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Nuarro Lodge

Welcome to Nuarro

Nuarro is a unique “beach & bush” lodge situated on the beautiful Baixo do Pinda Peninsula in Northern Mozambique.

The lodge offers tropical private beaches and unspoiled bush with a unique biodiversity, where amazing hidden secrets can be found along the coastline including enchanting traditions, history & culture – the perfect ingredients for an authentic holiday experience!

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Based on a strong concept of ethical and fair trade tourism, Nuarro is a pilot project founded, managed and built by its owners with true passion for the local environment. Built with local materials, by local people, it incorporates genuine ecological awareness and social responsibilities.

Some of Nuarro’s pilot initiatives include:
  • Co-ownership of land with the local community
  • Unique memorandum of understanding with the community for common benefit
  • Safe, potable fresh water supply
  • Agricultural, horticultural and small holding projects
  • Land and Marine Conservation and introduction of sustainable fishing practices
  • Multifunctional Community centre with education, health clinic, hygiene and sanitation programs
  • Micro finance to small enterprises with support of local and international NGOs

Private and sheltered with many places to relax the day away. Facing North, Nuarro stands alongside sand dunes, surrounded by indigenous bush and dotted by secluded beaches. The concession of 800ha has 3 kilometers of seafront. Each chalet has magnificent sea views and unquestionable privacy with its own access to the main beach and a private sundeck.

World class shore diving for all levels.

Diving is the passion of the owners/managers of Nuarro who are all PADI Instructors/Divemasters with a combined 30 years of experience in teaching recreational diving. The local bay’s combination of dramatic continental-shelf topography, excellent water visibility, coral & fish diversity as well as easy reef access allows for world class on-and offshore diving suitable for all ranges of experience.

The closeness of the continental shelf invites easy shore dives to the fivepinnacles separated by white sand-falls and populated by abundant fish life and coral diversity. Along the shore more advanced divers can enjoy the “Baixo do Pinda Walls”, with drift, wreck and multilevel dives. Everywhere is a perfect opportunity for underwater photography. Many dive sites are still to be discovered!

Private and sheltered with many places to relax the day away. Facing North, Nuarro stands alongside sand dunes, surrounded by indigenous bush and dotted by secluded beaches. The concession of 800ha has 3 kilometers of seafront. Each chalet has magnificent sea views and unquestionable privacy with its own access to the main beach and a private sundeck.

World class shore diving for all levels.

Diving is the passion of the owners/managers of Nuarro who are all PADI Instructors/Divemasters with a combined 30 years of experience in teaching recreational diving. The local bay’s combination of dramatic continental-shelf topography, excellent water visibility, coral & fish diversity as well as easy reef access allows for world class on-and offshore diving suitable for all ranges of experience.

The closeness of the continental shelf invites easy shore dives to the fivepinnacles separated by white sand-falls and populated by abundant fish life and coral diversity. Along the shore more advanced divers can enjoy the “Baixo do Pinda Walls”, with drift, wreck and multilevel dives. Everywhere is a perfect opportunity for underwater photography. Many dive sites are still to be discovered!

Whale watching in season from the chalet, shore and boat. With such dramatic drop offs only 200 meters from the beach, the Humpback Whales come very close into the bay with their young. They learn communication skills which include delightful breaching performances! The whales cruise the bay during the day and produce a very special sound at night. They can be spotted from the comfort of the sumptuous king-size beds. For closer encounters, Nanatha Island Rock (a small coral island off the beach) is a strategic view point or special dhow sailing trips into the bay allow for more exciting “eye to eye” contact.

Great variety of activities – Never a dull moment!

The strategic location of Nuarro brings the island feel, but also convenient access to many great locations and a variety of activities for different types of holiday makers:

  • Deserted beaches for the honeymooners and peace seekers
  • Unspoiled bush trips to the Lúrio Waterfalls for the more active and nature lovers
  • A swimmer’s, diver’s, sailor’s and fisherman’s paradise
  • Magnificent cultural and historical heritage of Ilha de Mozambique
  • Indigenous fauna and flora for bird and wild life admirers
  • The Macua village for real interaction with the local people

Nuarro comprises 12 luxury beachfront chalets (of which 10 have a family option with an upstairs area for twin beds), panoramic restaurant with cocktail bar, centralized activity centre with beach bar and reception area. All buildings are situated over the dunes, overlooking the enchanting Memba Bay.

The buildings were designed by a French architect to allow the sea breeze to pass through, thus providing great indoor climate conditions all year round. The lodge occupies an area close to 10ha with access to the main beach which is 2.5km in length plus many hidden places to relax the day away. Guests facilities include a cozy library, TV, DVD room and internet access.

The chalets are very spacious (120m² under roof) with a large verandah, hammocks and sun loungers. They are strategically placed along the dunes and amongst thick vegetation for privacy and minimum environmental impact. Each is decorated with individual touches depending on surroundings, beach entrance, front and back views.

Interior features include extra long king size beds placed on an elevated floor (twins available) with quality linen, lounge area and a cozy bathroom; inside and outside showers, wardrobes, large mosquito nets.

All furniture and crafts are locally made.

The activity centre has a fully equipped Dive Centre with its own reception and lounge, a separate classroom for teaching and education, a dressing area with closets and shower facilities. Nuarro offers rental of diving gear and dive tanks, all PADI dive courses and most PADI specialties. Fully kitted dive boats (tailor built dhows) with radio, GPS and emergency kits. Experienced dive instructors are available at all times to accommodate all levels of training and dive groups

  • Nampula / Nuarro –$300 per vehicle, one way
  • Pemba / Nuarro (subject to availability)– $400 per vehicle, one way

Charter flights can be arranged between Pemba / Nuarro and Nampula / Nuarro. Please contact our reservations department for a quote as prices vary depending on the number of pax travelling and aircraft available. All charter flights land at the Nuarro private airstrip, 10 minutes drive from the lodge.

Baggage restriction of 15kgs per person for the air charters
Transfer rates are subject to change

Marine Activities

The sheltered Memba bay allows for marine activities throughout the year, with the comfort of direct access to the open sea. The marine activity centre will offer an extensive array of activities including:

• Snorkeling from shore, from the sundeck platform or by boat to explore exquisite coral gardens within Memba bay or on the turquoise Baixo do Pinda area.

• Kayak trips to explore the mangroves and secluded bays along the shore, with a choice of deserted beaches for a stopover.

• Fly and bottom fishing inside the local bay and on Baixo do Pinda for the big ones like yellow fin tuna and king fish. Catch and release!

• Whale watching from shore and boat in the whale watch season from June until November.

• Dhow sailing cruises (traditional wooden boats) to deserted beaches for an exclusive (honeymoon) picnic and sundowner cruises with cold drinks and snacks.

• Sea kayaking along the shore and into the mangroves for an adventurous experience.

 

Land Activities

Nuarro has a strategic location, close to Nacala, Nampula and Pemba allowing for a great variety of activities, including:

• Day trip to Ilha de Moçambique, a World Heritage Site. Leave early in the morning for a two and a half hour drive (one way), part on dirt and part on tar roads, through authentic villages. Ilha’s architecture has a mixture of Arabic, Swahili, Portuguese and Dutch influences. The Fort of “São Sebastião”, currently under renovation is a jewel not to be missed. Have lunch and be back at Nuarro before dark.

• Eco trails and bike tours are specially laid out within Nuarro’s conservation area, with optional guided bush-trails through mangroves and salt flats.

• Early morning walks with a view of Memba bay and the relaxing sounds of the bird and wildlife.

• Bird watching throughout the conservation area, into the bush and along the shore. The different species spotted may be added to our catalogue to feature on Nuarro’s!website.

• Authentic cultural village visit and interactions with the Macua people – The local community of Nanatha allows for a choice of informal or guided visits to the community and to the multifunctional community centre for hands-on interaction, purchase of arts & crafts to support sustainable tourism, or to join in a game of soccer with the local team.

Activities

Various diving & snorkeling packages available. As well as Ilha de Mozambique day trips.
Non motorized activities are free of charge (Kayaking, dhow trip, non guided snorkeling, non guided bike rides, Macua community visit). There is a $5 pp charge for guided trips.

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