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* The premier fishing, diving and snorkeling location of Southern Mozambique* Conveniently located only 8 hours drive from Johannesburg is the unpopulated paradise of Praia da Xai Xai that awaits your discovery... These perfectly located private self catering Villa's are on the first dune, overlooking the warm Indian Ocean and only a stone’s throw from the beach. This location is ideal for your perfect family holiday. Close by, the popular Eco-Estate offers year round use of all facilities and amenities including: A restaurant, bar and shop, as well as a range of outdoor activities... By prior arrangement, the resort offers Deep sea fishing (A must as the fishing is unbelievable all year round) Quad bike tours, Overnight quad adventure tours, Quad snorkeling tours, Beach dinners, Market tours, Ocean Safaris (especially good in winter when the whales are around). Diving is available from the well equipped Montego's Camp. Jetski fishing is a must. Seakayaking, and much much more... Things to do! At the Blue Waters Estate there are many exciting ways to explore the magic of Africa... Mozambique is about relaxing with your family and having time to enjoy them. Sitting on the beach or on top of a dune enjoying peace, quite and an ice cold 2M beer, carefree, knowing your kids are playing safely. When in Mozambique relax and enjoy. There is no hurry. Wenela Tidal Pool, two kilometres South, is a fascinating natural treasure, having a natural tunnel and blow hole linking the pool to the sea. Great tidal pool for the kids to learn to snorkel, protected with great visibility at low tide. Depth of up to 6 meters deep. Ocean A huge diversity of game fish abounds in the Mozambican channel including Sailfish, Marlin, Couta, Dorado, Tuna, Rock cod and many more. This coastline is also famous for huge Kingfish catches.. This is also an excellent fly fishing and "drop shot" venue. Deep sea charters can be booked at the resort. Ski boat, kayak and jet-ski fishing is also often enjoyed. Snorkelling at low tide offers a wonderful array of sights. Diving in XaiXai is world class with a fantastic reef. Diving may be booked at Montego's camp 2km North of the Eco Estate. Beaches Mozambique is famous for its long stretches of white sandy beaches which entice you to walk for miles, collecting shells on the way or you can just spend the day in the sun doing absolutely nothing... . Photography Ample opportunity for various settings both natural and surreal could catch the eye of the lens. A Distance Away Explore historical Xai Xai and enjoy the diversity of people. A must is the fresh pão's [buns] baked daily as well as some of the best espresso in the world. Visit various restaurants in close proximity of the resort and enjoy the local beer and fresh seafood. Plan a day trip to Zongoene Lodge (4X4 or 4x2 only). 1 1/2 hour drive. A very nice restaurant with an awesome bar. Drive up to the light house for a fantastic view. (Quad tours also available). Drive down to Bilene for a day at the lagoon. Nice restaurants and facilitys. (+- 40 minute drive on tar road). Additional Facilities Helipad at Eco-Estate Airport with customs (In development phase) Restaurant close by ( Peter George's, Haley, 3M restaurant in Xai-xai town. Bottle store, Petrol station and Pharmacy (10km) Convenience store (Haley) Quad rentals (Eco-Estate) Boat launching with winch Deep sea fishing charters (Beach resort) Rock and surf fishing Jet Ski Fishing Snorkelling 4x4 trails Medical facilities (less than 15km) Market (fresh fruit and veg/clothes and curios) (10km) Diving concession (2km) Montego's +258842330911(Moz) 0723569800 (SA) or email@example.com Frequently Asked Questions Must I take Malaria precautions? Yes, it is a Malaria area and precautions are necessary. Otherwise caution should be taken at dusk and night time. Can I drink the water? It is advisable not to drink the water; however the water is fine for cooking and bathing. Do I need a Visa? Visa’s can be obtained at the border post. Must I take my own liquor? A variety of quality beers are freely available, however take your own favourite spirit or wine with you. Can I get there by car? Yes, the road from South Africa to Xai-Xai is very good, however a 2x4 or 4x4 is recommended and adds to the fun when you get there. The road into the eco estate is very steep. A good idea is to walk the road the first time so you know what to expect. Keep momentum along the beach road to avoid getting stuck. What is the crime like in Mozambique ? Mozambique is relatively peaceful and violent crime in Xai-Xai almost unheard of. However petty crime does occur so we advise that all valuables are stored in the safe provided and windows are closed at night and when not occupied. Police and corruption? The police may stop you for speeding and to check your documentation including your border letter from the bank. Be friendly and polite. DO NOT SPEED and WEAR SEAT BELTS even in the back seat. Is there cell phone reception? Yes, however you must activate your international roaming. What paperwork must i present at the border? Vehicle registration papers must be supplied. If the vehicle is financed obtain these and a "Border letter" from the institution. A South African drivers license is recognized in Mozambique. Obtain 3rd party insurance either at the border or at a "AA" shop also a "ZA" sticker is required on all vehicles and trailers. If towing a trailer obtain a blue and yellow triangle sticker from the "AA" affix one to the back of the trailer and one to the front of the vehicle. Also ensure that you notify your insurance that your vehicle is leaving the country Medical Insurance? Check with your medical aid as Discovery offer excellent FREE travel insurance or obtain from any travel agent. What if i get injured? There is a nearby clinic that can perform stitches etc. However for serious injuries you would have to be evacuated to South Africa, Nelspruit being the closest private hospital. (a 4 Hour drive) Ensure that you obtain prior authorization from your insurance as this can be a costly exercise. Contact: International SOS: +2711 541-1300 (open 24 hours) What to take with? Try and take as much meat, vegetables, dairy and water with as possible. You can top up at the markets with additional salad stuff and freshly baked breads. Sea food can be ordered from the house boy or caught yourself and is also obviously available at all restaurants. Useful Portuguese phrases Bom dia Good morning batata frita Hot chips Boa tarde Good afternoon salada Salad Ciao Goodbye Quanto custa? How much? Cuanto custa How much Muito caro Too expensive Eu sou de ... I am from Quero comprar.. I want to buy Não falo Português I do not speak Portuguese Onde Where dá licença? May I? casa House obrigado Thank-you cerveja Beer Não comprehendo I do not understand agua mineral Mineral water Faz favour Excuse me pão Bread Amigo Friend frango Chicken Como esta? How are you? leite Milk Muito bem obrigado I am fine prego Steak roll casa da banho Toilets carne Meat Queremos ir a ... We want to go to Quando When When to go: The best time to visit Mozambique is during the winter months from April to September although this is an, all year round destination.. With summer temperatures ranging between 30-40 degrees and winter 20-30 degrees this is a year round destination! (Summer water temp is around 29 degrees and winter 22 degrees) Directions A good choice to stop over is at Komatipoort,before the border post on the S.A side is. Remember when in Mozambique to drive according to the speed limit (120km) and slow down to 60km through villages.The police trap every day and the fine regardless is between R350 and R400 on the spot (ask for a receipt). If you do not have the cash they may confiscate your driving license until the fine is paid. Don't argue with the police and be friendly. Also rather give them your license than passport for obvious reasons. Getting there: From Johannesburg, take the N4 Highway to Komatipoort. Do not turn off the N4 into Komatipoort but rather continue towards the Lebombo border post. En route to the border post you should stop and buy your compulsory 3rd party insurance from the BP Garage at the shopping complex or purchase at the border on the Mozambican side at the many kiosks. This is mandatory for Mozambique. The 2007 cost is R150 per car. Continue to the Lebombo border post. Once through the border continue straight on the EN4 to Maputo. Approximately 40km after the border you will arrive at the Moamba toll plaza. The cost is 90 000 meticas (= R25.00).(After the tollgate there is an alternative route via Moamba to to Xai Xai, this will pass through Xinavane. This road is only recommended for four wheel drive vehicles. Also avoid this route in the rainy season because the road may be blocked by flash floods. Total distance about 100 Km. This will leave you about 100 Km short of Xai Xai) . Continue on the EN4 and you will come into the outskirts of Maputo. At the 4 way intersection with traffic lights, you will turn right for Maputo and then pass through a 2nd toll plaza (17 000 Meticas = R5.00). Continue for a few km until you see the sign for Xai Xai (EN1). Turn left and follow the EN1 from Maputo for about 200km until you reach the town of Xai- Xai. You only pay a toll at the bridge on your return trip (+-R8-R9). Travel almost through the town until you see the 2nd BP garage on the left. Approximately 300m after this garage turn right to Praia de Xai Xai (see signboard to the beach. GPS: 25 03 22 69S; 33 40 19 86E). Travel for about 9.5km until you reach a traffic circle, keep left and follow the tar road to the beach front (500m). At the beach front turn left onto the dirt road and travel north along the sea shore (pass the caravan park and Haley Hotel on your left hand side) for about 2km. You will see the entrance to Blue Waters Estate on your left (GPS 25 06 34 25S; 33 45 30 09E). Watch out for bumps and a sandy patch along this road.