Mozambique has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, along with gorgeous weather all year round, making it an ideal destination for the perfect summery beach break.
But where in Mozambique to book? Which are the popular beaches? But wait… do you really want a popular beach? Mozambique is certainly not the holiday destination for crowds. Even the busiest beaches don’t get as busy as some holiday spots around the world.
But if you are like we are, you may want to choose one of the more “unpopular” Mozambique beaches! A beach where you won’t see another human soul for miles!
Ponta do Oura, or as some people just say “Ponta”, is probably the most popular Mozambique beach destination for South Africans. Tofo and Barra coming a close second. And these are certainly lovely beaches.
However, we decided to source and visit a few of the more unpopular beaches and found them to be just the ticket for getting away from the madding crowds.
In no particular order, here are some of the more unpopular beaches in Mozambique:
One of the resorts quite close to Ponta do Oura, but effectively far enough away to avoid the crowds, is the stunning White Pearl Resort at Ponta Mamoli. This resort has a huge expanse of white sandy beach and 22 Pool Villas each with stunning sea views and your own private pool deck and pool. Gorgeously sumptuous accommodation and your own private host / butler to take care of your every need. Special picnic lunches can be set up on the beach, along with a four poster bed! Who needs, or wants crowds, when you can be spoilt like this!
North of Inhambane, and south of Vilanculos is an unspoilt stretch of paradise called Massinga Beach. The beautiful Massinga Beach Lodge overlooks miles of white sandy beaches and the magnificent Indian Ocean. Each of the Chalets have 180 degree sea-views and the Ocean Front rooms have private sundecks and plunge pools! Private picnics can be arranged on the beautiful stretch of beach. We can even arrange for you to have a beach wedding here!
How about a flight to a little known area like Nampula? Take a 2 and a half hour drive to the fascinating Ilha de Moçambique, followed by a short motorised dhow trip to the gorgeous Coral Lodge on Mosuril Bay.
This lodge is quite unique! It is just a 30 minute boat trip from the historically and culturally rich Ilha de Moçambique, with a feel of the old Zanzibar Stone Town of 20 years ago. And with a gorgeous sandy white beach and the Indian Ocean on one side and peaceful, beautiful mangroves on the other side. This quaint lodge has just 10 Villas, so you will share the beach with very few people. Each Villa is spaceous and comfortable, with en-suite bathroom with separate shower and bath. The lounge area has tea/coffee making facilities and a mini-bar. The deck has recliners and either gorgeous ocean views or peaceful mangrove settings.
This little gem of an island is in the Quirimbas Archipelago in Northern Mozambique. To get here you take a 30 minute helicopter flip from Pemba in the Cabo Delgado Province. Quilálea is a coral island and has 4 large sandy beaches. The villas are spread along 2 of them, the main beach always has boat access, and remote and beautiful turtle beach is home to dozens of nesting turtles which guests are often lucky enough to see. It is also an excellent spot for a private picnic lunch.
Azura Quilalea’s nine seafront villas offer the ultimate private luxury hideaway in a stunning undiscovered destination, an untouched paradise for just a discerning few to discover. It is the only island in Mozambique with a house reef, accessible directly from the main beach, making it a fabulous destination for snorkellers, scuba divers and lovers of marine life. It is also home to more than 50 giant baobabs and 180 species of migrating birds.
Medjumbe Private Island is about a 40 minute light aircraft flight from the Northern town of Pemba. This tiny little island is just 1 km long and around 500 metres wide. With just 12 private pool Villas, each situated right on the gorgeous sandy white beach! At Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort, private dinners can be arranged in front of your villa, or you may want to spend the night on the beach! A special Star bed will be set up for you either on the beach at Medjumbe or at the neighbouring Quissanga Island – a totally deserted island just a short boat ride from Medjumbe. So unpopular is this beach, that you will have it all to yourselves!
Contact Mozambique Islands for a more “unpopular” beach holiday!