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Reviewed October 30, 2011

We came for our honeymoon. The flight from Pemba in the light airplane was spectacular. The accomodation was fantastic - private chalets on the beach with private pool, sun loungers. Staff were attentive, filling up the mini bar 3 times a day, collecting laundry twice a day and doing an evening "turn-down" of the beds.
Fishing from the beach was great - my new husband caught a barracuda just in front of our chalet. Food was incredible. Usually 3 dishes on offer, two of which are seafood. Even a non seafood lover like me enjoyed the fresh well prepared fish and seafood. The crayfish, which was usually available every nite were delicious.

  • Stayed: October 2011
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2  Thank MichFehrsen
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Reviewed October 28, 2011

I spent 10 days at Medjumbe Island resort (a private island off the coast in Northern Mozambique) in August, 2011. I am a relatively well travelled and experienced scuba diver and had come to Medjumbe specifically for scuba diving, which is being advertised as “some of the best in the world” and had spoken with Medjumbe representatives several times prior to arranging this trip. Unfortunately, while there were many nice aspects which I enjoyed there, scuba diving and snorkling was mediocre.

First the positive: Medjumbe is a small and charming private island located in Quirimbas Archipelago National Park in Northern Mozambique, which provides a feeling of total isolation. Multiple flight connections, including a small shore to island plane is required to get there. The beaches are wonderfull – mostly clear white sand and broken sea shells and the water around the island is a beautiful hues of turquoise blue. Hotel staff try to provide good service which exceeded my expectations for anything that I could have expected in Mozambique. The food was of good quality, often imaginative and changed every day. The chalets were small, rustic but comfortable and right-on the beach, just meters from the ocean. No televisions and very slow internet wifi in the lobby of the main building.

Now the negative. Unfortunately, much of the fish around the island, and perhaps around this area of Northern Mozambique is gone due to many years of overfishing. There are a couple small reefs around the island of relatively poor quality with very little fish to see while snorkling. Many of the snorkelers were therefore very disappointed.

I’ve arranged scuba diving at reefs further away including what is advertised as some of the best dive spots around Medjumbe, unfortunately we didn’t see much of any interest. A number of reefs closer to the island were destroyed by dynamite fishing. Even the areas further away - approximately 45 minite boat ride from the island, did not impress in terms of fauna. In terms of comparison, the scuba diving at Medjumbe was less interesting than in the Red Sea. I had also spoken with several scuba divers who stayed in the sister island – Matemo, and they also indicated that diving was not very good.

Moreover, the activities center which organises snorkling and scuba diving was managed incompetently. The activities manager – Jamie Lonsdale, was new to this area, young and inexperienced. Despite generally good weather conditions, most diving was intitially done at the same beginner level dive site close to the resort where there is a lot of dead coral and very little to see. I have had to plead to go elsewhere and after three days, Jamie took us to more interesting dive sites further away. However, something always went wrong on every trip. A resort regulator rented to one of the guests broke down, fortunately, above water. An oxygen pumping filter broke down on another day. One of the boat’s engines was broken for two days, so travelling between locations was very slow. Finally, Jamie lost his GPS navigator where he stored all the good dive locations around Medjumbe and so dropped us in the water, but often not where we were supposed to be. Generally diving is being done with small 10L cylinders, so the air lasts approximately 35 mintues at best and there is no NITROX.

So in summary, I would recommend Medjumbe as a beautiful beach destination, although a difficult one to get to. However, after spending a lot of time and money planning this trip and traveling there, the snorkling and scuba diving terribly disappointed.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled solo
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9  Thank Lenvindman
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Reviewed October 28, 2011

I spent 10 days at Medjumbe Island resort (a private island off the coast in Northern Mozambique) in August, 2011. I am a relatively well travelled and experienced scuba diver and had come to Medjumbe specifically for scuba diving, which is being advertised as “some of the best in the world” and had spoken with Medjumbe representatives several times prior to arranging this trip. Unfortunately, while there were many nice aspects which I enjoyed there, scuba diving and snorkling was mediocre.

First the positive: Medjumbe is a small and charming private island located in Quirimbas Archipelago National Park in Northern Mozambique, which provides a feeling of total isolation. Multiple flight connections, including a small shore to island plane is required to get there. The beaches are wonderfull – mostly clear white sand and broken sea shells and the water around the island is a beautiful hues of turquoise blue. Hotel staff try to provide good service which exceeded my expectations for anything that I could have expected in Mozambique. The food was of good quality, often imaginative and changed every day. The chalets were small, rustic but comfortable and right-on the beach, just meters from the ocean. No televisions and very slow internet wifi in the lobby of the main building.

Now the negative. Unfortunately, much of the fish around the island, and perhaps around this area of Northern Mozambique is gone due to many years of overfishing. There are a couple small reefs around the island of relatively poor quality with very little fish to see while snorkling. Many of the snorkelers were therefore very disappointed.

I’ve arranged scuba diving at reefs further away including what is advertised as some of the best dive spots around Medjumbe, unfortunately we didn’t see much of any interest. A number of reefs closer to the island were destroyed by dynamite fishing. Even the areas further away - approximately 45 minite boat ride from the island, did not impress in terms of fauna. In terms of comparison, the scuba diving at Medjumbe was less interesting than in the Red Sea. I had also spoken with several scuba divers who stayed in the sister island – Matemo, and they also indicated that diving was not very good.

Moreover, the activities center which organises snorkling and scuba diving was managed incompetently. The activities manager – Jamie Lonsdale, was new to this area, young and inexperienced. Despite generally good weather conditions, most diving was intitially done at the same beginner level dive site close to the resort where there is a lot of dead coral and very little to see. I have had to plead to go elsewhere and after three days, Jamie took us to more interesting dive sites further away. However, something always went wrong on every trip. A resort regulator rented to one of the guests broke down, fortunately, above water. An oxygen pumping filter broke down on another day. One of the boat’s engines was broken for two days, so travelling between locations was very slow. Finally, Jamie lost his GPS navigator where he stored all the good dive locations around Medjumbe and so dropped us in the water, but often not where we were supposed to be. Generally diving is being done with small 10L cylinders, so the air lasts approximately 35 mintues at best and there is no NITROX.

So in summary, I would recommend Medjumbe as a beautiful beach destination, although a difficult one to get to. However, after spending a lot of time and money planning this trip and traveling there, the snorkling and scuba diving terribly disappointed.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled solo
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11  Thank Lenvindman
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Reviewed October 25, 2011

February 2011, Medjube, small, perfect private island. good diving, stunning food and beach chalets. 1km long and 500 wide. Good snorkling. Perfect to just be a "couple" and relax. wonderful setting

Room Tip: All chalets are private with own pool
  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank LuckyLau
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Reviewed June 6, 2011

We spent the second part of our honeymoon at Medjumbe and found so many great things about the place that are backed up in other reviews; but they were tinged by a few negative issues that we thought shouldn’t happen in a place of this perceived quality.
First the good. The island is BEAUTIFUL. It really is that picture perfect Indian Ocean island, and the pictures are nearly as good as real life. The staff are also fantastic, they are friendly, courteous and always try to do everything in their power to make your stay as pleasant as possible (and never without a smile). They really are such an asset to the resort. And the snorkelling is fantastic (we didn’t dive but some fellow guests did and greatly enjoyed it) with Tom the activities manager always helpful, and the coral is just beautiful.
Next, the disappointments. The rooms are well laid out and all have great views, but there are some issues with the finishing that just makes them seem a bit more budget than the price suggests they should be (badly fitting doors, no fly screens, hard beds). They certainly do not ruin your stay, they are just not we expected. There were also some issues of logistics; wine and beer ran out (and to be honest we found even when the house wine returned it wasn’t great) and some of the food on the menu wasn’t available. Again, it didn’t ruin our stay, it was just not quite good enough for the cost. Also, some of the equipment at the water centre was old and in an average state of repair (with a limited selection of things like fins and masks). During our stay a number of things broke (aircon, generator, wi-fi, TV (although we didn’t miss the last two)); the staff worked hard to fix them and in general did so quickly (and had they been isolated incidents then they wouldn’t have caused us any issues), but it just happened too often. And finally we found the food to be a bit dull (a number of choices, but we thought less choice and more quality would have been better. The seafood however was as a rule excellent and always plentiful).
And finally things to be aware of. The tide goes out a long way, so you won’t get the “sea on doorstep” all day long (all photos are taken at high tide), we didn’t mind though. The huts seem not to have any shade outside during the afternoon as they face directly into the sun; so bring a good sun hat if you want to stay outside the whole time. The snorkelling is a way off the island, so it’s a long swim (or walk at low tide) but they will lay on boats out. And finally be aware that despite what some might say, there are mosquitoes on the island, they aren’t bad but be sure to bring some repellent.
In fairness to Rani resorts we presented this feedback to their management and they have said they will be investing in the resort to tidy up some of the fraying edges. And we had a great time on this beautiful place, but there were just a few too many issues for them to seem isolated. We just got the impression that we didn’t get great value for money. So if you think that the negative points won’t bother you then definitely go to Medjumbe, the location and isolation will be hard to find anywhere else (supported by the wonderful staff too); but please don’t expect the 5* bells-and-all that you would get in other resorts for the same money, that may come but it will take some time. But they bad points don’t seem quite so bad when you’re enjoying a beer watching the sunset from the bar!

Room Tip: Get as high a room number as possible, 14 is best
  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank Lauren_and_Will_G
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