Taking off from Pemba Airport and heading north towards Vamizi Private Island, the atmosphere on our private charter flight was one of sheer excitement and anticipation. In fact to say I was excited at the prospect of experiencing Vamizi Private Island for three nights is an understatement of note.
This was a serious bucket-list experience!!
Arriving at the the lodge we were welcomed with a refreshing cocktail and given an introduction by our hosts of our villa and an overview of what lay ahead on our island paradise for the next few days. We were treated to a mouth-watering seafood dinner and after having spent much of the day travelling we were all rather weary and retired to our villas for an early night.
The following morning we spent the morning snorkelling, which was followed by a delicious alfresco lunch on the beach.
After a good nights’ rest we spent the next morning doing site inspections of some of the other villas. Each one has a very unique feel from modern and trendy to laid back barefoot luxury to Bohemian.
I got up early the following morning for a private yoga session with the resident yoga instructor. You can’t ask for a more perfect location to do yoga, feeling the soft warmth of the sun on your skin, listening to the birds calling all mixed with the smell of the ocean, I was in heaven. After lunch we did a cultural tour of the two villages on the island. The main village has a lot of history, complete with a church which dates back to the 15th century.
That afternoon we headed out on a sunset dhow cruise and on our return to the lodge we were treated to a delicious beach barbecue.
On our last morning we did a two hour walk around the island, which landed up being one of the highlights of the trip for me. The diversity on the island is something I wasn’t prepared for and I was blown away by its beauty. My final treat was getting to a see a Mangrove Kingfisher.