Bring out your sandals and sunglasses for this destination. It is an island affair, so, don’t forget to pack your camera and a good book. Switch off your phone and disappear for a bit at the Island of Mozambique. It is secluded, safe and peaceful; so much so, that visitors are encouraged to explore the island at night.
The Island lies off the northern part of Mozambique, between the Mozambique Channel and Mossuril Bay. It is part of the Nampula Province. The region’s major economic contributor is cotton and is known as the “Cotton Belt of Napula”. The island is the oldest European settlement in East Arica, so, expect some old building structures on your vacation there.
The island was the capital of colonial Portuguese East Africa before 1898. With its rich history and sandy beaches, it forms part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Heritage Site.
The islands name is derived from Ali Musa Mbiki, sultan of the island in the times of Vasco da Gama. Its original inhabitants came from Kilwa and spoke Swahili. Today, the urbanised island is home to several mosques and a Hindu temple. The island isn’t long, and is connected to the mainland by a bridge.
The islands affordable accommodations cater to different travelling groups, such as families, couples and even backpackers. Take a trip down memory lane to the Palace of Sao Paulo, which was built in 1610 as a Jesuit College. The Palace was once a Governor’s Residence and has since become a museum. The Museum of the Sacred Art, displays an amazing Makonde Crucifix. The Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Baluarte is an experience for the books! You do not want to miss it. If you want to learn more about the history of the island, take a trip to Sao Lourenco Blockhouse for an experience of a lifetime.
The Genito Magic Tour offers visitors an experience to dolphin and whale watch. Pack your swimsuits, as the tour offers scuba diving and snorkelling activities. The Pegasus Retreats has a horseback riding activity and cultural tours, that allows you to interact with friendly locals. Take a trip to the Lighthouse of Goa Island, and experience the clear water with the lighthouse overlooking it.
Sandy beaches, a view to die for and a safe environment, what more could you possibly ask for in a destination? The Island of Mozambique is waiting for you to explore it.