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Budget Holiday in Mozambique

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Budget Holiday in Mozambique

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By Lana Goodwin

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For a budget-conscious holiday in Mozambique, it’s best to head for one of the main southern beach towns – specifically, Ponta do Ouro, Tofo Beach, or Vilanculos.

Your principal expenses will likely be diving and boating activities, closely followed by budget-friendly accommodation, meals, and local transportation.

mobile dhow safari ibo island lodge mozambique holiday Credit: Ibo Island Lodge

Internal flights in Mozambique are relatively expensive, as are private vehicle transfers between the more upmarket hotels. For example, a flight from Maputo to Tofo (Inhambane) will cost around $160 one way, while a bus or shared tourist shuttle is about $16 and a local shared taxi (chapa) even less.

Highlights

Diving is one of Mozambique’s major highlights, but prices vary widely depending on where you go. Ponta do Ouro tends to be the most affordable at around $40 per dive, including gear.

Tofo Beach is slightly more at about $50 (also with rented gear), while in Vilanculos, it can be over $100 a dive, with the added boat transfer/fuel costs to reach the outer reefs.

vamizi island scuba diving mozambique holiday Credit: Vamizi Island

If you’re traveling alone, it’s worth making friends, as many dive centers offer discounts for groups. If you’re looking to learn, Mozambique’s warm waters are ideal. You can get your PADI Open Water certification for around $350.

Travel Tips
  • Mozambique has an extensive ATM network, so it’s unnecessary to arrive with huge amounts of cash.
  • Take at least two bank cards – Visa is preferred – and hide away some backup currency in case of any emergencies.
  • Camping is the most affordable option, and there are places to pitch a tent in all the main beach holiday spots.
  • The food is excellent and very well priced, and you can feast on local dishes and street fare for less than $10 a day.

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