About Matemo Island
Located in the breathtaking Quirimbas Archipelago in Mozambique, Matemo offers you a tropical island experience.
With a perfect vista of endless white sand and translucent sea mesmerizes those who visit, this Luxury beach resort, with its untouched marine environment, allow for expereinces diving, snorkelling, fishing, or exploring unspoilt beaches, on your Mozambique beach holiday.
The Location –
Matemo Island in the Quirimbas Archipelago
Just eight kilometres long and three kilometres 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.
Located in the breathtaking 250km-long Quirimbas Archipelago – a 20-minute flight away from mainland Pemba – Matemo offers an escape to a place where time seems to have stood still.
Here in this Mozambique tropical paradise, some of the world’s most spectacular dive sites await discovery whilst an abundance of marine life can be seen in the protected waters of the Quirimbas Archipelago National Park.
Matemo – Mozambique Island Holiday Accommodation
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 harbours 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, Mozambique
Take our 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 pirate, Arab, Portuguese and Dutch influence makes a visit to this coral and palm island most intriguing.
Diving at the Quirimbas
Mozambique Diving – Quirimbas Archipelago
The unspoilt coral reefs and outcrops surrounding Matemo Island are one of Mozambique’s best-kept secrets. Flanked by the northern Mozambique coastline to the west and the Mozambique channel to the east, these protected waters boast an astounding diversity of marine species, all within close proximity of your launching point.
Moray eels, stingrays, barracuda, kingfish and other pelagic gamefish can be seen whilst diving here in Quirimba tropical waters that seldom drop below 26c.
Dolphins are frequently encountered whilst humpback whales can be sighted between August and October. Leatherback, loggerhead and green turtles are often seen in the water, coming ashore to lay their eggs on the sandy island beaches.
Whether you are a novice or experienced diver, we will help you experience the magic of scuba diving.
We offer a range of diving courses, such as Discover Scuba, Open Water and Advanced Open Water. Our experienced diving instructor co-ordinates the diving courses and plans every diving trip, taking care of all the details.
We use PADI Instructors and Dive Masters as a minimum standard and do not conduct technical or deep-water dives that warrant a chamber.
Matemo’s 7 major dive sites offer a range of diving environments that are simply breathtaking, taking in coral “bommies”, reef banks, soft sponges, plate and lettuce corals.
For more experienced divers there is the challenge of a 40 metre wall dive, with frequent sightings of pelagic gamefish, as well as a fascinating 90-foot-long wreck dive that needs to be experienced in calm conditions.
One of our most popular sites for its sheer diversity is Rush Hour (16-30 metres), named after the schools of barracuda, kingfish, blue banded snapper and fusiliers that frequent this reef bank. Here you are likely to encounter spotted and honeycomb Morays hiding in coral shelters as well as ribbon eels and blue spotted stingrays.
On shallower coral “bommie” dives, such as Rolas Rainbow (8-10 metres), you are likely to see resident reef fish such as sweetlips, pufferfish, angelfish and triggerfish, with their rainbow colours allowing for fantastic photographic opportunities.