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Vamizi Island is a 12km long by 1km wide, whale-shaped island situated in the far north of the Quirimbas Archipelago. Historically, Vamizi Island was a place of retreat for people trying to avoid the ravages of the Mozambique civil war, but these days it is home to more than 1500 people in three villages. The majority of the Island consists of long stretches of powdery white sand beaches lined with indigenous tropical bush, and it is home to a large number of land-based flora and fauna, such as the giant coconut crabs, samango monkeys and an amazing 112 different species of birds.
Where to Stay
Vamizi Island Lodge
Exclusivity is one of the Island’s greatest assets, and as the only lodge on the island, Vamizi Lodge has the space to spread itself, so each of the 13 villas has its own part of beach. The villas are built from timber and are all situated along the shoreline with amazing ocean views. Although the Lodge is luxurious and 5 star, emphasis is put on “barefoot luxury” and getting in touch with nature, so don’t expect TVs or air conditioning – instead rooms are open plan to catch the natural breezes.
More about Vamizi Island Lodge here.
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Things to do
For the Diving Adventurers
A combination of wild underwater landscapes, strong ocean currents and an abundance of marine life make Vamizi diving world class. Chilled by water from over a kilometre below, corals on Vamizi’s dramatic drop-offs have not been bleached by the global rise in sea temperatures, and make up the healthiest and most pristine reef-systems you can find anywhere in the world. There is a huge variety of marine life to be found off Vamizi Island, including great shoals of tuna, barracuda, grey reef sharks, turtles and giant groupers, amongst many others. Vamizi also boasts a dive site called Neptune’s Arm, which has been named as one of the top ten dive sites in the world. The Island and the surrounding ocean offers plenty of easy dives, shallow sites and snorkelling spots, as well as the deeper, more challenging sites.
For the Colourful Mixtures
For the less adventurous visitors, there are snorkelling trips, castaway picnics on deserted beaches, whale watching expeditions in season, kayak and traditional dhow tours, as well as guided monkey and bird watching trips.
Did you Know?
Vamizi Island is an important turtle nesting site, and the Island has been recognised as being crucial to the conservation of both green and hawksbill turtles. This has led to the Island partnering up with WWF in an effort to research and monitor the turtle population in the region.