The town of Xai-Xai is situated on the Limpopo River and is a sprawling settlement of houses, markets and shops. Xai-Xai bustles - it is a town with markets, shops, restaurants, bars, petrol stations banks, and a post office and is the capital of Gaza Province. A few blocks from the central market, there is an open-air furniture factory, located underneath several cashew trees. The beach of Praia do Xai-Xai, approximately 12km from Xai-Xai, has been a popular tourist attraction since Mozambican tourism was first developed - you'll need a 4 x 4 to gain access though. A coral reef running parallel to the shore offers good snorkeling and protects the beach from strong waves. In addition, the Wenela Tidal Pool, 2km south of the town, includes a natural tunnel and blow hole that links the pool to the Indian Ocean The bay has a coral reef running about one kilometre off shore which offers protected waters for swimming and snorkelling. It is recommended that you take some protection against mosquitoes when you visit Xai-Xai.