Baia Sonambula Guest House

Hotel Overview

A piece of paradise, elegant and simple, warm and friendly, so many ways to describe this beautiful corner of the world, and we haven’t even mentioned the diving yet.

Baia Sonambula Guest House is one of the nicest guest houses in the area, just a 5 minute stroll along the beach from the central market and dive centre and in a slightly elevated position it also offers some of the most beautiful views of Tofo bay.

The guest house offers a total of 5 rooms, 3 with sea views and 2 within the main house. The main house (to which all guests have access too) has a small lounge area with library, and a small kitchen where you can prepare your own fruits or salads purchased from the market (although no cooking is allowed).

Tea and coffee is available throughout the day, and there’s an honesty bar offering wine, beer, water, mixers and sodas.

Outside of the main house there’s a shaded terrace, a shaded dining area, and a sundeck offering a few loungers and wonderful views, it’s a perfect place for that pre dinner G&T. Tofo, being a small village offers some amenities, there’s a regular bus service into Inhambane & Maputo, there’s normally a cab hanging around too.

Most guest houses offer a laundry service, and there are a few places to buy provisions and essential toiletries, although don’t expect the wide range that we have here.

Diving in Tofo is arranged by us with either Diversity or Tofo Scuba, all diving at Tofo is undertaken by RIB, and sometime the beach launches can be as exciting at the dives themselves.

Sea View Apartment (Back)

Seaview back

Facilities

  • Fan
  • Mosquito Net
  • Bathroom
  • Hot Shower
  • Table & Chairs

Beautifully yet simply furnished, with large comfortable beds, mosquito nets, fans, modern bathrooms with hot and cold showers, personal safe and even a water filter for safe drinking water. Sea View rooms also have their own shaded terraces with a small table and chairs.

Sea View Apartment (Front)

Seaview front

Facilities

  • Fan
  • Mosquito Net
  • Bathroom
  • Hot Shower
  • Table & Chairs

Sea View Apartment (Honeymoon Suite)

Honeymoon bathroom

Facilities

  • Fan
  • Mosquito Net
  • Bathroom
  • Hot Shower

Garden View Room

Garden View bed

Facilities

  • Fan
  • Mosquito Net
  • Bathroom
  • Hot Shower

Food and Drink

There are several restaurants to choose from in Tofo, offering a selection of meat and fish dishes with some awesome salads. One of the nicest is “Casa de Comer”, French cuisine with a splash of local flavour.

The proximity of the market and the sea guarantees the quality and the freshness of the shellfish, fish, vegetables and fruits. Tartare of fish and cucumber, various mixed salads, carpaccio of fish, crab mayonnaise, seafood feuilleté, calamari flambé with pastis, fish filet “au vin blanc”, grilled crayfish, Mozambican matapa (manioc leaves cooked with coco, cashewnuts and seafood), chicken with cashew nuts, fresh exotic fruit salad, crème caramel, real chocolate mousse, mango pie, bananas flambé with local rum are just some of the dishes often available.

Tofo Tofo have a good reputation and offer value for money, and there are a couple of small places where you can pick up a pizza should the need take you. Don’t forget that some local foods both hot and cold are available from the local market, as well as from their little bars.

Flights and Transfers

There are several options to reach Inhambane depending from where your international flight is originating.

One of the most comfortable is direct to JNB, then relaxing overnight in a local guest house our lodge, before departing for Inhambane the following morning vis Maputo, arriving early afternoon.

Give us call to see which route is best for you.

Transfer time from Inhambane airport to Tofo is approximately 30 minutes,

Diving Information

Dives are taken as 2 dives with a surface interval on board the RIB departing between 8am & 9am in the morning, usually returning between 12pm & 1pm. When conditions allow, a 3rd dive may be possible in the afternoon.

When afternoon diving is not on the menu, there may still be a change to take an “Ocean safari” and go on the 2 to 3 hour trip to snorkel with Whale Sharks.

The Tofo area is rich in a diverse array of marine life, some of which are hard and soft corals, pelagic fish, a multitude of colourful reef fish, turtles and giant moray eels. There are a wide variety of rays, some of which are not seen in many parts of the world.

Many people visit Tofo just for the experience of diving with Manta Rays, including the Giant Manta ray, as the area has one of the largest known Manta Ray populations in the world! Apart from rays, you may also see Grey Reef Sharks, White and Black Tip Reef Sharks as well as the majestic Whaleshark.

For those divers who love the little things, the reefs offer a great diversity of shrimps, nudibranchs, leaf fish and a whole range of the small and beautiful to keep you fascinated throughout your dive. Dive sites vary in distance from 5 mins to 35 mins, to some of the most spectacular reefs on the Mozambican coast line. You may even have the opportunity to snorkel with Whale sharks on the boat trip to the dive site.

Pricing Information

Based on a 7 night stay prices start from £2195 per person and include:

Flights to Inhambane
Transfers
1 Night Johannesburg B&B
7 Nights Baia Sonambula - Continental Breakfast
12 Dives including far reef charges

Your stay at Baia Sonambula can easily be combined with a stay at ScubaAddicts South Africa or Scuba Addicts Mozambique, give us a call to chat through your twin centre options.