Tartaruga (meaning ‘turtle’ in Portuguese) is a 5 bedroom private villa, sleeping up to 14 adults and children.  Set within 3 acres of forest and with 130 metres of pristine beachfront, it offers absolute exclusivity and privacy.


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The main living area has a striking palm thatch roof, supported by magnificent pillars of locally collected casuarina driftwood. The local coral limestone walls, and hand-carved windows and doors are a distinctive feature of this beautiful villa.


There are 3 en-suite double/twin rooms, each with their own private deck, living area and fridge. A further 2 rooms are situated up in the “treehouses” (3 single beds in each which can convert into a super-king and a single). These treehouses are linked by a star gazing deck, which sits in the tree canopy, and work for adults or children alike.

The master suite has a large dressing room, generous living area and adjoining bedroom for younger children.  The other suites are spaciously located, giving them maximum privacy and a private, jungle feel.



The living area’s open sides lead on to a vast deck, home to the salt water swimming pool, which flows into the landscaped gardens leading down to the ocean. Adjacent to the living area is a shaded outside gazebo, with a further dining area located at the edge of the beach.


A slender coral island just off Mozambique’s remote northern coast, Vamizi Island is part of the Quirimbas Archipelago, sometimes called the new Maldives.

Immersed as it is in the Indian Ocean, Vamizi is easier to reach than you might think, considering how castaway it is – and with miles of deserted coastline and a tropical ocean to cross, it’s all part of the adventure.

Staff & Dining

Tartaruga is staffed with a private chef and hospitality team (villa manager, butler and housekeepers) and has its own 4×4 car with driver.


Things to Do

An array of sailing boats, paddleboards and kayaks are available for guests along with fishing, diving, dhow sailing, nature walks, community visits and picnics.