Mozambique is a country of great cultural diversity and bountiful activities and adventure opportunities! Take a dhow and enjoy crystal clear water snorkelling, voyage to an uninhabited island and enjoy a secluded picnic. Learn to sail and fish. Relax on a beach, or enjoy the works of a chef who transforms your catch into a delicious feast bursting with Mozambican flavours. Enjoy a sunset sail over drinks while spotting whales and watching dolphins frolicking along the coast.
With tranquil Lake Niassa to the west, virtually untouched Niassa Reserve in the middle and the palm-fringed islands of the Quirimbas archipelago off the east coast, northern Mozambique is the nation’s last frontier, a plethora of mystery, intrigue and adventure. The historical legacies of Ibo and Mozambique Island, the diving in the Indian Ocean, and the low-key, community-involved resort of the Quirimbas are possibly the finest in all of Africa.
Medjumbe Island is one of the Quirimbas Islands off the northern coast of Mozambique, within the Quirimbas National Park. The island is 1 kilometer long and 500 meters wide. It is surrounded by spectacular coral reefs. Tourist activities include diving and snorkeling, windsurfing and deep-sea fishing. It is privately owned and operates as an exclusive resort. Accommodations are 13 thatched wooden chalets.
From a remote fishing village in northern Mozambique, there is a low-slung bridge snaking for about a kilometer over the Indian Ocean to a vision of 16th-century Africa. Ilha de Mocambique is a crescent-shaped coral island, which for four centuries it was the capital and trading centre of Portuguese East Africa, a rich bazaar of European, Arab and Indian cultures dominated by the continent’s most formidable fortress.
The island city – which lent the country its name, is its own municipality in the province of Nampula. In 1991 UNESCO classified the city as a World Heritage Site. Architectural gems include the Chapel of Our Lady of Baluarte, dating from 1522, in the north side of the island and the Fortress of St. Sebastian, built between 1588 and 1620. Ship ballast stones can still be seen on the beach nearby.
The island is divided in two parts. To the north is the “Stone City” built in stone and chalk and which has the main monuments. To the south, the “Macuti City”, a low-lying sprawl of mud houses with palm-frond roofs, where fishing provides a subsistence economy.
Stone Town is a wonder of limestone-and-wood villas and warehouses that are dilapidated, crumbling, and magical. Most of the population lives in Macuti Town, the beating heart of the island where men build and repair dhows, buy and sell fish, and whizz around on tiny motorbikes.
Ten years ago, the Ilha had one small hotel and a couple of restaurants. Now it has a smattering of decent lodgings and eateries, mostly owned by foreigners in partnership with Mozambicans.
Situated on a spectacular peninsula within an unspoilt nature reserve and only minutes from Ilha de Mozambique, Coral Lodge is a unique blend of contemporary design combined with the utmost respect for the rare and unique surroundings. This Mozambican paradise with its miles of deserted beaches lends itself to a wealth of water and land-based activities. The laguna and tides give life to the mangrove forest behind the sand dunes which is popular with East African birds as well as bush babies, mongoose and monkeys. The hard and soft coral reefs just off the coast from Coral Lodge are home to many species of small fish and dolphins and offer a host of easy as well as more challenging diving spots. This beach sanctuary comprises of just 10 luxury villas which tastefully blends luxury and comfort with the authentic feel of Mozambique style and simplicity.
The exquisite cuisine is made using local ingredients with a key focus on fresh fish and fresh market produce. Every dish is infused with enticing Mozambican flavours mixed with European and Asian influences. Travel by dhow and discover breath-taking snorkelling spots, voyage to one of the uninhabited local islands and enjoy a secluded picnic lunch or even learn to sail and catch fish.
Resting in a marine sanctuary, Quilalea lies off the shores of Pemba in the Quirimbas Archipelago. Without doubt one of the finest private islands in Africa the island is uninhabited apart from nine beautifully crafted villas (all made from local materials) and has a number of beaches and small coral bays. Covering an area of 34 hectares and taking approximately 45 minutes to walk around this is one of the most romantic islands on the African coast.
Hidden beaches and coves throughout the island provide the perfect dining areas. The restaurant is usually only used for breakfast. Various activities include spectacular snorkeling (which is unbelievable right outside your room) and scuba diving, (which also can even be done from your room) in water temperatures ranging between 24 and 28 degrees Celsius. Kayaking and dhow sailing along the mangrove channels of neighbouring islands, bird and whale watching in season, deep sea sport fishing and day trips to historic Ibo Island mean that there is something for even the most restless traveller.