Tropical island vacations Quirimbas Mozambique
In Northern Mozambique, far from the tourist crowds and the Islands still have that Exotic appeal
A string of 32 tropical islands that make up the breathtakingly beautiful Quirimbas Archipelago.
Guide to Northern Mozambique Tropical Island accommodation
Northern Mozambique Quirimbas & Pemba Bay
The magnificent Quirimbas Archipelago in Cabo Delgado Province, Northern Mozambique, is a captivating chain of 32 coral islands close to Pemba on the mainland
These tropical islands offer some of the richest coral reefs in the world and provide the habitat for an abundant array of marine life
Many of the islands are uninhabitated and are known for their high-quality diving sites, including phenomenal drop-offs, some up to 400 meters
The area has never been developed and remains a tourist paradise
Combine a African Safari with your Tropical Island hide-a-way
Matemo Island Resort.Air conditioned chalets situated on the beach await you on this idyllic tropical island paradise. Accommodation is stylish beach living with en suite bathrooms, outside showers and deck hammock. Activities available range from water sports to cultural excursions.
Medjumba Island ResortBeach chalets are just a few steps away from the Indian ocean on this small island. This location offers privacy and exclusivity with each chalet having its own plunge pool, indoor and outdoor showers. Private beaches, numerous coves and breath taking coral reefs provide the backdrop of a true island getaway.
Ibo IslandChoose from either bay or garden facing rooms with en suite bathrooms and outdoor showers. Snorkel around a ship wreck or take a picnic on an uninhabited island. Eat fresh fish and tropical dishes on this unspoilt island in the Quirimbas,northern Mozambique.
Pemba HotelThis magnificent hotel is a fusion of Arabian and African influences. Accommodation is varied from hotel rooms to self catering villas and all rooms have en suite facilities. The wide range of sporting activities makes Pemba a favourite destination with families. There is a nearby casino or visit the Souk for local arts and crafts.
Quirimbas Islands / Pemba Bay
Situ Island Resort, Paradise Destination in Northern Mozambique. If you are looking for a truly special holiday destination whether you are a Scuba diver, Fisherman or you just want to lie in the sun, Situ is far away from the crowds.
With just a short flight from Johannesburg to Pemba, your holiday will already start on the boat trip on our luxury Catamaran to Situ Island.
Situated in the most southern section of the spectacular Quirimbas National Park, Situ Island forms part of the Quirimbas Archipelago - 28 islands of which 11 are coral islands between the towns of Pemba in the south and Palma in the north.
Whereas most islands now host a variety of lodges and resorts, Situ is virtually uninhabited, apart from a quaint local village on the south-western side of our island. .
If you are looking for a place where the world stands still and the locals are as peaceful as their clear blue sea, look no further than Ibo Island - it is the ultimate escape from everything.
At the boat entrance to the island, there is a beautiful laid back boutique hotel called Mitimiwiri. By no means is it like anything you have experienced before.
There is a fairy tale feel to the large wooden rooms, billowy curtains, stone showers and the views of the sea. Open windows, private balconies where monkey's love to visit, a gorgeous pool, an island-style bar, fairy lights and hammocks and sitting swings in the garden.
Ibo Island Lodge
The Ibo Island Lodge is a 15-minute walk from Mitimiwiri. It is a five-star lodge with large whitewashed walls, a beautiful garden with a pool, and an old colonial Portuguese theme.
The lodge's emphasis is on luxury style escapes, perfect for honeymooners or those looking to really indulge in the middle of nowhere. Prices range from R1 330 per person - R2 695 per person.
2. What to do - The options for activities and little escapes on the island are endless and locals from the island are extremely excited to show you their favourite spots, hidden little gems and the best walks.
They also love using the opportunity to practice their English and the priceless time spent together is the perfect time to practice your Portuguese. Boat rides - you can arrange with one of the hotels or accommodations to go on a boat ride to one of the neighboring islands.
It is the perfect time to go snorkelling amongst old ruins, swim with dolphins or have a picnic on an island in the middle of the ocean.
4. One with the sea - One of the many special things to do is to take a walk through the mangroves to the Quirimbas - an island to the west of Ibo.
The walk takes you through deep swamps (you are given swamp shoes) watery forests and then on the bed of the ocean at low tide.
In the day, the tide goes so far out that you are able to walk on the bed of the sea.
Spend the day on the Quirimba Island and then catch a boat ride back (by then the tide will be in again).
5. What to eat - Fresh seafood is in abundance. From lobster, fish, calamari accompanied by the freshest fruits - expect to be spoilt for an options.
Mitimiwiri has a more affordable dining options where you are more likely to mingle with new folk and The Hotel offers fine dining options with a gorgeous view of the sea.
7. The old rustic ruins - The mellow and laidback atmosphere is really felt when you walk through in the island's old Portuguese ruins.
The island was fortified in 1609 and at the end of the late 18th century, it was well known as one of the most important islands outside of Mozambique.
By the beginning of the 20th century, the Portuguese left the island and the residents who were used to a more rural lifestyle left the buildings as is.
At night, walking past the old hospital, old school buildings and forts has a haunting surrealism to it.
8. You never have to drive - Modes of transport on the island are walking, cycling, motorbikes or by sailing.
9. The sense of magic - The island has very little electricity points and little street lights. Hotels and accommodation do have wi-fi. If you are addicted to your cellphone and love to constantly check Facebook - you will be out of luck.
10. Do as the locals do best - The locals do not walk around with cell phones and gadgets and they show no interest in yours. They love to have conversations with each other, take rides on their motorbikes or scooters, fetch water at the wells and visit one another's front stoeps in the evenings.
One thing to keep in mind is that Ibo Island used plug type F, the same plug used in Germany and the Netherlands. South Africans will need to buy different plug fittings to charge their gadgets - for the photos, of course.
11. It is safe for everyone - untouched and secluded - The island is predominantly Muslim with a number of mosques in the village. Visitors should respect the local customs by not walking around in bikinis and drinking alcohol.
13. It is a magical world - The best time to walk around is after dinner in the evening as the sun is setting and the tide is coming in.
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