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Vamizi Island, Mozambique

Vamizi Island Lodge

  • Ultimate private island for barefoot luxury surrounded by inviting waters
  • Definition of castaway chic ensures your own private paradise
  • Private kitalas on the shoreline with memorable views of the ocean

Facilities include

Child Friendly Unrivalled diving on untouched dive sites Acres of white sand and turquoise water Private dining

Activities include

  • Spa
  • Yoga
  • Walks
  • Diving
  • Kayaking
  • Dhow Trips
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Castaway Picnics
  • Snorkelling Trips
  • Whale Watching Expeditions
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About

About Vamizi Island Lodge

At True Luxury Travel we are delighted to hear that Vamizi Island will have an exciting future. The lodge and private villas have come under the management of award winning safari company &Beyond.

Please contact a member of the True Luxury Travel team for further information on the lodge rebuild and to find out how Vamizi could be your next holiday destination on the African coast.

Simply grand or grandly simple - this lodge isn't about the usual five star luxury and all mod cons, it's about the more rarefied 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 Vamizi don't. They just take what comes on the breeze, and mould 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 Kitala (a local Ki-mwani word meaning luxury beach front villa) amply commands its own part of the beach.

Eight Kitalas - 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 metres 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 Kitala, 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, you are left alone in the peace of your own private paradise.

They 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 the thatched open dining room in the main lodge, or choose to retreat to Muntu Nkulu, the 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.

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, sail boats, snorkelling 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 snorkelling or diving and nature guides can help them discover the island’s land based wonders – exotic birds, monkeys and giant coconut crabs.

Three Kitalas have been specifically designed as family Kitalas, 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.

Practical info

Practical info

Location

First and foremost, Vamizi Island is a conservation project. It is 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 neighbouring 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. There is a strict no fishing area within 3kms of the beach at Vamizi.

Thus the Maluane Project, now superseded by the Vamizi Island Project and the WWF Partnership, began - combining tourism with wildlife conservation and community development to protect this unspoilt area.

To succour the world's most demanding clientèle 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.

The WWF Partnership 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.

How to get there

We will assist you with all necessary internal transfers after booking.

BY AIR:
Dar es Salaam to Vamizi (change at Mocimboa da Praia)

Return flight: approximately $928 (£596)
Single from Dar es Salaam to Vamizi: approximately $478 (£307)
Departs Dar es Salaam: 08.30 (1 hr 50 min)
Connecting flight departs Mocimboa da Praia: 10.00 (15 min)
Single from Vamizi to Dar es Salaam: approximately $450 (£289)
Departs Vamizi: 15.20 (15 min)
Connecting flight departs Mocimboa da Praia: 14.55 (1 hr 50 min)
Pemba to Vamizi (direct)

Return flight: approximately $720 (£462)
Single from Pemba to Vamizi: approximately $365 (£234)
Departs Pemba: 13.00 (1hr)
Single from Vamizi to Pemba: approximatley $355 (£227)
Departs Vamizi: 11.30 (1hr)
NOTE - Minimum of two paid passengers on any sector. Guests aged 2 yrs and above must pay for a full seat. Infants less than 2 years pay USD50 (~£32) return / USD25 (~£16) one way from Pemba or from Dar. Prices quoted include taxes, fuel surcharge and carbon offset.

There is a one hour time difference between Tanzania (GMT +3) and Mozambique (GMT +2). All arrival and departure times are stated as ‘local’ times with Vamizi Island and Dar es Salaam being on Tanzania time and Mocimboa da Praia and Pemba being on Mozambique time.

Private charter:
Private Charters can be arranged on request for passengers wishing to travel privately or outside our scheduled times. All quotes are aircraft specific and are subject to aircraft availability. A quoted price is valid for seven days. Private Charter quotes do not include taxes; pilot/crew meals, accommodation or transport if required; or diversion due to adverse weather or runway conditions.

Private Charter bookings are made with third party suppliers and can be subject to cancellation or change. Vamizi Island cannot be held liable for any factors outside of our control. Extra costs as a result of changes of client requirements, third party delays to connecting flights, or diversions due to safety considerations will be billed to the client.

NB. All prices and times are subject to change.

When to go

Vamizi Island Lodge is closed from:

January 25th - February 28th
April 20th - June 20th
November 5th - December 12th

Important Information

All guests must have valid medical and travel insurance which will enable them to be evacuated should the need arise. Vamizi Island has a medical evacuation scheme coordinated and managed by Africa Assist. The evacuation is borne by the insurance company, for which Vamizi pay a premium per guest per night. During the process or after the patient is in a medical facility, Africa Assist will place the guest’s medical insurer on notice that a claim is in process.

Visas are required for most foreign nationals visiting Mozambique. Even though for some nationalities they can be obtained upon arrival, we recommend guests arrive already with a visa. We highly recommend you contact the Mozambican Embassy in your country for the latest information and updates. Full tourist visas are required for Tanzania for those passengers who spend more than 24 hours there - otherwise it is possible to get a transit visa - or if connecting to/from an international flight without leaving the airport a visa is not required. We recommend you contact the Tanzanian Embassy in your country for the latest information and updates.

Children

Travelling with children

Children can be accommodated in Family kitalas.
Age 16 years and above pay adult rate.
Age 5 years to 15 years pay 50% of adult rate. Children must be accompanied by either one or two adults - but if only one adult the single supplement will apply.

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