Situ Island, Mozambique, 4 - 10th August '17
SITU ISLAND, PEMBA - A RARE DISCOVERY IN THE QUIRIMBAS ARCHAEPILAGO
DESTINATION: Situ Island, Pemba, Quirimbas Archipelago, Northern Mozambique
DATES: 4 - 10th August '17
Private bookings available all year round
PRICE: starting @ R22 999 incl. 6 nigths accommodationm, full board, return flights JNB / Pemba / JNB, boat transfers,
5 double-tank dives
Terms & Conditions apply
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, sumptuous meals made of local delights, and relaxing on a powdery white beach. All this just off the Mozambican coast. Welcome to Situ Island Resort. The most relaxing holiday destination to date. 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 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.
Situated in the most southern section of the spectacular Quirimbas National Park, Situ Island forms part of the Quirimbas Archipelago – 28 islands of which 11 are coral islands between the towns of Pemba in the south and Palma in the north. Situ Island is more or less 150kms from the Tanzanian border and located in the southern-most area of the Quirimba Nature Reserve & Archipilago.
Whereas most islands now host a variety of lodges and resorts, Situ is virtually uninhabited, apart from a quaint local village on the south-western side of our island. There is only one lodge on the island with 6 chalets and a fully kitted dive centre. Where else in the world can you have a whole island to yourself with only 6 people in your group (maximum number of people set at 18 adults).
* 6 nights accommodation in private sea-side en-suite chalets
* return flights, Johannesburg / Pemba / Johannesburg and airport taxes
* return boat transfer to Situ Island (+/- 1.5 hours by boat), based on 6 persons per boat ride
* three meals a day, tea and coffee through the day and 500ml fresh water daily
* 5 x double take dives
* guided nature walk on the island
* free use of kayas
* park fees & taxes
* travel, medical & dive insurances
* staff tips and gratuities
* equipment rental
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES
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 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, it goes out quite far revealing structures of coral and sand. 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.
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.
The most amazing charateristics about Situ Diving is all the wall dives that are available. Then there are several spectacular shallow coral reefs extremely close to the lodge, as well as pristine reefs ideal for diving that are only a short boat ride away. Currently there are 18 reefs to choose from which includes wall dives from 6m to 27m, coral reefs, bommies and attols. During the incoming tide, a quick boat ride can be arrange where you will be able to spot some really good fish while simply floating back towards the resort in the current. Dive takes place from either a comfortable Catamaran or a Cruiser 800 Dive RIB that allows access to the most pristine reefs in the area.
A typical day runs as follows: Leave at 6 0’clock in the morning on a luxury 40ft catamaran (another version of a dive boat), and complete a wall dive at between 25 & to 30 metres with water temperatures ranging between 28 & 31 degrees. Visibility ranges between 10 & 35 metres. Reefs are pristine reefs and no other dive groups will be found within a 50 mile radius from you. For the more advanced divers, there are a number of exciting dives with the guaranteed sighting of several rare fish species such as Emporer Angelfish, Longnose Butterfly fish, nose striped Clown fish, Giant Eel, Largetooth Flounder, Yellow Spoteed Kingfish, Long Snout Pipefish, Smooth Flutemouth, Clown Squirrel fish, Picasso Triggerfish, Humpback Unicorn fish and Southern Rigth Whale.
After taking a breather with snacks served on the catamaran, go on to a shallower dive on the coral reefs en-route home. Arrive at the lodge where lunch awaits you, and enjoy a paddle, a walk, a nap or even a booze cruise later in the day around the island. Later in the day and into the evenings you can put your feet in the sand and watch the sunset with a tropical drink in your hand or a local beer before a scrumptious dinner is served.