Mozambique - Yacht Experience & Quirimbas Archipelago

Flying to Pemba is an experience, the coastline of Mozambique is absolutely stunning, especially as you pass over the Bazaruto Archipelago, the "shades of blue" viewed from above provide a new understanding of this phrase.

Pemba Town is not much more than local houses build of stone and coral covered with clay, a small town centre with typical Portuguese buildings providing all the necessary infrastructure and a bay with numerous small shops, restaurants a dive shop or two and several pubs. Coconut palms, enormous mango trees, cashew nut trees and hundreds of Baobabs provide shade to the houses, shops and buildings.

The Quirimbas Archipelago consists of 27 coral Islands of which only a handful is permanently inhabited. A lack of water is the main reason that prevents local Mozambican from living on these perfectly situated Islands . The term Coral Island is given to these Islands because of what they are made of; ancient prehistoric coral reefs that millions of years ago were alive and under water. The shear number and proximity to one another are a clear indication that they once formed a barrier reef of several hundred kilometres. The Islands were formed over a period of millions of years due to continental upliftment, receding ocean levels and erosion by relentless wave action. Today, as individual Islands of varying size and shape, they protrude approximately 2 to 4 meters above the high-water mark. Passing currents have deposited Casuarinas seeds, Coconuts and Mangrove seeds that have germinated and thrive in varying combinations and concentrations, providing a unique Island vegetation. Passing sailors over hundreds of years and a wide range of migratory birds have further contributed to the plant species diversity.

The drop-offs in front of these Islands drop vertically to 200, 300 and even 400 meters in some cases. If you can imagine that during previous Ice Ages sea levels were 30 to 50 meters lower than they are now and what effect this had on the vertical walls you can picture the caves, caverns and overhangs. The walls, besides being punctuated by these caves, had gorgonia of gigantic proportion, measuring some 4 meters across and protruding out from the wall by about 2 meters.

Game fish ranging from schooling Queen and Kingfish of numerous varieties to giant Ignobalus King Fish, Barracuda and Spanish Mackerel are frequently seen in the deep indigo blue abyss. Endless natural arrangements of unimaginable varieties of hard and soft corals can be seen.

The fact that this area is so vast and has 37 diveable Islands that are almost totally unexplored is inconceivable. The potential of what will be discovered from the point of new species to the possibility of discovering lost unknown wrecks, to knowing you are one of the first divers to dive these reefs and walls, to being involved in naming them makes this a destination we strongly recommend you put at the top of your list.


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Sample Itinerary

DAY 1:

  • Arrival at Johannesburg International
  • Flight from Johannesburg International to Pemba Mozambique
  • A Pemba Beach Hotel representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to Pemba Beach Hotel.
  • Pemba Beach hotel has an amazing Arabian style architecture with arches, Zanzibar style doors, intricately paved marble passageways, rolling green lawns, coconut palms and views that are breathtaking. Think of a Sultan's Palace and you start to get the picture!
  • Pemba Beach hotel is situated on Wimbe Beach, 4km's from the airport.
    • Offers 60 all sea-facing rooms with:
      • individual balconies
      • fully air conditioned
      • ensuite with bath/shower
      • mini-bar
      • satellite tv
      • direct dial telephone
      • coffee/tea facilities
      • electronic safe
      • international plug sockets and hair drye
  • The Quirimbas Restaurant with air-conditioned interior and alfresco terrace offers an a la carte menu and buffets specialising in fresh seafood. The Business Centre provides all modern communications including internet access. A salt-water rim-flow swimming pool overlooks Wembe Beach.
  • Enjoy one of the many non-motorised water sports at no charge - kayaking, windsurfing, paddle-skis, hobie cat and dinghy sailing
  • Motorised water sports includes water skiing, sausage skiing, tube skiing and knee boarding, ask hotel for prices.
  • Other activities available from the hotel - snorkelling, sunset cruises, fishing charters

DAY 2:

  • After breakfast transfer to your yacht!
  • Welcoming and orientation. Your skipper and dive master will take you through all the necessary safety procedures and will also explain the itinerary for the next couple of days - please note that this can vary depending on weather conditions.

DAY 3,4,5:

  • Cruise the islands of the Quirimba Archipelago.
  • Dive and explore these virgin reefs.

DAY 6:

  • One early morning dive allowed, in order to allow for flight times on day 7.
  • Enjoy dinner on the yacht or explore one of the many restaurants in Pemba Town. Recommended for seafood is Pemba Dolphin Restaurant!!

Day 7:

  • After breakfast transfer from the yacht to Pemba airport for your flight to Johannesburg.
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