How to holiday like a champion along the coastline

Chuiba Bay Lodge

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.

Quiet Quirimbas

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.

Magical Medjumbe 

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.

5 Reasons why Mozambique holidays are becoming so popular

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Wonder why so many people are escaping to Mozambique when they get the chance to have a real holiday? Holidays in this east African country are becoming so popular and we want to find out why. Is it the beaches, the game reserves, the diving or the weather? Is it the food, the friendly people, the open air markets or the remoteness of destinations? Check out our 5 reasons why holidays in Mozambique are becoming the in thing:

1. Beaches and Islands

Explore the endless coastline of Mozambique and never be lost for choice. Starting in the south at Ponto Mamoli, you can experience 5-star holiday luxury and hands-on service while you lay back and simply soak up the sun. White Pearl Resorts reflects a lot of what Mozambique stands for – the six Beach Pool Suites open out onto the beach, deluxe heated plunge pools nestling in wooden decks with luxury loungers and awe-inspiring views.

Maputo is next where beachfront hotels draw the tourist who wants modern facilities, water sports and time to shop and dance. The Catembe Hotel is 10 minutes from Maputo by boat and sets itself apart from other mainstream Maputo hotels. Visit the hotel’s small in-house museum that commemorates Samora Machel’s visits to the hotel during the anti-colonial liberation struggle and first years of Independence. Situated right on the beach, this Maputo hotel offers a wide range of leisure activities that appeal to the whole family!

Inhambane is literally the postcard perfect palm fringed coast you see in magazines – enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of Barra Beach Club as you sprawl by the poolside sipping on exotic cocktails from the beach bar or head out to the beach for a stroll whether the water will gently caress your feet. A Mozambique beach holiday to Barra Beach Club will see guests enjoying a whole gamut of activities including watersports, day tours and many more.

2. Sunny Weather Most of the Year

The sun shines in Mozambique most of the year and this warm tropical climate attracts visitors from all round the world. Drop in during the dry times, between June and September, timing your holiday for whale season and fantastic water sport delights. Summer can be very hot and humid and rainy but you take your chances. Some people prefer summer for the blend of sun and rain while others want to revel in cooler temperatures, no rain and more energy to walk around.

Avid deep sea divers will head to Mozambique during the winter months between May and September when the winds are less, there are fewer storms and the currents are not as strong. All the better to see the fish. Mozambique has a warm tropical climate which makes it a wonderful holiday destination. The dry season is considered to be the best time to visit Mozambique and is the peak tourist season. Kite surfers go when the winds blow and the prevailing winds are SE to SW. Sea breezes affect the coast daily with stronger onshore winds in the afternoons. In the northern part of the coast, the SE trade winds blow during the winter months, February to June, while NE winds prevail in summer, from July to January

3. Warm Ocean Waters with Fantastic Visibility

Divers flock to Mozambique to experience the awesome warm waters where wetsuits are unnecessary and the amount of huge sea creatures remains phenomenal. Yes, you can still be a beginner diver and get to see unique corals and incredible reef fish and you can find a PADI resort around every corner.

Take the intoxicating coast of Inhambane where luxury resorts such as Massinga Beach Lodge and Barra Beach Club entice divers to have the time of their lives. Swim with the Whale Sharks and enormous Manta Rays off Tofo Beach and then head to Vilanculos for some more. Meet dolphins surfing the waves in season, Humpback whales breaching with joy. Turtles swimming with a purpose to find a beach to lay eggs and all kinds of game fish breeding in these azure ocean waters.

The glassy visibility means that you can snorkel off a boat over the reefs or even from your luxury villa in some regions. At Azura Quilalea in the remote Quirimbas Archipelago, step off your private deck into the waters and find entertainment for hours, just you and the underwater zone.

 4. Mouth-watering Cuisine and Beer

Mozambique is famous for its cultural tastes of spices and coconuts, fresh white bread and cashew nuts grown locally. In Mozambique restaurants you will be served things like chicken periperi and tomato based fish stews, soft Portuguese breads and deliciously sweet desserts. Huge prawns and lobster fresh from the ocean tantalise the palate wherever you go. Many luxury hotels and island resorts offer world class restaurants and talented chefs cooking up a storm.

5. Economical and Historical

The joy of heading to Mozambique for an affordable holiday is possible. If you are seeking solitude and the great service you can book an all-inclusive special package that includes comfy accommodation, airport transfers, non-motorised water sports, meals, drinks and maybe one or two other extras. This way, you could bring along your children, or book a week away in Mozambique, on the islands, with your best friends.

And what’s more, you will be enthralled by the history of a destination that was once a major trading base for Arab and Asian traders. On Ibo Island you can enjoy the Guided Ibo of Yesterday Tour which takes visitors into the world of ancient Ibo when pirates were news and people traded with amber, jet, ivory and turtle shells. The Guided Ibo of Today Tour allows visitors to meet and mingle with local Ibo people and to understand their fascinating beliefs and culture. The Quirimba Island Day Tour is a 90-minute walk through pristine mangrove swamps at low tide to the tiny Quirimba Island where tales of Arab maritime merchants dominate and the legendary Gessner family now holds forte.

The ancient architecture in most of the coastal towns is reminiscent of an era gone by when the Portuguese held sway and things were rather colonial. You too can see this and much more. Book your ticket to Mozambique with the Mozambique travel experts and see why the country is now becoming so popular.