Welcome to Situ Island Lodge
Ever wished to escape the rigors of life and disappear to a remote island where you can truly relax and unwind with just your friends or family around? Add to that the exquisite beauty of a nature reserve which boasts some of the best dives and fishing in the world, delicious meals prepared with local delights, and relaxing on a powdery white beach. All this just off the Mozambican coast. Welcome to Situ Island Resort.
Situ Island Resort is situated in the most southern section of the spectacular Quirimbas National Park, Mozambique. Situ Island forms part of the Quirimbas Archipelago – 28 islands of which 11 are coral islands situated between the towns of Pemba in the south and Palma in the north. Described by guests as “breath-taking”, “intimate”, “secluded” and “wunderbar“, Situ Island Resort is unique in that you can book the entire island exclusively for your friends and family, if you wish.
With its well-designed layout, Situ Island Resort ensures your stay is not only unforgettable, but also incredibly comfortable. Strategically placed around the Clubhouse and maximising the main beach, are the 8 individual chalets.
Each chalet, is carefully situated to enjoy a front-row seaside view. The chalets come standard with king size beds and/or 3 three-quarter beds with mosquito nets. Locally sourced side tables and bamboo cupboards complete the “Robinson Crusoe” effect. Serviced daily the chalets have en-suite bathrooms with toilet, shower and basins.
The Clubhouse, with sandy floor and thatched roof, is the gathering place for guests and is a very jolly area at meal times. You can enjoy tea and coffee throughout the day and laze in the hammocks and chairs overlooking the calm azure ocean. Watch the divers and fishermen return from their days escapades filled with stories of the underwater world on your doorstep. The honesty bar, stocked with local and international labels, operates from the clubhouse and cold drinks make a welcome addition to the hot days. There is also full DSTV for the sporting events you just can’t miss and power plugs with multi-adapters for all your charging needs.
A diver’s ultimate get-away with 18 fabulous reefs to choose from, including wall dives from 6m to 27m, coral reefs and various bommies/attols. You can explore several extremely worthwhile bommies/atolls within spitting distance of the resort, and others in fairly close proximity. For the more advanced divers, there are a number of exciting dives with the guaranteed sighting of several rare fish species.
Fishing is a way of life on the islands, and Situ has an incredible array of species to target. There are deep drop offs, coral reefs, tidal sandbars and warm Indian Ocean currents offshore which harbour some incredible habitats for a vast array of fish species.
With a choice of boats available, chartering one of these for the day will give you the opportunity of targeting some of the Indian Ocean’s prized pelagic species. The Situ Island boats are rigged for fishing and have a complement of Shimano 30, 50 and 80lb outfits available for guests use. No terminal tackle, flyfishing, vertical jigging or spinning and plugging gear is supplied, so please bring your own. Please contact us for a suggested terminal tackle list to take along with you.
Situ Island can cater for the experienced and dedicated anglers as well as those who might just want to drop a line in the ocean.
As soon as you are offshore from Situ Island you will experience some of the most unexplored game fishing waters in the world. Black, Blue and Striped Marlin, Broadbill Swordfish, Sailfish and the occasional Shortbill Spearfish comprise the targeted Billfish species. Dogtooth and Yellowfin Tuna, King Mackerel (Couta), Giant Trevally and other Kingfish species, Wahoo, Dorado, Baracuda, Amberjack, Tropical Yellowtail, Rainbow Runner, and a number of Bonito and other baitfish species are found throughout the year.
For those wishing to explore the sandbars and Mangroves around the island, there are areas to target Mangrove Snapper, GT’s and other Kingfish species, Barracuda, Pompano, Ox Eye tarpon and sometimes even Bonefish moving over the vast sandbars.
Out at sea one can experience close encounters with Whales, Manta Rays, Turtles and Dolphins.
Please discuss your angling needs with the skipper the night before departure so the crew can plan your day and ensure you enjoy yourself out on the water.
We fully support Tag and Release and we encourage you to assist us in ensuring the sustainability of Mozambique fishery by releasing all Billfish, GT’s and Amberjack.
Our fishing boats include a 38’ Supercat powered by 2 x 85Hp Yamaha motors, 24’ Yeld Cat powered by 2 x 85Hp Yamaha motors, 36’ Yamaha SeaSpirit powered by 2 x 100Hp Fourstroke Yamaha motors and a 4m Quintrex with a 15hp Yamaha.
Simply discuss your fishing, diving or leisure boating requirements with your host the day before, so that your designated boat skipper can make the necessary preparations for your trip.
The main beach at Situ is teaming with life with all sorts of shells washing up daily. The tides here are quite extraordinary with a change of 4m. When out, the tide reveals some amazing coral and sand structures. When the tide is in you can swim and snorkel right in front of the clubhouse and around atolls which are teaming with juvenile species of friendly fish.
There are various nature trails for all ages and fitness levels, varying in length from a short gentle stroll around the palm grove to a 3 hour tour of the entire island and mangrove swamps.
Kayaking is an excellent way to work off the calories you will be gaining from the delicious meals served, and to see the mangroves. Scenic water paths wind through the natural bush, and birds abound. With the ocean as calm as a dam, kayaking at high tide gives you a bird’s eye view to the bottom of the ocean, where you will see from above, the delightful marine world below.
With the massive body of water around Situ, comes incredible marine life, which in turn attracts a myriad of birds. From the Green-backed and the Goliath Heron to the Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, bird watching is a delight on our island paradise. Some of the species you will find include: Red faced Cisticola, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Little Bee-Eater, Zanzibar Red Bishop, the Crab Plover and of course the much anticipated Water Thick-Knee.
The best time to catch the birds out and about is early in the morning as the sun begins to rise. It’s great fun identifying them as you stroll about the island. Find them scratching in the thickets, or wading in the shallows. Situ is simply stunning with its wonderful array of birds.
Closest major airport is Pemba, and there are regular flights from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg with Airlink, offering Direct flights, as well as LAM with flights via Maputo to Pemba. Contact us for complete packages with discounted flights on Airlink or LAM.
Return transfers from Pemba Airport to Situ Island is by boat and charged separately and paid on the island. The cost of the boat transfer is divided by the number of guests transferring on the day. These costs are not included in the accommodation or package prices.