Just eight kilometers long and three kilometers wide, Matemo Island is a magical destination, with pristine beaches enveloped by an azure sea, offset by the distinctive silhouette of thousands of palm trees.
The untouched marine environment allows for constant new discoveries of Mozambique, whether diving, snorkelling, fishing, or exploring unspoilt beaches.
Surrounded by dazzling white sand and azure blue sea, Matemo offers a heady combination of exclusive sophistication and laid-back Mozambique island style living. Each of the 24 palm-thatched, air-conditioned chalets opens onto the beach and is just a few steps away from the sea.
For stylish Quirimba beach living, you need look no further than Matemo’s blend of understated luxury. Each chalet is beautifully appointed, with spacious en-suite bathrooms, outside showers and deck hammocks for lazing in whilst watching passing local Mozambique dhows and the gentle undulations of the sea. Every effort has been made to ensure that the beach chalets blend into the natural Quirimba Island surroundings, with local Mokuti palm roofs offset by glamorous touches such as local white marble, ornate carved doors from Zanzibar and rich furnishings and rugs from Dubai.
The spacious guest areas are gently elevated above the sea, with the lively bar, dining area and swimming pool commanding sweeping views over the Indian Ocean. Fresh, seafood-oriented meals are served in a variety of locations, from the open dining area to the poolside or on the sand with the sea lapping at your feet. To ensure ultimate relaxation, a range of simple spa treatments is on offer and can be enjoyed wherever guests please.
Diving – Quirimbas Archipelago
The tropical waters around Matemo are one of Mozambique’s best-kept secrets. Here in clear waters that reach 30c in summer and rarely less than 26c in winter, you will discover a marine ecosystem that is absolutely pristine.
Matemo’s spectacular coral “bommies”, as well as reef banks, wall dives and a fascinating wreck dive, allow divers of all ability to experience a dazzling world of marine diversity.
The protected waters around Matemo Island offer some of the most spectacular fishing in the world. Unspoilt and largely unexplored, the Indian Ocean here with its deep Mozambique Channel harbors some of the most exciting game fish to to catch and release – species such as kingfish, queenfish, barracuda, mackerel and yellowfin tuna.
Water and Land Activities at Matemo Island
A world of activity is open to those who want to explore Matemo’s natural treasures. For marine adventures, such as diving, snorkelling or fishing, you could not choose a more idyllic natural environment than the Quirimbas, whilst water sports such as sailing, water-skiing, windsurfing and kayaking provide endless action-packed fun.
Ibo Island Culture
Take the 20-minute boat trip to Ilha do Ibo and experience a place where time has stood still and the world has not yet found. Unspoilt and authentic, Ibo Island tells a story of its compelling East African history as a trading post for silver, ivory and slaves. A past of Arab, Portuguese and Dutch influence makes a visit to this coral and palm island most intriguing.
Matemo Island is a remote paradise with real attention to detail. The food is excellent and the 24 rooms are very well appointed.
- Guide PriceFrom: $330 - $517 Full Board. Beach Chalet Room. (per person sharing)
- Our Top TipThis property is perfect for a honeymoon or a romantic getaway.