Vamizi Island Lodge, Quirimbas Archipelago
Accommodation: In one or two bedroom, spacious, ocean facing eco-friendly villas
Activities: Diving, big game fishing, hiking trails, kayaking, dhow trips, beach picnics
Highlights: Sustainable tourism; some of the best diving in the world
Destination: Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique
Thick forests of Acacia, Hibiscus and Casuarina trees cover Vamizi Island. Vamizi Lodge is located on the northern side of the island on the edge of an indigenous tropical forest and looking over a white beach onto the Indian Ocean.
Conservation plays a vital role at Vamizi and it's easy to understand why. It's a significant wildlife refuge in Mozambique, with 112 different bird species so far recorded. Samango monkeys, Giant Coconut Crabs and 4 turtle species also call Vamizi their home. The untouched underwater landscape with some of the world's last unbleached coral reefs adds to the beauty of Vamizi Island.
The Cabo Delgado Biodiversity Project was set up to help protect the area and runs a partnership with the Zoological Society of London and the island's fisherman. The project aims to protect and conserve the thirty three thousand hectares of savannah found on the Mozambique mainland, as well as the marine and island habitats on the two neighbouring isles of Rongui and Macaloe.
Vamizi lodge in Mozambique was built by the local villagers and all building materials were sourced from local sustainable sources. Fresh fish is brought in by the local boats whenever possible, and sustainable fishing practices are greatly encouraged.
Local fishermen have been trained to monitor the Green and Hawksbill Turtles, Dugongs and Humpback Whale populations. A percentage of guests' fees will be set aside for the community and to further conservation efforts.
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