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Northern Mozambique is one of the world's last wildernesses. Remote and relatively untouched, it features uninhabited tropical islands and glorious beaches, a magnificent diversity and centuries of history and culture.

The port town of Pemba is the capital of the Cabo Delgado province. Featuring one of the world’s largest natural harbours, this is the gateway to the Quirimbas Archipelago. Stretching 400 kilometres and comprising 32 of the world’s most undiscovered islands, this area remains virtually untouched as a diving destination. Full of life, the fringing reefs offer tranquil coral gardens, spectacular drop-offs and exciting drift dives, suitable for divers of all abilities. The tropical currents that pass through allow for encounters with turtles, game fish and many species of cetaceans, including humpback whales as they migrate along the coast in season.

Of historical importance in the Nampula province a little further south, withh Mozambique Island lying a few kilometres off the coast. From the 1500s, the island became a vital trading link between Europe and Asia and the majority of the stone town buildings are still standing. Nampula is also the gateway to a vast expanse of stunning landscape inland and a rugged and untouched coastline dotted with beautiful beaches. Far away from mass tourism, the area sees very few visitors and is perfect for those looking to get away from the crowds. Baixo do Pinda peninsula is home to the protected Nanatha Bay where an immense diversity of marine life abounds. Suitable for snorkellers and divers of all abilities, the topography includes coral bommies, sea grass, shallow caves, vertical drop-offs and colourful pinnacles. Expect gobies, blennies, nudibranch, shrimp, snapper, grouper, rays, turtles. In addition, humpback whales can be seen breaching and spy hopping in season, as they make their way back south.

The islands and coastal resorts in Northern Mozambique are suitable for those looking for a unique experience, to recharge and relax, to snorkel and dive.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: humpback whale, dugong, common dolphin, napoleon wrasse, green turtle

Dive trips

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Northern Islands

Northern Mozambique is one of the world’s last wildernesses and a great choice for those seeking remote luxury. The islands are home of the richest coral reefs in East Africa, with huge game fish, turtles and cetaceans.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,995 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Nuarro Lodge

Nuarro is an exceptional ‘beach & bush’ lodge based on a strong concept of ethical and ecotourism. Situated on the beautiful Baixo do Pinda Peninsula, it offers tropical private beaches, world-class diving and unspoilt bush.