Ilha de Inhaca, Mozambique

Colourful dhow reflections, Inhaca Island

Colourful dhow reflections, Inhaca Island

The sun was just coming up over the horizon when Zimba and I drove along the sandy tracks to the Northern tip of Machangulo Peninsula.

Sunrise along the sand tracks on Machangulo peninsula

Sunrise along the sand tracks on Machangulo peninsula

I got early to ‘Bemugys Place’, which offers affordable chalets, a restaurant and beach bar right on the beach. It is the same place we visited last Friday upon my arrival.

Bemugys Place, Machangulo Peninsula

Bemugys Place, Machangulo Peninsula

From here we were launching the boat for an island trip over to Inhaca Island. Time enough for coffee and sandwich and a chat with resort owner Benji and secretary Heather and teenage relatives, who would join me and a friendly couple from South Africa. Fairly strong winds gave the swell an extra boost, conditions were a bit choppy. We took some snorkelling masks and fins as well, there are some impressive reefs around the island. Young captain Marcello shipped us safely through the channels between islands and sandbars. 

Dhow in Black and White, Inhaca Island

Dhow in Black and White, Inhaca Island

Fishing is the main food source around Inhaca Island too, which became very obvious as we sailed into the sheltered bay.

Almost like a mirror, dhow reflections on Inhaca Island

Almost like a mirror, dhow reflections on Inhaca Island

A fleet of ‘dhows’, wooden sailboats, were anchored in shallow waters,

Anchored on dry land, Inhaca Island

Anchored on dry land, Inhaca Island

and some had run out off tidal waters already.

The lost resort, Inhaca Island

The lost resort, Inhaca Island

A fancy resort some years ago has been neglected and closed for 3 Years.  Benji, who grew up in Inhaca Village, lead us through his hometown.

Happy siblings, Inhaca Island

Happy siblings, Inhaca Island

A rather small, but happy community, going on with their daily, typically African business.

Selfie, Inhaca Island

Selfie, Inhaca Island

I had time for a selfie too. Benji organised a Toyota 4WD for a trip up to the lighthouse, the highest point on this sandy island.

All aboard! Captain said, Inhaca Island

All aboard! The captain said, Inhaca Island

Spirits were high, particularly after Captain Morgan joined us, as we drove along agricultural blocks, belonging to different families of the communities. Each one plants and harvests their own rice, millet grain or vegetables. 

Lighthouse on Inhaca Island

Lighthouse on Inhaca Island

The lighthouse was still working with the help of solar power, yet the surrounding buildings were in ruins. 

Spiky green plantation, Inhaca Island

Spiky green plantation, Inhaca Island

The flora around was rather spiky,

Ocean view from the lighthouse, Inhaca Island

Ocean view from the lighthouse, Inhaca Island

and the view over the sandbars was endless.

Bartender Heather, Inhaca Island

Bartender Heather, Inhaca Island

A Great spot to refill,

Great spot to chat and chill, Inhaca Island

Great spot to chat and chill, Inhaca Island

chat and enjoy. 

Lighthouse group photo, Inhaca Island

Lighthouse group photo, Inhaca Island

A happy group photo rounded our visit nicely up.

Tropical swimming pool, Inhaca Island

Tropical swimming pool, Inhaca Island

We drove on to the nearby beach. Soft white sand eventually gave way to the outgoing ocean.

Lighthouse reflections, Inhaca Island

Lighthouse reflections, Inhaca Island

The lighthouse was clearly seen in the not so far distance.

Spiky marinelife, Inhaca Island

Spiky marine life, Inhaca Island

Tidal pools revealed some interesting marine life.

Fragile remains, Inhaca Island

Fragile remains, Inhaca Island

With some specimens more alive than others.

Beach flower, Inhaca Island

Beach flower, Inhaca Island

The flora was just as colourful.

Funtastic group, Inhaca Island

Funtastic group, Inhaca Island

It was a happy outing with lots of fun and laughter, as it had been all day.

Highway inbetween mangroves and coconut palm trees, Inhaca Island

The highway between mangroves and coconut palm trees, Inhaca Island

We passed a little village along the mangrove mudflats, where coconut palm trees lined the shoreline.

It’s a long way to the top ..., Inhaca Island

It’s a long way to the top …., Inhaca Island

One young coconut palm tree climber harvested some of the deliciously fresh coconuts. It is quite a skill to get up there without ropes.

Tasty refreshing coconut, Hogg for body and soul, Inhaca Island

Tasty refreshing coconut, Hogg for body and soul, Inhaca Island

The refreshing coconut milk was enjoyed by all, the thin layer of meat scooped out with a spoon, cut out off the coconut shell. Tasty and good for the whole body.

Tropical juice from the supermarket, Inhaca Island

Tropical juice from the supermarket, Inhaca Island

We made it back to Inhaca village late afternoon and ordered lunch at the newly opened ‘Tropical Restaurant’.

Tropical Restaurant, Inhaca Island

Tropical Restaurant, Inhaca Island

We had lots of time to get to know each other better, but when the food was served eventually, it was worth the long wait. Things don’t get done too quickly on a tropical island.

Dhow Harbour, Inhaca Island

Dhow Harbour, Inhaca Island

The sun was close to the setting horizon already, perfect time and perfect light for some ‘dhow’ portraits.

Dhow sunset, Inhaca Island

Dhow sunset, Inhaca Island

The shallow water pools reflected the sun rays spectacularly, I couldn’t get my hands off the photo button. Just wow. 

Mudflat reflections, Inhaca Island

Mudflat reflections, Inhaca Island

The sun was slowly sinking behind the horizon as we made our way back. The wind had dropped off to nought, the waters were flat as.

Painted dhow sunset, Inhaca Island

Painted dhow sunset, Inhaca Island

I sat in the front of the boat whilst speeding home, gazing at waters and sun. What a way to finish this day.

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