Motel do Mar – Visitors Hints & Guide

 

Many thanks for booking with us – we certainly value your support and will try and do everything to make your stay with us as enjoyable as possible.

Should anything not be to your liking, please do not hesitate to contact the Motel reception for assistance.

 

Please also report to reception on arrival, to get allocated your room, and key – a key deposit is required. Your name will be on a list, if you booked directly through Africa Scuba Travel, Scuba Adventures, or maybe under the Dive School you booked through.

 

AFRICA SCUBA TRAVEL CENTRE HAS AN ON SITE REPRESENTATIVE, WHO STAYS IN ROOM 1 AT THE ENTRANCE. If he is not there you can contact Mary at Fishmonger Restaurant for assistance, or Louis or Tanya in the Scuba Adventures Dive Camp opposite the entrance reception in the public campsite.

 

Herewith are some tips you might find useful - please read through’ carefully before departure and contact Katya at the office should you have any queries.

 

Border Control:

The border is open from 8am – 5pm. On arrival, first clear SA immigration, (brick building on left) and then cross over to the Mozambican side and clear immigration

(Prefab building on right – ask for forms from counter first so you can fill in while queuing) All persons entering Mocambique require a valid visa. If you intend taking a vehicle over the border, get one of your party to sort out the temporary importation permit, (corrugated iron building on the left - obtain necessary forms before queuing.)

 

Border Pick-ups:

On normal weekends its possible to drive through to the Mocambique side of the border, unpack your vehicle with the stuff you are taking to Ponta, then drive back to the vehicle park on the SA side of the border (fenced, shade cloth are on left as you arrive) Walk back to join your group.

 

Long weekends are sometimes a problem with the number of people trying to get through the border. If possible try to follow the same procedure, but sometimes the SA authorities might change procedures to control traffic.

 

Please make contact with driver of the collection vehicle on your arrival!!

 

Please note that the vehicle usually used for collections is a Land Rover... While perhaps not offering the air-conditioning, it certainly is rugged and are required to get through to Ponta with all the luggage.

In any event it is only a 12-Km ride so enjoy the open-air ride & scenery!

 

Transfer Times:

Ponta – Border                                 Border – Ponta

 

Mondays – Saturdays

7.30 am           2.30 pm                                               8.30 am           3.30 pm

 

Sundays or last day of Long Weekend             

11.00am           2.30 pm                                               11.00 am        3.30pm

 

Please note:

The collection vehicle will wait for 30 minutes after the collection time booked.

Should you not arrive within this time he will return to Ponta. Should he have to later return to the border to collect you, you will be required to pay an additional R80.00 pp collection fee. Please also note that should it require additional trips to transport everyone, these will be done strictly on a first come basis. These collection times may be changed should circumstances warrant – please confirm with booking office.

 

Dive Charter Operators – Scuba Adventures

Scuba Adventures operates from the wooden deck / gazebo situated on the lawn between the road and the restaurant complex, and between the 2 rows of cabanas. The equipment wash up tanks are also situated there.

 

Dive planning – Weekdays – during the week when it is quiet, our resident skipper / manager will contact you and arrange your dives.

Dive planning – Weekdays – From Friday to Sundays dive planning takes place on the Deck every night at 5.00PM. If you arrive during the day, please go to the deck after unpacking, and the manager will arrange to book you on a dive.

 

Traveling:

Traveling time from Gauteng to Ponta is, depending on stops and how you drive, between 6 and 9 hours. From Durban it is approximately 5 - 6 hours. Make allowance for unforeseen contingencies like fog, cows in the road, etc. When traveling at night please beware of cows in the road, and potholes on either side of Pongola Town, and for a short section around the Pongola River bridge at Ndumu. The road from Josini to the Kosi Bay border is generally very good.

 

Currency:

Credit Cards and cheques are not accepted anywhere at Ponta. Please ensure you take sufficient cash for your extra dives, drinks, etc. SA Rands is the main currency used at Ponta.

 

Electricity

The Motel has 24 hour mains electricity, however the rooms do not have plugpoints to connect appliances to, except in the bathrooms where there is a 2 pin plug for hairdryers.

 

Refrigeration / Ice

Each Cabana has a small bar fridge in the kitchenette, and ice is available from the FISHMONGER RESTAURANT above the CREDICOOP Bank in the village.

 

Mosquitoes & Malaria:

Ponta, like Sodwana, the Kruger Park, and virtually the whole East Coast of Africa from Empangeni northwards, falls in a Malaria belt. Although we have no knowledge of any of our clients ever contracting Malaria, we suggest you take the necessary precautions.

Take Tabard, Mosquito sprays, coils, etc. Should you forget, insect repellant is available from the dive shop. Contact British Airways travel clinic for recommended prophylactic.

The Beach shop in the bank building sells mosquito nets and sprays.

 

Motel do Mar

The Motel consists of 3 rows of self contained Cabanas, situated in 3 rows around the central restaurant / bar complex. Each Cabana consists of a bedroom with 2 beds, and a living room / kitchenette area with an inter-leading bathroom.

There are a further 2 bunk beds (up & down) in the living area. The beds have linen, and the rooms are serviced each day. Bath towels are supplied.

The kitchenette has a bar fridge, hot plate, and crockery / cutlery for 4 persons.

Please note that some of the upstairs sea facing units do not have kitchenettes – please confirm when booking.

 

Restaurants & Food:

The Motel chalets are essentially self-catering, but for those that do not want to self cater, there is a restaurant that serves everything from light snacks and toasted sandwiches, to full meals.

There are also a few other good restaurants in town.

The Fishmonger, on the top floor of the Marlin Centre (one of the few buildings in town) is probably the best – particularly for seafood.

 

Groceries & Alcohol:

There are a few local shops in Ponta selling a limited range of groceries and drink. Because of importation tax these tend to be expensive, and it is recommended that you bring all supplies with you from RSA.

 

TV, Rugby and Sporting events:

South African DSTV is available at the Fishmonger Restaurant. All major rugby, football, and sporting events are screened live.

 

Mozambique Scuba & Adventure Centre, & Shopping:

Snorkeling, scuba equipment and beachwear is available from Mozambique Scuba & Adventure Centre situated in the Marlim center in the town square. The “Famous Dive Sites” T-shirt series, featuring all the well-known reefs of Ponta, including Pinnacles and Bass City, are available from the shop as well.

 

Scuba Gear Rental:

Scuba equipment, and cylinders, are available for rental, from the dive operators, Scuba Adventures. You will be required to leave your passport as security when renting equipment. Please note it is essential that this equipment be pre booked when booking your dive package in Johannesburg.

 

 Checklist: What to take

 

Most important – take sufficient cash for all your needs

Credit Cards & Cheques are not accepted anywhere in Ponta

 

 

Passport / Visa

 

TORCH

 

Vehicle Papers

 

Mozzie Repellant

 

 

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