Discover the beaches of Pemba Mozambique


Travel to Pemba, the most important centre in northern Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado Province, and discover the long white beaches where gorgeous hotels and lodges offer luxury accommodation with astonishing azure ocean views. Visit this gateway to the Quirimbas Archipelago, a chain of silvery islands brimming with history, culture and enormous environmental value.  

Pemba is fast becoming a prime tourist destination for quality sustainable travel and a scuba diving hotspot – plus the centre for an array of exciting water sports.  We have the best deals on Mozambique accommodation and tailor-made holiday packages for you. Pemba is a small harbour town featuring one of the world’s largest natural harbours.

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Pemba was once a quiet seashore town until offshore natural gas was discovered in the Rovuma basin in 2012 – now the town has a new edge, development and big companies moving in. 


  • Take a boat ride out to the 31 unique Quirimbas Islands and explore the historic Stone Town on Ibo Island. 
  • Take a drive to Niassa Game Reserve inland, in a 4×4, to game view in the largest protected area in Mozambique.
  • Book a dreamy traditional dhow cruise in Pemba Bay and swim for hours at Wimbi Beach.
  • Find the ancient Nacole Baobab in an eco-friendly estate that measures a huge 9 square metres where weird split-face bats hang inside its hollow trunk. 

Pemba was originally named Porto Amelia and it is now known for its three sections:

  • The old town (baixa) – where the port is and the poor township of Patuitequete are well worth a stroll. Buy fresh fish at the fish market on the water’s edge, explore the large green and white mosque, watch lively soccer games in the dusty streets and try some real Mozambican street food.
  • The town centre – for practical needs like banks, buses and restaurants. 
  • The main beach – called Wimbi for all ocean sports, swimming, sunbathing and watching the passing parade.

Pemba Diving Attractions

Book your special diving package in Pemba then head to one of the Quirimbas Archipelago islands. The protective Pemba Bay is home to the rare, huge sunfish, large potato bass, Napoleon wrasses, dolphins, whales and turtles. Go diving or grab a camera and stock up on unique memories. 

Everything happens from Wimbe Beach, the main swimming beach and kick-off point for diving expeditions to dive sites with names like The Gap, the Playground and Pyro Banks. River Mouth is a 24m deep dive at the mouth of the Tari River, best at high tide. Look out for Napoleon Wrasse, reef sharks, rays and snowflake soap fish!

Fishing holidays to this Mozambique port will reward anglers with opportunities to hook kingfish, Dogtooth tuna, great barracuda, couta, dolphin fish and wahoo.

Culture and Accommodation in Pemba

Explore a region immersed in a culture of sailing and trading where Africans, Arabs and Portuguese people have left their marks. Visit the Slave Trade Fort at Ponta Romero Lighthouse where slaves were once auctioned off.  Maybe take a stroll up the hill behind the governor’s mansion to view the large Christian and Muslim cemetery, shaded by pretty frangipani trees, and the Commonwealth war graves nearer the sea.

Whatever you choose to do, it will be ocean and beach related, historical and cultural too. Choose comfy accommodation in Pemba, from exclusive five-star beach hotels to top-class holiday resorts and warm self-catering lodges. Discover excellent restaurants serving fresh seafood caught locally – thanks to increasing modern development and improving infrastructure. Buy arts and crafts at the local souk or traditional market.

Family Holidays to Pemba

Take your family on a captivating tour to the gorgeous beaches and dive sites of Pemba Bay a haven of biodiversity and great accommodation. Take the kids to see the dhows sailing by, nut sellers on the beaches and amazing swimming beaches.  A few days in Pemba are refreshing, educational and active too – quite a thrill for families and friends who want to be out on beaches and in warm waters kite surfing all day.    

We show you top-of-the-range beach resorts and lodges in this northern region where children will feel in awe and want to run free. There are horse rides, dune walks, scuba dives and snorkelling adventures. Get a boat and go fish. Visit the local people and taste their food. It’s a diverse holiday in paradise and family suites are available wherever you go!

The Best Of The Best Safaris to Pemba

Plan a Mozambique tour and safari with Voyage2Africa, the African travel experts, and enjoy signature experiences to premier beach destinations south of the equator. We bring you thrilling adventures in Pemba in the north, the gateway to the Quirimbas Archipelago. Choose a rustic chic beachside resort or an eco-hotel right on the sands. We offer you some of the best ocean-view accommodation and special packages in Pemba to expand your holiday in true African style. 

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