Pemba is a sunny port town on Mozambique’s coastline that sits on the south side of the world’s third largest natural bay. 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. 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.
Flights to Pemba are becoming more frequent as its popularity grows, but there are still limited airlines offering the route. Forget the hassle of trawling through countless websites to find them – we’ve got all the best deals right here on Travelstart. Use the search tool above to select your dates and we’ll list the cheapest options from every major airline flying to Pemba Airport.
Visa Requirements and SA Embassy Details
South African Passport holders do not need a Visa to visit Pemba, Mozambique. You will need to check 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.
See and do
Pemba’s bay creates a sheltered environment that allows an extensive variety of soft and hard coral to flourish. This, in turn, attracts an abundance of exotic marine life, including turtles, whales, dolphins, and enormous oceanic sunfish.
With the Dive Reef a mere 100m off the shore of Wimbe beach, a snorkel is all you’ll need to get up close and personal. The waters are calm and warm all year round, seldom dropping below 24 degrees Celsius, even in the middle of Pemba’s winter.
There are land-based attractions too, and you won’t want to miss out on the mangrove estuaries of the Pemba Dive & Bush Camp Resort’s nature estate. The bird watching is spectacular, as are the sunsets, and you can actually walk inside a massive, hollow Nacole Baobab that hid refugees in its centre during the war.
When you’re exploring the town and admiring its architecture, make sure to visit the Banguia Authentic Traditional Market. Locals still shop here, which makes it feel a lot less touristy, but you’ll still find plenty of Pemba souvenirs. Avoid buying ivory, coral, shells and turtle shells – it’s against Mozambican and international laws to buy or sell these. Rather look for coconut fibre, bamboo or wood crafts made by locals. They won’t harm the environment, and make just as lovely souvenirs.
As far as public transport goes, you won’t find many options in Pemba. There are public buses on the main routes and taxis for hire, but you might want to rent a car if you’re planning on doing a lot of travelling.
Pemba Airport – POL
Food and beverage: There are a few shops and cafés at the airport where you should be able to find a cup of coffee.
Currency Exchange: There are no confirmed currency exchange offices at Pemba, so consider changing money before you arrive, or head to a bank in town.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the terminals to airport security, who will direct you appropriately.
Airport Hotels: None on site.
Car Hire: Sixt.