Matemo Island (Quirimbas
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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