WELCOME to GOLDEN SHORES

WHERE is it located

Golden Shores is in the Inhambane Province of Mozambique, situated approximately 500km from Maputo and 24 km from the Inhambane city centre, on the tranquil Indian Ocean Coast between Coconut Bay to the north and Guinjata Bay to the south.

WHAT makes it special

Golden Shores offers 10 luxurious villas each tailored to ensure that you enjoy your dream vacation.  This tropical getaway is situated on 32ha of pristine, crystal clear coastline, with unspoilt sand dunes and breathtaking endless wide beaches.

ABOUT us

We are one of the most exclusive resorts in Inhambane and provide a range of beautiful villas to suit any requirement or occasion.

OUR Villas

Activities and Services

Bar and Villa Service

Golden Shores Bar: The Golden Shores Bar is open for drinks and fresh homemade pizzas.

The bar is open from 10.00am until 22H00 (10.00pm). During high and peak seasons we have
fun theme evenings and everybody is welcome. Cash (Meticais or ZA Rands), and Master and Visa card
are accepted or purchases may be on account.

Pizzeria and Bakery

Portuguese buns from the bakery in season @ R3 per roll as well as loaf bread @ R15 each In season fresh pizzas are available on order from our bakery

Cleaning Service 

All our villas have a full time housekeeper who works from 07.30am until 15.30 (3.30pm). But we can also provide extra cleaning services on request.  No matter whether this is a planned or extra booked service, we provide extraordinary levels of cleanliness and superior service, so you never spoil your rest because of an uncleaned villa.

Our villas cleaning  include housekeeping for your bedrooms, floors, kitchen, bathrooms, common areas, plunge pool, and more depending on the chosen villa. You may also pre-order additional cleaning by phone during your stay.

We always meet the high demands of hospitality business for clearness.  

Weddings and Birthday Celebrations

A special service who those who want to spend special days at special places. Let us arrange your  birthday or family reunion, wedding or any other special location  with first hand on advice on suitable properties, areas and activities for a large group in our villas. Each villa comes with a special open air spaces for celebrating.

Celebrate your wedding in the beautiful place near ocean, perfect setting to enjoy family and friends. You may also have an intimate blessing in the private chapel of the Villa – is this what you have been always dreaming about? Drink a glass of Italian wine around the pool and have a typical Tuscan dinner under magnificent trees.

We arrange all types of luxury and small weddings – only from Monday to Thursday included and for a max of 40 guests. Wedding planner and catering services upon request. The price listed covers preodering a wedding planner or birthday planner.

Airport Shuttle

Golden Shores Resort provides a shuttle service from the Inhambane Airport to the Golden Shores resort which is approximately 25 Km from the airport. This journey takes one through the town of Inhambane, and past some incredibly beautiful tropical landscape.

Diving and Snorkelling

The scuba diving in this area of Mozambique is famous for its amazing sightings of Manta Rays and Whale Sharks but offers far, far more than just these. There are amazing varieties of coral in this Indian Ocean paradise supporting Harlequin Shrimps, Frogfish, Sea horses, Turtles, Dolphins, Humpback Whales, Eels, Rays, Barracuda, Kingfish, Paper fish, the list is endless.
The water temperature is lovely all year round from 29 degrees in the summer to 22 degrees in the winter and visibility can be up to 40 metres! Dropping to 9 metres when the plankton bloom.

Guinjata Bay has become known as one of the top ten diving destinations in the world, boasting a choice of four reefs.

 

Fishing

Inhambane Province offers some of the most amazing and glorious sights and places to go game fishing. Not only is the Indian Ocean warm and mostly calm, Mozambique has by some historical quirk managed to stay untouched by the kind of modern infrastructure and progress that tend to mar the natural beauty of a coastline.

The Guinjata Bay area offers excellent game fishing be it surf fishing, kayak fishing, deep sea fishing, salt water fly fishing, drop shot, vertical jigging, or spear fishing.

Surfing

Tofinho
Type: reef and point
Reliability: fairly consistent
Best: Swell SE | Wind SSW
Tofinho is a fairly exposed reef and point break that has quite consistent surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Works best in offshore winds from the south southwest. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the ideal swell angle is from the southeast. A right hand reef break It very rarely gets crowded here.

Backdoor
Type: beach and reef
Reliability: fairly consistent
Best: Swell SE | Wind NW
Backdoor is an exposed reef break that has fairly consistent surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds blow from the northwest. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southeast. There is a right hand reef break. Even when there are waves, it’s not likely to be crowded.

Back Beach
Type: beach and reef
Reliability: fairly consistent
Best: Swell SE | Wind NW
Back Beach is an exposed beach and reef break that has fairly consistent surf. Winter is the favoured time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds are from the northwest. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the southeast. The beach breaks are all rights as well as a left hand reef break.. Relatively few surfers here, even on good days.

Praia Tofo
Type: beach
Reliability: inconsistent
Best: Swell SE | Wind SSW
Praia Tofo is a fairly exposed beach break that has inconsistent surf. Winter is the optimum time of year for surfing here. The best wind direction is from the south southwest. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the southeast. The beach breaks favour lefts. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up.

Barra Beach
Type: sandbar
Reliability: inconsistent
Best: Swell SE | Wind SSW
Barra Beach is a quite exposed beach break that has inconsistent surf. Winter is the favoured time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds blow from the south southwest. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the southeast. The beach breaks peel to the right. Best around low tide. Rarely crowded here.

Dinos Left
Type: reef
Reliability: inconsistent
Best: Swell E | Wind SW
Dinos Left is a quite exposed reef break that only works once in a while. Winter is the favoured time of year for surfing here. The best wind direction is from the southwest. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the east. A left hand reef break. It very rarely gets crowded here.

Ocean Safaris

The Ocean Safaris consist of boat trips to the best ocean sites that allow you to snorkel with dolphins, manta rays, and whale sharks in this area all year round, but whale sharks are most likely to be seen in the months of September to May. Humpback whales visit the shores in the winter months of May to October during their annual migration to breed and give birth to their calves.

The Lagoon Safari allows one to snorkel in the lagoon and mangrove swamp and see an amazing array of small marine life – fish, starfish, bizarre sea cucumbers, sea horses, and dugongs.

 

Whale Watching

Whale Watching
July till November means whale watching season in Inhambane is in full swing! Come and experience these ethereal mammals in all their glory while you indulge mind and body on some of the best beaches on the African continent.

Inhambane is a whale watching destination second to none, you can see these majestic marine giants within a few 100 metres of the shores, as they travel to the warmth of the Indian Ocean to mate and have their calves. It is quite common to see up to 30 or 40 of these beautiful animals on any day.

The Whale Migration

Every winter pods of whales embark on their annual migration from Antarctica to the South East African coast to mate and calve, one of the lengthiest migrations in the world. The migration to the warmer climate ensures the safety of calves, from their natural predators the Orcas, as well as increases their survival rate in the warmer environmental conditions (imagine being born in the icy cold waters of the Antarctic!).

Spot Southern Right and Humpback Beauties

You will be introduced to the magnificent migratory Southern Right whales and the Humpback whales as they swim past the East African coastline.

Both species are baleen whales which use their baleen or filter-feeder system inside their mouths to feed on krill and plankton. The baleen system works when a whale opens its mouth underwater and the whale takes in water. The whale then pushes the water out, and animals such as krill are filtered by the baleen and remain as a food source for the whale. Baleen is similar to bristles and is made of keratin, the same substance found in human fingernails and hair.

Behaviour of These Playful Giants

Humpback and Southern right whales have a rather playful temperament when not being threatened. Your whale watching experience will put you in a front row seat to observe the aerial antics of these magnificent creatures defy the laws of nature.

Humpbacks are considered the acrobats of the great whales and can breach (push their upper bodies above the surface) as high as 10 metres!

These whales have a friendly and a curious nature and are known to approach whale-watching boats or even spend a few minutes in close range of/and underneath these boats.

Also, watch out for:

Lob-Tailing where they lie vertically in the water with their heads down, slapping the water continuously with their tails.
Sailing where whales are stationary in the water with their head down and only their tails sticking out.
Flipper slapping is when whales surface on their backs and loudly slap their pectoral fins onto the water.
Spy-hopping where whales push their heads right out of the water as if they spying on you.
Witness Their Unique Whale Song

The humpback whales sing spine-chilling songs. The male makes the long, loud, complex “songs” for which the species is famous and which can last up to 20 minutes long. Humpbacks may sing continuously for more than 24 hours but because they have no vocal cords, these whales sing by forcing air through their massive nasal cavities!

While scientists still don’t know the real reason why Humpback whales sing, it is interesting to note that all North Atlantic Humpbacks sing the same song, and those of the North Pacific sing a different song.

Did you know that the Humpback whale uses a very clever technique to catch its food known as bubble net feeding? What happens is a group of whales swims in a circle, getting closer and closer in as they keep blowing bubbles below a school of prey. The prey (krill or plankton) is encircled in the shrinking ring of bubbles and is then trapped in a cylinder shape that keeps getting smaller. This ring can begin at up to 30 metres wide and several Humpbacks can be involved. The whales then suddenly swim upward through the “net”, mouths agape, swallowing thousands of fish in one gulp. Wow!
The Southern Right Whale have a hairier head than most other whales and is recognised for its huge callosities or horny growths on its head behind the blowhole, on the chin and around the eyes and lower lip. These whales have two blowholes so when they blow, the water makes a particular shape in the air above them. Right whales were hunted by whalers who knew they were rich in blubber, therefore the “right” whales to hunt. Females can be more than 15 metres long and 54 tons in weight!
The survival of this species is being threatened. Climate change is currently impacting on whales as sea levels rise and temperatures change. The Arctic and Antarctic habitats are facing threats right now which could affect whales sooner than we realise. If the krill and plankton populations decrease, whales will really be in trouble.
Come to Golden Shores to see the whales! Maybe you will feel so tuned into these giant sea mammals that you will want to contribute to their on-going survival?

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About us

We are one of the most exclusive resorts in Inhambane and provide a range of beautiful villas to suit any requirement or occasion.