It’s a seashore that stretches an amazing 2000+ kilometres and almost all of that is blissful beaches, swaying palm trees and bright turquoise-baby blue bays. This is Mozambique at its best and we are here to show you how to holiday like a champion along the coastline. You can choose to live like royalty in a five-star hotel with much entertainment and bright lights, or rather to kick off your shoes and live more naturally in a rustic eco lodge hidden in the sand dune forests.
Get to the islands first
You can also choose to set off on a boat or a plane into the Indian Ocean to find an island to hide away on. Whatever your pleasure in Mozambique, you simply have to visit the Bazaruto Archipelago and 5 islands in the sun. Then the remote northern isles of the Quirimbas Archipelago which still offer soulful experiences lost in time. Yet you still find some of the best scuba diving in the world here, firstly off the port of Vilanculos and secondly off the harbour of Pemba. And these gateway towns are also lively tourist bases from which to launch your island explorations.
Bazaruto Island for Blissful Luxury
Travelling to the Bazaruto Archipelago is about excellent accommodation, warm water, fantastic fresh seafood and service from local islanders, not forgetting romance on endless white beaches. Try the scintillating Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort and Spa for five-star luxury right on the sands on Bazaruto, the largest island. Find more than enough outdoor entertainment and several restaurants for real local tastes and fresh seafood. Pack nouvelle cuisine picnics on island hopping boat rides to see the other 4 atolls in this ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ – Benguerra, Magaruque, Santa Carolina and Bangue Islands.
The Quirimbas Archipelago is one small destination in the world where there are no cars, no roads, few hotels and therefore few tourists. So if you are looking for a very special African destination and romantic holiday venue, the Quirimbas Archipelago is it. You will remember this forever – the excellent weather and clear blue ocean all around the island hotel of your choice. Perfect for swimming and enjoying a sun downer cruise on a dhow with drinks and snacks – magical! Relax in beach bars after a long day in the sun.
Ibo Island Charm
If you choose Ibo Island Lodge, you will be inundated with a charming cultural and historical aura. And you will stay in ancient buildings and visit sites ringing with the sounds of 600-year-old history. You will be pampered with great food and vistas, gardens and walks. Best of all, you will find coral reefs under the sea to write home about and tidal sand bars on which to have breakfast of a lifetime.
Not far away lies picturesque Medjumbe Island, a diver’s delight and a honeymooner’s dream. The exclusive Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa is luxury and hands-on service at its best, also offering one of the best dive centres in the Quirimbas, for those who want to see the magical underwater world around the island. Only 45 minutes from Pemba, this island is easily accessed by light plane. Being only one kilometre long and five hundred meters wide, the island is ideal for romance.
Back to that Amazing Coastline
One of the best places to stay is Chuiba Bay Lodge, only seven kilometres from Pemba town, the gateway to the Quirimbas. Book one of their six eco bungalows with spacious bedrooms and lounges, en-suite bathrooms, super patios, air-conditioning, satellite TV, personal bar and wireless internet. Beautiful reed touches and earthy decor blends with the environment outside. Spend time in the natural Jacuzzi and Talassa Spa or swim in the two pools. A top class gym also ensures exercise and relaxation come first.