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Matemo Island (Quirimbas Archipelago) Mozambique

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Matemo Island (Quirimbas Archipelago) Mozambique


Matemo Island (Quirimbas Archipelago) Mozambique -
Location:- Matemo Island in the Quirimbas Archipelago

Just eight kilometers long and three kilometers wide, Matemo Island is a magical destination, with pristine beaches enveloped by an azure sea, offset by the distinctive silhouette of thousands of palm trees. Located in the breathtaking 250km-long Quirimbas Archipelago - a 20-minute flight away from mainland Pemba - Matemo offers an escape to a place where time seems to have stood still. Here in this Mozambique tropical paradise, some of the world's most spectacular dive sites await discovery whilst an abundance of marine life can be seen in the protected waters of the Quirimbas Archipelago National Park.

How to get to Matemo Island:

Fly into Pemba International Airport with AIRLINK or LAM (Mozambique Airlines) and transfer to Matemo via light aircraft, operated by CFA Air Charters (transfer duration +/- 20 min).
For any flights arriving in Pemba after 14h30, guests need to overnight in Pemba, and will be transferred to Matemo the following morning

Matemo Island (Quirimbas Archipelago) Mozambique -

Surrounded by dazzling white sand and azure blue sea, Matemo offers a heady combination of exclusive sophistication and laid-back Mozambique island style living. Each of the 24 palm-thatched, air-conditioned chalets opens onto the beach and is just a few steps away from the sea. For stylish Quirimba beach living, you need look no further than Matemo's blend of understated luxury. Each chalet is beautifully appointed, with spacious en-suite bathrooms, outside showers and deck hammocks for lazing in whilst watching passing local Mozambique dhows and the gentle undulations of the sea. Every effort has been made to ensure that the beach chalets blend into the natural Quirimba Island surroundings, with local Mokuti palm roofs offset by glamorous touches such as local white marble, ornate carved doors from Zanzibar and rich furnishings and rugs from Dubai. The spacious guest areas are gently elevated above the sea, with the lively bar, dining area and swimming pool commanding sweeping views over the Indian Ocean. Fresh, seafood-oriented meals are served in a variety of locations, from the open dining area to the poolside or on the sand with the sea lapping at your feet. To ensure ultimate relaxation, a range of simple spa treatments is on offer and can be enjoyed wherever guests please.

Matemo Island (Quirimbas Archipelago) Mozambique - Activities:

The unspoilt coral reefs and outcrops surrounding Matemo Island are one of Mozambique's best-kept secrets. Flanked by the northern Mozambique coastline to the west and the Mozambique channel to the east, these protected waters boast an astounding diversity of marine species, all within close proximity of your launching point.

Moray eels, stingrays, barracuda, kingfish and other pelagic game fish can be seen whilst diving here in Quirimba tropical waters that seldom drop below 26c. Dolphins are frequently encountered whilst humpback whales can be sighted between August and October. Leatherback, loggerhead and green turtles are often seen in the water, coming ashore to lay their eggs on the sandy island beaches.

Whether you are a novice or experienced diver, we will help you experience the magic of scuba diving. We offer a range of diving courses, such as Discover Scuba, Open Water and Advanced Open Water. Our experienced diving instructor co-ordinates the diving courses and plans every diving trip, taking care of all the details. We use PADI Instructors and Dive Masters as a minimum standard and do not conduct technical or deep-water dives that warrant a chamber.

Matemo's 7 major dive sites offer a range of diving environments that are simply breathtaking, taking in coral "bommies", reef banks, soft sponges, plate and lettuce corals. For more experienced divers there is the challenge of a 40 meter wall dive, with frequent sightings of pelagic gamefish, as well as a fascinating 90-foot-long wreck dive that needs to be experienced in calm conditions. One of our most popular sites for its sheer diversity is Rush Hour (16-30 meters), named after the schools of barracuda, kingfish, blue banded snapper and fusiliers that frequent this reef bank. Here you are likely to encounter spotted and honeycomb Morays hiding in coral shelters as well as ribbon eels and blue spotted stingrays. On shallower coral "bommie" dives, such as Rolas Rainbow (8-10 meters), you are likely to see resident reef fish such as sweetlips, pufferfish, angelfish and triggerfish, with their rainbow colours allowing for fantastic photographic opportunities.

Matemo Island (Quirimbas Archipelago) Mozambique - Fishing:

With deep water occurring close to Matemo Island, fishing enthusiasts don't have to travel far for thrilling encounters with big game fish. The protected Quirimbas waters around Matemo produce some of the most exciting game fish to catch and release - kingfish, barracuda, dorado, queenfish, Sierra, wahoo, dog-tooth tuna and sailfish. Sailfish season is between July and December on the Mozambique coast, whilst peak activity for wahoo occurs from September to April and for dorado from October to March. Yellowfin tuna is a main target species, with big shoals found around Matemo all year round. Kingfish are also present all year round and their size and sheer power makes them one of the most sought-after quarry of serious fishermen.

Our fishing boat, Caldeira, is a Gulf Craft 31"Dolphin Super Deluxe, powered by two 115hp Yamaha outboard motors and offers an extended T-Top to shield our guests from the tropical Mozambique sun. On board, our captain and gillie will present you with tackle, lures and bait, and will ensure that you have the best professional guidance, whatever your fishing ability.

One of the world's most renowned fishing destinations is accessible from Matemo: the St Lazarus Banks, a sea mountain 20 x 30 km in extent, rises from 2,4 km deep to within six meters of the ocean surface bringing together a fascinating combination of marine life. We offer luxury live-aboard boat trips to St Lazarus Banks for the ultimate game fishing extravaganza.

Matemo Island (Quirimbas Archipelago) Mozambique - Other Activities:

A wide range of activities enable guests to delight in the natural environment around Matemo Island, as well as to explore the region's fascinating local culture. Our Activities Centre provides all the equipment you may need to enjoy our water-and land-based sporting activities.

For guests who enjoy water sports, we offer windsurfing, water skiing, wake and knee boarding, as well as sailing (Hobie Cat or Gypsy Sailing Dinghy). Children and fun-loving adults can enjoy volleyball, beach tennis and cricket, whilst kayaks are available for guests to explore the clear waters around the island point. We will happily take you by boat to explore the surrounding Quirimbas marine life, which includes dolphins all year round and whales from August to November. The area's colorful fish life can also be explored by snorkeling around the coral "bommies" that are dotted around Matemo island. Guided and unguided snorkeling is available. Local dhows can be hired for dhow cruises around the island, particularly popular during the magical Mozambique sunset hour.

For guests wishing to explore Matemo island, we offer guided village tours by Landcruisers giving you the opportunity to experience Quirimba island life and customs, and to witness the age-old skills of dhow building and constructing local homes. Nature lovers can follow one of the many footpaths on this Mozambique island, enjoying the call of the fish eagle and looking out for giant coconut crabs along the way. Bird lovers will delight in the wide range of Palaearctic migrants around the island, as well as the many waders frequenting tidal pools.


  Accommodation Rates:-  From $485 per person per night sharing. Please contact us for a quote and suggested itinerary 


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