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Dive Review of Medjumbe Private Island Resort in

August, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Leo Vindman, London, UK (1 report)
Report Number 6285
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Sipadan Island Malaysia, UK, Cocos Island Costa Rica, Mauritius.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
24   to 24    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 20    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
All diving with Dive Master, given the total isolation.  10 liter air tanks
available only.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
1 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
1 stars   
2 stars    
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
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

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.  

Ive arranged scuba diving at reefs further away including what is
advertised as some of the best dive spots around Medjumbe, unfortunately we
didnt 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 boats 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.  
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