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Vamizi Island (Quirimbas Archipelago) Mozambique


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Location:

A slender coral island just off Mozambique's remote northern coast, Vamizi Island is part of the Quirimbas Archipelago, sometimes called the new Maldives. Immersed as it is in the Indian Ocean, Vamizi is easier to reach than you might think, considering how castaway it is - and with miles of deserted coastline and a tropical ocean to cross, it’s all part of the adventure.

Arching out of the Vamizi seas - twelve kilometers long and a kilometre wide - this whale-shaped curve of beach and bush is drenched in sunshine and breezes. The miles of unpadded white sand and wild bushy interior are also a sanctuary for samango monkeys, coconut crabs and the 112 species of tropical birds that live here, as well as being a haven for the more land-based creatures amongst us. Like the 100 turtles that nest on Vamizi's empty shores and are irresistibly drawn to its peace, solitude and perfect harmony year after year, intrepid travellers and rarified pleasure seekers find it’s just the place to rest their weary fins.

 

 

You can connect from South Africa, Mozambique or Tanzania easily within a day, with direct international flights from Europe on British Airways, KLM, Swiss and Kenya Airways and we’ve smoothed the way by scheduling private Vamizi flights, which take you straight from Pemba (Mozambique) or Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) to our Vamizi Island airstrip.

From there, depending on the sea conditions, we’ll take you in a speed boat just fifteen minutes to the lodge, or put you in our “Islandrover” – an open 4x4 landrover that tracks over the rough coral spine of the island and takes a bumpy, but steady forty five minutes to the lodge. We’re not about to pretend it’s as simple as a weekend in Paris, but as Sophy Roberts recently wrote in the Financial Times, “something this good shouldn’t be easy”.


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Accommodation:

Crusoe invented castaway chic, but Vamizi Island Lodge defines it, with thirteen impossibly romantic timber villas strung loosely along one of the world's most beautiful beaches. Simply grand or grandly simple - this lodge isn't about the usual five star luxury and all mod cons, it's about the more rarified pleasures of exclusive island life.

Imagine wafting through muslin and filtered sunlight, flopping straight from your room into a private ocean and enjoying elegant lunches with your toes in the sand... It's hard to compete with the perfect desert island, so we don't. We just take what comes on the breeze, and mold it into a more civilized form.

 

 

 

Exclusivity is one of Vamizi Island's greatest assets and, as the only lodge on the island, it has the space to spread wide, so each villa amply commands its own part of the beach. Thirteen villas - one or two bedroomed - are right on the shoreline, all with to-die-for views of the ocean. Both airy and generous - with over 170 square meters of timbered floor to pad about on, they have plenty of space for spreading beds, sofas, a marble shower and vanity area and outside, a sun deck.
Vamizi Island is not about the ordinary five star stuff, so don't expect TVs or air conditioning - it's all about barefoot relaxation and rooms as open as they can be, to catch the natural breezes. That said, if you can't drag yourself away from your villa, there's a mini-bar and the means for a deluxe cup of tea or coffee – as well as private dinners in the room on request. Beyond that, we just leave you alone, in the peace of your own private paradise.


Vamizi Island (Quirimbas Archipelago) Mozambique - www.africansafaris.travel Dining:

Decking a distinctively island table, we serve surf-fresh seafood and other tropical dishes, set off by the sea breaking on the shore just feet away.

During the day, there’s the relative formality of our thatched open dining room in the main lodge, or choose to retreat to Muntu Nkulu, our new castaway restaurant open during the winter season on the south side of the island, for a buffet and total relaxation. You can also take the total desert island approach - alone with a shipwrecked picnic on some deserted beach.

Evenings are a more glamorous affair, with a castaway twist, fuelled by grills on the beach, or more elaborate dishes under lantern light in the dining room. With cocktails and fine wines at the bar - and acres of cushions and sofas for sitting very soft at any point - you might just feel that heaven can wait.




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For all those who love to flop, there's another bunch who need to flip. On the surface, Vamizi Island is utterly mellow. Go a few feet below and everything changes, as the Vamizi seas - which lodge residents share with no other Tourists at all - are bristling with big ocean action.

Some of the dives here are said to be the best in the world and the deep sea fishing better than the whole East African coast. Fortunately, we have PADI dive instructors, professional fisherfolk, and all the toys and kit you’d want to make the most of this extraordinary marine world. For the less committed thrill seekers, there are snorkeling trips, castaway picnics, whale watching expeditions and lots of messing about in boats, from kayaks to traditional dhows. Landlubbers may of course prefer to wander the miles of sugar sand untouched beaches, or delve into the bush for a spot of monkey - or bird-watching.


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For the Family:

The humpback whales know it, so do the turtles and the many species of fish that breed in the Vamizi seas: young ones thrive in Vamizi. It’s safe and private, and the living is very easy. A gently shelving beach, perfect sand and plenty of sunshine make Vamizi Island a haven for parents and children. The sea is rarely rough on the shore and the water is a perfect temperature, with no end of shallows to toddle about in and small wondrous things to see, hear and feel. There are plenty of toys for children and adults: kayaks, sailboats, snorkeling gear, windsurfers and fishing equipment.

Fishing trips and sea cruises are a full-on marine biology lesson with huge varieties of deep sea fish to be seen emerging from the depths; whales, dolphins or flying fish are often in sight, if not right by the boat.

 

Scuba instructors can also introduce those slightly older children to their first experiences underwater, whether snorkeling or diving and nature guides can help them discover the island’s land based wonders – exotic birds, monkeys and giant coconut crabs. Three rooms have been specifically designed as family rooms, with large double (possible triple) bedrooms adjoining a central decked lounged area. All beds are mosquito netted, even though Vamizi is a low- risk malarial area and, for the night time, babysitters can be arranged.

 

Vamizi Island (Quirimbas Archipelago) Mozambique - www.africansafaris.travel Well Being:

'Vamizi Island is basically one big spa'. As a reflection of Vamizi Island - the yin to the ocean's yang - our health and wellness professionals can treat the whole you - mind, body and spirit. You couldn't want for a better place for healing: Vamizi Island is basically one big spa - with nurture for the entire self, both above and below the water. We've also added the luxuries of some of the best energy and body treatments available –such as shiatsu, reiki and cranio-sacral therapy.

Meanwhile our Ashtanga yoga teacher can help you look at yourself and your surroundings from a whole new – and much more relaxed - angle. We've also introduced beauty therapies that are uniquely Vamizi, using natural recipes borrowed from the local ladies as well as creating a few oceanic inventions of our own - minerals ground from Vamizi rocks, local seaweed masks and sea salt scrubs - to prepare your pelt for that perfect tan. Also, naturally, a full range of massage therapies are offered - Indian head massage, deep tissue, Swedish and aromatherapy massage.

 

Vamizi Island (Quirimbas Archipelago) Mozambique - www.africansafaris.travel Conservation:

First and foremost, Vamizi Island is a conservation project. It is directed by the Maluane Project and supported by a group of idealists, to make a dream come true and have Tourism work for the planet. Over a decade ago, the original visionaries of the project visited the Quirimbas Archipelago, where Vamizi Island lies. Vamizi, as well as neighboring Rongui Island, are set either side of an ocean basin that is extraordinary - with its vast fish stocks, abundant marine life and whale, dolphin and turtle populations. They believed this undeveloped - and unprotected - area to be of huge natural significance as a marine nursery and sanctuary for the whole Mozambican coast. Thus the Maluane Project began, combining Tourism with wildlife conservation and community development to protect this unspoilt area. In 2005, the 24-bed Vamizi Island Lodge was opened. To succor the world's most demanding clientele on such an island, given the lack of infrastructure and remoteness, was madness. Only a wild determination to preserve Vamizi and its seas would be enough to make it happen. Through continued donations and a conservation fee charged to every guest, the Maluane Project continues to support marine research, community outreach and direct conservation initiatives. It's just a small drop in the ocean, but an altogether bigger thing, we hope, for eco-Tourism.


Vamizi Island (Quirimbas Archipelago) Mozambique - www.africansafaris.travel The Community:

Wildlife and habitat conservation is a pipe dream unless local communities are involved, enrolled and stand to benefit from conservation measures. A US$ 20 guest conservation levy, as well as continued private donations, fund various conservation- based activities with the communities of Vamizi Island. These activities are controlled by the Maluane Project, the organization that conceived the Vamizi Island project. In the local villages, the Maluane Project has supported and encouraged the foundation of a local fishing association that will give the fisherman a direct say and responsibility in how the island fish stocks and marine environments are to be protected. It also has been providing some basic level education in sustainable fishing practices. A women’s group, supported by the Maluane Project, looks at different ways that the community can directly benefit from the presence of Tourism on the island – a baking project supplies bread to project employees, a weaving project may soon begin to produce hand crafted goods for sale in the lodge. These ventures and others like them can help island conservation in two ways, by providing alternative incomes and reducing the pressure to fish and by enforcing a critical train of logic – that if the island is well preserved and properly managed, Tourists will come, bringing wealth and new opportunity to a community.

 

  Accommodation Rates:- From $590 per person per night sharing. Please contact us for a quote and suggested itinerary. 


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