Divers seeking remote luxury should look no further than Northern Mozambique, one of the world’s last wildernesses.
Fringing the archipelago are some of the richest coral reefs in East Africa, often visited by huge game fish, turtles, humpbacks and other cetaceans. They offer a vast range of diving opportunities from enormous drop-offs with strong currents, for the experienced diver, to sheltered tranquil coral gardens, perfect for beginners.
The Quirimbas National Park is a true example of bush meeting beach, with elephant browsing mango trees just metres from the Indian Ocean and, further inland, four out of the ‘Big Five’ roaming. A little further south, divers of all abilities will enjoy the protected reefs of Nanatha Bay where humpback whales are seasonal visitors.
Depart the UK
Onward flight to Mozambique and transfer to resort
Onward flight to Nampula or Pemba, then transfer to your chosen lodge by light aircraft for a seven night stay
An exceptional ‘beach & bush’ lodge based on a strong concept of ethical and ecotourism, Nuarro Lodge is situated on the beautiful Baixo do Pinda Peninsula. Diving in the protected bay is ideal for all levels of diving as well as snorkellers. Step from the shore onto the house reef which has a gradual sloping bottom down to the start of the continental shelf where more challenging sites are available for experienced divers. There are over 15 local sites to explore, exclusively for guests at Nuarro. Please note that Nuarro is located on the mainland and the current trip idea is based on staying here.
Medjumbe Island Resort
Medjumbe is a small, mystical island, just one kilometre long and 500 metres in width, close to the world famous St. Lazarus Banks. This intimate resort caters for discerning island, leisure seekers as well as dedicated divers and offers 12 luxury, en-suite rooms, with air-conditioning and mini-bar. Traditional Mozambique architecture adds texture and intrigue and each chalet overlooks the sea. Facilities include bar and restaurant, swimming pool, and dive centre. Located in a marine reserve where the diving wall is less than one kilometre offshore and extends up to seven kilometres, Medjumbe is a diver’s paradise!
Accommodation at Quilalea is a haven of secluded luxury. Guests stay in nine large, ‘island villas’, each with enormous windows to better appreciate sea views and breezes. Natural rock walls, makuti thatch and colonial ceiling fans keep you cool by day, while a king-size bed draped in a romantic net completes the African/Arabian luxury. At the north end of the island is the restaurant, set on a peninsula and offering fabulous ocean views to both the west and the east. Amongst activities available on Quilalea is to charter the Kiraku, an 11 metre yacht, and to sail around the Quirimbas - either for a few hours, the day or stay for a few nights on a diving package.
You should note: It is possible to arrange private air charter transfers to the resorts. Ask your Dive consultant for further details. This trip idea is based on staying at Nuarro Lodge.