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Castelo do Mar is situated on the water’s edge at Linga-Linga, the tiny peninsula that juts into the Inhambane Bay, Mozambique. The warm Mozambican hospitality ensures that guests enjoy relaxing Mozambique Accommodation with 18 elegant rooms, luxuriously decorated and air-conditioned with en-suite bathrooms.

Activities include Fishing, deep sea Fishing, Diving, Snorkeling, Canoeing, Relaxing in the library, or having fun in the bar & games room. Rates are inclusive of 3 meals per day in the Portuguese themed restaurant.

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Accommodation at Castelo do Mar, Inhambane, Mozambique (x 18 rooms)

Beachfront Deluxe Rooms (x8)

King-size bedrooms, 4 up / 4 down, each with a spacious private veranda, tea/coffee making facilities and en suite shower/ WC.
Six rooms can accommodate one additional stretcher bed for children up to 6 years of age.
Children over 7 years of age may be accommodated in own room at the relevant child rate.

Family Room – one room on ground level is an inter-leading family room with a separate bath/WC.  (Separate access makes this room suitable for driver/guide accommodation.)

Honeymoon Suite – one room upstairs, is designed with honeymooners in mind including a jacuzzi on the deck, under cover and filled on guest arrival.

The Castle Rooms (x6)

There are 6 bedrooms in the main building, each with en suite shower/WC.
These are private, cool rooms located away from the beachfront.
Children under 18 years of age are not accommodated in the Castle

The Manor House (x4)

En suite bedrooms with private en suite shower/WC.  One room has en suite bath.  Facilities include a dining area for catered dinner options, lounge and veranda leading onto lawn and beach.  Children of all ages welcome

The Manor House is ideal for multi-generational families, incentive and fishing groups.
One room may accommodate 1 extra bed and 1 infant cot.

A catered dinner option is available where guests are supplied salad and meat to braai at the house.

All accommodation can be configured for twins or doubles with air-conditioning, en suite shower/WC, king-size beds, hairdryer, luxury linen and guest amenities. Coffee/Tea trays delivered on request to Castle and Manor House rooms.

The beach front swimming pool with wooden deck is host to many a sun-downer while spotting Dolphins and even rare Dugong’s. Relaxing at the  Mozambique water’s edge with a ‘Castelo Do Mar’  cocktail, while enjoying life’s treasures, will be an unforgettable Mozambique experience while planning your next Lodge activity. All of this with exquisite views of the bay and blue fishing sea waters. There are various motorized activities for the more adventure traveller who likes deep sea fishing, Marlin fishing or waterskiing. We also have Boat excursions to Pansy island and the swamp areas. For the more relaxed guests, we have plenty of  beach walks, reading, snorkeling, canoeing and birding to enjoy within the spectacular natural locations surrounding the lodge. Families can enjoy themselves in the Games Room.

Your hosts at Castelo do Mar, Springbok Rock & Surf fisherman Neil Gouws and wife Urshula will treat you to a fabulous time.  James Anderson, will meet & collect you at Inhambane Airport to transfer you by boat to the Beachfront Lodge.

Daily flights to Inhambane  makes this holiday or corporate destination quick and easily accessible.

From December 15th until January 15th:

It is the South African school holidays and because Mozambique is close to South Africa, all seaside resorts tend to be quite busy during this time, so if you would like to come and visit during this period, you need to book very early! It can get very hot during this time (temperature’s can get up to 40 ˚C) and quite humid. Water temp: 27 – 29 ˚C.

From February until May: February is considered cyclone season in this part of the world. Most years this does not affect the resorts and there can be gorgeous calm weather, but if the conditions are right for it, cyclones can form out in the channel and send big waves. At Easter, because of the South African school holidays, the resort is again very busy, so best to to book early. Outside the Easter period it tends to be fairly quiet so it’s a great time to visit to escape the crowds. The days are still nice and hot but the evenings are getting a little cooler. Water temp: 23-27˚C

From June until September: The humpback whales are here on their annual migration, it’s sunny and warm during the day and the evenings are cool enough to wear long sleeves. Water temp: 19-24˚C. This is however the main windy season so be prepared for some choppy sea conditions.

From September until December 15th: It’s starting to get a little warmer at night, the resort varies between very busy and not busy, though these times are unpredictable. The water temperature is rising steadily from 23-27˚C.

Visibility, wind and sea conditions: You will need to remember that this is Africa! It is impossible to compare our conditions to other parts of the world. The sea conditions can range from lake-like to very rough with swells sometimes reaching over 5 meters and wind speeds up to 30 knots. If sea conditions are too rough or unsafe it won’t  be possible to take a boat out for diving (this will be decided by the experienced dive and boat staff) . You will find that if you have never dived here, or along the south-eastern coast of Africa, that the conditions can be quite challenging one day, and very easy the next. Visibility can range from 1 meter to 30 meters and none of the conditions are predictable. There can also be very strong currents on deeper dives and this is why all deep dives are considered drift dives and done with negative descents. Having said all the above, you can also experience very calm and pleasant sea and diving conditions.

Deep Sea Fishing Mozambique

Castelo do Mar Lodge is heading up a conservation initiative in the Linga Linga Peninsula which is being heavily netted, promoting Tag and Release of Billfish and is IGFA registered. A unique program to safeguard the fishing quality in the area.

Fishing Boats

2 x 28ft Nova Cats powered by 2 x 150 hp Yamaha outboards and fully rigged to suit the most serious angler including well maintained communication systems, fish finders, GPS and radar, Penn International Marlin reels, out riggers, down riggers, fighting chair, rods, lures and live bait. Fishing excurisions are also available on our own Luxury Catamaran “Cassinga”.

Charge of lost tackle as applicable.

Fishing Seasons

Although June, July, October, November, December and January are the best months we have very good fishing in Mozambique the other months throughout the year.

June & July are the best two months for game fishing including Cuta, Natal Snoek, Barracuda, Whahoo, Prodical Son and if venturing a bit further out and deeper – orado, Yellow fin Tuna, Bonitos and Sail Fish

October, November, December and January good for Bill fishing such as Black Marlin, Stripped Marlin and Sail Fish come alive. Very good catches of black Marlin, 600 -800 pounds, are taken often.

Species

Cuta, Natal Snoek, Barracuda, Whahoo, Prodical Son, Dorado, Yellow fin Tuna, Bonitos, Sail Fish, Black Marlin, Striped Marlin, King Fish, Matahari, speckled snappers, GT’S , Stump nose, rock Cods, green spot kingfish, yellow spot kingfish, blue fin kingfish,, queen fish, springer’s, bonefish,

Fish with Neil Gouws:

Neil has fished from a very young age and is more passionate about fishing than most people in the world. He started competing at the age of 18 and within two years fished for the Western Province team.

He fished for the Western Province team for16 years and became a Springbok angler in 2003. He was South African Champion in Cape Town Nationals and the following year, again in a Kwazulu Natal Nationals event. Neil fished for the South African team for 4 years in a row, before leaving for Angola where he fished every day of the year for 3 years. He also guided for the Natal team in a National championship which was held in Cape Town in 2010 and helped them to Gold Victory.

This is an opportunity not to be missed – fish with a Pro at no additional charge.

Scuba diving Mozambique

“Cassinga”, a fully kitted out luxury 40ft catamaran will offer half day diving including breakfast, departing from the Lodge or the Inhambane harbour daily, in the mornings.

Non-divers

Snorkelling, sea safaris or merely relaxing on board will be welcome on Cassinga.

Shallow snorkelling off the Whale boat wreck on the beach is perfect for toddlers.

Here you can tick off a bucket-list Marine Big 5!

Diving in Mozambique can be an extraordinary experience! It’s well known that some of the best dive sports in the world are in Mozambique. Whilst Humpback Whale sightings are seasonal, Whale Sharks, Manta Rays, Turtles and Dolphins can be seen all year around.

Dolphins – quite common breaking the surface alongside boats, passing the front of the lodge in the Bay, or coming up playfully when diving or snorkelling.

Humpback Whales – migrate annually from Antarctica to the warm waters close to the equator where they give birth and breed and are normally seen from June to October (most likely in August).

Manta Rays – the Mozambique coastline from Barra up to Bazaruto is considered to be a hotspot.

Turtles – 5 of the world’s eight turtle species are found off the Inhamhane coast.

Whale Sharks – after South America and Philippines, Mozambique ranks in the Top 5 destinations for diving with the biggest fish in the ocean.

A qualified divers’ paradise; dive instructor on request; all equipment available to rent.

This part of Mozambique is famous for its Megafauna – manta rays and whale sharks. The best chance to see mantas is in general on the deeper reefs where there are cleaning stations that the rays visit. By far the best chance to see whale sharks is actually not while scuba diving, but on ocean safaris. The sharks tend to hang close to the surface where they feed and we go for a 2 hour boat trip with snorkel gear and swim with the sharks. On the Ocean Safaris you also have the chance of seeing dolphins, mantas, turtles and in season (July – October) humpback whales.

It’s not always the size that matters! What a lot of people don’t know is that there is some fantastic macro life in the shape of frog fish, nudibranchs, harlequin shrimps and other rare crustaceans, pipefish, leaf fish, dragon morays, ribbon eels, sea moths etc.

The water temperature changes quite a lot throughout the year, from 19-20 degrees in July – August to 27-28 in December – January. In April and October it is usually around 24 degrees. Average visibility is 10-12 m. All dives are done from 8,5M RIBs and we launch and beach through the surf zone. Since at times there can be fairly strong currents and because all reefs are square profile (no wall diving), all deeper dives are done with negative entries. The first dive you do will in general be a shallow one to get used to procedures, in case there are gear adjustments and also to practice the negative entry technique.

We are always striving to dive with the minimum impact on our reefs and marine life. Because of this we have a very strict, “No Touching, No Teasing, No Taking” policy and don’t allow gloves as gloves tend to encourage people to touch corals and animals.

As a part of DAN Southern Africa’s safety partner program, we will only take you to the maximum depth allowed by your certification level. So if you are Open Water 1/1 star and would like to visit our reefs that are deeper than 18m, you will need to complete the PADI Deep Adventure dive.

This includes a little bit of studying to learn more about deep diving techniques, hazards and procedures. An instructor will go through this with you in a short briefing. On the deep training dive an instructor will be with you at all times and you will practice proper deep diving ascent and descent procedures and two staged skills. This doesn’t take long and when it is done you carry on diving. This dive will be signed off on a training record. You may then continue deep diving with us with no additional training. It is also one of the two mandatory dives required for PADI Advanced qualification, so you are on your way to the next level of certification. It is a PADI Standard that students have access to the PADI materials during and after the course, so you may find you need to purchase the PADI Adventures In Diving manual.

As part of DAN Southern Africa’s safety partner program, if it has been more than a year since your last dive, we require that you complete a PADI refresher course. This includes a short theory session, a pool session where you refresh all your emergency and buoyancy skills and a dive. The PADI Medical statement needs to be completed for this program.

Though diving in Mozambique is year round, different times of year can offer different sightings, above water and below. Because Mozambique is in the southern hemisphere, summer is from December to February and winter is July to September, although because Inhambane is not too far from the equator winters are not extremely cold.

The only animals we have a distinct season for are the humpback whales. They migrate annually from Antarctica to the warm waters close to the equator where they give birth and breed. Normally we see them June – October with the highest concentration in August. As a difference from most other places in the world we don’t have distinct seasons for manta rays and whale sharks, they may be seen all year around.

Castelo do Mar is located in a malaria area. It is advised that you consult your doctor about what malaria prophylaxis to take. LARIUM / MEFLOQUINE / MEPHLIAM ARE NOT SAFE TO DIVE WITH. Other than that, it is a good idea to bring along a supply of mosquito repellent for prevention

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