Further north along the coastline lies the town of Inhambane and surrounding areas of Ponta da Barra, Pandane, Coconut Bay and Praia do Tofo. This area lies on the Tropic of Capricorn and has a warm and pleasurable climate with the fairly high humidity supporting coconut plantations and mangrove swamps. The waters offshore are a snorkelling paradise; in the ocean off Pandane the underwater visibility can reach 40m!
Sandbanks lie off the Barra peninsula, created by north moving long shore counter currents depositing sediment.
The sleepy towns have an oriental atmosphere to them with spice and cloth markets as well as beautiful mosques. Dhows sail by on the horizon and fishermen line up on the shores in the late afternoon with the days catch.