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About Pemba Bay

With its crystal clear, light blue sparkling waters, Pemba is the capital of the province Cabo Delgado in Mozambique. Resting its outstretched tropical stance over the ever popular Pemba Bay, which is home to 362,000 people. The city thrives on sea and night life, whilst breathtaking views from the skyline capture this alluring cove in all its magnificence.

Cheap flights to Pemba are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to be captivated by this beautiful city. Pemba is home to the Pemba International Airport (POL), which is approximately a 10-minute drive from the city center. Pemba International Airport serves a multitude of airlines - including South African Airways and LAM Airways. Non-stop international flights to Pemba, Mozambique departure from Johannesburg. Flight duration from Johannesburg is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Why visit Pemba Bay

Pemba Bay Beach


Pemba Bay with its tropical coastline, and sandy outskirts has an awe inspiring visual effect. Crystal clear, sparkling waters saturate the large surface of the sandy white beaches, bedazzling sightseers.

African Drum Being Played Pemba Bay

Arts & Culture

The love for music is evident amongst the people, and traditional music festivals take place throughout the year. The city embraces a combination of cultures, each one varied, yet respected.

Scoba Noodles With Roasted Shrimp


Pemba Bay has interesting and flavourful cuisine, of Portuguese origin. Try scrumptious dishes like a mussel pot with garlic white sauce, Bolo Polana, or spicy lobster curry.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Mozambique
Currency Mozambican Meticals
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 5.22 MZN
Language Portuguese, English
Hub Airport Pemba International Airport
Airline South African Airway, LAM Airways
Time Zone GMT : +2:00 hours
Travel Adaptor Type C

Best time to visit Pemba Bay

Mozambique has a warm tropical climate, which makes Pemba a great holiday destination. The dry season (May – November) is considered the best time to visit Pemba, and it is the peak tourist season. Between June and September is the best time to take a trip. During this time, the inhabitants of the city adorn the streets with colourful attire and take part in live musical and dance festivals. Even during the wet and cold season (June – October), the waters are calm and warm, and seldom drop below 24 degrees Celsius. The best thing about the winter season is that it is a great time for scuba diving. There are over 1200 species of sea life to explore, and the currents and winds are more peaceful.

Weather & Climate in Pemba Bay

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low (°C) 24°C 24°C 23°C 23°C 21°C 19°C 19°C 20°C 20°C 22°C 23°C 24°C
High (°C) 31°C 32°C 31°C 31°C 30°C 29°C 28°C 29°C 30°C 31°C 31°C 32°C
Rainfall (mm) 146 156 202 122 32 15 11 7.9 2.2 11 42 125


Pemba is the capital of the province Cabo Delgado which is in Mozambique, known for its sparkling blue waters. The tropical waters of Pemba Bay stretch over the ever-popular Pemba Bay, which is home to 362,000 people. Founded by the Portuguese in 1904, Pemba is renowned for its colonial architecture, but the main draw of this town will always be its waters. Pemba is surrounded by exotic coral reefs of every form and colour, beautiful smaller islands, deep channels, and exotic white sandy beaches. The city thrives on sea and nightlife, whilst breath-taking views from the skyline capture this alluring cove in all its magnificence. The off-shore coral reef and wide selection of water sports has made Pemba an increasingly popular destination. Well-to-do Mozambicans and beach-loving South Africans flock to Pemba’s coast for the diving, surfing, and affordable tropical beach lifestyle.

Visa & Customs

• South African Passport holders do not need a visa to visit Pemba, Mozambique. You will need to ensure that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps. • The South African High Commission to Mozambique is situated in Maputo. Avenida Eduardo Mondlane 41, Caixa Postal 1120, Maputo. Phone: + 258 21 243 000.

Health & Safety

• Malaria occurs throughout Mozambique, right through the year. Malaria is spread by the Anopheles mosquito, so preventing yourself being bitten is of paramount importance. An insect repellent is recommended. • Vaccinations for Hepatitis A and Typhoid are recommended. • Bring adequate supplies of medication with, in their original containers and clearly marked, if you are sick or have to take chronic medication. • Bring plenty of sunblock of a high factor and don’t spend too much time in the sun. • Keep an eye on your personal belongings and remain vigilant.

Cost of Living

Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 66.81
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 9.54
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.33 R 22.34 R 14.89
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 5.73
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 37.50 R 38.00 R 19.09

Where to stay?

Cabo Delgado is divided into 14 districts, and Pemba is one of them. If you find yourself around the Wimba beach area, there are some great hotels, renowned for their quality service and hospitality. To the north lies the paradise islands, known as The Quirimbas, revered for their untouched perfection. Within reach are the historically rich and engaging islands of Ibo and Ilha de Mozambique.

Situated in the far north of Mozambique, close to the Tanzanian border, is the only luxury hotel in Pemba that offers a secure beach with unique Arabian-influenced architecture. Guests have a choice of well-equipped and furnished rooms.

Closer on the in-land to the city, you will find guesthouses that offer a superb in house experience. These hotels often have a moderate accommodation rate and extra services such as laundry and ironing is an optional extra.

Getting Around

The city has a good transportation system. In 2013 the northern provinces of Cabo Delgado, including Pemba, underwent some serious reconstruction in their infrastructure, especially roads. You can make your way to your destination by taking either the bus or taxi. If you want to see more of the city, such as the southern parts, you could also make use of the railway system. Seeing more of the beautiful tropical coastline would require a boat cruise, which you will find easily available at any seaport.

Main attractions in Pemba Bay

Diving at Pemba Bay

Diving at Pemba Bay

Romantic Horse Rides

Romantic Horse Rides

Dhow Sailing

Dhow Sailing

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