Pestana Inhaca Lodge

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Overview Of Resort

Pestana Inhaca Island Resort is currently closed for a major refurbishment. Opening date to be advised. Please contact us for alternative accommodation.


Inhaca Island is situated across the bay of Maputo, just 40 km from the capital city of Mozambique. Pestana Inhaca Lodge has 40 air-conditioned chalets with en-suite bathrooms,  situated amongst coconut palms in a tropical setting. The resort is fairly rustic, but with comfortable accommodation.

There is a government ferry to the island, however, we recommend a private boat transfer rather. Inhaca Island has a lot to offer, from boat trips to the nearby Portuguese Island, which is a totally deserted island with magnificent white sandy beaches, to excursions to the Marine Biology Museum or the Inhaca Lighthouse. There is also a small village to provide some local colour or souvenir hunting. Inhaca Island is a true African Island, and an ideal weekend getaway with great appeal.



Inhaca Lodge’s forty bungalows are now air-conditioned with en-suite bathrooms,  and are situated amongst coconut palms in a tropical setting. The resort is fairly rustic, but with comfortable accommodation. The interior décor carries an African-island theme, with double or twin beds, and family rooms have a fold-away sleeper couch, which can accommodate two small children. All chalets have en-suite bathrooms with showers only. Chalets have televisions and tea/coffee making facilities and are serviced daily.

The hotel has a large salt-water swimming pool, and a water-sports centre with a wide range of water-sports on offer, including diving, snorkelling, fishing, kayaking and water-skiing. Tours by tractor to the lighthouse or Maritime Museum, boat trips to Portuguese Island, and walking trails around the island can also be arranged.

The Resort offers either Bed & Breakfast or Half Board options (Dinner, bed & Breakfast). There is a lunch menu available as well as a “snack menu” around the pool areal. Seafood barbeques, under the trees with a local band supplying the music, make for a special evening, while you watch the sun set over the ocean.

A lunch menu is available at the hotel, or picnic lunches can be arranged for outings. There is also a quaint little restaurant in the village; the famous Lucas’ Restaurant, where wonderful seafood lunches can be had at reasonable prices.



The hotel has a large salt-water swimming pool, a rather old tennis court, and volleyball and indoors there is a TV & video room, a games room with darts, and table tennis, as well as a “play room” for younger children.

Conference facilities:

Inhaca Lodge has a fully air-conditioned conference room, which seats up to 80 delegates, depending on seating configuration. The Conference room has an overhead projector, screen, flipchart, TV and video machine. Other facilities can also be arranged, if required.

Pestana Inhaca Island Lodge offers excellent Scuba Diving, and snorkelling, as well as Deep-sea Fishing, and Rock & Surf fishing. Watersports on offer also include wake snake, wake tube, water-skiing, paddle canoes, and para-sailing.

Boat Charters for Fishing

Boats available for charter include Yamaha 21 ft Inshore, Yamaha 20 ft Lt tackle boats, and 18 ft Ski Boats. All fully equipped.



Excursions can be arranged to Portuguese Island, the Biology Station, Light House Beach, the Mangrove swamps, as well as the Santa Maria Wall. Also available are Sunset cruises, Whale Watching excursions, etc.

Portuguese Island is a deserted island approx. 3 km from Inhaca Island. The boat crossing only takes about 10 -15 minutes and picnic lunches can be arranged from Inhaca Lodge. Portuguese Island has beautiful beaches and the lagoon area is great for all manner of watersports. The snorkelling is also fairly good.

Santa Maria Wall (also known as Ponte Torres) is quite far from Inhaca Lodge, on the other side of the island. The boat trip takes approximately 45 minutes each way. This is actually a reef, which is really great for “drift” dives or snorkelling. The “wall” is a rocky ledge that falls steeply down to 20 metres. Best dived leading up to high tide; the jagged rocks have many caves and ledges that harbour all kinds of marine life.



Payments for reservations are due prior to arrival at the Lodge. All extra incurred on the island are due in full on departure from the Lodge. The Lodge accepts Meticais from Mozambican residents and US Dollars or Rands from overseas guests. Major credit cards are also welcome.


Flights to Maputo

Flights to Maputo:

Both LAM (the Mozambique Airline), and SAA fly into Maputo on a daily basis. We have special IT Fares (inclusive tour fares) with the airlines, so can put together a complete package for you.


Area Information

Getting There

One can drive from Johannesburg to Maputo, or travel by bus or train. South African Airways and LAM (Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique) fly regularly to Maputo.

Mozambique GSA have specially reduced IT fares on all the airlines, so please contact us for the best rates on fly-in packages.

Visas for Mozambique
Important Notice regarding VISA requirements for travel to Mozambique

Citizens and nationals of all countries, except citizens of the following countries: Botswana, Malawi, Mauritius, Swaziland, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, require a visa when travelling to Mozambique for Tourism. This legislation prevails and has not changed in anyway – the Mozambican government has merely enforced the regulation regarding pre-application of visas for these nationalities, and it is now a matter of the relevant border control areas implementing the necessary measures, following a high volume of travellers attempting to enter the country with no valid purpose or suitable documentation.

A comprehensive list of international Mozambican Consular offices / representatives, can be found on:

Visas for Mozambique are not required by SA Passport Holders. Please contact us if you have any queries.

Health Precautions
No vaccinations are required when visiting Mozambique. However, as a precaution, Malaria tablets should be taken. Please consult your doctor or pharmacist. Except at the upmarket resorts, it is not a good idea to drink unbottled water. We recommend you bring along the following personal medication: Insect repellent, suntan and blockout creams, Immodium, Malaria tablets and antihistamine creams.

The unit of currency is the Metical (plural Meticais), however US Dollars and South African Rands are the more readily accepted currencies.

Ilha da Inhaca

Inhaca Island is the closest island getaway, situated in the bay of Maputo, just 40 km from the capital.  There is a local ferry and also some boat companies that arrange boat transfers to the island. There is only one resort on Inhaca Island, the Pestana Inhaca Lodge Island Resort. There is a small village on Inhaca, with a rather quaint but well-known restaurant called Lucas’ and a small market. One can also visit the Marine Biology Museum and excursions are taken to the lighthouse and to Portuguese Island, just a few minutes from Inhaca Island. Portuguese island is totally deserted with magnificent expanses of beautiful white sandy beaches, and safe bays for swimming.


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There are a variety of watersports on offer at Inhaca :

  • Boat charter for fishing, either full or half day
  • Boat excursions to Portuguese Island, Biology Station, Coral Gardens, Lighthouse, Mangrove River
  • Landrover Excursions to Biology Station, Lighthouse, Turtle Beach and Santa Maria Wall
  • Airstrip transfers
  • Watersports include SCUBA diving, Snorkelling, Wake Snake, Wake Tube, Water Ski, Para Sail
  • Fishing
  • Paddle canoe

Click here to see the Fish SPECIES

Testimonials / feedback from guests

“These clients thank us for everything. They had an absolute awesome time at Inhaca and enjoyed every minute of their holiday. They were very impressed with all their travel arrangements as they had no hassles or worries at anytime.

Thank you for your assistance with this booking and thank you for helping to keep our clients happy.”
Angelique (Agent who booked clients 13 – 18 February 2013)

“Loved our holiday, thanks very much. Accomm and food good and the staff were fantastic and loved Inhaca.  Would definitely recommend it to friends.”
Amanda Setton (travelled to Inhaca 27 Dec – 03 Jan 2010)

“Clair and I had a lovely time. It surpassed our expectations, from the word go. The hotel wasn’t full, so we had freedom to enjoy all the activities without them being booked out already. The rooms were wonderful and all the activities we did were superb. We would definitely do it again and we have already recommended it to our close friends.
Thank you for all you did for us to make it great.
Much appreciated.”
Brett and Clair (travelled to Inhaca: 05 – 08 Oct 2010)

The holiday was great. Thank you very much for your arrangements and the supporting documents esp. the itinerary, which was very helpful. For example, had I not read that I would not have known that I was entering a malaria area and would not have obtained medication before leaving SA.

A few bits of feedback, not in any particular order:

  • Pestana Lodge was comfortable but guests must know that it is a lodge and not a five star hotel. E.g., rooms do not have a bath; only showers; it does not provide facecloths etc.  The beds are comfortable;  mosquito nets are very effective; all the staff are very, very helpful and try their best at all times.
  • Some of the best fish I’ve had in my life was on the island because it literally is the catch of the day. For example, the nicest seafood platter was from Lucas’ restaurant down the road in the village;  one has to wait very long for one’s food and some of it is cold by the time it reaches you. It was nonetheless very good.
  • I was blown away by the sense of personal safely on the island, which was an absolute bonus for a person living in Gauteng. There are no personal risks such as the things we deal with on a daily basis. I hold the view that the island community knows that their livelihoods are dependent on tourists and they therefore take responsibility for protecting their source of income. Literally the only danger which one is likely to encounter is a coconut falling on your head from the tall coconut palms (there are warning signs to this effect)!
  • I preferred the earlier part of my holiday when there were very few residents . The day I left was a Mozambican public holiday and the place was 100%. One of the advantages of the latter is that meals are better (they offer a greater variety of dishes if there are more guests).

“It was money well spent.  Hope you find this feedback useful.”
Edith   (October 2009)

“We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Inhaca Lodge… we were pretty lucky with the weather, only having a day or 2 with some clouds and rain. It was a nice relaxing break after all the mad rush around the wedding…
The food and service at the lodge was great, with everyone being so friendly. The only thing was we didn’t seem to get our honeymoon dinner… not serious… and a few instances where we did not have water in the room etc.
Other than that, everything was great!
Thanks again for all your assistance in planning our trip!
Blair Shelver (travelled 06 – 11 Oct 2009)

“Inhaca Lodge was lovely, very friendly staff, food was OK, nothing special and seeing as they are on an island very little seafood which was a bit disappointing. But we found the two local restaurants and had some lovely seafood platters.
Overall is was a lovely holiday and thank you for your help with the bookings.
If we have any future travel plans we’ll contact you.”
Laura (travelled 28 Sept – 02 Oct 2009)

“The group loved it and they really had a lovely time. Thank you so much for everything, going to see them today and if they have any nice photos will ask to email me.
Thanks again for all your help.”
Pops (Booked Galderma Group: 16 – 19 Aug 2009)

“We had a wonderful time at Inhaca Lodge, the island is so amazing, and the people are very hospitable.  We managed to do all the activities that they provided on the island, like snorkeling, fishing, and a whole lot of site seeing.
Thanking you so much for all your help and effort in ensuring that all was in order.
We had no problems with any of the flights, and everything was done quick and efficiently. CFA the small flight to and from the island was such an experience for us both.
Thanking you once again for all…….”
Claire   (20 – 26 May 2009)



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