ABOUT The Mozambique coast faces the Indian Ocean and because of its climate, warm waters and vast beach area is rich in many marine species, some of which are unfortunately in danger of extinction. The climate of Mozambique, influenced by the monsoons from the Indian Ocean and the hot current of the Mozambique Canal, is generally tropical and humid. The dry season, in the Centre/North lasts for about four to six months, where as in the South, the dry tropical climate lasts between six and nine months. The rainy season is between October and April. In the North the beaches are mainly rocky, where as in the Centre, situated near the river mouths, we find what can be described as dry riverbed beaches bordered by extensive mangroves. The sandy beaches are to be found in the South, with high dunes covered with low rough vegetation. Parallel to the coast, are isolated or groups of islands, some of which provide the tourist with good conditions in terms of lodging and the opportunity to observe the very varied vegetation and fascinating wildlife. Historic monuments are also to be found on these islands, a testimony to the Arabs and Europeans who settled there. The magnificient transparent waters are an irresistible invitation to go swimming, snorkelling and diving and admire the extraordinarily beautiful coral reef and the underwater marine life. The best known beaches along the coast noted for their visitor orientated infra-structures are: Pemba, Ilha de Moçambique, Fernão Veloso, Chocas, Vilanculos, Tofo, Morrungulo, Inhassoro, Inhambane, Bazaruto, Zongoene, Xai-Xai, Bilene, Marracuene, Inhaca, Ponta de Ouro and Ponta de Malongane.
CLIMATE In April - May the rains subside, the sun comes out and the humidity drops – better weather spreads gradually from the south to the north. June to October is the dry season, with often perfect tropical weather: clear skies, plenty of sun and almost no rain. This is the best time for most people to visit Mozambique. Although still tropical, June, July and August are Mozambique's coolest months; you'll need a light duvet at night, even though the temperature reaches over 30°C by day. During September and October it remains dry as daytime temperatures climb, though it cools down a lot at night. November is a less predictable month of transition. Sometimes the rains start, although many days remain sunny and hot. The rains generally start earlier in the north of the country.
BEWARE Most visits to Mozambique are trouble-free. However street crime, sometimes involving knives and firearms, is common in Maputo and is increasing in other cities and tourist destinations. Bag-snatching and pick-pocketing are also problems. Be vigilant at all times. Beaches or offshore islands are not policed. Avoid walking alone at night. Avoid displaying valuables or money (deposit them in a hotel safe if possible). There has been a recent increase in reports of carjacking, particularly in Maputo. Keep your car doors locked whilst driving. Pay particular care when arriving at or leaving residential properties after dark. Do not pick up strangers or stop to assist (apparently) distressed motorists or pedestrians. Hijackers sometimes use these techniques to trick motorists into stopping their vehicle. If in doubt, drive directly to a police station. If you are a victim of crime you should contact the local police immediately and obtain a police report. If your passport is stolen you should also inform the local immigration authorities and show them a copy of your police report.