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Discover Pemba

Pemba is a port city situated on the tip of a peninsula in Northern Mozambique. With its deep natural harbour, Pemba is known as the third largest port in the world. It is also a gateway for tourists wishing to visit the Quirimbas Archipelago, a largely untouched stretch of coral islands that runs to the north of Pemba. It is also the first stop in a Mozambique safari to Niassa Wildlife Reserve or Gorongosa National Park.

While the nearby Quirimbas Archipelago and parks may be some of Pemba’s most obvious draw points, the town of Pemba itself is certainly worth exploring. It is loved by travellers for providing a fascinating introduction to the dramatic historical architecture that Mozambique is famous for. A guided tour around this former colonial outpost brings the area’s history to life. Soak up the sun on Pemba’s wide, sandy, palm-fringed beaches. Surrounded by a coral reef, there are plenty of safe swimming and snorkelling spots. It’s the ideal base for a bush and beach holiday.

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Pemba is a secluded island off mainland Tanzania, with water conditions ideal for snorkelling, diving and fishing. Vumawimbi is its most well-known sunbathing beach, while Kidike Flying Fox Sanctuary and Ngezi Forest Reserve are great wildlife experiences.

What to do in Pemba

Wimbi Beach

Wimbi Beach

Wimbi Beach is considered Pemba’s main attraction, especially for those travelers looking for a fun and lively Mozambiquan experience. A white sand beach, great for swimming and scuba diving, Wimbi is popular amongst single travelers and photographers visiting Pemba.

  • Dhow Trip

    Dhow Trip

    Whether you’re looking to go on a sunset trip, an ocean safari or island sightseeing, there is a Dhow Trip for everyone’s desires. Mozambique’s Dhow Trips are like no other – from the gorgeous views and a stunning coastline, you will not be disappointed.

  • Diving at Gap Reef

    Diving at Gap Reef

    The Gap Reef is very close inshore on the Southern coast of Pemba. What makes this reef so spectacular is that the continental shift drop goes straight down for between 15m and 100m (328ft). This means that you’re in for game fish viewing and if you’re an experienced diver, you’re in for an extreme deep-sea dive.

Diamonds Mequfi Whales

Pemba in Mozambique is a whale watcher's haven. Visitors to the destination can admire these impressive animals and other marine life as they migrate through the crystal clear Indian Ocean waters.