This attractive old port town of Pemba houses northern Mozambique’s only international airport. Nearby attraction includes lovely Wimbe Beach, the Quirimba Islands, and Niassa Game Reserve.
Founded in 1904 on the site of an older Portuguese fort, Pemba is a rather characterful town set on the northwest tip of the peninsula that forms the southern entrance to large, deep, semi-enclosed natural harbour of Pemba Bay. The town itself is of less interest than Wimbe Beach, 5km east of the centre, on a waterfront lined with small hotels, restaurants, dive shops and other tourist-oriented facilities. Wide, sandy and clean, this palm-lined beach is protected by a coral reef that guarantees safe swimming as well as offering good snorkelling seasonally.
The beach can be quite busy during the weekends – it is one of the few in where local day trippers congregate in large numbers. For those seeking a quieter beach experience, Murrébué, about 12km out of town, host several more low-key tourist developments.
Pemba Island is an island in the Indian Ocean located 35 miles (56 kilometers) off the coast of East Africa, opposite the port of Tanga, Tanzania. The island is 42 miles (67 kilometers) long and 14 miles (22 kilometers) wide.
Pemba can be reached by boat or charter plane from the Quirimbas Archipelago.
Pemba is perfectly safe as long as you stay in Pemba and not venture out into the mainland Mocimboa da Praia and Palma.
Flying into Pemba with a private aviation firm like Coastal Aviation or Auric Air, both of which operate daily scheduled flights to Pemba Airport (PMA) in Chake Chake, is the most convenient way to get there.
Arusha, Dar es Salaam, and Zanzibar all have flights to Pemba, with the latter taking only 30 minutes.