On Saturday we flew from London to Dar es Salaam on Kenya Airways to Connect to Vamizi Island.
On arrival in Dar we were met by Danstan before we reached immigration. As the flight is an international connection there is no need to get a visa for Tanzania unless you are spending the night in which case you will need a transit visa (U$30) or for longer stays a full visa (US$50). The visa fees for American and some other nationalities are US$50 and US$100 respectively.
Our Kenya Airways flight arrived approx 1hr30 late which means we could very easily have missed the connecting flight to Vamizi. We would recommend that clients flying to Vamizi spend the previous night in Dar to avoid missing the flight or to prevent any issues with lost luggage as it will take a minimum of 3 days to get this to the Island.
Usually the flight clears immigration in Mozambique in Mocimboa which means it takes 2hrs 30mins to get to Vamizi from Dar. Currently the flight has to land in Pemba to clear immigration as Mocimboa is closed. The flight via Pemba takes 4 hours to get to Vamizi. We are working very hard to get Mocimboa open again and as soon as we do we shall let you know.
We arrived on Vamizi in the late afternoon and took the 45min vehicle transfer on a bumpy road half way across the island to the lodge.
On arrival at the lodge we were greeted with ice tea and met by Rob the new manager who showed us to our Villa. We are sharing a family villa which has 2 rooms, one at the front and one at the back. The front room can be made up as a double or Twin and the back room can be made up as a double, Twin or Triple. All the rooms look out on to a pristine white coral sand beach and calm turquoise waters perfect for an early evening swim.
After a lovely lobster dinner it was time to fall asleep and so we could wake up fresh the next day to start experiencing everything Vamizi has to offer.
After an early morning run along the beach and swim in front of the lodge we went to explore the Villas. Villa number 8 and 7 are the closest to the main area and are luxury villas with one bedroom and a huge lounge and outside verandah (they can be set up as a double or twin room). Villa 5/6 is a double villa which consists of 2 luxury bedrooms joined by a huge lounge and outside verandah situated between the 2 bedrooms. Each bedroom can be set up as a double or twin and this villa is ideal for 4 friends or even a family. Villas 4, 3 and 2 are family villas while villa 1 a one bedroom luxury villa. Villa 1 is normally recommended for honeymooners.
The afternoon involved some deep sea fishing with Mush. We headed out in Saangue, the fishing boat which can take 6 guests. We did some popping (surface lure fishing) and trawling (dragging lines behind the boat) but unfortunately it was a little rough for some gigging (deep, vertical lure fishing). We had success with the popping pulling in a 15Kg king fish. After about 4 hours we returned to shore for a quick shower and a beautiful dinner of…………………….. King fish.
Tomorrow we will be exploring one of the dive sites and will have a look at the private villas: Kipila, Suluwilo and Casamina.
Here are some pictures of our day.