This lovely tropical location is ideal for those wanting to kick back and relax in stunning surroundings and enjoy a plethora of aqua activities at leisure! Here you will find clear, bright, turquoise waters – rare and protected marine life including Dugongs, Humpback Whales in season, Dolphins and Turtles as well as a great array of birdlife including Flamingoes. The beauty of these destinations is that you can be as adventurous or relaxed as you like – enjoying fresh, Indian-Ocean inspired cuisine and delicious cocktails of the day. Whether travelling alone, with friends or family or making this a honeymoon highlight, our laid-back but luxurious paradise island escapes will simply be perfect! Our selected island retreat has been chosen being a smaller, owner-operated destinations, working with and supporting Mozambique island communities.
Our preferred retreat is completely exclusive and private, yet unpretentious and welcoming, located in Mozambique’s northern Indian Ocean waters off Pemba in the Quirembas Archipelago. The marine experience here is incomparable – several species of turtle including Olive Green, Ridley and Hawksbill turtles sighted year-round, as well as seasonal Humpback Whales. Incredible coral reef and seagrass beds provide refuge and food sources for a huge array of marine life, so snorkeling and diving are highly recommended as well as taking to the ocean further afield for some extreme deep-sea fishing action. For culture, visit nearby islands which will give a special insight into the local community’s way of life on coconut plantations, jewellery making and fishing, of course!
The island’s climate is hot and humid year-round, with long sunny days and temperatures rarely below 24 degrees day and night. Villas are positioned to take best advantage of the natural breezes. Monsoons don’t affect the islands to such a great extent as on the mainland, but the best time to travel is June-September.
Flights from Johannesburg to Pemba which connect well with the major international flights to Europe and USA. The flying time from Johannesburg is approx. 2 ½ hours. An exhilarating 20-minute helicopter transfer will follow from Pemba to the Island. Pemba can also be reached from Dar es Salaam and Nairobi.
Most visitors to Mozambique will require a visa and these may usually be obtained on arrival at time of entry. However, it is recommended to get these prior to leaving home if possible. Remember, if travelling with children, unabridged birth certificates will be required to travel via South Africa. Please contact your medical practitioner regarding any inoculations or anti-malarial medication.
To contrast with this stunning island destination, we recommend including the following in a Mozambican itinerary:
A safari in Botswana
Shopping and sightseeing in South Africa
Activities and adventure in Victoria Falls
We recommend at least a 5 night stay on an island to really relax into the rhythm of island life but 2 or 3 nights would also be possible