Vamizi Island lies off the coast of northern Mozambique in the Quirimbas Archipelago. It remains one of the last pristine marine wilderness areas left in the Indian Ocean. On the island, eight kilometres of white beach lie between indigenous tropical forest and turquoise waters.
For keen blue-water fishermen, the vertical drop-off beyond the reef between Vamizi and the other nearby islands Rongui and Macaloe, teams with sailfish, marlin, tuna, giant trevally and wahoo. For fly fishermen, 12 different species of fish have been caught on the fly to date.
Vamizi has some of the most diverse flora and fauna in the world, with 112 species of birds, Samango monkeys, four species of turtle and giant coconut crabs. But what really sets the island apart is its untouched underwater landscape, which features some of the world's last remaining unbleached coral reefs in their raw, natural beauty. To protect the area, the Cabo Delgado Biodiversity Project runs in partnership with the Zoological Society of London and the island's fishermen, who have been trained to monitor green and hawksbill turtles, dugongs and humpback whales.
Vamizi Island has 12 luxurious beach houses, two of which have double suites for families or friends. Each house looks onto its own private stretch of beach and the ocean beyond. On the outside decks there are plenty of sunchairs and day-beds, perfect for an afternoon of lazy beach bliss. The interiors reflect the mix of Swahili Coast traders and explorers to the area over the centuries; old hand carved furniture and natural fabrics, comfortable and inviting.