Tofo Beach © Erik Cleves Kristensen
Described as 'the next Goa', Tofo Beach is situated in the Inhambane Province of Mozambique. It has definitely become a hotspot for young travellers, with beautiful stretches of beach, a friendly laid-back atmosphere, good restaurants, an entertaining nightlife and some great diving and snorkelling sites.
There are many restaurants in Tofo, most specialising in seafood and peri-peri spiced dishes. Casa Barry has good seafood and views, and Bamboozled offers all-you-can-eat buffets. There are also a number of beach bars and a bustling nightlife, though Fatima's Nest and Dino's Bar and Restaurant draw the biggest crowds. Those looking to get away from the throngs of tourists can find local taverns on the edge of town. Tofo, easily explored on foot, also has a market in the centre of town, and you can buy local art on the beachfront. However, those looking for authentic culture and history may be disappointed.
Of course, the main draw of Tofo is the natural beauty, with pristine beaches perfect for swimming, diving, and watersports like surfing, kitesurfing and bodyboarding. The area offers amazing scuba diving at popular sites like Manta Reef, and the chance to spot humpback whales, reef sharks, and whale sharks. Beware of jellyfish though, as the giant Portuguese man-of-war float through in swarms.