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It's 90 miles northeast of Maputo, the nation's capital.
Bilene Lagoon, 25 miles away, is the perfect place to go if you want some fresh air and some time in Mother Nature. It's well worth the drive.
Praia do Bilene is 30 miles to the southwest and worth your time. After more ideas? Chidenguele, 40 miles to the east of Xai-Xai, ought to be on your travel plan.
When it's time to indulge your inner adventurer, get ready for some hiking. That said, there aren't many better ways to see the wonder of the region's landscapes than with a bit of quad biking.
Step off dry land and soak up Mozambique from another angle. With several sensational activities like swimming and snorkeling on offer, it's the ideal playground for water fanatics.
You don't have to be religious to appreciate Xai-Xai's cathedrals. Learn a bit about local spiritual beliefs and find some peace and quiet while you're at it.
To truly experience a destination is to try its food and drink, so get set to munch, crunch, sip and slurp your way around Mozambique. The only thing you need to bring with you is a robust appetite!
Wondering about a few of the surprises that'll wind up on your plate? There's every chance they'll include banana, coconut milk or both.
While in Xai-Xai, you should eat like the locals do. That means tucking into a plate of pao (bread rolls) or peri peri chicken, two of the area's classic recipes.
Holiday calories don't count, right? So it's a great excuse to treat your sweet tooth to some ananás com gengibre (pineapple with ginger), a well-liked dessert.
You can't get the full travelling experience until you've sampled the local brew. Whether you'd like to sit back in a quiet corner or get some liquid courage to meet new people, ask for Manica.
You're going all the way to Xai-Xai, so why not put in the extra effort to memorise a few expressions and greetings in the local language? It will make your whole experience a more authentic one. First of all, try to pronounce "Quanto custa isto?" It means "how much is this?" Another one to remember is "Olá", meaning "hello".
Don't forget to pencil the 25th of September in your calendar. To the locals, this means just one thing — Independence Day. A significant day of celebrations, this is a terrific time to check out the country.
Before it's time to say "Até logo" to Xai-Xai, check your pockets for any stray change that you can spend on some last-minute souvenirs.
Maputo International Airport (MPM) is the nearest terminal, 90 miles to the southwest. Ensure you leave yourself more than enough time to reach it.