|We drove another half day along some good and bad roads to Barra.
Barra is located on a peninsula that has Inhambane Bay on one side and the Indian Ocean on the other. Mangrove swamp was on the Bay side while the waves could be enjoyed on the Seaside. A very pretty spot with coconut palms, white sand and lots of seafood on offer.
We stayed five days in a chalet (same price as camping and quite a luxury to have a bed, en suite toilet/shower and kitchen again!) The chalet was a particular treat as we had a fair bit of wind and rain while we were here. Much more comfortable sitting out bad weather in a chalet than a tent.
Everyday we were visited at our chalet by vendors from neighboring villages selling seafood, curios, bread, produce, etc. We bought and grilled crayfish, prawns and fish while we were here. A nearby restaurant also supplied us with several good seafood meals. Very affordable. Very delicious. The Portuguese-style bread was a particular treat. On a day trip to the nearby town of Inhambane, one of the oldest settlements in Mozambique, we visited the central market (excellent produce!) and the small, local museum. A very quaint town, but our truck was nearly broken into while we were at the museum, with John and the museum curator chasing the potential thief away. This kind of thing is common and unfortunately makes us reluctant to do too much further exploration on foot.
Still, no SCUBA diving because of bad weather.