Vamizi Island is located in the Quirimbas Archipelago in Northern Mozambique. Well recognised as one of Africa’s finest beach lodges, Vamizi is one of the few places in Africa that genuinely competes with the worlds top beach destinations. The lodge itself is stunning and with 7 kilometres of virtually private beach, untouched diving reefs and incredible fishing waters Vamizi’s location is exceptional. In our view Vamizi is the only contender to Tanzania’s Mnemba Island as the best beach property in Africa.
Vamizi - The Details
Vamizi Island is located in northern Mozambique a two and a half flight away from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and an hour and a half from Pemba in Mozambique. If coming from Dar es Salaam you stop off briefly at Mocimboa de Praia to clear customs, before a 15 minute flight to paradise.
Set on a vast beach that competes with anywhere in the world, Vamizi consists of 13 extravagant rooms spread at one end of a 7km long beach. The rooms are huge with massive four poster beds, open lounge areas and huge bathrooms providing some of the most luxurious accommodation in Mozambique, and indeed anywhere on the Indian Ocean making it a prime location for an African honeymoon.
Vamizi is the purest example of barefoot luxury. The rooms are enormous and ultra-private and there are also two family villas. They are spread out far from each other and each with a private view of the sea only a 30 yard stroll away. The lodge has excellent service, great food and activities. The restaurant is amazing and the chef is Jamie Oliver trained. There is a bar and lounge area that merge in as one and in the early evening you will most likely find yourself enjoying the fresh sushi at the bar with a cold cocktail.
Just off the coast lies the world renown fishing hotspot of the Lazarus bank, home to large numbers of sailfish and marlin. The coral, seas and pinnacles that surround the island on the southern side are completely private to Vamizi lodge and only the guests can use these areas. The waters around the lodge have been a part of a conservation project since 2005 and the marine life is considered to be as abundant as it was a hundred years ago.
Ecotourism is a word too often misused and exploited, however, Vamizi sets new boundaries and guidelines for how this specific type of sustainable, low impact tourism should be run.