Top five things to do in Ponta do Ouro MzansiBride

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Discover the Best Activities in Ponta do Ouro

Hey there! I recently had the incredible opportunity to explore the stunning destination of Ponta do Ouro in Mozambique. Even though I haven’t visited other parts of Mozambique yet, I can definitely share with you my top five favorite things to do in this paradise. Ponta do Ouro is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from sunny South Africa (only an hour away from Kosi Bay on the North Coast), making it the perfect destination for a long weekend of relaxation and enjoyment.

1. Experience the Magic of Swimming with Dolphins

While there are a few other places where you can swim with dolphins, Ponta do Ouro truly stands out from the rest. The dolphin tours here are not only more personalized, but they also prioritize conservation. The tour companies have spent a decade fostering a relationship with the 250 resident dolphins, allowing them to be in tune with the dolphins’ behavior and determine the best times to enter the water. In fact, they even claimed that some of the dolphins recognize the tour guides after multiple encounters! Before diving in, there’s a quick 30-minute briefing that covers specific conditions when they won’t disturb the dolphins, such as during mating, resting, or traveling. It’s wonderful to see how these majestic creatures are respected and protected (you can still observe them from the boat during these times). One of the highly recommended tour providers is the Somente Aqua Dolphin Centre, which offers two-hour boat trips. During our visit, we were incredibly lucky to witness whales up close, only about 5 meters away from our boat. These ocean safaris run throughout the year and cost R300, including snorkeling gear and a boat ride across the bay.


2. Diving

If you’re looking for an amazing diving experience, Ponta is the place to be! It’s a popular spot for South Africans, and it’s not hard to see why. With 8 diving centers to choose from, Ponta offers diving trips that cater to both beginners and advanced divers. You’ll even find centers that provide PADI and NAUI courses, so you can take your diving skills to new depths.

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The reefs along the coast boast depths ranging from 12 to 50 meters, and they are teeming with marine life. You’ll be surrounded by an underwater paradise! And the best part? You’ll be diving in the warm, inviting waters of the Indian Ocean. No need to worry about wearing dry-suits like those Western Cape divers!

When you dive in Ponta, you’ll be treated to excellent visibility with crystal-clear, aqua-colored water. It’s like swimming in a dream! Many dive centers are conveniently located within walking distance of the beach, and they even offer accommodation and diving packages. It’s the perfect way to fully immerse yourself in the diving experience.

Just keep in mind that December holidays can get pretty crowded, as the dive schools take over. If you prefer a quieter time, plan your trip accordingly.

If you want to find dive centers in the area, check out www.ofroadandsea.com.

3. Strolling on the beach

If you’re anything like me and not much of a diver (especially if you have a bit of a fear of the ocean, like me in shark territory in Cape Town!), you can enjoy a leisurely walk along the beautiful sandy beach. It’s a great way to relax and take in the fresh sea air. You can walk quite a distance in either direction, marveling at the clear blue waters. Maybe you’ll even get lucky and spot dolphins or a whale along the way. We were lucky to see some local Mozambique kids playing and jumping down the small dunes, and we spent some time taking pictures of them, which made them very happy. You can also collect pretty seashells along the way and stop for a swim in the warm shore break.


4. Having a drink

If you’ve ever been to Mozambique, you’re probably familiar with the local beers, 2M and Laurentina. In my opinion, they are just as good as South African beers in terms of taste, and they’re also quite affordable. There are many different varieties to choose from, so you’ll definitely find something you like. As someone who didn’t know much about Mozambique beer, my colleague “convinced” me to try the Laurentina Clara (a light lager), Preta (dark lager), and the Laurentina Premium (multiple times a day!). If you’re not a fan of beer, you can try Mozambique’s famous rum, Tipo Tinto. The best way to enjoy it is with fizzy Sparletta Raspberry and plenty of ice. This drink, known as an R&R, is a popular choice on all the menus in town. Fair warning: at Fernando’s, you might be asked to nail your driver’s license or bank cards to the furniture or walls. As a good luck charm, we left our Getaway business card nailed to the bar. Some popular places to grab a drink include Pintos Beach Bar, Pinto (in town), and Fernando’s Bar, all within walking distance of each other.

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5. Shopping and Eating

Hey there! When you’re visiting Mozambique, make sure to pick up some awesome souvenirs for your loved ones who couldn’t come with you on this amazing adventure. While it may not be as extravagant as Sandton City, you’ll have a blast at the local Mozambique market on the main road to the beach. They have everything from wooden statues to colorful t-shirts and necklaces. And here’s a little tip: always bargain for a better price. I managed to snag two awesome necklaces for just R80!

By the way, if you’re looking for some fresh produce, head up the hill into town, and you’ll find a food market. They have the juiciest and tastiest fruits and veggies. Oh, and don’t forget to grab a bottle of Tipo Tinto rum for only R50. It’s absolutely delicious!

Now, after a long day of shopping, walking, and swimming, it’s time to fill our bellies. One of my favorite spots is Kaya Kweru Backpackers. They make the most incredible thin-based pizzas. I also had a plate of mouthwatering calamari at Bula Bula. And of course, I paired it with some refreshing Laurentina Clara beer. Trust me, it’s the perfect combination.

Just a heads up, though. Don’t expect an abundance of fresh veggies and fruits in Ponta. Since it’s a bit isolated and the road conditions are rough, they don’t get a lot of supplies. But hey, who needs salads when you can indulge in scrumptious seafood, carbs, and beer? Let’s save the detox for later, shall we?

Welcome to Ponto do Ouro!

If you want to find out more about Ponto do Ouro, you can visit our website at http://www.pontadoouro.co.za/. Here, you’ll discover all the information and details you need to plan your perfect trip.

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Are you on the lookout for affordable accommodation in Ponto do Ouro? Look no further! Visit Getaway’s accommodation site for a range of affordable places to stay that suit your needs and budget.

When it comes to planning your trip, it’s important to choose the right place to stay. Ponto do Ouro offers a variety of options for accommodation, whether you prefer a cozy guesthouse or a beachfront resort. The choice is yours.

Understanding the different factors and amenities available at each accommodation option will help you make an informed decision. By following these tips, you’ll be able to find the perfect place to stay in Ponto do Ouro that meets your requirements.

One of the key factors to consider is the location. Do you want to be close to the beach, or would you prefer to be near the town center? Think about what you prioritize most and choose accordingly.

Additionally, take into account the facilities each place offers. Does it have a swimming pool, Wi-Fi, or a restaurant? Knowing what amenities are available will ensure you have a comfortable and enjoyable stay.

When someone mentions Ponto do Ouro, what comes to mind? For me, it’s the beautiful beaches, the friendly locals, and the vibrant nightlife. If you’re looking for a beach getaway, Ponto do Ouro is the place to be.

If you’re a nature lover, there are also plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. From diving and snorkeling to exploring the nearby nature reserves, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

By following these tips, you’ll be well-prepared to make the most of your visit to Ponto do Ouro. Remember, it’s all about finding the perfect balance between relaxation, adventure, and affordability. So start planning your trip today!

For more information on Ponta do Ouro visit http://www.pontadoouro.co.za/

For affordable places to stay in Ponta do Ouro visit Getaway’s accommodation site.

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