Vamizi Island lies off the coast of northern Mozambique in the Quirimbas Archipelago. The Archipelago consists of 32 tropical coral islands and stretches for 100 km along the coast from Pemba to the Ruvuma River, the natural border between Mozambique and Tanzania.
The island of Vamizi has clear blue water, abundant marine life, and thick, untouched coral reefs. The island is covered with dense forests of acacia, hibiscus and casuarina trees. The lodge is set on the north side of the island (which is 12 km long and 2 km wide) at the edge of an indigenous tropical forest looking out across a white beach to the Indian Ocean beyond.
The main dining room is open and expansive, with a sunset bar located close to the water’s edge. Fresh local ingredients spice up the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean flavors, with fresh fish, prawns in season, calamari, lobster, crab and crayfish cooked to perfection.
Vamizi Island has 10 spacious, ocean-facing beach villas (165 square metres in size and spaced 70 metres apart). Each of the palm-thatched villas, with king-sized beds and en-suite bathrooms, looks out over its own stretch of beach. A private sitting room, with cane sofas and colonial-style planters chairs, leads from the bedroom. On the outside deck and on the beach, there are sun chairs and Swahili daybeds, perfect for an afternoon of lazy beach bliss. Two of the villas are family-orientated, with 2 spacious bedrooms per villa divided by a large common area.
A marine survey has identified 350 species of fish and a great diversity of unbleached coral reefs around Vamizi Island. 16 different dive sites have been identified, from shallow dives for beginners to vertical (wall) dives for the more experienced diver. All diving and snorkeling equipment is available at Vamizi Island.
For keen blue-water fishermen, the vertical drop-off beyond the reef teams with predator fish including sailfish, marlin, tuna, giant trevally and wahoo. For fly-fishermen, 12 different species of fish have been caught on fly to date (fly-fishing equipment is currently not available, please bring your own).
A myriad of trails will take guests through the coastal forest, stopping off in deserted sandy coves for a quick swim to cool off. The island is home to a great variety of incredible birdlife: Samango monkeys and Giant Coconut crabs, plus the turtles who choose Vamizi’s protected beaches for their nesting grounds.
Guided or solo kayaking adventures are available through the mangroves and shallow reefs. Vamizi Island also has 2 shaded dhows, which are anchored off-shore close to some of the best snorkeling spots. Armed simply with a generous picnic and a radio, guests can be dropped off for a few hours of idyllic privacy and isolation. There are also a number of secluded coves waiting to be discovered and explored.