Gateway to the Quirimbas Archipelago and not far from Zanzibar, Pemba is relatively undeveloped, very fertile and a wonderful place to start a Mozambique holiday. Pemba is the world’s third largest port! Explore the islands of the Quirimbas Archipel from this stunning part of the African continent.
Your Pemba holiday will teach you that Pemba is home of the clove and the economy is still more dependent on agriculture than tourism. However, this port town also offers comfortable Mozambique accommodation in luxury lodges and hotels, rustic cabins and self-catering establishments.
Book a top class Pemba diving holiday and stay at funky beach hotels where diving and kite surfing rule. Fishing in the Quirimbas Archipelago from Pemba is very rewarding while snorkelers can also explore the coral reefs and many colourful fish. Prolific water sports mean days out in the sun and island trips are a boat ride or short plane spin away. Find out more about water sports at Ibo here.
Pemba is a great place from which to start your holiday as it is also the first step to a wonderful Mozambique safari in Niassa Wildlife Reserve or Gorongosa National Park. Stay in top class bush hotels while you search for the Big Five in the most pristine wilderness areas. If you like, take a transfer out to Ibo Island to combine the outdoor activities with some Mozambique culture and history. Explore ancient ruins then enjoy an island hopping dhow safari out to another Quirimbas Island to see rare marine wildlife and find your feet on a Stand Up Paddle Board.
Previously known as Porto Amelia, Pemba is very picturesque and introduces visitors to the amazing colonial architecture Mozambique is famous for. The bay is surrounded by awesome old Baobab trees – people love Wimbi and Farol beaches and sailing on traditional dhows along the coast.
Pemba Beach Hotel is a good hotel to start or end a trip. Charming and luxurious, it is part of a stunning and unforgettable paradise. The service is good and the food is tasty. It is always pleasant to get up in the morning at Pemba Beach Hotel, sit on your private balcony and have the first coffee of the day as the sun shines on the ocean.
Pemba Bush and Dive camp is the best place from which to enjoy a diving holiday while il Pirata is kite surging Mecca – your Pemba holiday just has to include one of these water sports so get out there, underwater or on top of the water, to experience the Pemba vacation of a lifetime. Chat to one of our consultants to ensure you get the most out of Pemba and islands like Ibo.