prepares curry dishes that are served in wholemeal bread at will. If your appetite is full, follow the beating drummer to concerts in Tofo Tofo (Tuesday) and Dathonga (Sunday) or celebrate the night at the MozamBeat Motel (Friday).