SNORKELING: The shallow reefs teem with colourful reef fish and fascinating corals amongst an abundance of other marine life.
SCUBA DIVING: The diving is world class and is regarded by some as the best diving available in Mozambique. The density and variety of marine life is astounding. There are 17 adjacent dive sites and many more still to be explored. The world famous Manta Reef, Office and Amazon sites are within easy reach of Purple Turtle Villa and as these sites all have their own Manta cleaning centres, encounters with these creatures are almost guaranteed! Dolphins, Leopard Sharks and Reef Sharks abound and the haunting song of the Humpback Whales when they visit in winter, is an awesome accompaniment to an exciting dive.
FISHING: The Bay of Golden Shores and adjacent beaches are renowned for its excellent game fishing, with hard fighting adversaries such as Yahoo, Kingfish, Couta, Billfish (Marlin) and Dorado congregating in these waters to test your tackle and your skill. Charters can be arranged, led by highly qualified and experienced skippers, who are familiar with local waters.
Summer can be hot whilst winter is very pleasant and a light jersey may be required in the evenings.
Maximum temperatures vary between 25 degrees C in winter to 35 degrees C in summer. Sea temperatures vary between 22 degrees C in winter and 30 degrees C in summer.
Malaria Prophylaxis is recommended in Mozambique.
Consult your doctor for advice on which drug treatment program will best suit you and your family.
Staff, Babysitting and Laundry
Our guests can make use of our friendly houseman & driver with use of our 4 X4 vehicle (guests to supply diesel). There is a fully catered menu upon request.
Purple Turtle comes standard with a houseman for your needs whilst with us. The houseman, David, is not a trained chef or waiter, although he is able to prepare certain seafood meals.
David is there for your convenience. Should you require babysitting or a laundry service, David can arrange the assistance of his wife at an additional cost of $5 (approximately R40) per day. David does get paid by the owners of the villa – However, a tip for good service at the end of your stay would be appreciated.
Should you find that David’s services are not enough, you can request a temporary assistant, who will come in daily for the duration of your stay, at your cost ($5 per day). Such an assistant could help you carry items to the beach etc.
Suggested items to bring with you
Anti – malarial medicines, Peaceful sleep, Sunscreen, Sunburn lotion (after sun gel), Merthiolate tincture/Mercurochrome (for grazes and cuts – great antiseptic and disinfectant), Heat tablets, Rehydrating salts, Hats, Swimming costumes, Personal medicines and sanitary ware, Calamine lotion for blue bottle or similar stings, Croc slops or shoes, or suitable walking slops for coral and rocks, Luxury food items, Personal wines or Champaign’s, Cash (zar, usd, euro or mtn)
Barbecues and Braais
We do ask that should you wish to make a fire, you do so with extreme caution and only on the beach close to the water. You should consult with David before lighting the fire, and ask him to keep an eye on the open flames. No other open fires are allowed, due to the fact that fire is an enormous hazard in Mozambique and the response time is days. The villa comes with a gas braai (barbecue). Purple Turtle is equipped with 6 fire extinguishers. The onus is on the guest to make sure he or she is comfortable with the procedures of operating these. If there are any queries, please do not hesitate to contact David.
Electricity and Plugs
Although power is available most of the time in Golden Shores, there are times when unexpected power cuts occur. Unfortunatelythese cuts are beyond the control of Purple Turtle and its staff. However, the property has a gas stove and braai (barbecue) and emergency lights. Each room is equipped with standard South African type wall plugs. They are round three-prong Clipsal type plugs. It is recommended to bring your own adapters to fit your personal electrical items.
Internet, Phone and fax
There is an Internet Café in Town, with broadband connectivity, should you so wish to do extensive computer work. Mobile reception in Inhambane is very good, and 3G connectivity is available if your mobile is enabled. Please check your settings are correct from your Service Provider.
Taurus supermarket – stocks basic essentials, groceries and liquor supplied from SA (about 10 kms away). Inhambane Town (17 kms away) offers a lovely organic and craft market, liquor stores, café’s , restaurants.
Shopping and Groceries
There are a number of different places to do shopping. The more preferred method is to go to Taurus Supermarket. Taurus is usually well stocked and has the added advantage of accepting most major credit cards. They also change currency, albeit at a slight premium. Luxury items can be taken into Mozambique in a cooler box with no problem, as long as you show receipts to customs (ZAR 2,000 per person is allowed in duty free). For daily shopping requirements, David is available to be sent to shops and markets, or you can choose to go with. You will hand him your shopping list, with cash, and he will ensure that your daily goods will be purchased at the right price. He will leave your groceries in the kitchen. Please go through all your slips carefully, and ensure you obtain the correct amount of change .
The charges are as follows:
Grocery trip to Taurus and the market without guests:
ZAR 40.00 per trip
Town tour for art and curios and general sightseeing:
ZAR 100.00 per return trip
Night time tours to pubs, restaurants etc:
ZAR 200.00 per return trip
The 4X4 vehicle will only be driven by David. Clients are not permitted to drive the vehicle. Should you require the vehicle, please confirm with David. There is an abundance of fresh seafood in Inhambane. Fresh fish, mussels, clams, calamari, prawns, oysters and crayfish can be purchased daily (you just tell your house boy and he will arrange to purchase – just give him the cash!). ZAR, USD and MTN are accepted forms of currency. Any items that you require from the local market, it is suggested that our houseman does this on your behalf, to avoid you being taken for a price ride!
The currency of Mozambique is the Metecais (pronounced met-e- cash). Although South African Rands and Euros are accepted, it is recommended that you bring US Dollars, as this seems to be the most stable currency in Mozambique. At present the USD to the Met is 23:1, whilst the ZAR to the Met is 2.3:1 therefore the value for money is better if you convert the US Dollars to Mets