Why Ponta Do Ouro, Mozambique Is Your Next Travel Destination

Located at the Southernmost coastline of Mozambique directly North of South Africa, Ponta do Ouro is a tropical beach paradise.

Ponta Do Ouro, Mozambique
Ponta d’Ouro’s stunning main beach, swim spot, surf break and dive launch site all in one place. Photo: Zoe Zaleski

Mozambique is a unique country in Southern Africa with endless raw, natural beauty and vast and varied landscapes. While there are many destinations throughout the country that draw tourists in, Ponta do Ouro is one of the hidden treasures of Mozambique that should not be overlooked when planning a visit.

Located at the Southernmost coastline of Mozambique directly North of South Africa, Ponta do Ouro is a tropical beach paradise. The roads leading into Ponta and throughout the town are sand, which provides a rough terrain for any vehicles that are not four wheel drive.

Ponta Do Ouro, Mozambique
The sandy roads of Ponta d’Ouro, home to local shops, bakeries, and bars. Photo: Zoe Zaleski

Lined along the sand roads are countless shacks where local vendors sell various items, such as souvenirs, clothing, SIM cards, local bread rolls, kbown as pão, freshly caught prawns, pastéis de nata, and Mozambique’s famous rum, Tipo Tinto.

Ponta do Ouro is known for a few things, which are all must-do’s while in Mozambique! Ponta is home to dozens of reefs and dive sites for scuba diving. Mozambique is home to stunning marine life such as whales, whale sharks, various species of sharks, dolphins, lionfish, potato bass, eels, stingrays, and so much more. If you are a scuba diver or would like to get certified, this is the place for you.

Ponta Do Ouro, Mozambique
Sunset swims in the warm tropical waters. Photo: Zoe Zaleski

If you would rather snorkel, Ponta do Ouro offers its widely popular dolphin diving excursions, in which groups of people can snorkel with pods of dolphins in a sustainable and safe way. If you would rather stay on top of the waves, there is a beautiful surf break right on the main beach at the point, which draws in locals and tourists alike each day.

Up on the beach houses sun-bathers, shop vendors, beach bars, and gazebos for rent. Locals will sell you fresh salted or spiced cashews, you can get an hour-long massage on the beach for 100 rand (~7 USD), or sip on the typical local drink, a R&R rum and raspberry cocktail. Retire at one of the many beach restaurants and eat fresh queen prawns while you watch the sun dip below the horizon. There are tons of options for accommodation in Ponta do Ouro, which range from basic beach camping to beautiful and private beach chalets.

Ponta Do Ouro, Mozambique
Morning walks to pick up local bread, beer, and pastries for the day. Photo: Zoe Zaleski

There is always something to do, whether it is browsing the shops, swimming in the tropical and glassy turquoise waters, diving, hiking up the lush hills, driving quad bikes along the sand dunes, or relaxing on the beach.

Ponta do Ouro is a beach paradise that has remained under the radar for most travelers visiting Southern Africa. If you find yourself in South Africa or Mozambique, make sure to find a way to visit this incredible and lovely town.

Ponta Do Ouro, Mozambique
Enjoying the sunset along the beach. Photo: Zoe Zaleski

Zoe spent six days in Ponta do Ouro.

Zoe Zaleski

Zoe has been an avid traveler her whole life. She grew up in California, has lived in Spain, and is currently living in South Africa. Zoe has traveled to over twenty countries, and does not plan on stopping any time soon. She loves being outdoors, and her passions include photography, diving, backpacking, and rock climbing.

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