Mozambique Island

Mozambique Island information

Mozambique
Address
Extras 3.5km offshore
Getting there
mini-bus from Lumbo or Nampula
plane from Lumbo or Nampula
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Lonely Planet review

Tiny, crescent-shaped Mozambique Island has played a larger-than-life role in East African coastal life over the centuries. Today, it is an intriguing anomaly – part ghost town and part lively fishing community. It's picturesque and pleasant to wander around, with colonnaded archways and stately colonial-era buildings lining the quiet, cobbled streets.

In Makuti Town, with its thatched-roof huts and crush of people, narrow alleyways echo with the sounds of playing children and squawking chickens, while fishermen sit on the sand repairing their long, brightly-coloured nets.

The waterfront in between, along the island's eastern edge, is known as the contracosta.