Nacala was founded as a little town and developed as a deep water port and an industrial, agricultural and exporting centre during the last period of the Portuguese rule of the territory which ended in the mid-1970s.  It is the deepest natural port on the east coast of Africa.  Among its major industries are cement, sisal and cashew.

It serves as the terminal for the Nacala Railway, which joins landlocked Malawi to the east coast of Africa. South of Nacala is Ilha de Mozambique, at one time the capital of Mozambique and now a World Heritage Site.

It is a prosperous port town with good road connections.  With more flights into Nampula airport, and talk of Nacala’s own airport being upgraded to an international airport, Nacala is starting to capitalize on its potential as a tourist destination.

    •    Scuba Diving
    •    Snorkelling
    •    Dhow sailing
    •    Visiting Ilha de Mozambique

Nacala is located in the province of Nampula, 200km east of Nampula town and takes 2 hours by road or approximately 6 hours from Pemba.

There are daily domestic flights from Maputo with LAM and several flights a week from Beira and Pemba to Nampula Airport (APL).

SA Airlink has regular direct flights between OR Tambo, Johannesburg International Airport and Nampula International Airport.

LAM offers regional flights from Dar-Es-Salaam in Tanzania and also code shares with Kenya Airways from Nairobi in Kenya.